Making Sure Your System is Secure

Making Sure Your System is Secure

Surveillance systems can offer unparalleled levels of security and peace-of-mind.  Many people, however, still have some reservations about inviting a third eye into their homes–and we don’t blame them.  Network surveillance systems (NVR systems, IP Network Cameras, etc.) are the new standard, holding many advantages over analog systems (such as flexibility, video quality, simple installation, remote viewing, etc.).  However, they also introduce some security risks if you do not take the proper precautions.  To keep your system secure, a few essential steps need to be taken.

Besides making sure that your wireless router is encrypted and password protected, changing your security system and cameras’ default password is more important than you might think.  Recently, an article was published about a new website that was live streaming thousands of people’s video feeds from cameras all over the world without their permission.  The thing they had in common?  They were still using their default passwords.  Here is our guide to help you ensure that only you and those whom you have given permission can access your Zmodo surveillance system.

Making Sure Your System is Secure

Encrypt and password protect your wireless router

Your entire system is going to be connected to your wireless router, which means that if someone can access your router, they could potentially access everything that’s connected to it.  With a simple encryption and password protection, your router can be adequately secured:

        1) Find your router’s username and password.  If you’ve never changed it before, then you can check this website for your router’s default password.

        2) Plug in a Windows PC to the same wireless router as your NVR system.

        3) Open the command prompt.

                  a) If you’re using Windows 7, press the Start button and type “cmd” into the search bar.

                  b) If you’re using Windows 8, right click on the Start button and select “Command Prompt”.

       4) In the command prompt, type “ipconfig” and press Enter.

       5) The router’s IP address is listed under “Default Gateway”.

       6) Open Internet Explorer, and type the IP address found in step 5 in the address bar.

       7) Find the wireless security options, and set your encryption as “WPA2 Personal”.

       8) Set a strong password for your wireless router.

Change your NVR’s password

When setting up your NVR, one of the first things that you should do is to change your password from the default password.  If you haven’t already done so, it isn’t too late:

       1) Power on your NVR and open the Main Menu.

       2) Open the “General Settings” page.

       3) Under the “Account Management” tab, highlight the account that you want to edit (be sure that you also change the “admin” account) and press “Edit Account”.

       4) Enter your old password, and set a new, strong password.

Change your IP camera’s passwords

IP cameras, while physically connected to the NVR, are individually connected to the internet.  This means that password protecting your NVR does not necessarily prevent access to your individual IP cameras, which makes it essential that you change the passwords for your IP cameras:

     1) Connect your Windows PC to the same network that your NVR is connected to.

     2) Download our free IPC Search software.  Clicking the hyperlink will begin your download automatically.  Using this software will help you find the IP address of your cameras.  Run the .exe file and install the software onto your computer.

     3) Open the program once the installation is completed.

     4) Once you see your device name, jot down the IP address for the device that you want to edit.  If you do not already see your device listed, press the “Refresh” button.

     5) Open Internet Explorer, and type the IP address into the address bar.  Your computer will prompt you to install a plugin from EP Technology Co; do so to continue.  (If you don’t see the prompt, please follow the instructions on our knowledge base to enable ActiveX prompting, then install the plugin).

     6) A login screen will appear.  Enter the default user “admin” and the default password “111111”.

     7) Open the settings menu, and under “System Settings” select “User Management”.  Highlight the user that you wish to edit (you must change the “admin” account as well) and press “Modify”.

     8) Input the new password and press “Submit”.

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