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 Safes and Home Security

If you think having a safe in one’s home is only for those with lots of jewels and gold coins to stuff in it, then you’re thinking of home security from days gone by. If you think about it, in a modern world there aren’t many homes stuffed with such riches, and even if there are some, those are usually armed to the teeth with home alarm systems and security guards. The truth is that today, the average low to upper middle class family home contains just about the same items. Some might be more costly than others, but prime items like cash, prescription medications, guns, and small electronics can be found throughout. These are all things which can be sold quickly and easily for cash, and therefore are the modern day equivalent of a jewel heist. In fact, finding a secure buyer for expensive jewelry would probably be the hardest part of such a break in now! A great way to stay protected is to invest in a home safe.

More affordable than ever, and offering the added protection of flood and fire resistance, today home safes are a great investment that very few families can afford not to have. They are a place to keep loose cash, family jewelry and heirlooms, backup information from your computer such as photos and important documents, and of course anything else that you wish to keep private, secure and protected. As much as protecting them from burglars, today many families choose to protect their valuables with safes so their important documents and memories are not completely destroyed in the event something happens to their home, as well as all their financial documents. Additionally, a new kind of burglary is gaining in popularity, that of identity theft. Many people are increasingly wary about leaving financial and credit card information lying around even in their own home. With a quick snapshot of the average credit card statement on a digital camera, the average petty thief can now begin selling something far more valuable for cash- your identity. Protect your home security and avoid identity theft by keeping such items safe, in a safe!

If you invite people into your home on a regular basis and leave them unsupervised, a safe might be a good measure of protection. Should something go missing, it would be a shame to turn to the babysitter or handyman with accusations, just to find out later that they were uninvolved. Protect yourself and your household guests from heartache later by placing valuable items in a safe today! There are many varieties of safes out there, and as such it is recommended to choose a safe that comfortably fits your valuable belongings but leaves room to add. The more such a safe can be anchored down or built into a wall of the home, the better, since this mobility will keep it from being removed from the home. If a code is used to gain access to the safe, be sure to change it regularly. Finally, keep the safe protected by installing it in a surprising place. The master bedroom and closet are the first two places any thief would look, so increase your home security by choosing somewhere like a linen closet, an area in the kitchen, or a dummy door off the hallway. Use your safe on a regular basis to form good habits, and keep your belongings safe and secure!

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.