3 Incredible Apps That Can Help Keep Your Home (And Belongings) Secure

by Editor on May 3, 2013

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Home security is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of your life. You have a considerably loud security alarm, a few sensors installed on your windows and doors, and a monitory system to keep track of it all. If you already have all that, why do you need apps? How can a smartphone or a tablet help protecting your home and belongings?

If you still have that outdated security system with keypad beside the entrance door and long wires all around your house, you are most likely to be unaware of the incredible development security industry have shown over the past. Burglars know exactly how to go around the old security systems with outmoded technology by merely snipping a phone wire.

Presently, the modern home security systems are using wireless technology that not only makes it much easier to install the system, but also enables you to modify it yourself according to your needs. You can take it with you when you are not home, making it almost impossible for intruders to break into your house.

There are numerous tablet apps, smartphone apps and websites that can help you set up, supervise and control your home security system. Normally, wireless systems use fast internet connections that allow you to have latest information about your house instantly. Now that you realize the importance of smartphone applications for home security, here are three best apps that can help you keep your house secure:

1. Alarm.com

It is a single application with dozens of ways to monitor, protect and control your home through smartphone apps for android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry! Designed especially for the control freaks, this application offers you remote access to almost everything present in your house.

This means that you can watch your house no matter what your positions is and do something practical, such as turn on or turn off the lights. Launched a couple of years back, the Alarm.com system perfectly supports home security system, video surveillance, and energy management.

You can easily perform the following functions with just a single touch button:

  • Switch the light on or off
  • Close the blinds
  • Adjust the thermostat
  • Open the garage door
  • Watch video feed live
  • Unlock the doors
  • Disarm the alarm

With this system, you can control your home security via smartphone application, Web dashboard, Blackberry, Android and Windows Phone 7.

There are more than 1.4 million users using Alarm.com home automation system. It is one of the very few applications that let their users perform a number of control functions from a single dashboard.

The subscription-based Alarm.com products are available on pretty reasonable prices. Contract normally ranges from 35 USD to 55 USD per month. Moreover, the company offers free initial setup!

2. Foscam Surveillance Pro

Part of any effective video surveillance is being able to remotely view the camera feeds. Forscam Surveillance Pro is one of the finest applications that enable you to do exactly that. There are countless control and security camera viewing applications out there. Some are phenomenal, while others are utterly useless.  With hundreds of thousands of satisfied users, this app offers you every feature you ever needed.

Once you install the app, connect it to your security camera and gain access of your connection information, all you need to do is touch the name of the camera and you will automatically be taken to the camera viewer. The controls offered by the application entirely depend on the model of the camera you set up.

Foscam Surveillance Pro provides you with a virtual joy-stick in order to move your camera around, only when you install a pan-tilt security camera. You must be wondering about the lag time. Well, it depends on the quality of connection between your camera and iPhone.

You can rotate your phone to clearly see a full-screen view from your security camera, while in viewer mode. The joystick vanishes in landscape view, enabling you to effortlessly touch the screen for moving the camera rather than using the joystick. It also offers you the option to zoom in and out.

Other special features offered by Foscam Surveillance Pro, provided that your security camera supports them, are as follows:

  • Brightness controls that alter the on-board settings of the camera
  • Contract controls
  • Multi-camera mosaic view (You can view feeds from 6 cameras on your smartphone at one time)
  • Snapshot to email settings control that are triggered by motion sensors
  • Motion sensor disable/enable/adjust
  • Patrol mode enable/disable control
  • Set presets for different position of camera
  • Access presets for different positions of camera

This application is ideal for your peace of mind, allowing you to virtually monitor your house when you are away. New features are being continuously added to this smartphone app.

3. iWatchU

iWatchU is considered as one of the most effective, feature-rich Mac application for home surveillance. It can easily be obtained from Mac app store for just 5.49 USD. Like any other modern home security applications, iWatchU features some incredibly sophisticated motion detection algorithms. The app is capable of recording a video whenever it detects and intrusion and lets you know about the events through an email.

Every event at your house is recorded to the iWatchU’s history, making it pretty easy for you to look through every event. It saves events in form of pictures of movies/videos. The application supports unlimited Firewire cameras and USB at the same time, which is pretty useful especially when you need to monitor multiple places inside your house at the same time.

Maybe the best feature offered by iWatchU that is normally absent in other apps is that it enables you to stream live videos. You can view anything on your iPad or iPhone with the companion applications that are absolutely free. iWatchU definitely offers all the elements you need to ensure the safety of your house and belongings.

About the Author

Davis Baker always wants to have a tight grip on his things and he loves to write about home improvement and security. When it comes to locking things behind gates, he trusts Steel Line the most.

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