Nearly daily, a new article is written on the ease of hacking into IP security cameras – calling into question security camera privacy. Here are articles from Forbes, Network World and even Charleston’s NBC affiliate.

Here’s what to look for if you’re considering IP security cameras:

1. Ability to name camera.

Most cameras come with a standard name, which means that anyone can type in the name of the camera and watch those that aren’t protected.

To ensure your security camera privacy, make sure you change the name of the camera from what it was originally set to. Also, create a password that is more intricate than “password” or your last name.

2. Privacy settings.

Most cameras offer the ability to change the privacy settings, but this may not be included in the set-up instructions OR you may overlook it the first time through. Double and triple check that you have the privacy settings where you want them.

Also, make sure you select a camera that is password protected. Don’t get so caught up in all the fun features that you overlook the most important one.

3. Video Access.

When you’re shopping for a camera, be sure that you know who will have access to your video and whether it is stored in a cloud, off-site or on-site. All of these factors can play into the accessibility of your cameras.