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I can't find any guides or helpful forums on how to securely setup a DVR system for remote video surveillance. And by setup I mean - what kind of DVR and how to setup/connect the system to the Internet so it has a good level of security?

From what I've read many DVR's have some sort of default passwords that allow hackers/bots that scan the network to gain almost instant access, yet I didn't find any solutions to this problem - are all DVR's really that vulnerable? Then I've stumbled upon some vague advice on setting up VPN for connecting to the DVR, which again I couldn't understand.

Can you provide advice? Is there a place that provides advice on this subject? If I go with a PC-based DVR solution - is it the same as setting up a PC for remote access, or the DVR card/software would still add the vulnerability of default passwords?

  • there are tons of resources on how to set up VPNs - they just might not be VPN-specific, because they do not need to be – schroeder Oct 4 '17 at 20:27
  • if there are known default credentials, then you should be able to search for the DVR model you want and see if they are published – schroeder Oct 4 '17 at 20:28
  • big tip - don't host the DVR in your home network - set it up in a segregated network – schroeder Oct 4 '17 at 20:28
  • All kinds of tips - that's great and thanks for that! But is there a complete guide on how to setup the whole thing? – kat Oct 5 '17 at 17:17

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