How To Prevent Your Baby Monitor From Being Hacked (5 Proven Methods!)
There’s no single doubt that baby monitors have made lives easier for all the parents.
You can keep watch over your baby and the conditions of their room without necessarily being there. The device will alter you when your baby wakes up, needs to be fed, etc.
However, the recent incidences where these monitors are getting hacked is scary!
The thought of someone, a total stranger, observing your baby in their room is truly chilling.
If you’re worrying that your baby monitor might be the next target for these notorious hackers, this article is for you.
Below, I’ll share with you some crucial tips that you can follow to minimize the chances of your baby monitor getting attacked.
NOTE: All the tips below are super-easy to follow and you don’t need to be a techie to be able to apply them.
Tip 1: Set Strong Username/Passwords For Your Monitors
One of the most helpful ways of stopping hackers from gaining access to your baby monitor is setting strong username/password combinations that are harder to crack.
What most parents don’t know is that most of the baby monitors come with a default username and password set by the manufacturer during shipping. And this info is readily available to the hackers as they can get in on the device manuals or via Google.
Because the intruders also know that most parents don’t care about changing the default password, they always use this is a way of hacking into your baby monitor.
To be on the safer side, change that default password immediately you install your new baby monitor!
Tip 2: Regularly Update your Monitor Firmware/Software
Another important thing to do to hack-proof your baby monitor is keeping a hawk eye on the latest device firmware and software updates and implementing them ASAP!
With time, the manufacturer of your monitor might discover a security flaw that might make the device easily hackable. They then address this issue by updating the software to seal the loopholes.
Unluckily, if you don’t get the latest software update notifications, your device will become easily vulnerable to the attackers.
So, how do you ensure your monitor is always up to date?
It’s simple…make sure you register your new device with the manufacturer the day you purchase. This will ensure the manufacturer sends you the monitor software and app updates as soon as they’re released.
Tip 3: Secure Your Home Wi-Fi
You’ll also need to secure your home internet connection or Wi-Fi as a way of making your baby monitor unhackable.
You might set up all the maximum security measures to your baby monitor, but if you leave your home wifi unsecured, the hackers will still find the monitor and possibly hack it.
Be sure to secure and lockdown your wifi WPA2 + encryption as well as SSID masking. Trust me, this will give the hackers a tough time trying to access it… and they’ll probably give up.
Find more details here on how to secure your home wifi, even if you’re technologically inclined.
Tip 4: Set up a Firewall
Another way to keep the intruders out of your baby monitor is to set up a firewall on your home internet.
For those who don’t know, a firewall is simply a software/firmware tasked with enforcing the security of your private (home) network.
It effectively blocks any unauthorized access to your home wifi, meaning it’ll give the hackers a really hard time whenever they try accessing your home wifi or baby monitor.
If you’ve no idea how to install a firewall in your private network, I suggest that you hire a professional to do it for you.
Tip 5: Invest in a Non-Wifi Baby Monitor!
What if I tell you there’s a baby monitor that’s not easily hackable as the monitors that connect to the internet?
Well, that special monitor is known as a non-wifi baby monitor. As you can easily tell from its name, this device doesn’t require wifi to operate.
Instead, it uses a unique technology known as FSHH (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum)—characterized by frequently changing transmission frequency.
Truth be told, hackers usually have a hard time cracking this technology!
Besides the technology, these monitors do not connect to the internet in any way, significantly reducing the chances of attackers gaining access to other devices connected to your home network.
If you’ve been wondering why most parents are turning to the non-wifi baby monitors that done use the internet, now you have the answer!
Additional tips to make your baby monitor more secure:
So, these are the 5 crucial tips you can implement today to significantly reduce the chances of the intruders illegally accessing your baby monitors.
As I promised you at the beginning of this post, nearly all these tips are easy to implement for all parents out there. You don’t have to be a techie geek to put these tips to work.
Make sure you implement these tips today. Don’t give the hackers an easy path to your baby monitor!