Advent tip #5: Change default passwords on baby monitors and webcams

Whether it’s a baby monitor, a home surveillance system, or any other internet-enabled camera, it probably has a default pasword.

Make no mistake: if there’s a default password, the crooks know what it is.

In other words, if you don’t change the password from the default then you are making it much easier for a cybercriminal to hack in and watch whatever you’re filming.

That could be you, your house, your baby, or something else that you’d probably like to keep away from prying eyes.

Last year we wrote about one website that was streaming the live feeds of hundreds of thousands of internet-enabled cameras that were secured with a default, out-of-the-box password.

Don’t make it easy for thieves – change passwords from their defaults, and make sure you pick a proper password.

If you aren’t sure how to set the password, try the camera vendor’s support forums for help.

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