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Home Security Hacking: How to protect yourself

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - What happens when you're not home? Thanks to security cameras, you can now answer that question. But before you buy a smart camera, you need to know how to protect yourself from getting hacked. The safety precautions are pretty basic, but if you don't follow them, there could be big consequences.

Fort Wayne's NBC Today anchor Julian Teekaram interviewed Fort Wayne resident Michael about his Nest security cameras and why he has them.

This past September, someone broke into his wife's car and he caught the whole thing on tape.

Although police never caught the suspect, Michael believes cameras stop potential trespassers.

"I feel like if they know it's there they'll be deterred. And if they do come, they've got a clear shot of who it is. You can't hide from it," said Michael.

Michael does take advantage of Nest's security features like two-factor authentication, but he's not worried about getting hacked because his cameras are outside.

But what if your camera is inside?

In Mississippi, a stranger gained access to a family's RING camera and started talking to their 8-year-old daughter.

So how do you protect yourself?

We asked the experts.

Kristopher Roberts heads the School of Information and Technology at Ivy Tech.

He says a secure password and multi-factor authentication can prevent your device from getting hacked.

The longer the password, the better. So more than 8 characters.

"It can be a little cumbersome, but it is well worth the extra ten seconds to complete," said Roberts.

Following the recent string of alarming RING Doorbell hacks, the company now requires all of its customers use two-factor authentication.

Julian Teekaram

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