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 is Especially Important During Hard Economic Times

All across the country people are losing their jobs or taking huge pay cuts. Tough economic times often lead to spikes in crime, specifically in theft. Many times lower economic neighborhoods and those surrounding these neighborhoods are hit the hardest. More than ever, it is especially important to know how to protect your belongings, yourself and your family during these hard times.

1. Don’t be a hopeless victim of opportunistic theft. Make sure that your purse or wallet is always somewhere that is not easily accessible to a pickpocket. When traveling on public transportation, be sure to keep your bag in front of you, instead of resting behind you or to the side. Ensure that all pockets are zippered completely and that things like your phone, keys or wallet are not in the outside easily accessible pockets.

2. Make sure you have a home security system in place. No, this does not just mean buying a dog and putting up a “Beware Dog” sign in front of your home. Thieves know the difference between a home that is fully protected and one that is not. You would be advised to do your research. Know the types of crimes prevalent in your area and look into getting a home alarm system that supports your needs. Don’t be afraid to update your home security system to its fullest potential if you do already have one in place. It is always better to be fully protected.

3. Do not throw away bank statements or anything with your personal information on it. This is something no one should do at any time but especially now. Many thieves during hard time are inexperienced and want as little confrontation as possible. Identity theft and credit card theft are two easy ways to steal and steal a lot. Keep a watchful and careful eye on your account and make sure you have some type of security or insurance system in place with your bank.

4. Make sure your home alarm is on even when you are home. It may seem like an obvious thing to remember, but you can never be too sure. You don’t want to come in from a cookout in the backyard to find that all of your most valuable possessions, cash, jewelry or credit cards have been stolen out from under you. Be overcautious now so that you aren’t sorry and without your belongings later.

5. Don’t give your credit card number away to anyone. Be careful with any online purchases you make in addition to purchases on the phone. Read all privacy statements and make sure your information isn’t being shared with any third parties. One way to protect against this is to have a second checking account that you use only for online purchases. In this account only keep minimum amount of money you will need to be making those purchases. That way even if your bank would repay you, you don’t have to go for weeks without your money while they figure it out.

Home Security Protection From Credit Fraud and Identity Theft

When someone breaks into a home these days, the physical items that are valuable are not all they are looking for anymore. Some of the bits of paper, envelopes, and mailings that you never think twice about tossing on the coffee table can be the most damaging items a burglar could get his hands on. Identity theft and credit fraud can take years to come back from, and the paperwork and legal battles which must be fought to right one’s good name and good credit can be costly and come out of the victim’s pockets. It might take weeks or even years for the burglar to begin using the information, or for the summation of someone using your details and credit cards to catch up and become known. When the victim has just managed to forget about the horrible feelings of violation that a break in can create, the situation comes back to haunt the homeowner by way of hefty fines from unpaid credit card bills, or a credit report that comes back bad completely surprising the owner. There are some quick ways to keep your home security tight and avoid credit fraud and identity theft. Taking a few minutes to properly dispose of or store various pieces of paperwork can be a real lifesaver!

The best way to prevent a person from stealing your identity or committing fraud without your knowledge is to make your home and mailbox inaccessible. Put a lock on your mailbox and make sure to use it. This way, nobody can simply reach in and take out credit offers, especially pre-approved high limit offers. Having the mailbox locked also eliminates the risk that someone can put together various bits of information about you by scanning your mail on a regular basis. Grabbing just a piece of junk mail or two each week can yield your insurance information, phone number, email, credit card details, bank account numbers and so much more! If you suspect that someone has already tampered with your mail, report it immediately to the proper authorities and get a lock on the mailbox right away. Protect the home by making it more challenging to break into in the first place by using deterrents like a home alarm system.

Should the worst happen and someone breaches your home security and gets inside, make sure all important details are locked away in a lockbox or safe. In today’s digital world, do not store important details about bank accounts or credit card statements in any permanent manner on the computer. Instead, choose to keep paper copies locked away, or take time to save the details on an external disk or hard drive and lock them up. Limit the number of people with access to the safe to anyone on the accounts whose details are stored inside. If you suspect that someone has already gotten a hold of your credit card details, protect yourself and your home security right away by reporting it to the police. Without initial reports of foul play, it might be too late to come back from fraud or theft by the time things get bad. Covering your tracks with a paper trail is a great way to protect yourself. Ordering a credit report at least once a year is another great way to stay one step ahead of thieves!