By Garrett Savage
On December 2nd In IP Solutions, IP Surveillance Video, IP Tech Tips
Tags: ADI, ADI Global, Commercial Security, IP Address, IP Cameras, IP Devices, Network Security, Networking Installations, Password, Password Security, surveillance systems, Video Surveillance
When it comes to IP security for recording devices that are used for video storage, the management of user passwords is vital to the continued operation and safety of the system. Should the passwords to a device be lost or changed, whether maliciously or by accident, it could mean a catastrophic loss of video surveillance data. If the video-laden hard drive is removed and plugged into a different device or PC, often the hard drive will be automatically reformatted, losing all recorded video in the process. In most cases, the only way to retrieve the recorded video is to return the “locked out” device to the manufacturer.
Here are some best practices when handling and distributing usernames and passwords for video storage devices to end-users:
1. Don’t give the end-user the “Admin” or “root” level password – This is the cause of most problems such as the one described above. Only the installing/servicing company should retain the top level username and password. Most devices allow permissions to be granted that allow users to perform any function including the issuing and deleting of user passwords. That user, however, will not have the ability to alter the “Admin” top level password. In the event that anything should happen that results in passwords being lost or erroneously changed, the installing company can access the top level password and fix the problem. This rule should be applied to all IP physical security devices that provide multiple user/password combinations.
2. Do use strong passwords – Always use passwords that are a minimum of eight characters long, using lowercase and capital letters, as well as numbers and special characters such as $,%,^, and #. This will help prevent external or internal hackers from guessing simple passwords such as the company name or address.
3. Do use unique passwords for each individual client device – Many companies commonly use the same password for every DVR or device from a specific manufacturer. This makes for a dangerous practice since once someone with malicious intent acquires this universal password, they gain access to every device that is accessible by using that password. This is very important for any devices that provide live or recorded video over the Internet, as the password can also be used to access such devices remotely. To avoid this problem, you should ensure every client device has a unique password that is not duplicated on any other IP device installed by a particular electronic security contractor.
By Russell Vail (President & CEO of ipDatatel)
On November 23rd In Communications, Intrusion, IP Solutions, Networking
Tags: 2G Sunset, 2G Technology, 3G, 4G, ADI, ADI Global, Alarm Systems, Cellular, Cellular Technology, Installations, Intrusion Alarms, ipDatatel, Network equipment
AT&T has announced plans to sunset its 2G technology as it shifts spectrum capacity to its 3G and 4G networks. The planned shutdown date is January 1, 2017. All 2G devices, including alarm panels operating on 2G Technology, will no longer work in this new environment. Changes, such as the sun-setting of the 2G [...]
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By Garrett Savage
On October 21st In IP Solutions, IP Surveillance Video, Video Surveillance
Tags: ADI, ADI Global, H.264, H.265, HD Video Surveillance Camera, IP Cameras, surveillance systems, video camera, Video Compression, Video Encoder, video equipment, Video Surveillance
As the development of video compression technology continues to advance, High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is quickly rising to the forefront of the field. This technology, also called H.265 is being widely embraced by video content providers and carriers, including the manufacturers of IP surveillance cameras and equipment who were previously using the H.264 compression codec. [...]
By Stu Tisdale
On October 10th In Fire, Life Safety
Tags: ADI, ADI Global, ASD, Aspirating Smoke Detection, Commercial Fire Safety, Fire Alarm, Fire Alert Systems, Fire Safety, Fire Safety Systems, Life Safety, Smoke Detection Systems
Most Aspirating Smoke Detection (ASD) systems on the market are geared for large areas, roughly 2000 square feet or more in size. These systems are designed specifically to detect smoke and fire activity in open spaces and large areas where smoke dilution and stratification can occur as the smoke is either stretched across a large [...]
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By Stu Tisdale
On September 23rd In Fire, Installation & Cabling, Wire and Cable
Tags: ADI, ADI Global, cable, Cable Certification, Cable Qualification, Cable Verification, Fire Alarm Cable, Fire Safety, Fire Safety Systems, Honeywell, Installations, Striped Fire Alarm Cable
When you’re 30 feet off the ground in a lift basket in a dimly lit warehouse, isolating a cable in a bundle of red fire cables can be challenging, to say the least. While you toil away trying to isolate the right cable, your boss is beginning to wonder why it’s taking so long to [...]
By ADI Global Distribution
On September 16th In A/V, Access, ADI Corporate Messages, Audio/Video, Communications, Events, Installation & Cabling
Tags: ADI, ADI Global, Axis Communications, Belden, CEDIA, Commercial AV, Digital Signage, Digital Signage Installations, Digital Signage Sales, Dymo, Greenlee, Hikvision, Home Audio, Honeywell, Interlogix, IP Cameras, IP Devices, IP Video, LG, Logitech, Network equipment, Networking Installations, Optex America, Platinum Tools, Pro AV, Residential AV, Tools, Trendnet, Vanco, Z-Wave