During the last few years, many households have made the decision to locate surveillance cameras inside thereof. As much as surveillance measure to avoid the intrusion of foreign friends, as a formula to be able to control your pets during the time in which our house is empty. However, we have not always thought about the risks we may have if we end up opting for this type of option.
In most cases, these cameras send images in real time to our smartphone. They even have alert systems that send us notifications to our mobile phone in the event that some type of movement is detected that is not taken into account within normality. From the outside, everything is comfort and protection. But how vulnerable are we to them? We tell you.
Avoid being vulnerable to hackers
As we have already mentioned, the main advantage that indoor cameras offer us is that they allow us to access them through our mobile device. A priori, it is a very comfortable solution, since it is not necessary to go to any physical place to check that everything is fine. Or, at least, it seems so.
However, the reality is that this method is very easy to hack for those who have the right knowledge and tools. In most cases, to synchronize and connect the cameras we must access them through our account on a platform such as Google, Apple or Amazon.
Any data leak can be more than enough for a possible thief to know everything that is happening inside our home without much effort. Being able to use this information at will.
Big tech still generates mistrust
We have to go back to the year 2019 to go to one of the great crises of confidence that have hit companies like Wyze, one of the benchmarks in the sector of smart cameras and technologically advanced household products. During that year, the company received information that showed that people outside any installation could access the videos that were stored on the MicroSD cards of the cameras. The solution, at least in the short term, was to recommend that users upgrade their camera systems.
eufy, Another of the leading companies in the sector followed a fairly similar path in the face of an identical crisis. However, in this case, the company claimed that all of its product information was encrypted and that the data was stored only locally. However, as was later shown, this was not true. Since it was evidenced that the previews were stored without any encryption on Amazon Web Services servers.
Parallel to both scenarios, we cannot forget that if an external person with the camera’s serial number, a UNIX timestamp and the appropriate method can access the contents of the inside our home the organization providing the device may also.
Exterior cameras as a solution
In order to avoid situations such as those described above, the outdoor cameras they continue to be consolidated as a solution for a growing number of people. These types of devices are specially designed to ensure their operation even when we encounter risky climatic environments: as is the case with the heat waves so common in Spain in recent years or rainfall.
In addition, focusing on privacy, the external cameras will only be able to give information to hackers about the outdoor spaces of our home. In no case from inside our home or from the behaviors we have in it. Therefore, for practical purposes, they return information very similar to what we would obtain in Google Street View.
In home security, opt for the efficiency of traditional systems
While it is true that being aware of innovation in any sector is key in terms of well-being, we cannot say the same when it comes to something as important as home security. Opting for indoor cameras implies, in most cases, facing an expense that It’s not quite efficient: Everyone knows that we do not have the capacity to react 24 hours a day, no matter how much our mobile phone is always located a few centimeters from us.
The traditional alarm systems they are capable of detecting possible intruders, dissuading them through different systems and, ultimately, notifying the relevant authorities. In addition to being much more complex its deactivation. Being an option that, to this day, continues to be positioned as a much more profitable investment than the rest of the innovations that continue to emerge in the market and that at some point in the future they will be positioned as the safest and most preferred option. by the users. But not at the time of writing these lines.