Last week’s global ransomware attack exposed how vulnerable we are in the cyber-world. Although the WannaCry incident mostly targeted businesses, householders can also easily become targets of cyber criminals. These bad guys don’t need to go anywhere near your premises to steal from you – they can take what they like, invisibly.
Ironically, sometimes haphazard attempts in cybersecurity expose you to more risk. According to a recent Consumer Council report, DIY home surveillance systems can be bought for as little as HK$228, and are easy to self-install, but regardless of the price, these systems are themselves also vulnerable to hacking. For one, many surveillance cameras are automatically linked to the manufacturer’s server. Depending on the level of security, this has the potential to endanger the end-user’s personal data. Using the factory default login password on the device poses the most obvious – though by no means the only – risk.
In the worst-case scenario, hackers can use the information they gather from your connected devices at home to plan actual physical attacks such as burglary. But even when cybersecurity is in order, the possibility of physical threats should not be overlooked. Fortifying your home is important even in a relatively safe city such as Hong Kong.
Axis Communications, a leader in networked video surveillance, says homeowners’ initial level of protection is to try and deter burglars. The global company’s solution comprises thermographic cameras and smart applications which enable residents to keep an eye on their premises, regardless of whether they are at home at the time.
Gazeley says there is no difference between physical and cyber threats when it comes to home security. The bottom line from the experts is to take security into your own hands and protect your home online and offline.