Ensuring that your cameras have strong administrator passwords (Basic, Advanced) - Security Center 5.9

Security Center Hardening Guide 5.9

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Security Center 5.9
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It is recommended that you change your cameras' default administrator passwords before you add them to Security Center.

What you should know

Some cameras are shipped with default administrative passwords, which can be weak or known to others.

The most secure way to change passwords is to set up a separate network (ideally over HTTPS). The camera can then be mounted at the desired location, and added to the CCTV network.


  1. From the Config Tool home page, open the Hardware Inventory task.
  2. Select an Archiver in the entity browser and click Generate report.
    The report indicates the password strength of each video unit connected to the Archiver role.

  3. Change the password on each video unit that lacks a Strong password.
    For more information, see Changing video unit passwords.
    NOTE: Passwords can be manually entered or system generated. We recommend using system-generated passwords because they are more secure. The system always uses the highest password complexity supported by the manufacturers.