IP surveillance cameras and other devices with online remote access features are vulnerable to being hacked if not properly secured. Recently, two IP camera companies TRENDnet and Foscam where mentioned in a PBS Newshour story about online device vulnerabilities. The story mentioned that IP cameras from the two companies were hacked into and that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had cited Trendnet for inadequate security protection. One basic security tip is: AFTER SETTING UP YOUR IP CAMERA ALWAYS CHANGE THE DEFAULT PASSWORD THAT THE DEVICE IS PRE-LOADED WITH!
There are a variety of options for the home owner and small business owner who want a video surveillance system. This article discusses three main types of security camera systems, high definition. standard definition, and indoor IP cameras. What type of system you choose will depend mainly on what specific purpose you need it for and what your budget allows for.
The video footage from a nanny cam used in the investigation of a brutal home invasion in Millburn, NJ has led to the arrest of a suspect.
Can you imagine where this case would be if that home hadn’t set up a nanny cam that provided that video footage?!
HowToSurveillance has released a brief video providing a simplified overview of how the Dropcam system works. Users can view live streaming video for free and also have the option to sign up for a “Dropcam DVR” subscription plan which allows subscribers to retrieve recorded video for up to 7 days ($99/yr) or up to 30 days ($299/yr). This use of remote servers to monitor, record and download video from security cameras is known in the industry as “Video Surveillance as a Service” or VSaaS:
Looking for an easy to install IP video camera that will let you watch your home over the internet?
Dropcam is one of the easiest, if not the easiest IP cameras to install. The camera has built-in software that automatically begins an installation process when you plug it into your computer. Dropcam detects your wireless network (you just need to enter your network password after selecting your network from a list that appears during the installation process) and configures itself automatically. No need to struggle with IP addressing, setting up DDNS accounts and configuration issues like other IP cameras because viewing live video remotely and accessing recorded video is done through Dropcam servers. The easy installation process, efficient video compression, HD video quality (720p) and easy operation of the Dropcam make it ideal for use as a home security camera that can be accessed via the internet.
The Dropcam does require you to sign up for a user account. Live remote viewing (utilizing Dropcam servers) is free of charge and allows you to view your video from anywhere (with internet access) using your desktop PC/Mac, smartphone or tablet (which utilize the Dropcam app available for iPhone and Android devices).
Recording and downloading video from Dropcam servers is available for a service fee, which is $99/yr and allows you to retrieve recorded events that were recorded over the past 7 days.
Check out the following video showing Dropcam features and how to install the Dropcam:
Visit HowToSurveillance at: HowToSur.com
IPVM held an independent presentation at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas during the recent ISC West Conference in April 2013 ISCWest.com . Topics discussed throughout the day included, Panoramic Camera Shootout results, trends in access control, and the outlook on VMS Servers for IP security cameras (Death of VMS Servers Has Begun?).
As usual, the discussions were detailed and spirited providing detailed information on the cutting edge in the video surveillance world. One highlight of the day, was the discussion of the Panoramic Shootout Results which included performance assessments of Panoramic cameras from a wide variety of manufacturers including Axis, Panasonic, Mobotix, Vivotek, Immervision, Sentry360, Sony and others.
Detailed results of the Panoramic Shootout (as well as honest reviews of many other IP security cameras and related products) are available at the IPVM website: IPVM.com
Membership is required to review the test results and detailed information contained in the report, however, the modest membership fee is well worth the cost for those seeking to get the most out of their investment into IP security camera systems. IPVM also provides excellent training materials for professionals and facilitates outstanding forums where information is cross exchanged among professionals in the security industry. A worthy investment indeed.
Yahoo article regarding home security measures, and yes surveillance cameras are listed as a measure. While security cameras can’t always prevent crime and are by no means foolproof, they can serve as a useful deterrent in some cases and provide evidence in the event that a crime does occur. Furthermore, security cameras can provide useful information about suspicious activity around your house and neighborhood which can then be provided to local police departments so that they can beef up patrols in your area. Read more on home security measures in the article:
A comprehensive home security plan that incorporates some or all of these measures in combination will work the best to prevent crime before it happens.
The Dept. of Homeland Security U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is warning users to disable UPnP due to possible security holes that may allow users PCs and network devices such as security cameras etc. to be hijacked remotely. There may be as many as 50 million devices including webcams, security systems etc. that may be vulnerable.
I recently installed a Foscam FI8918 IP camera and after installing the software on my Windows 7 PC noticed that the shortcut created by the installation program (for the IP Camera Tool) on the desktop didn’t seem to work. I kept clicking on the shortcut but the IP Camera Tool (used to detect the Foscam camera on your network) would not start at all.
This is apparently due to the installation software creating the shortcut on the desktop with a path pointing to C:\Windows\System32\IPCamera.exe which is the path you want for a 32-bit operating system. However, if you have a 64-bit version of Windows 7 the appropriate path is C:\Windows\SysWOW64\IPCamera.exe.
After navigating to the SysWOW64 folder I located the IPCamera.exe file and right-clicked to create a shortcut on the desktop (with the correct path of C:\Windows\SysWOW64\IPCamera.exe).
I was then able to click on the desktop shortcut to start the IP Camera Tool program which assisted in me in finding the settings for the camera.
This is one of those little quirks in the world of IP camera installation (of which there are many right now) so I wanted to get this out there in case others are experiencing it.
By the way, this problem and the solution to it is described near the back of the User Manual (on page 43). They really ought to put this near the beginning of the manual!
After some work on the network settings and router port forwarding I did get the camera to function just fine and am now enjoying this IP camera.