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.
- Login to your Foscam. (Not sure how? Check this post.)
- 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.
- Click “Device Management” at the bottom left.
- Click “Users Settings”
- Delete any entries that exist
- Enter a new username, password, and set the group to “Administrator”
- 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:
- Still logged in on your Foscam? In the same settings area, click “UPnP Settings”.
- 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.
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:
- Go to http://foscam.us/firmware.html and fill out your information
- Foscam will send you an email with links to your Foscam model’s firmware
- Download the latest firmware on a laptop or computer near your wireless router
- Grab an ethernet cable and plug in your laptop or computer into your wireless router if it isn’t already
- Login to your Foscam
- Click “Upgrade Device Firmware” in the right column.
- Click the “Choose File” button next to Upgrade Device Firmware
- Find the file on your Computer
- Click Submit
- 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.
- 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!
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