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Have you wondered if your Blink Camera is good and not hacked? Don’t stress. These bad boys are pretty secure, but let’s see if we can check for any suspicious activity.
I can show you the ropes on checking your settings and give you tips on keeping your camera extra secure. In case you know?
And if you’re feeling extra curious, we’ll also show you how to check if someone’s been trying to access your camera without your permission. ‘Cause, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to keep their space safe and private?
And as a bonus, most of these cameras can be controlled remotely through an app on your phone or computer, as long as they’re on the same network.
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.
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.
Let me tell you, they need to catch up regarding security. They’re always on top of their game by updating their software and ensuring everything’s running smoothly.
And get this, they even made 2-factor authentication mandatory for all their user accounts. So when you log in, you gotta enter your password and a code they text to your phone. It’s like an extra layer of protection to keep those hackers outta your business.
But don’t just take my word for it. They have an entire team dedicated to keeping your camera and account safe. They’re basically the Avengers of camera security. So, you can trust that they have got you covered.
Still, it never hurts to know how to keep your camera extra safe, just in case. In case you know?
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 your firmware up to date is a no-brainer when it comes to keeping hackers at bay. And don’t worry, it’s super easy to do. Just pop into your Blink app, hit the Settings section, tap on General, and voila! You’ll see the option to update your software. Pro tip: turn on automatic updates so you never worry about outdated security cameras.
- And while we’re on security, ensure you’re using a solid password. If you’re feeling paranoid that someone may know your current one, change it. Just go into the settings, tap on the General tab, and you’ll see the option to update your password.
- And last but not least, remember to enable 2-factor authentication on your cameras. It’s like having a bodyguard for your account. All you need to do is verify your identity with a code sent to your phone in addition to your password. This feature has been mandatory since March 2020, so you’re probably already rocking 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 here 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.