Hackers exploit increased popularity of home security cams

WICHITA, Kan. Security camera technology has become more affordable for homeowners, but, tech experts warn, they're also a target for hackers.

CBS San Francisco reports a woman heard a warning about a nuclear attack over her home-security camera. This was a hoax.

Tech experts like Bill Ramsey warn when the wrong person gains access to your camera, it means they can see inside your home and even talk to you. And it happens more often than most people realize.

"Because they can gain access, they think it's funny," Ramsey says.

And it's not difficult for hackers to gain that access, he says.

"It isn't so much the device itself that people are taking advantage of, it's actually their accounts that you set up to manage the device online. That's really what people are kind of taking control of to manipulate the device."

Once that happens strangers have access to your personal property. Ramsey says the secret to protecting your account is simple.

"Any kind of device, you want to have good, strong passwords involved," he says.

Ramsey advises to try to use a pass phrase, several words put together. He also recommends, if you can, using two-factor authentication.

"Two factor authentication is two things: It's something you have and it's something you know," Ramsey explains. "Something you know is a password, something you have is, your phone for instance will text you a code that you have to be able to log into your account."

If you thought having a WiFi password was enough to keep hackers out, think again, Ramsey warns.

"Not necessarily true at all and that is another way to gain access actually," he says. "It's not as difficult as people think it is to break into the WiFi."

That's why Ramsey says using a strong password for your wireless network is equally important to keep your cameras secure.