The creation and evolution of automation are now how we define our lives. The downside to the current environment of wireless home security systems is they are hackable. Even if they have tamper-proof technology externally, the system itself has the risk of being invaded.

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Access is not a big problem for hackers,” said SnapAV’s Alex Patrao, director of product–surveillance. “To break in, there are two main options: First, if the integrator who sets up the system does not change their username/password, then it’s easy to get in. We highly encourage integrators to always change the credentials immediately after setup is complete. Second, because port forwarding must be set up for dealer remote access, sometimes the hacker can exploit known vulnerabilities and hack the device, regardless of user credentials. Their game is to find and exploit any loopholes, just like viruses on a PC, while our goal is to fix loopholes.

Advantages of Using WifI Access Points for IP Security Systems

The use of WiFi-based IP cameras along with access points has the edge over analog transmitters. 

  • The significant increase in a stable WiFi connection. Obstruction, constricted lines, or cut wires no longer are an issue that makes for an unsafe home.
  • Wireless sensors handle multiple devices on a network. It is constant throughput powering the distance and the resolution of the video. Up to four IP cameras are part of the integration.
  • Reliable, easy to follow instructions when integrating an IP security system.

Existing While Looking Ahead

People integrating an IP security system works better at ensuring it is a smooth integration when able to connect remotely.

Remote network access becomes established in a variety of ways. VPN access is generally the best option. It runs itself without human interference or requirement.

If by chance WiFi is used as a public network, a different port ensures an extra layer of safety.

Next Level Security

Virtual LANs (VLANs) improve security by segmenting traffic into multiple virtual networks. IP-based video surveillance equipment or general office LAN traffic may exist on the same physical switch, but the VLAN ensures the networks are invisible to each other and unreachable.

Security is why many systems connect to a separate LAN. The internet is not wholly safe from hackers and spies that cannot always become blocked with easy updates and software.

The downside to the IP security system integration is to update the software and hardware, a USB or other sharing cables become a must.

A firewall is the best call when securing an IP security system.

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Maintaining and Mitigating

Regular backups should be part of a scheduled routine. With intrusions like Ransomware, possessing the revert ensures no information registers as lost, nor settings and preferences.

Outages also could lead to losing pertinent information giving backups a second reason to become part of a daily habit.

Mitigating further threats to the integration is to remove any unused services, ports, and switches. The less there is to maintain, the further away a threat to a system becomes.

Create and reinforce a policy and procedure on the IP security system. It means daily backups, steps to arm, steps to arm, etc. 

Integration is not always easily understood. Companies like Protect America are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week that will answer questions and concerns. If there is an issue with installation, they charge nothing, and they also offer a monitoring service to keep intruders out of the space and equipment.