Foscam IP cameras are the best video baby monitors. The flexibility to be able to use your iPhone, Android, tablet, or browser to view the live feed of your little one is unbeatable. If you haven’t set your Foscam up yet, make sure to check out this post on How to Use a Foscam as a Baby Monitor.

But, you may have heard on the news that someone’s Foscam was hacked into and was used by someone on the internet to say bad things to a child using the Foscam’s speaker. That hacker needs a life. Here’s what you need to do to make sure you protect your Foscam from hackers. Roll up your sleeves, this will be a worthwhile 20 minutes to ensure you’re secure.

Set a Password

While the news article didn’t specify, I’d put big money down that the parent who had their Foscam hacked didn’t set a password on their Foscam. Really, this is like leaving your home’s front door wide open and getting robbed. So, this is the first and most effective hole we’ll close.

  1. Login to your Foscam. (Not sure how? Check this post.)
  2. Click “Server Push Mode” since you’re not using Internet Explorer, right? If you’re using Internet Explorer, here’s why you should take a look at using Firefox instead.
  3. Click “Device Management” at the bottom left.
  4. Click “Users Settings”
  5. Delete any entries that exist
  6. Enter a new username, password, and set the group to “Administrator”
  7. There, that was easy and you scared away the vast majority of hackers! Let’s now close a few more holes.

Make sure UPnP is Turned Off

UPnP basically helps create a hole in your home network so that the Foscam can be reached by you when you’re outside your home network. It’s a feature networking pros can take advantage of, but I want my Foscam locked down as tight as possible. Here’s how to turn UPnP off:

  1. Disable UPnP on FoscamStill logged in on your Foscam? In the same settings area, click “UPnP Settings”.
  2. Uncheck the box “Using UPnP to Map Port”

If you’ve never heard of UPnP before, then that is all you need to do. If you have heard of UPnP or have fiddled with your wireless router’s settings extensively, it may be a good idea to login to your home’s wireless router and make sure UPnP isn’t running on your wireless router either.

Update Foscam FirmwareUpdate Your Foscam’s Firmware

Manufacturers release updates to make devices as secure as possible. Foscam releases firmware updates regularly and it’s a good idea to update your Foscam periodically. It’s a little more time consuming, but it’s a good idea to do during initial setup and occasionally thereafter. Here’s how to update your Foscam’s firmware:

  1. Go to http://foscam.us/firmware.html and fill out your information
  2. Foscam will send you an email with links to your Foscam model’s firmware
  3. Download the latest firmware on a laptop or computer near your wireless router
  4. Grab an ethernet cable and plug in your laptop or computer into your wireless router if it isn’t already
  5. Login to your Foscam
  6. Click “Upgrade Device Firmware” in the right column.
  7. Click the “Choose File” button next to Upgrade Device Firmware
  8. Find the file on your Computer
  9. Click Submit
  10. Grab a snack. A firmware update isn’t something you want to interrupt halfway through. Be sure that it’s completely done before unplugging your computer.
  11. Another hole patched!

 

Now, your Foscam is protected from hackers and locked down. You can now breathe easy knowing that the only way your camera is accessed is through your home network by someone who knows your Foscam’s username and password.

If you stumble on any of the steps above, shoot me a comment below and I’ll gladly help!

Sweet dreams!

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6 Comments

  1. Sherie says:

    Hi, Thanks for all the great tips so far. Quick question for you, my husband will be accessing the camera feed from work on either his laptop or the app that you recommended. What kind of special set-up do we need for this? Also, would turning the UPnp off not affect this? Thanks for your help!

    • Hey Sherie,

      This is definitely possible, but you need to know that you’ll be opening up a hole for the possibility of the Foscam feed to be seen by someone else. Yes, they’d have to figure out your password or find a way to hack the firmware, but there’s still a chance. I like to make sure ours is completely hidden and inaccessible from others as I stated in the tutorial.

      If you do choose to give it a try anyways, here’s a helpful guide on how to access your Foscam remotely.

  2. […] *Many have asked in the below comments about how to secure the Foscam from any potential hackers. A typical home network’s firewall should be blocking hackers, but it’s a good idea to take some extra precaution as well. Here is a blog post I did on How to Secure Your Foscam from Hackers. […]

  3. Cris says:

    You should change the default port of 80 on the cam as well. This is some additional security.

    • George says:

      obscurity is not security.

      A port scanner (common tool) would quickly discover the relocated port and talking to it would discover it’s protocol. No need to move the port unless you’re already running another web server on that same port on your external IP.

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