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Police warn of surveillance video being streamed online

Police officers in Lehigh County are warning residents to watch out for prying eyes.

The Emmaus Police Department said it was contacted by a person who found a website live streaming security cameras with a link to cameras in Emmaus.

Emmaus Police Department Detective Jason Apgar says home owners are definitely doing the right thing by getting a security camera but, if the camera’s stream is hacked then it could be doing more harm than good.

"It would be like opening your door for the whole world to see, and if you didn't know that was happening, that's obviously a concern.

There could be issues with potential thefts or burglaries or anything,” said Apgar.

Det. Apgar says there are websites live streaming security cameras but authorities are not identifying those sites to prevent more web traffic there.

There is good news, though, as there are several ways to prevent unwanted viewers.

One way is to make sure your camera is password protected and its security options are activated.

Also, the Federal Trade Commission says many cameras come with default passwords that are posted online.

By simply changing the password to anything else, preferably something complex, goes a long way toward preventing any hacking.

The FTC also encourages camera owners to make sure their software is up to date.and their wi-fi connections are secure.


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