Digital phone apps are the way of the world. Protecting your home is something everyone cares about. Find a list of apps here to help with home security.
With the release of the new iPhone and a new interface, the iOS7, many Apple users are enjoying their latest and greatest product. As Apple fans get used to the new interface, they may be considering what cool new apps they want to try or may even consider adding new features to their other Apple products. A home security app may be just the ticket to wow your friends and allow you to choose from a variety of a newer home security systems to keep your home safe from intruders.
iSentry is a webcam security system for the Mac, and the best part is that it’s free. The app turns the camera built into your computer into a video surveillance system that will take regular picture or video shots on a pre-determined schedule, or when it detects motion. The app allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the motion detector and adjust the alarm, so it sends you an email when it goes off.
2. Security Camera
Worried about intruders getting a hold of your computer and your personal documents? The Security Camera app acts as its name implies, by taking a photo anytime someone gets on your computer. The picture is then sent to your dropbox account, so you can access it even if the computer is stolen. It’s also handy if you have snoopy roommates or kids that are using the computer when they’re not supposed to be.
The iCam allows you to remotely access multiple live video feeds from your iPhone or other Apple device. The app will notify you if a motion sensor is triggered, so you can tune in and see what is going on inside your home. Not only could this app allow you to catch a robber in the act, but it may also be useful for knowing that your kids arrived home safely, or keeping an eye on a pet or babysitter.
This app acts as an actual alarm system. It uses the microphone on your device to listen for noises that could indicate an intruder is attempting to enter your home. When the app detects a strange noise, it sets off an alarm to scare the intruder away and sends you a message. The app also allows you to remotely arm or disarm the system with your smartphone.
Dropcam is another app that allows video surveillance, but its unique feature is that it allows you to zoom in on an image and talk to whomever happens to be in the house. It can also pick up video in the dark. These features may come in handy if you are away at night and want to check up on your kids or see if it just happened to be the dog that set off the motion sensor (and you’ll even be able to yell at it to get out of the kitchen pantry).
Presence was specifically built with that older version of the iPhone you have lying around in mind. The app turns the old device into a security camera that then transmits the video feed to your current device. The app can also be programmed as a motion detector, so it records a short video when motion is detected and sends an alert via email.
Canary is actually a separate security system that uses an iPhone for setup and for the user to access via its app. The device uses several sensors combined with an HD camera and wide angle lens to alert homeowners to any strange activity in their home. The device also learns the regular activity within the household–such as pet movement–and adjusts its alerts accordingly.
Lindsey Patterson is a freelance writer who specializes in technology and the latest social trends, specifically involving social media.