Are Blink Cameras Safe From Hackers?
Do you have concerns about whether or not your Blink Camera has been hacked?
While these cameras are very secure and the possibility is very slim, there are ways you can check. This article will review your camera’s settings to see if you have been hacked.
We will also go through some ways that you can better secure your security camera from hackers. While a hack is unlikely, it is good to be aware and take preventative measures if it is possible.
This can also be helpful if you want to check to see if someone is trying to access your camera without your permission. Most security cameras can be remotely accessed and controlled by using the app on your phone or computer (assuming the camera is on the same network).
How Will You Know If Your Blink Camera Is Hacked?
There are several different ways that you can tell if your Blink camera was hacked:
- The first thing you will want to do is check your online account settings. With most cameras, there will be a login screen that you can log into. You will be able to see if there are any recent logins from another location or time than your own. If there are, this means someone else has logged into your account and taken control of your camera.
- Recent activity from unknown IP addresses, logins outside your regular hours, and unusual behavior from the device, such as a change in light patterns or movement detection.
- You will want to also check the history on your account to see what was recorded on the camera recently. If you notice something odd or unusual here, it could be another clue that someone is accessing your camera without your permission.
- You may also notice that you have a lot of video data saved on the cloud that you didn’t record. This could be because a hacker has recorded your video without you knowing it!
Suppose you have checked these and still find suspicious activity and think you may have been compromised. In that case, you should contact Blink support immediately so they can help further investigate the situation.
Blink Camera Privacy Concerns
There are a number of privacy concerns to think about when considering a Blink camera or any other wireless security camera that connects to the internet. These include:
- Data theft.
- Accessing and spying on camera footage.
- Accessing and spying on audio footage.
- Disabling the camera.
Things Blink Did To Help Prevent Hacking
From what I can tell, Blink has done a great job at making its cameras as secure as possible against hacking. They are constantly updating their software and ensuring that everything is working as well as possible.
They also decided to make 2-factor authentication mandatory with all their user accounts to help prevent anyone from accessing your account without your knowledge. When you log into the account, you will need to enter your password, and a code sent via text message to your phone. This extra step makes it harder for hackers to access your camera and account without them knowing about it.
Additionally, they have an entire team dedicated to security and ensuring that everything is as safe as possible. They have done an excellent job at preventing hacks and will likely never have this happen to their customers.
Still, it is good to be aware of how to keep your camera safe in case this does happen in the future.
Steps to Secure Your Blink Camera From Hacking
If you want to give yourself the best chance of not being hacked, there are some things that you can do to prevent it from happening to you. This applies to Blink XT2 outdoor security cameras, video doorbells, Blink Mini, etc.
- Keeping the firmware up to date is the easiest way to avoid hacking. To do this, simply go into your Blink app, open Settings, tap General and then tap Software Updates. I would also recommend turning on automatic updates to ensure that your security cameras are always up to date.
- Change your password to something more secure by going into your settings and tapping the password under the General tab. If you are worried that someone may know your password, consider changing it as a precaution.
- Make sure you use 2-factor authentication on your cameras to help avoid hacking. Two Factor Authentication involves having both a password and a code sent to your phone to verify your identity when logging into an account. As of March 20, 2020, this has been a mandatory feature for all accounts, so you are probably already using it.
While it is pretty rare, hackers occasionally gain access to security cameras and change settings or record footage without the owner’s permission. The steps we have taken in this article can help you check to see if this has happened to you and also give you steps to help prevent it from happening in the future.