Exposed: Private webcams opened up to public viewInsecam shows how easy it is to tap into home-security webcams, Apple offers tool to de-register numbers from iMessage, and the new Call of Duty blocks Share Play on Sony's PlayStation 4.
It's time for a scary wake up call about webcam passwords. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your cnet update. [MUSIC] You should never be using the default password comes with a device. And that includes your video security system. One creepy website is proof why passwords matter. Inescam.com is streaming footage of more that 73,000 webcams from around the world without the knowledge of the owners. The site was able to access these security surveillance feeds because the owners used default admin passwords. Or something very basic like 1,2,3,4,5. If you use a default password on your webcam then your living room or your child's bedroom maybe on this website. There are more than 11,000 camera feeds coming from the US, and if that wasn't awful enough, the video feeds also show location. Some security camera companies, such as Foscam, Linksys, and Panasonic, offer these pre-programmed, simple logins during setup. Foscam has responded by requiring users to change their passwords right away, so no one can use the defaults anymore. Let's move on to another tech headache. Anyone who has switched from using an iPhone to Android usually has to deal with a big problem, missing text messages. Apple's iMessage is often the culprit, but Apple has come up with a solution to help cut a phone number free from iMessages. Here's what tends to go wrong. When you have a iPhone, your phone number is signed up for iMessage. That sends your text to other iPhone owners over data networks and Wi-Fi, but if you switch your phone number to Android, Windows, or Blackberry, well you have to turn iMessage off, or Apple thinks your phone number is still tied to an iPhone, and messages sent to you from other iPhone users. Get stuck in some sort of Apple limbo never making it to your new phone. Sometimes turning iMessage off doesn't work, and Apple has been sued over this bug, but to fix it Apple now has a website where you can deregister your phone number from iMessage, even if you don't have that iPhone with you anymore. Speaking of bugs, Sony has released a fix to a major bug in the latest Playstation 4 system update. It prevented consoles from waking up after going into stand by mode. Downloading the latest updates should fix it. But users are discovering a new problem that isn't a glitch. Game publishers are able to block the share play feature on the PS4 which is supposed to let friends share games over the internet. With share play two PS4 owners can play a single copy of one game but. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare blocks all Share Play functionality. Activision, which makes Call of Duty, says it's still evaluating if it'll support the feature. That's your tech news update. There's always more www.cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.