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Do Home Security Apps Really Work?

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The revolution in home security systems can seem incredibly convenient considering today’s technology. And judging by how many security companies are embracing more and more internet and cellular-based services, it is obviously hugely successful. You may not have a home security system yourself, or you may have one of the old-fashioned kind – alarm, sensors, you punch a code on the keypad and that’s it. But you’ve probably heard that these days people can monitor their home 24-7 with just a smartphone – not to mention, turn their lights on and off, disarm their system, open the garage door for repair workers, and check to see if the kids let the dog out. If you’ve upgraded technologically in other parts of your life, why not home security as well? Is this the real deal? How it works can be fairly simple.

1. Reasons for Mobile Apps

More and more security systems have been switching to cellular network coverage for notifications so there’s no need for a land line to be connected to you home. Of course, land lines are becoming obsolete anyway, but the main reason for the switch is that someone robbing your home can cut the phone system easily. That could be a thing of the past. Now, with mobile technology, the whole security system can go wireless – meaning that cutting power lines would not affect your cameras. Of course, like with all wireless services, it is reliant on a signal, so if you have a home or vacation home in a remote area – a prime spot for burglaries – you need to make sure you go with a reliable service.

2. DIY Alarms

With the advent of wireless systems, more and more alarm systems are DIY – you buy the sensors, the cameras, and the transmitter, and you decide which areas of your home need the most protection and set everything up yourself. You can’t beat the price, but many users still recommend professional installation. Even technologically savvy customers probably don’t have a lot of experience with home security devices, and if you have an expert to explain it to you, there are far fewer chances of accidentally setting off alarms or worse -not having the system work when it should. This is why getting a security system that comes with its own mobile app could be a better way to go – there’s a greater support system if something goes wrong.

3. Network Protection

As protecting your home becomes easier, the focus in security may shift to protecting your home network. While criminals can’t cut your phone and power lines with as much result in the past, and your system can now detect intruders before they even enter your home with streaming video monitoring, you might have to keep a closer watch on your smartphone and internet system. Password protection, authentication, and a complete code system are the best ways to ensure your system is impenetrable – as well as always being able to locate your phone. In the future we could see vector security and hacking prevention become a whole new industry, as regular crime turns to cyber crime.

4. The Good Side

Apart from looking for a catch in mobile security apps, it’s important to take stock of just how amazing this technology can really be. No more worrying if you left the door unlocked or the window open. No more wondering if the kids are home from school yet, or if you forgot to set the alarm before you left for vacation. Smartphones can now mean smart homes – fully integrated with their own network. Many people sleep a lot better at night knowing that their home is so secure, and when you’re away from home, there are a long list of ways that home security apps can make your life easier.

As of today, mobile home security apps are a very effective way of utilizing new technology to keep your family safe. With benefits that go above and beyond security, they expose customers to a long list of conveniences they didn’t even know they needed. Our mobile phones are becoming intrinsically linked to our lives – and with a little bit of planning and precautions, we can learn to manage everything with the push of a button.

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Amy Nielson is an avid blogger. You can follow her on Twitter @NielsonAmy. For more information on safe driving, you can visit carinsurance.org.uk.

22 Comments

  1. There once burglaries enter to our house and get our jewelry, I thought that our “home security” is just enough but is not.

    I do agree with you Amy that vector security and hacking prevention would be the primary concern of the next generation.

  2. The best is Alarm.com mobile apps, easy to use and allows customers to access a history of all events reported by the security system, including alarms, power failures, doors and windows opening, motion activity, and water leaks.A trusted neighbor with your phone number and email address.

  3. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. It just sucks when your alarm did not work when the time that you need it most (or when you are being rob at the moment). Perhaps I’m going to check out Jack’s recommendation.

  4. Yeah mobile apps for security are works well! I itself use such apps. I connected the wireless video cameras to my phone using a app and now i can keep eye on my family members even when i am not at home.

  5. I hope that these technological advancements would be made widely available for most of us to take advantage of without breaking the bank. Thanks for this interesting share!

  6. With the majority of burglar-related incidents that happen every single day, it’s no wonder these applications are an absolute necessity these days.

  7. As a homemaker, I think these applications that entail security in the home are indispensable. A definite prime commodity when you’re talking about security.

  8. Mobile app to secure our homes is probably one of the most useful app. The worries of home owners will be lessen with the help of mobile home security apps. A 24hour security system is definitely valuable.

  9. I have see one system that comes stock with a motion sensor and window and door sensors. They also have video camera upgrade. I think the video camera is worth it. This way you can see why alarm went off decide if you need to call police. some places started chargeing people for false alarms so this makes alot of sense to be able to see video of your home.

  10. A friend of mine who handles certain aspects of security and operations of his company was recently discussing with me on the increasing importance of mobile apps to integrate in various security systems. It was great to know that there are mobile apps to notify customers of unusual incidents when they use security systems. They even have a mobile app that responds even to a portable vehicle barrier. It was interesting to learn such, and nowadays, mobile technology has extended its reach beyond what we used to imagine.

  11. I’m being using home security apps on my iPhone 4S for quite sometime. It’s really works well and most impressive aspect is while I stay away from home online facility helps me to watch my properties from away as well. Thanks.

  12. Technology development making possible anything. Home security apps are one of the bests ways now to keep safe your home. Nowadays very effective CCTV cameras are being developing and home owners can watch live through such apps to protect their house. I’m being using CCTV systems to protect my properties from burglar invade. Thanks.

  13. I work with a home theater and whole house remote control company. So I can believe these apps are here and will improve. I’m sure these apps have some holes that are hackable and always will be. I agree that protecting your home internet network will be key going forward.

  14. A home security app can be a great way to monitor your home, garage, and other exterior areas of your home. Prices continue to come down as technology advances, so it might be worth looking into one. It can sure beat paying a high monthly fee and still not get the features that a security app can provide.

  15. Hi Amy, I really like this article of yours. It makes real sense. For me, Home security apps work better if we have also a good home security. I definitely agree that “The revolution in home security systems can seem incredibly convenient considering today’s technology”. Thank you for posting this! I really appreciate it.

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