Keeping an Eye on Your Property With Wireless Security Cameras

One important component of home protection is wireless security cameras. These have become increasingly popular alternatives to wired units because they are easy to install and use. You might want to get a set for your home. Before you make a choice though, it’s important to note that there are now several types and kinds to pick from.

In the past, cameras were usually used mainly to monitor certain areas. Video feeds were then recorded for security purposes. Some modern units however now also come with infrared or motions sensors. These detect heat or movement which then trips an alarm to inform residents of a possible intrusion.

There are also some wireless security cameras that have night vision. As the term suggests, these units require no external lighting to monitor outdoor sections of your home. These are the most ideal cameras for home protection simply because many burglars choose to strike at night.

Cameras can be for outdoor or indoor use. Those used outdoors are often equipped with sturdy, weather proof bodies or casings. Those intended for indoor use may be smaller or slimmer. Some kinds of indoor cameras are so small that they can be hidden in plush toys or decorations to covertly monitor what goes on within the house premises.

For some people, wireless security cameras may be a bit costly. This shouldn’t discourage you from at least getting a basic set though. After all, you can’t put a price tag on the kind of peace of mind that genuine home protection can give you.

7 Quick And Easy Tips On Creating A Secure Home Network!

Do you have a secure home network, when using WI-FI?

In other words, can your wireless network access the internet without having to worry about hackers, viruses and wireless signal thieves? Having a secure home network requires more effort and education than simply buying a wireless router(s), connecting it, logging onto the internet and surfing while praying no one ever hacks you! What many users fail to realize when setting up a home network, is that when you purchase a router and setup a password, by default your network is NOT secure.

When you internet service provider (Verizon, AT&T etc ) sends you a broadband modem that allows you to connect other computers to the internet wirelessly (Wi-Fi), chances are you aren’t secure unless someone installed your internet modem and setup the security “features.”

In the new “Social Networking” age, it is important to be conscious of the internet threats that are lurking, and how to protect your personal information and data from thieves by setting up a secure home network. Did you know there are tools and software that exist, which allows a person to search for your wireless home network, connect to it, “crack” your encryption key (password), and STEAL whatever they want from your computer (including credit card numbers, financial records, passwords, pictures, other sensitive info etc)!!!

Let’s take a look at how you can create a secure home network, and feel confident – “safely” browsing the internet.

1.) In your broadband (wireless) modem or wireless router, change the default name and password used to access the router’s admin panel (used to change any settings of the router/modem).

Hint: The default name is usually set to “admin,” and the password is given in documentation (or a disk) by the manufacturer of the equipment

2.) Always use encryption (password/key), for a truly secure home network.

WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol) and WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access), are the two most common types, with WPA being harder to “crack” than WEP; therefore making WPA a better choice for security.

Also, it is always best to create a totally new and different password (key) at least every 30 days, to protect and secure your home network. The password should be hard to “guess” – in others words using a mixture of symbols, alpha/numeric characters, upper and lower case characters, and at least 8-14characters total if possible.

Hint: An example of a strong password is: “1mypasswordx90544z” or how about: “tektime1$@%%p0rt.” These passwords are harder to guess using password cracking software. (Do not create “easy to remember” passwords, such as passwords that are made up of your name, your kids’ name(s), your birth date, your street name; etc.)

3.) Turn off your wireless router or broadband modem when you aren’t accessing your network.

For example, when you are going to bed or when you aren’t home, it is best to disable your internet to further act as a barrier of protection for a secure home network. How can intruders, Trojans etc cause damage to your computer or internet connection when it isn’t transmitting a signal? You’re right…they can’t!

4.) Disable Service Set Identifier Broadcast on your modem/router.

Otherwise known as “SSID” this is the identification name given to the device by its manufacturer. For example, routers made by D-Link will have “Dlink”as the SSID, while routers made by Netgear will have “Netgear” as the SSID. Turning off your SSID prevents your wireless home network from being displayed in the list of “available networks”, when someone is scanning the area for wireless networks to connect to.

5.) Change your SSID name.

As well as disabling your router’s SSID, it is important to change your SSID name, even though it is no longer being displayed thanks to the last step in which we disabled it. Changing your SSID name will not create a secure home network alone, it prevents hackers and snoopers from instantly figuring out what router you are using. By knowing what router is being used, a hacker or thief is more prepared to cause havoc on your home network, especially if you are using the same log in, password and default administration information, as the manufacturer created.

6.) A secure home network ALWAYS use a firewall!

Many firewalls that come built into routers (hardware firewalls) can cause various problems when accessing the internet. It is best for beginners and novices to use a software solution, until learning the ins and outs of hardware firewalls, and their limitations.

Firewalls are created to prevent software (such as Trojans) from connecting to the internet without your authorization, thus preventing Unwanted sharing of your data, personal, financial and other confidential information. Firewalls also prevent those outside of your home network, from accessing it without your authorization.

Hint: A highly regarded software firewall solution, is Comodo Internet Security. Feel free to look it up in your favorite search engine. It is totally free (the basic version), extremely effective, and easy to use (after a slight learning curve). I recommend it to all of my clients, and I am not getting paid by Comodo to endorse them. It is just an excellent program, try it for yourself!

7.) Lower the range of your wireless signal.

A secure home network does not transmit an internet signal outside of the vicinity of the users’ home. Why should you lower the range of your wireless signal?

Imagine yourself buying the “biggest and baddest” wireless router that you can find, from your neighborhood store; boasting a range of 1 mile! Wow, that’s a high range…you can use it anywhere in your home that you choose without any signal loss at all! While that may be true, the truth is that you only need a signal range that allows the signal to transmit in your home, and not necessarily outside.

This will prevent internet connection thieves (and hackers) from being able to receive the radio waves from your router or modem, so connecting to your signal would be virtually impossible even by the most experienced hacker!

Hint: One way to lower your signal range, is to switch to 802.11 g, from 802.11 n, or even to 802.11 b. Consult with the documentation included with your router by the manufacturer, for specific information.

Hopefully these tips will help you to create and maintain a secure home network, and you won’t have to face the nightmares that so many people experience who fail to secure their wireless network!

Always remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Until next time,

Happy Computing!

Jarvis Edwards – TekTime IT Consulting & Computer Repair

Outdoor Wireless Security Cameras

Statistics shows that more than 75 percent of all burglary cases in the US take place in residential areas, the rest in business establishment. It was further learned that one out of six homes is most likely to be attacked by burglars. This number of burglary cases is expected to grow if we continue to leave our home with insufficient security systems installed. But intensifying your home and business security systems could be remedied for these growing numbers of cases. One good initiative is to install security cameras and video surveillance outside your home or business. These alarming situations need your extra attention. Thus, you should not limit your surveillance indoor or within your business premises as criminals now are getting daring. Outdoor wireless security camera would really be perfect. With this, you can rest assured with the whole new level of security and convenience coming your way.

One ultimate reason why outdoor wireless security cameras have attracted thousands of customers by storm is that they are so easy to install without compromising quality. No extra efforts are needed for you to begin to feel whole lot more protected. Convenience is all what we need. This is why wireless cameras for outdoors are designed to be as simple as they can be to enable people of different walks in life to do it their own. No absolutely drillings, wirings and other hassle procedures in implementing outdoor wireless security camera. You just have to decide where would be the best position to get the excellent views. Another significant advantage why wireless security cameras are good for outdoor surveillance is that they are so flexible to some instances. Outdoor security camera which makes use of copper wires is no better to deter burglars. The poorly-designed physical wirings may cause the criminals to suspect something is going on. And in turn, they’d wipe out your cameras. Another important advantage why wireless security cameras are best suited for outdoors is that they’ve got no wirings at all, and worries for rains, snows or hails should have no place in mind.

Leading security systems reviews say that outdoor wireless security cameras can only be classified into two common types. Those are the closed-circuit television (CCTV) and the digital security camera. Whatever types of wireless outdoor security you may begin to decide, they would still allow you to monitor everything outside your premises even at a distant. CCTV cameras record and store the analog data into special kind of magnetic tapes. Wireless CCTV often comes with a receiving device to which the recorded images or videos are sent wirelessly. The analog signals then can be transmitted digitally with an aid of those receiving devices (i.e. modems) which converts your analog data (i.e. images and videos) into digital format (i.e. jpeg, mpeg, avi). Since we aim to monitor our outdoors even if we’re few meters away or we’re on a corporate vacation at some places in the world, we have to make use of network (i.e. TCP/IP, internet). And network can only transmit digital signals. Wireless outdoor digital cameras on the other hand simplify everything and have better digital output (i.e. High-Resolution). Whichever type of wireless outdoor cameras should you want to buy now, always look for the best as much as you can afford. But of course, look for that fits your budget.