Is Your Home Security System Talking to You?
Here is a story in home automation and security that has been getting a lot of attention over the last couple of months. Since I am in the home automation and home security business in Colorado Springs myself, I was shocked and confused as I wondered how such a thing could happen, and the explanation is simple. We are not taking care of our sensitive information.
I am going to be the first to say that I used to use the same password for most things I consider to be trivial, such as my subscription to ESPN, Disney +, and Netflix, but after hearing this story, I decided to be more cautious. Surprisingly these bad actors were gaining access to these encrypted Ring home security cameras and devices through new software that collects and stores the stolen username and password combinations from other digital platforms. I know, right? That old Myspace account you no longer have access to is possibly still haunting you. I know what you are thinking. Sometimes I wonder what Tom is up to nowadays as well. But seriously, it turns out we all should be taking better care of the passwords we use to access our more sensitive information, and that includes the username and password you use to control your home security system and surveillance cameras.
As if having someone creep on you through your security system isn't bad enough, these guys were also live-streaming their pranks on the popular gaming chat app Discord. If you don't know what Discord is, it is probably because you were born in the '80s, early '80s ;). It is a freeware VoIP application and digital distribution platform that the kids are using nowadays for entertainment. That's right, entertainment. You and your family sitting around watching The Voice and decorating the Christmas tree is entertainment. What worries me is how long this has been happening, and it makes me wonder what weird things I have been doing when I think nobody is looking.
The moral of the story is that we all should be exercising more caution when it comes to creating unique username and password combinations in this digital age. Consider using apps like LastPass to store multiple usernames and passwords in one place so you can use different passwords for each username and password you save instead of using just one or two that you can easily remember. LastPass will also require a second form of authentication for access, so that is an added layer of security. Go a step further and use two-factor authentication or 2FA on all your most sensitive passwords. You can use the google 2FA app to help you with this. Click HERE to set up your 2FA ap with google.
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