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  • Vivint expands its connected-home system with a sophisticated doorbell camera

    There are pluses and minuses to contracting with a connected-home/home-security provider such as Vivint. On the bright side, you get professional installation as part of the package; and if anything goes awry, you simply call customer service and they'll help you resolve the problem or dispatch a tech to handle it. On the downside, you're limited to the products and services the company deigns to offer.

    Michael Brown | 20 May | Read more

  • Camio turns your spare phone or tablet into Dropcam

    For all their out-of-the-box convenience, advanced features and constant improvements, cloud cameras such as Dropcam and Netcam HD aren't exactly the cheapest home-surveillance option. In addition to the upfront cost of the unit itself, there's usually a recurring fee for cloud storage. But what if you could get your webcam or a spare iOS or Android device to work like Dropcam?

    Pulkit Chandna | 25 Apr | Read more

  • The versatile Flir FX home security camera delivers a slick forensic feature

    Mention Flir Systems to a security aficionado or a defense-industry watcher, and they'll probably mention thermal imaging, the technology that lets you see where the bad guys are--or where they've been--based on their body heat. Today Flir announced its entry into the increasingly crowded home security camera business with the Flir FX. While we're disappointed to report that the Flir FX isn't capable of thermal imaging, Flir has come up with a trick that could be even more useful when you're looking for evidence of a crime.

    Michael Brown | 08 Apr | Read more

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  • Connected homes can be easy targets for hackers, says cybersecurity firm

    Nearly all the fancy hardware in your connected home is inherently flawed when it comes to security. That's one of the painful takeaways from a new report by Synack, a subscription Security-as-as-Service (SaaS) startup in Menlo Park, California. The company's analysis will be a rude awakening for anyone who thinks they have a bullet-proof home-security system, whether it's a DIY project or a pricey custom job.

    Paul Lilly | 14 Feb | Read more

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