Although home security systems are becoming increasingly more affordable and easier to install, sometime we need a last second option. In case you are going out of town and want to watch over a room or a computer for cyber security, a simple webcam home security camera could do the trick.

Edward Snowden had a similar mentality when he created the security app, Haven. It was designed to take old phones and convert them into security cameras that would inconspicuously detect intruders. His idea was that a physical threat to your computer was the easiest way to hack into someone’s cyber security.

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“If a person has physical access to your computer, it is extremely vulnerable. So a physical security device is actually extremely important to your digital life. Thankfully, the ever popular privacy activist Snowden has managed to convert old smart phones into home security cameras with a new app, Haven.”

Fortunately, no app or additional phone is needed for this type of basic security. I want to preface this article by mentioning that this option is not an equal alternative to a professionally monitored home security system. If you want to properly protect your home, research some of the top home security companies and find one that is right for you. This webcam home security camera option is useful in case you are planning to leave town and feel unsafe or travelling.

Camera

Most laptops today come with cameras already built in. If your computer already has a camera attached then you can skip this step. If it does not do not fear, you still have plenty of options. Just like security cameras, webcams have advanced astronomically in recent years and because a lot of computers come with cameras built in, they have become more affordable. Ranked the best webcam overall for 2018 by Laptopmag.com, the Logitech HD Webcam C920 is more than capable of doing the job. With a 78-degree field of view and 1080p picture, it’s hard to believe that it is priced at only $60. Laptopmag even mentions:

“Software that comes with the C920 lets you implement filters, adjust the angle, use the webcam as a security camera and take photos to save to your hard drive.”

Software

If you have a computer with a built-in camera or purchased an external camera for your computer, it likely came with a software to use. If you wish to use the stock software you already have that is fine but you need to make sure it is capable to perform the following steps below. In case your software is not capable or you wish to try another alternative, I have listed some of the more popular software systems available that do work with the steps below.

  • iSpy
  • Yawcam
  • SecuritySpy

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Final Steps

So, you have a camera and you have the proper software, now it’s time to get everything set up and ready for surveillance. There is a chance that the software you are using will sleep with the computer if it’s not being used. To avoid this, you should turn off the sleep function on your computer so it will remain on.

1. Decide on the room you want monitored. If you are trying to best monitor your home from one location, near the front door would be the best location. A majority of break-ins occur through the front door. If you are using a desktop make sure to get a USB long enough for the camera to reach where you want it.

2. Prepare the software accordingly. Most of the software systems are fairly self-explanatory, especially if you are using the system that came with your computer of camera. If you chose to use one of the software systems we recommended just make sure to add the local camera to the software and name it. Make sure the camera is turned on and activated through the software.

3. Adjust the camera. Make sure it is placed so you have the clearest view. This is easiest when you are viewing the camera through your computer screen. Adjust it accordingly and make sure you edit the alerts and notifications to your liking. In iSpy for instance, you get six options in the Edit Camera tab. You are able to customize when and how your camera records with Motion Detection, Alerts, Recording, PTZ, Save Frames/FTP, YouTube and Scheduling. You can even enable the built-in microphone.

If you followed all of these steps you are ready to monitoring. As previously mentioned however, this should not be used as an equal alternative to a professionally monitored home security system. If you are interested in a professionally monitored home security company that has been in business for 26 years with a system that is as easy to install as peel-and-stick, contact Protect America for an obligation-free quote.