Consumers are being warned about a new website that broadcasts live feeds from insecure webcams and baby monitors.
The website has published footage from webcams, CCTV cameras and baby monitors from insecure cameras located in most countries around the world.
It has more than 500 feeds from UK homes and offices alone, with images from people’s bedrooms, garages, kitchens and gardens.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is warning that live broadcasts and still images are appearing on the Russian-based website as a result of people using their devices’ default passwords or no passwords at all.
The ICO is urging the public to ensure they create unique and strong passwords for their webcams and baby monitors to prevent having their footage broadcast online.
To keep abreast of the latest scams check out the Which? Consumer Rights Scam Watch guide.
Protect yourself from prying eyes
The ICO has provided Which? with the name of the website but we have taken a decision not to publish it.
The ICO said: ‘With 350,000 of these cameras sold in the UK alone last year, this is a threat that all of us need to be aware of and be taking action to protect against.’
When cameras are sold they usually have a simple default password or none at all.
But these passwords are freely available online so it’s vital that you change the default settings before using these devices.
Many of these devices enable you to view the camera’s footage remotely over the internet. If you don’t wish to do this, go into the device’s security settings and see if you can turn off this function.
Selecting this option shouldn’t normally stop you from viewing the footage via your home Wi-Fi network.
Beware of the latest scams
Fraudsters and scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated which means we need to be more vigilant especially when it comes to transacting online and using devices online.