Keeping Video "Peeping Toms" At Bay

By Jeff Neumeyer

August 14, 2013 Updated Aug 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Keeping unwelcome eyes out of your home.

It’s a subject stirred up by an unnerving baby monitor hacking case that might cause you to change your home security routines.

A Texas couple realized that a baby monitor camera in their daughter's bedroom had been commandeered by somebody who seemed to have creepy intentions.

Mark Gilbert of Houston says he recently popped into his two-year old daughter's bedroom, and discovered that someone had remotely taken control of the baby monitor camera, and was saying sexual things to the little girl through the audio feature.

Adam Hull runs “The Spy Place”, a home security business in Fort Wayne.

He counsels customers looking for home surveillance cameras to steer clear of cheaper systems that can easily be compromised.

He says if your neighbor, or worse yet a sexual predator, comes down your street, a wireless baby monitor camera can be an open invitation for invasion of privacy.

" You can indiscriminately broadcast your video signal. Unfortunately, you can go get a wireless receiver from WalMart and drive around, and you'll be able to see anybody's wireless cameras. That's why we do not consider them a secured technology, and we don't offer them here in our store," Hull said.

Instead, he suggests homeowners buy a hardwired closed circuit camera system that he says virtually ensures your privacy is not violated.

If your monitor is Wi-Fi based, you can stay safe by hiding your Wi-Fi network and making sure you have an ironclad login and password, so the bad guys are kept on the outside, unable to look in.

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