11 Suspicious Interior Details That Scream, “Call The Police Right Now!”
Home invasions are scary and intrusive, and across the world, more homes are being transformed by high-tech security devices such as lights, locks, alarms, and camera gadgets to protect them from burglary. While it might be an easy and convenient way to control your home, not many people are aware that the same devices that keep them safe can be used against them by hackers to spy and break into their homes.
We at Bright Side want to share some of the possible hackable devices that are used in homes so that you can identify them and prevent any potential invasions from taking place.
1. Missing data flow
Installing a security camera in your home can be very effective but when there’s missing data flow in the surveillance footage, it’s likely that the system has been tampered with. Checking for any invalid logins and network interuptions can prevent any unusual disruptions.
2. Randomly blinking LED lights
When checking the webcam security footage, be keen on observing the red LED lights and if you notice they’re randomly blinking, it can indicate that the camera system has a hacking problem worth informing the police about.
3. Strange noises coming from the camera
One of the easiest ways to discover an intrusion is by strange noises coming from your camera. For instance, if a strange voice is coming from the camera, it’s a sure indication of trouble.
4. Getting locked out of the Internet via baby monitor
Many types of baby monitors have evolved over the past years from radio transmissions to those that are connected to the internet. Unfortunately, these are prone to hackers and one can even get locked out of the system. Carefully observe such changes and secure your network.
5. An unlocked smart door
The keyless smart locks have become quite popular since they make it easy to enter homes and apartment complexes with just the tap of a finger on a phone. However, they can also be abused by Bluetooth manipulation or can be opened using a thin pick that can unlock the doors manually.
6. An unstable alarm system
If you’ve ever set up an alarm system in your home, then you likely have observed the regular beeps and siren-like sounds it creates indicating that it’s operating efficiently. But if the device keeps going off more than usual, it’s a cause for alarm. Also, if the device has been installed outside, one can physically tamper with it more easily.
7. Signalling a motion detector
Motion detectors normally have dual tech sensors like a microwave sensor and a PIR sensor unit that work together. However, if an intruder is able to tamper with either of them, the sensor will not be detected. Being keen on checking if your detector has been switched off without relaying transmissions would be a good thing to do if you have a home security system.
8. Controlled WiFi-enabled bulbs
Bulbs have also evolved from arc lamps to florescent lighting — and now there are WiFi-enabled bulbs that are even better and smarter. But they also can be controlled by an outside party. A hacker can easily manipulate the lights by turning them on and off or just by changing the colors.
9. A camera that rotates abnormally
Another thing to pay attention to with in-home cameras is when you notice it irregularly following your movements, pointing in a different direction than usual or just by rotating on its own.
10. A camera planted on a hanging hook
Cameras are quite versatile and can be planted on any object, even the wall hooks in your apartment. Next time you’re hanging your things and you see a lense on your wall, unhook it and immediately notify the police.
11. Changed settings
It’s necessary to regularly check whether the camera settings have been changed or left on default. Such mistakes are done by hackers and they can leave some information behind which can be helpful for police.
Secure your Internet-controlled devices and stay safe from any intruders! Have you observed such occurrences in your home? Tell us more in the comments below.