Wireless security camera systems are becoming more and more commonplace, what with prices and installation costs going down. You can basically nab entire wireless security camera kits – including cameras and DVRs – from online retailers anywhere between two hundred and three hundred bucks.
After the revelations of widespread cyber-spying by the National Security Agency, though, people have become more and more vocal against being monitored without their consent.
The question is, what effect do these revelations have on those that rely on wireless security camera systems to protect their properties and enterprises?
General Acceptance Of Overt Surveillance Protection
For starters, the whole NSA deal was about the government monitoring emails, phone calls and online activities of ordinary citizens. Security cameras were not that big of an issue in people’s minds, especially since their anger was focused on the US government as well as the tech and communications giants that were sharing this information – Google, Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T and other similar titans in the world of digital communications.
Public sentiment against cameras out in the open, however, did not rise up as violently. Most people still don’t care about discreet wireless surveillance camera systems being installed all over the place – especially if these cameras were trained on the private property of the camera’s owner. The public understands that these cameras are designed not to pry into their individual affairs but to protect private assets.
Heightened Public Sentiment Against Covert Surveillance
While the average wireless security camera systems are not being openly criticized by most people, it is the hidden variants trained to target a specific person or groups of people that are getting unwelcome attention from the public.
State laws across the US vary when it comes to covert surveillance, but using any form of recording device to a) capture audio conversations and b) monitor the actions of one specific person could get you in trouble with the courts. This is doubly true when you are doing all this without the clear consent – often in writing – of those being monitored.
Simply put, you will get into a lot of trouble if you are going to use your wireless security camera systems to ‘spy’ on people and listen in on their conversations.
Growing Adoption Of Encrypted Data
Now, what can you do if you do not want any external entity – from government agencies like the NSA to some high-tech hacker working for crooks – from accessing the archive you captured from your wireless CCTV cameras?
Why, get a model that encrypts its data!
Most complete security camera packages come with the cameras themselves plus a run-of-the-mill DVR. If you want to protect the data being streamed from your cameras to the DVR along with the videos already on your DVR, then you will want to invest in models that have the ability to encrypt the files as they are being transmitted.
This encryption basically scrambles the data that is being created and stored by your wireless security camera systems. This data is ‘unscrambled’ once it receives a unique key from the hardware on your end, and this key is generated randomly each time you access the system.
Such a system is not a guarantee against mundane methods of espionage, like when someone steals the hard drive containing the footage, but it can significantly impede anyone trying to use your wireless security camera systems remotely via Wi-Fi, 3G or other wireless forms of Internet access. This is, perhaps, the best and most cost-effective way to protect your data from spies and crooks alike!
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