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Nest Cam Footage, how can it be edited/tamperred with

HasMa
Community Member

Hello community,

i was wondering if someone with my user credentials (hacker) could tamper with the footage of a nest cam (in the cloud) before I saw it or rather is it possible to download footage, edit it and upload it again without me noticing? The answer to these questions will probably affect my decision to get one.

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MplsCustomer
Bronze
Bronze

@HasMa

There is nothing at all in the Google Nest app or Google Home app that would let us as customers UPLOAD a video clip up to our video history on Google Nest's servers.

HasMa
Community Member

@MplsCustomer
Ok, so externally it cannot be edited and uploaded again, but what about the app itself or a browser? Is it possible that anyone edits the footage in the cloud before I am able to check it? I guess the best would be if users were not allowed to alter the footage at all, only if they downloaded it.

@HasMa

Well, first, you cannot edit clips from the newer cameras that work only in the Google Home app; you can only download them using the Google Home app.

Second, in the Google Nest app or on home.nest.com for older cameras, you can create a custom or manual clip from your video history, and you can then save it or share a link to it (https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9207572?hl=en#zippy=%2Ccreate-a-custom-clip). But there's no capability to UPLOAD anything. So even if someone obtained your credentials and logged in as you, all they could do was to create new clips from your video history.

Adding on, all nest camera streams are encrypted when in transport so it can't be hacked on your network or when it is in transport to Google's servers.

HasMa
Community Member

@MplsCustomer@MetalGlacier
First of all I want to thank you for letting me know how the cameras or rather the recording works.
And the custom clips that are created by editing recordings of the older cameras, can they be distinguished from the original clips or are they all the same if you name them accordingly to the original file names (I refer to the section "create a video clip" from the link MplsCustomer mentioned or other ways that might be present to create your own recordings). If you don't know what all the fuss is about I will give you an example: Imagine a sophisticated burglar that does break in, gets into my account and deletes the time when he or she is recorded and connects the recording pieces afterwards as if nothing ever happened. Could anything like this be done?

That is impossible to do. The custom clips are separate from the main timeline.

janthadeus
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi folks,

Checking in — I hope you've got the answer you're looking for. Let me know if you have more questions in mind.

I appreciate the help, MetalGlacier and MplsCustomer.

Thanks,

JT

janthadeus
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi there,

 

Just checking in to make sure that you saw my response. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns as I will be locking this in 24 hours. 
 

Best,

JT

janthadeus
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey HasMa,


I just wanted to follow up to see if you still need our help. Please let us know as we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

Regards,

JT

HasMa
Community Member

Nor more Questions for now, I bought a new door lock yesterday and don't know if or in what way I will use the cam I ordered...I will turn off notifications related to this post now

janthadeus
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey HasMa,

 

Don’t give up on us yet. Can you tell me more about what’s happening with your camera?

 

Thanks,

JT

aatienza
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey there,

 

I just wanted to follow up to see if you still need our help. Please let us know as we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. 
 

Thanks,

Archie

aatienza
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey folks,

 

Just checking in to make sure that you've seen our responses. Please let me know if you have other questions or concerns as I will be locking this in 24 hours if I won't hear back from you again. Feel free to start a new thread and we'll be happy to help.
 

Thanks,

Archie