The makers of Arlo cameras have done their best to ensure the safety of this device from random snooping or hacking.
However, security measures can only work until some bad actors breach them. One of the best ways to prevent a breach is to reverse engineer a system to discover possible flaws.
So, learning about the security vulnerabilities of your security cameras is a prerequisite to being double sure about their safety and security from any possible digital threat.
The manufacturers of these security cameras swear on their immunity from any such hacking or snooping. But, as the base station of the Arlo security camera communicates to the camera devices via wifi, there’s always a potential threat from hackers in the process.
Always remember that a “device” being secure doesn’t mean the information being transferred between the device and wifi/wired access points is protected. Put another way, the camera itself may be secure but the data being transferred from it may be compromised if you don’t follow the basic security protocols.
Here, we discuss some of the most common ways to hack Arlo Pro cameras. Knowing them, you can easily stay prepared for any such snooping or hacking threat to your Arlo camera.
How to Protect Your Arlo Cameras From Hackers?
Step 1. Getting access to the default password
No matter if you use an Arlo security camera or a standard wireless security camera, a malicious script or a person may easily hack into the device by gaining access to the default password. Make sure that your cameras are never active with a default password.
How do malicious parties attempt to hack surveillance systems with default passwords?
They look for the IP address of the security camera. They then look out for the login page of your camera brand and attempt to sign up for your account.
Moreover, they use certain Password engines with a customized list of these devices’ most commonly used passwords. These lists are generally called “dictionaries”.
This happens when most of the Arlo security camera owners don’t think of changing the password of their security cameras. This is where they allow all the hackers to snoop into their devices without any hassle.
To understand this process and protect your cameras, you can try this trick and get access to your own system.
Step 2. Protecting Your User-ID
Another basic method malicious parties try is to get into the Arlo security camera by checking for the default user ID.
Just like the default password, most of the Arlo security camera owners forget to change the user ID and this is where they leave a loophole for the hackers to sneak in.
When they get access to the user ID, they can check into the entire security system and further reset the account accordingly. Make sure to change the default user ID of your security cameras.
Most professional hackers have confirmed the fact that once you have the user ID, sneaking into the user’s phone numbers, email or any other information is as easy as sipping a cup of coffee.
Step 3. Checking Into the Command Line of Codes
Most security camera owners don’t feel the need to update their security systems with the latest firmware.
Hence, the hackers are offered an easy passage to sneak into the device by simply tracking or monitoring the command line of codes.
Quite recently, one of the world’s most recognized security device makers has learned about certain flaws within their security cameras.
Even though immediate actions were taken to track and correct the issue, it raised a lot of eyebrows regarding the safety and security of these devices.
People were concerned that a device that assures them of the safety and security of their valuables and assets had security glitches to deal with. Always keep your firmware up to date.
Step 4. Protecting Your Wi-Fi Access Point
If the malicious party cannot hack into a security camera system, they can further try to sneak into the Wi-Fi device using the abovementioned methods.
No matter how secure the device is, they always communicate by exchanging certain codes via wifi to the connected units.
So, once you have remote access to the Wi-Fi connection, you can easily snoop into the entire security system.
Hacking is an illegal act and one must think twice before getting into any such activity, irrespective of the purpose and reasons.
Still, the methods mentioned above can be used as an ‘eye-opener’ and the owners of the Arlo cameras can then pay special attention while creating the User IDs and Passwords of the security cameras.