Is Your Digital Signage Susceptible to Hacking?

As I’m sure many of you are aware, there were quite a few instances of digital signage hacking this year. One of the most recent incidents, the hacking at Union Station, has stirred up some concern regarding safety for digital signage.

Not to worry! Our team has put together four safety check steps to ensure that your digital signage is up to par regarding hacker prevention.

Is your digital signage physically secure?

This may seem like a trivial question, but you want to make sure that your physical application is secure to prevent onsite tampering. If an intruder gains physical access to your display, it won’t take a mastermind hacker to redirect the content. The hacker could simply unplug your system and plug into their player.

Locks and impact-resistant safety glass can protect the screen against damage and prevent unintended access to the inside of the display.

Are your passwords strong enough?

As a general rule of thumb, for digital signage systems as well as home devices, do not make your password something easily predicted – like Password1234.

Your first line of defense against hacking is a strong password. Be sure to change your password frequently, and do not share the information with non-essential personnel.

Are you using a public network?

If possible, you should use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to increase security. Using a private network ensures data and access remain secure by creating an authentic, encrypted tunnel to pass data over public networks through a secure IP address.

Do you have a crisis plan in place?

If you have taken all other preventative measures, and your digital signage has still been compromised, it’s vital to have a crisis plan prepared. Is someone in charge of monitoring the content? Who should you contact, should there be an issue? These are questions that need to be answered ahead of time. You can also install remote interrupts to shut down the signage if hacking is detected.

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These four basic steps can help you safeguard your digital signage and overall, protect your brand’s reputation! Be smart and keep your digital signage safe.

Do you have any other tips for hacker prevention? We’d love to hear from you.

Earl Naegele

About Earl Naegele

As Managing Director of Professional Sales, Earl Naegele is responsible for directly overseeing the Pro AV Sales division, including managing relationships with Peerless-AV’s largest Pro AV customers, collaborating on Business Development strategies, and creating vertical market programs. He has extensive award-winning experience in the audio-visual industry and is one of the five original founders of AVAD. Naegele brings a unique background to his position at Peerless-AV, having worked in every role across the AV supply chain, from retail/wholesale sales to principal distributor to strategy consultant. Previous to Peerless-AV, Naegele served as the National Sales Manager at Skywalker Communications, where he managed a sales team and created purchasing programs for domestic suppliers. Naegele has a BA from Oklahoma State University in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and golfing.