I often wonder how I can share my Blink camera access with my trusted family members.
There have been too many times when I was traveling, and there was no way for my wife or kids to gain access to our Blink security systems.
With this article, I intend to finally put an end to this situation and come up with ways with sharing my blink camera access with my trusted family and friends.
To share Blink camera access, install the Blink app on other devices and log in using the same Blink account. All devices that are logged in will have the same admin-level access to all Blink cameras.
How to Share Access to Blink Camera
Blink, unfortunately, does not have any standalone method for sharing access to Blink cameras across multiple users.
What you can do, however, is install and log in to the Blink app across multiple devices with which you can control the associated Blink ecosystem.
You can do the same by following the steps given below:
- First, make sure you have the Blink app installed and logged in to your Blink account on your primary smartphone or tablet.
- On the device that you need to give access to your Blink systems, install the Blink app. Blink app is supported only on iOS and Android devices at the moment.
- Log in to the Blink app using the same Blink account that you used with your primary device.
- Now your second device should be able to access and control your Blink devices.
Security Risk Regarding Blink’s Implementation of Sharing Camera Access
Now, it doesn't take a galaxy brain to decipher that such an implementation of Blink is a major security hazard in every way.
For one, the secondary device also has complete admin-grade access to all your Blink devices at all times.
This is similar to accessing your social media across multiple devices. The features and level of control are the same across all devices.
Though such an implementation should work well for social media, it does not work in the case of Blink, considering this is a home security implementation.
So you will have to take extra care in giving away your Blink account access to the members of your family or friends.
In the wrong hands, arming and disarming your security systems is as easy as tapping on a screen, and this front door access is something that needs to be patched up.
Blink’s Implementation to Counter the Security Risk of Sharing Access
Blink has, in a way implemented a mechanism that somewhat gives an extra level of security regarding multiple devices accessing your Blink systems.
Blink has opted to give the first and primary user the power to select and remove access to other devices directly from the Blink app.
Although this can seem like a welcome touch (and at the moment it truly is), this does little to add an extra layer of security.
In worst cases, you will only be removing another user after the damage to security has been done.
This still doesn't solve the issue of sharing access to Blink systems safely and puts the entire responsibility on the end user.
How Blink Can Patch This Security Hazard in Sharing Access
There are methods that Blink can easily implement in order to patch this threat.
A Profiles System for Blink
Blink can introduce a profiles feature, where multiple users can access the Blink cameras under the governance of a primary admin profile.
The other profiles can be given partial access, and the level of access should be entirely the responsibility of the primary admin user.
This can get around the issue of providing access to select Blink cameras in your ecosystem to select individuals.
If you are not at home, and you want to give access to your front door camera and just that one to a neighbor, now you can with such an implementation.
The profiles system can also ensure that there is a specific hierarchy of control over your Blink system, which is a very important aspect of any security system.
Authentication via an Invite System
Blink currently implements a two-factor authentication approach to adding and trusting new devices.
Although this is an industry standard and regarded as a decent method to take care of your security, an invitation system should prove to be much more seamless.
The primary account can send an invitation via email or a registered Blink ID in order to add the user as a trusted user.
This gets around the need to provide your login information to multiple users. They can log in with their own ID to gain access to your Blink cameras in a controlled method.
This, combined with the implementation of profiles, can prove to be a formidable defense for your Blink cameras while providing a very seamless experience in sharing Blink camera access.
If you have further queries regarding Blink camera share access, feel free to contact Blink support.
I hope my article on whether you can share Blink camera access has been a worthwhile read and has aided you with the same.
Have a good day!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Does Blink provide two-factor authentication for new devices via email?
Blink currently has options to send a two-factor authentication alert either via SMS or Email.
Can I control multiple Blink systems using a single Blink account?
It is possible to control multiple Blink systems by using multiple sync modules, all under one Blink account. You can control up to 10 cameras using a single sync module.
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