There’s always room for improvement, but which improvement should you choose first? What works, and what’s filled with hype?
The internet age has delivered a lot of change, opportunities, new risks, and so many more rewards for everyone. When it comes to home security, today is a great day for a change. From smart home security cameras to remote monitoring for alarms and gauges, you can better inform and protect yourself and the things that matter the most. Here are a few ways to use technology to keep your home safe.
Identify Your Risks
What’s going on in your neighborhood? Are your packages stolen from the front door? Are home invasions and car robberies a monthly issue in the area?
What about the air, water, and weather? Do you live in an area with a lot of smog from industries or automobiles? Do you have to evacuate during hurricane season and have no idea how bad the flooding is before heading home?
Every major risk faced by modern civilization has some sort of warning system. It’s just prevention; having a bit of warning before preventable and unpreventable issues alike can give you a head start on the next steps in your life.
You can prevent a burglary by scaring off thieves with security cameras, or you can provide evidence after the fact for law enforcement and insurance companies. A mixture of prevention, mitigation, and sometimes completely defeating the problem is possible with the right mix of technology.
Remote monitoring delivers on-demand access to your home. You can see what’s going on via camera and check your sensor logs for activity. Plus, information and context are power. As home technology advances, having simple information from complex systems becomes easier.
Integrate into Your Life
A DIY home security system can be easily set up and integrated with your phone. Smartphones, tablets, and even bigger desktops and laptops can become your command center. The monitor and control systems are simple to use. What you need to figure out is the input.
Your input is anything that you want to monitor. Cameras for smart home security, carbon monoxide detectors that communicate via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, motion sensors, and any kind of sensor can be designed and linked to an app. There are many sensors and many computer systems. The difficult part is finding a pre-built app combo that detects what you want to detect. Search for full-suite home security systems to get as many sensors as you need, and hunt for individual apps later as needed.
Customize Your Tech
Once you have the cameras, sensors, monitors, and controls in place, you can start customization. 4k and 8k video systems are on the market, but are they necessary? Better quality seems like a good choice, but you could be wasting storage and battery capacity recording at a higher quality than you need.
Another consideration to make is the smart security camera’s audio. How does it sound? You may need to adjust the microphone or change the system placement.
Where are you saving the records for your security, or do you not have records at all? Many systems save to the smartphone or computer they’re installed on, but you can either change the save path or move the files elsewhere if you’re tech-savvy. If you’re not tech-savvy, a smart home technician can help you make the necessary changes.
Harden Your Tech Security
The Internet of Things (IoT) is full of scary hacker threats. There’s no shortage of stories about hackers watching home security cameras or hacking into home networks.
In reality, these hacks are barely clever enough to be called hacks in the popular sense. Is it really a hack when someone knows your security camera has a default password of “password”? That’s how simple some of the older smart home tech systems were. You can change that by only purchasing products that advertise up-to-date security policies. Set your own passwords, update security patches, and get back to the future. If someone wants to hack the most secure home security systems, they’re probably good at normal breaking and entering, too.
Enjoy the Extras
What else can you do with your new tech? If you installed smart home security cameras, you don’t have to limit yourself to security. They’re still cameras, and many of them have great quality.
Do you live near a scenic beach, forest, waterfall, or other serene parts of nature? Are you near public areas that can give a glimpse of culture? Many security cameras offer unique views of the world. You can have privacy and deal with the public at the same time; an outward-facing camera that overlooks the outdoors can create a great web show without displaying your private life.
Of course, context is everything. In theory, someone could track down your home or at least your general town or city by observing your surroundings. The question is simple: do you care? Security is important and you need to be aware of your risks, but not everyone wants to tiptoe through a sterile life.
If you want to show off for the camera, do it. Just know your risks, understand your security options, and do a bit of extra work to make sure that obvious security loopholes are properly patched.
Cutting-edge home technology will enhance your tech skills and could even put some extra money in your pocket if you decide to stream security videos. Reach out to a smart home technology expert if you need advice for gadgets and systems that work well with your home layout.