Tuesday, October 22, 2019
How Two Step Password Protection Keeps You Safe From Hackers
Recent news stories about less
expensive cameras sold by Amazon being hacked should be a wake-up
call to anyone trying to buy a hidden camera. A consumer watchdog
group revealed that “certain cheap IP cameras found on Amazon can
easily let hackers into users' homes.” Most of the less expensive
cameras use single step password protection or no password protection
The hidden camera buyer may not even
understand the difference until a hacker has already watched them
for several days via their security cameras. That hacker now knows
their morning routine, when someone is at home or not, and possibly
even the security code to a house alarm.
The difference between single step
vs. two step password protection
Single step protection means that a
snoop or a spy only has to guess one password, usually the one
protecting your user account, to gain access to the camera. Two step
protection means that the user account has a password - and the
camera ALSO has a password. Once the user sets the password for the
camera it is yours and yours alone. Not even tech support for most
camera manufacturers can access your camera's password.
Some basic password tips
Don’t use any
personal information, birthdays, anniversaries, children’s names or
“your regular password”. Using a standard password for
everything may seem easy but if it is found out, then every account
that you used that password on is compromised. Also, popular but easy
to guess are favorite sports teams, bands or college names. Strange
combinations of swear words may seem to be safe but still are not as
secure as you may think. The best passwords include a capitol letter
and a lower case letter and at least 1 number and a character such
as @,#,* etc.
Investing in a two step password
The SleuthGear line of cameras features
the SG Home DVR; a memory card based hidden camera with Wi-Fi local
and remote view, and the SG Home CVR; a cloud based hidden camera
system that also offers live and remote view and recording via Wi-Fi
using our SG Home app. Not only is the SG Home app use a U.S. based
password protected server; the app and camera together require two
passwords to be set. The process to set up this two-step password
protection is simple and straightforward.
Monday, September 23, 2019
Don't Let A Foreign Government Ruin Your Morning
This morning the kids were running late, the bus was running early, and you ran out of time to make a quick call to your mom in her new assisted living center.
Finally at your desk, you log in to the remote view camera you installed when she moved in – but instead of seeing your mom's cheerful living room you see a black screen. No picture, no live feed. The camera just stopped working. Looks like the cheap camera you chose has a peace-of-mind cost that you weren't planning on.
KJB uses Amazon Web Servers (AWS) for our line of IP remote view cameras. These servers are all based in the United States. All SleuthGear cameras use AWS to provide live remote view and recording. Unlike less expensive cameras, SleuthGear cameras use a two stage log in and a required password. This two stage authentication protects your videos from getting into the wrong hands, not only from your device but also from the servers housing your videos. Amazon Web Servers require any person using their server to have that dedicated password. Yes the two step authentication can be a bit more complicated set up – but do you want that video of Mom in her new apartment available for strangers to easily hack?
Speaking of your mom's new apartment let's get back to that blank screen. Recently the remote feed from IP cameras similar to SleuthGear was suddenly shut down by the foreign governments housing those servers with no explanation. Individuals using those cameras were left without a live feed and questioned if their recorded videos had been hacked. But customers using KJB's SleuthGear Hidden Cameras reported no such interruption. Amazon Web Servers were not affected.
KJB Security does not make short term security products. We've been in the hidden and remote camera business for twenty years. We back our products with America based tech support and take your peace-of-mind seriously.
Want to see a step by step guide to set up our Amazon Web Server based SleuthGear cameras? For Android users click here
, iOS users click here
Thursday, August 15, 2019
3 Tips for Selling Your Customers DIY Hidden Cameras
While hidden camera designers can be
very inventive when hiding a video camera inside a household
object, they may not be as imaginative as a DIYer! Read up on our
tips for showing off a hidden camera to the DIY audience:
• Make sure the DIY customer knows
about the battery life of the camera if applicable and how placement
might affect that. High traffic areas will run down battery life
causing disappointment for the uninformed DIY customer.
• Educate the DIY customer about the
difference between a stand alone DVR and a wi-fi camera. When the
customer buys a hidden camera kit to “reverse engineer” an object
in their home they may NOT think about how easy it is to go back and
retrieve the recorded footage. Explain that a DVR hidden camera
captures hidden video on an onboard memory card. While there is no
need to set up this stand-alone DVR camera onto a household wi-fi
network the customer also will not be able to view the footage
remotely or retrieve it without returning to where the camera is
placed. A wi-fi enable hidden video camera will allow the user to
view the footage remotely possibly making returning for the camera
• Encourage the DIY hidden camera
customer to be creative! Think about objects peculiar to their office
or home that would work as good hidden video decoys. Are they
concerned about neglect at their doggie day spa? Then consider adding
a pinhole hidden camera to a food bowl or dog treat container. Do
they run a skating rink or arcade and suspect some skaters have
figured out how to hack the change machine? Then a DIY project
placing a hidden camera in an arcade prize might be the ticket to
changing that bad behavior.
Understanding the limits and benefits
of a hidden camera along with creating a camera unique to the space
it is monitoring are key steps to a successful DIY undercover
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Is a Smart Phone App the same as a Detection Device?
Is a Smart Phone App the same as a Detection Device?
As the news cycle shows recent stories of spying threats in
hotel rooms and rental houses many developers are touting smart phone apps as
an option for scanning a space for hidden bugs or video cameras. But how
effective are these apps? We took a look and discovered some key differences
between common 'detection' apps and the average handheld detection device.
Most of the smart phone apps require your phone to have a
magnetic field sensor or they will not work. The magnetic field sensor is
similar to what is found in a stud finder or compass app and not all phones
come equipped with it. Handheld detectors like a camera finder or an RF signal
detector do not require any additional technology to work with the exception of
Detection from a distance
The smart phone apps did find hidden camera lens and RF
signals but only when the user was really close to the hidden camera or hidden
bug. The camera lens detection option on
the apps we tried caused the smart phone's light to flash slowly in order to
reflect off of the hidden lens. The light from the phone managed to reflect on
the lens when the distance between the hidden camera and the smart phone was
closed to about 15 inches apart. Trying a basic handheld detection device like
Finder or a Hidden
Camera RF Detector the flashing LEDs on the detection devices picked up the
hidden lens from about 15 feet away.
The smart phone apps did not offer much ability to change
the sensitivity of detection. The magnetic field sensor did do a good job
finding electronics but it found all of them. So a camera hidden in a picture
was easy to locate. A camera hidden in a clock radio was masked by all the
other electronics inside. Likewise, the apps that detected RF signals picked up
signals for everything from a wireless mouse to the hidden video transmitter.
Using a Wireless
Camera Detector we were able to narrow the sensitivity and focus on areas
that were most likely to have a hidden
camera or listening device.
Smart phone apps are a viable solution for a one time scan
of a very small, bare, space. But for even an average sized space, like a hotel
room, it would take a fair amount of patience and time to scan the entire area.
Even then a camera or hidden bug inside a clock or electronic device could be
missed due to the interference from non spying electronics. For users traveling
frequently or users concerned about spying outside of hidden camera or bugs
such as GPS trackers, a handheld detection device could be a good investment.