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A complete list of default CCTV passwords for you to change

A complete list of default CCTV passwords for you to change
Changing the default password might seem like an obvious step, but many customers don’t do it, leaving their devices vulnerable to hackers and malware.
Changing the default password is one of the simplest and most important measures to protect your video surveillance cameras from cyberattacks. Even amateur hackers can access your devices if you fail to change the passwords that companies provide. Several reports have shown that one of the major reasons for cybersecurity breaches on physical security devices is default passwords.
 
Changing the default password might seem like an obvious step, but the bitter truth is that many customers don’t do it, leaving their devices vulnerable to hackers and malware. In many cases, customers are unaware of the concept of default passwords, and not all systems integrators make an effort to let them know of its importance.
 
But before changing the default CCTV password, it is essential that customers know what they are. Unfortunately, finding the default password is often not easy without reading the entire user manual. This article will make your life easier, presenting the default passwords of major video surveillance camera brands. We recommend using complex passwords that have no resemblance to the default ones. 

Default surveillance camera passwords

ACTi

Username: admin/123456 or
Password: Admin/123456
 

Amcrest

Username: admin/
Password: admin
 

American Dynamics

Username: admin/admin
Password: admin/9999 
 

Arecont Vision

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

AvertX

Username: admin
Password: 1234
 

Avigilon

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Axis Communications

Historically the default password was “root”, and the password was “pass”. But in new Axis cameras, you would need to make a password in the first login. For ONVIF access, the “root/pass” combination could be used, but to log into the camera, you would need to create a root password.
 

Basler

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Bosch

Default usernames and passwords are not required for Bosch cameras, but you will be asked to make new passwords in the latest firmware.
 

Brickcom

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Canon

Username: root
Password: camera
 

Cisco

There is no default password - you will have to create a password during your first log in.
 

CP Plus

Username: admin
Password: password or admin
 

Dahua Technology

In the new models: you need to create a password during the first login.
In older devices: username: admin, password: admin
 

Digital Watchdog

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

D-Link

Username: admin
Password: <blank>
 

DRS

Username: admin
Password: 1234
 

DVTel

Username: Admin
Password: 1234
 

DynaColor

Username: Admin
Password: 1234
 

FLIR

Username: admin
Password: fliradmin
 

FLIR (Dahua OEM)

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

FLIR (Quasar/Ariel)

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Foscam

Username: admin
Password: <blank>
 

GeoVision

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Grandstream

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Hanwha

Username: admin
Password: there is no default password - you must create it during the initial setup
 

Hikvision Digital Technology

The latest firmware requires you to make a unique password. Earlier username and password were admin and 12345
 

Honeywell

Username: admin
Password: 1234
 

IndigoVision (Ultra)

No default password or username
 

IndigoVision (BX/GX)

Username: Admin
Password: 1234
 

Intellio

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Interlogix

Username: admin
Password: 1234
 

IQinVision

Username: root
Password: system
 

IPX-DDK

Username: root
Password: admin or Admin
 

JVC

Username: admin
Password: jvc
 

Longse

Username: admin
Password: 12345
 

Lorex

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

LTS

Previously the combination was username: admin and password: 12345. Now you will need to create your unique password.
 

March Networks

Username: admin
Password: <blank>
 

Mobotix

Username: admin
Password: meinsm
 

Northern

Earlier, the combination was admin and 12345 but now requires you to make a new password.
 

Oncam

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Panasonic

New firmware requires you to make your own password.
 

Pelco

You need to create your password
 

Pixord

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Q-See

Username: admin
Password: admin or 123456
 

Reolink

Username: admin
Password: <blank>
 

Samsung Electronics

Username: root or admin
Password: root or 4321
 

Samsung Techwin (old)

Username: admin
Password: 1111111
 

Samsung (new)

New firmware prompts you to create a new password upon login. Earlier password and username were admin and 4321.
 

Sanyo

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Scallop

Username: admin
Password: password
 

Sentry360 (mini)

Username: admin
Password: 1234
 

Sentry360 (pro)

No default username or password.   
 

Sony

Username: admin
Password: admin

Speco

Username: admin
Password: 1234
 

Stardot

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Starvedia

Username: admin
Password: <blank>
 

Sunell

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

SV3C

Username: admin
Password: 123456
 

Swann

Username: admin
Password: 12345 
 

Trendnet

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Toshiba

Username: root
Password: ikwd
 

VideoIQ

Username: supervisor
Password: supervisor
 

Vivotek

Username: root
Password: <blank>
 

Ubiquiti

Username: ubnt
Password: ubnt
 

Uniview

Username: admin
Password: 123456

W-Box (Hikvision OEM, old)

Username: admin
Password: wbox123
 

W-Box (Sunell OEM, new)

Username: admin
Password: admin
 

Wodsee

Username: admin
Password: <blank>
 

How to create a strong password

Fortunately, many manufacturers are now mandating the creation of unique passwords at first login. This could make sure that CCTV cameras don’t retain default passwords. However, customers should ensure that the new passwords they create are robust.
 
There are several factors to consider when creating a strong password. As a general rule, a combination of upper and lowercase characters, numbers, and special characters makes a good combination. But even when using such a combination, you need to remember the following points.
  1. Avoid using sequential letters or numbers like 1234 and abcd.
  2. Avoid using your birthday, birth year etc. These might be easy for you to remember but also easy for hackers to guess.
  3. Combine unrelated words and phrases that are difficult to guess.
  4. Don’t use dictionary words as they are. Mix them up with numbers and characters.
  5. Avoid storing passwords as documents or writing them down. Use password managers if needed.
  6. Avoid reusing passwords on different devices. If hackers figure out the password for one device, they will likely try the same on other devices.  

Final word

Changing default passwords of cameras and other security devices is essential to avoid cybersecurity breaches. Many customers fail to do this, despite experts insisting on it.
 
We will keep this page updated as more manufacturers update their firmware and change their default password policies. If we have missed any company or have not updated any changes, do let us know in the comments or through our contact mail ID.
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