Remote View Your Home Security Cameras While Away From Home

So you have installed a home security camera system at your home, or are planning to install one. That is great news, because you can start using your camera system to prevent problems as well as provide evidence if vandalism or theft occurs. But if you are currently in the market for a home security camera system, then you might want to consider some of the added features that are available. Many home security camera systems can provide you the ability to view your cameras while you are away from home over the internet. But it is important to look for certain things when you are considering a remotely viewable home security camera system.

The most important thing to consider when you are selecting a remote-viewable security camera system is the security of your system on the network. It is important to ensure that the system you have selected has the ability to set up a password protected user account, so that you can ensure that you will be the only one that has access to your system. After all, you don’t want someone else being able to watch you on your cameras.

Next, you should consider your internet connection…do you have a static IP address or dynamic IP address internet connection? If you do not know the answer to that question, then it is very likely that you have a dynamic IP address, because static IP addresses cost more on a monthly basis from your internet service provider. It is important to know this when selecting a home security camera system, because if you can avoid having to pay an extra $10-30 per month for a static IP address, then you can save a great deal of money in the long-run. So when you are selecting a remote viewable home security camera system or DVR, be sure to ask if it will work with a dynamic IP address. Most of the systems on the market will not work with a dynamic IP address, which is why our Alnet Systems PC-Based DVR Cards have become very popular for home security camera installations. This system has built-in support for the dynamic IP addresses, so that you can view your cameras remotely, without having to pay an extra monthly fee to your internet service provider.

Finally, look at the remote viewing options that the home security camera system or DVR offers you. The remote viewing ability of standalone and PC-based DVRs vary widely from basic Internet Explorer-ONLY remote viewing through a web browser, to more advanced PC-Client remote viewing that offer full-resolution access to your cameras, and even Windows Mobile PDA phone and Windows Mobile Smartphone remote viewing, like with our Alnet Systems PC-Based home security camera systems. With the PDA phone and Smartphone remote viewing, you are even able to connect in to view your live and pre-recorded video right from your cell phone, so that next time you are on the train and stressing out about whether or not you shut the garage door, you can know for sure in seconds.

The decision to install home security cameras is becoming an easy one in today’s society…but ensure when you do, that you select a system that can work for your needs. Consider the costs and remote viewing capabilities at the same time, because a cheaper DVR can sometimes cost you more in internet connection costs over the long run, while providing lower-quality recording at the same time. Let the remote access allow you to have better peace of mind, and stay more connected with your largest investment, your home.

Home Security and Facebook

Can home security start with Facebook? With almost 500+ million users, Facebook (whether we like it or not) has become a huge part of people’s lives. Even I find myself on Facebook, updating my profile and checking up on what my friends are up to. Connecting with other people has never been easier. Live status updates, tagged pictures, recent activity, etc. let’s anyone and everyone know what is going on with your life. Thus, in order to promote home security and safety, we must watch what we post on Facebook.

Facebook’s recent development of allowing creators of applications access to contact information of users who install the developer’s apps has been questioned by many security experts. This contact information includes your address and mobile number. Graham Cluley, Sophos security expert, says “It won’t take long for scammers to take advantage of this new facility, to use for their own criminal ends.” Although Facebook claims that these apps can only have access to your information if you allow them to do so, it can be hard to distinguish from safe apps and spam apps because there are just too many. An alarm system may prevent intruders from breaking and entering your home, but what’s to stop “shady app developers” from SMS spamming or providing this information to telemarketing companies.

However, the problem does not end there with massive spamming. Fraud and burglars are also in issue when you are posting personal information about yourself along with your home address and cell phone number. Think about how welcoming you sound to a burglar when you post this status on Facebook: “Out of the country for the month…” It is almost as if you are inviting someone to enter your house while you are gone. Or, if you are posting that you are currently somewhere other than your home? Do not let other people know that your home is not occupied. This type of information should not be available for the general public or at least kept to a minimal.

The general information about yourself that is posted on your Facebook can also be troublesome. Credit card companies and banks ask security questions such as where you were born, what high school you went to, your birthday, etc. and these can easily be found in the info section of your profile. These facts are valuable – fraudsters can pick up all these little pieces of information and quickly put them together which puts you and your family at risk. Fortunately, Facebook has privacy settings to hide these facts about you for nobody to see but yourself. If you have not done so already, edit your settings and prevent your profile from becoming vulnerable.

The message here is simple: Do not post personal information on Facebook or any other social media outlets. Consider what type of updates you are putting up on Facebook or Twitter. These sites create fun social networks that connect friends and businesses but social media safety should be the top priority and private information should be kept on the down low.

Top Rated Home Security Systems

People have different concerns why they prefer top rated home security systems. There are those who need protection for money and valuable jewelry they have in their vaults. Some are more concerned about their investments of cutting-edge home appliances such as HDTVs along with the rest of the home theatre system. Others worry about antique furniture and the lot. Others simply are concerned about the safety of each of the members of household. No matter what the reason may be having a reliable home security system would make homeowners less anxious about the security of their home premises.

The good news is that top rated home security systems can be customized according to the homeowners’ needs. There would be no problems regarding paying for features that they would not have a need for. The first level of defense, understandably, is the gate. There are two types of gates to be armed with a security mechanism. The driveway gate is the one used by home dwellers and guests who arrive in a vehicle. The other one is the pedestrian gate. Both can have alarm systems that can be disabled with a pin number or a swipe card. It can also be equipped with remote access grant that a lot of people find convenient especially in the case of spacious front lawns.

There are also security options for the main door. Aside from the selections of multi-level locking systems and alarm systems with codes, there are also specifications for the make and the finish. This means that even if it provides security, none would have to suffer in terms of aesthetics.

Security cameras are a staple part of top rated home security systems. However, homeowners can still choose where they would be installed and how many they would need depending on the architecture of their house. These security system companies would often have in-house experts who can evaluate the premises. They would easily evaluate the house and inform the homeowners of the most vulnerable entry points for potential intruders. It is up to the homeowner to decide if they would trust the experts’ advice.

When it comes to multiple security cameras, there would also be a need for a surveillance headquarters. That would be where a DVR or the multi-channel monitors will be placed to be able to access each of the camera installed inside and outside the house. Most of multi-level camera systems also allow remote viewing where homeowners can monitor the house even when they are not home. The features of the security cameras would be dependent on where it would be located and how big the coverage of a camera would be. There are stationary ones while there are those that are mobile. It could be a rotating mechanism, a panning mechanism or a combination of both. Mostly, it is based on the area that it is suppose to cover.

All of these would be able to provide a homeowner and the entirety of the household the security they deserve. It is important to smartly design the system with an expert. Most of these systems also provide maintenance to make sure that all of them would be in perfect working condition.