My husband and I were winding down for the night and we were back in bed watching an episode of The Voice. His phone started to ring and when he answered it, it was our neighbor. He said he was not at home, but his wife heard a man on their baby monitor. He wanted to know if my husband would go over and check on things.
My husband gets over there to a very shaken up mama, and rightfully so. He said the camera was panning the room and the male voice was saying “Did your mommmy find me?” They were standing in the bedroom of my neighbor’s sleeping children!!
I wondered how common this might be, so I looked it up and very similar stories have happened to people. Whether these people are sick or they like the challenge of trying to hack into the IP address, it doesn’t matter. It is all very disturbing.
Here are some ways that you can protect yourself against something happening like this in your home:
1. Only buy a digital monitor that is password protected that allows an extra measure of security, not an analog version that operates on a radio frequency.
2. Make sure that you change the device password to something long and strong to make it harder for criminals to access. If you leaving the default (or factory) password it makes it much easier to hack.
3. Install a firewall between your Internet and ALL of your devices. If you are not sure how to do this you can hire a professional to install it to make sure it is done properly.
4.Additionally to a password you can make sure that your Wi-Fi is locked down by have a WPA2+ encryption and SSID masking.
5. Turn off your devices when they are not in use. When devices are not available 24/7 the hacker does not have as much time to try to figure out how to get in.
This may seem like a lot of effort and extra work but in the end it is completely worth it. You do not want your family to be at risk to any outside sources, especially ones you don’t know about that could be watching you or your children during the day.