IP surveillance cameras and other devices with online remote access features are vulnerable to being hacked if not properly secured. Recently, two IP camera companies TRENDnet and Foscam where mentioned in a PBS Newshour story about online device vulnerabilities. The story mentioned that IP cameras from the two companies were hacked into and that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had cited Trendnet for inadequate security protection. One basic security tip is: AFTER SETTING UP YOUR IP CAMERA ALWAYS CHANGE THE DEFAULT PASSWORD THAT THE DEVICE IS PRE-LOADED WITH!
HowToSurveillance has released a brief video providing a simplified overview of how the Dropcam system works. Users can view live streaming video for free and also have the option to sign up for a “Dropcam DVR” subscription plan which allows subscribers to retrieve recorded video for up to 7 days ($99/yr) or up to 30 days ($299/yr). This use of remote servers to monitor, record and download video from security cameras is known in the industry as “Video Surveillance as a Service” or VSaaS:
Looking for an easy to install IP video camera that will let you watch your home over the internet?
Dropcam is one of the easiest, if not the easiest IP cameras to install. The camera has built-in software that automatically begins an installation process when you plug it into your computer. Dropcam detects your wireless network (you just need to enter your network password after selecting your network from a list that appears during the installation process) and configures itself automatically. No need to struggle with IP addressing, setting up DDNS accounts and configuration issues like other IP cameras because viewing live video remotely and accessing recorded video is done through Dropcam servers. The easy installation process, efficient video compression, HD video quality (720p) and easy operation of the Dropcam make it ideal for use as a home security camera that can be accessed via the internet.
The Dropcam does require you to sign up for a user account. Live remote viewing (utilizing Dropcam servers) is free of charge and allows you to view your video from anywhere (with internet access) using your desktop PC/Mac, smartphone or tablet (which utilize the Dropcam app available for iPhone and Android devices).
Recording and downloading video from Dropcam servers is available for a service fee, which is $99/yr and allows you to retrieve recorded events that were recorded over the past 7 days.
Check out the following video showing Dropcam features and how to install the Dropcam:
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