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How to use a cloud camera to secure your home during holiday travel

And as home owners across the land put out their mistletoe and menorahs, Santa won’t be the only one committing home invasions. According to the FBI, some 400,000 burglaries will hit American homes between now and the new year. So if you’re planning to travel, you might want to beef up your home security before you go. This year, a variety of cloud-based recording services are making it easier than ever to monitor your domicile from afar. With almost any kind of webcam, you can stream live images of your home over your wireless network, and monitor them from your laptop, phone, or tablet. Meet Nest Cam. Video History: Other cameras only start recording if there’s motion.

Meet Nest Cam

The trouble is, motion detection isn’t always perfect, so if your camera misses something, you will too. With Nest Aware, Nest Cam continuously records and stores 10 or 30 days of footage. And because it saves to the cloud instead of a memory card, you can store more video and see what happened even if your camera is stolen. Alert summary: If something happens, you can quickly scan through your Video History to find it. Nest Aware highlights moments when there's motion or sound and shows you what happened. Keep watch: 5 cloud security cameras. Whether you feel the need to keep an eye out for intruders at home, keep tabs on the baby in the other room or just want to see what your pets are doing when you're not around, cloud security cameras can help.

Keep watch: 5 cloud security cameras

These cameras offer more flexibility than do regular webcams because they typically use a Web portal, rather than a laptop or personal computer, as the monitoring and control hub, allowing you to check in from anywhere -- including your smartphone. But keep your expectations in check. While you can use the cameras to get the gist of what's going on at home, the quality of video can be downright awful when streamed over your home Wi-Fi, through the public Internet and over the cellular data network to your smartphone. Cloud security cameras and services all take slightly different approaches and offer a variety of features. Which one might work for you? Facts and features In addition, all offer apps for Android and iOS mobile phones. DIY home surveillance with a Webcam. We're on the tail end of the summer vacation season, which according to the FBI is one of the peak periods of home burglaries.

DIY home surveillance with a Webcam

Chances are good you're about to head out of town, leaving your dwelling to fend for itself against intruders. Got a house sitter or an alarm system? Good for you. If not, there are a handful of ways to turn a computer into a tool that will alert you if someone's there who shouldn't be. For the sake of this guide we're keeping things simple and limiting our list to free apps that work on PCs, Macs, or both. The software Software can offer a definite piece of mind over browser-based solutions. Yawcam (PC) Yawcam is free and PC-only. The app does an exceptional job at letting you pick various ways you want to be notified.

I set mine up with Gmail, which was a snap. HomeCamera (PC) This software runs a streaming video client that can be accessed from any computer with a browser. Yoics (PC) Yoics is a remote desktop application with a lot of tricks up its sleeve. Delve into DIY security with these connected cameras. DIY security gives you greater flexibility over your connected home, allowing you to set up each gadget as you see fit and avoid subscription-based services that lock you into a contract.

Delve into DIY security with these connected cameras

Still, the install-yourself systems vary widely. The all-in-one units typically come with a built-in camera while the accessory-based kits tend to offer cameras a la carte, as an optional add-on after your initial purchase. The related apps differ too. Some have live streaming, while others record a clip only when they detect motion. Some have local storage options, while others save footage to a cloud server. Archos Smart Home Starter Pack Archos' $250 (£200 in the UK, Australian availability not yet announced) Smart Home Starter Pack has an Android tablet-hub, various motion and temperature sensors and two small, battery-powered cameras.

Read CNET's full review of the Archos Smart Home Starter Pack. ArcSoft Simplicam. Best Wireless Home Security Cameras 2015 - Indoor/Outdoor. Need to keep an eye on your abode from anywhere?

Best Wireless Home Security Cameras 2015 - Indoor/Outdoor

Wi-Fi security cameras are easy to set up; can stream video to your phone, tablet or PC; and will send you notifications if they detect motion or loud noises. Most cameras also provide automatic motion-activated recording and night vision. How to use a cloud camera to secure your home during holiday travel.