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Published on March 28th, 2013 | by toptech

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5 of the Best Apps to Remotely Monitor Your Home

5 of the Best Apps to Remotely Monitor Your Home

Everyone wants to feel safe and secure in their home. A good home security system can certainly help. However, when you are away from your house, you may want to monitor it remotely or tweak some of the settings on your system. This can be done when you have good home security apps. Here are some of the best, which can contribute to making your dwelling even safer and give you peace of mind.

SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe is a free app that comes with the home security system SimpliSafe. With it, you can control your home from any place, even if you are visiting another country or continent. You are required to have a SimpliSafe2 system in order to effectively use the app as the remote management feature requires an online interactive monitoring plan. Monitor sensitive areas of your home, avoid damage from leaks and floods, monitor your kids to ensure they are home when they should be and watch the babysitter, gardener or anyone else who is paid to visit your house to do work. The app will keep track of the identity of every visitor to your home.

SwannView

SwannView is a free home security app that provides you with live DVR viewing of your house on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It is also available for other platforms and allows you to view multiple areas at once, viewing with up to four cameras onscreen at the same time. The app utilizes your mobile phone’s data or Wi-Fi connection. Download the app

HomeSecure

HomeSecure is a free app that allows you to control your HomeSecure alarm system right at your fingertips with your iPhone. You can even allow other people access into your home simply by pressing a few buttons on your device. Activate or deactivate the alarm and customize the sounds you want should there be a break-in. You will have to have an account for the alarm system and can set up your particular model. Once it is all set up, you can control your alarm system wherever your location.

Alarm.com

Alarm.com offers a free app for both Android smartphones and iPhone. With it, you can monitor and control your home in real-time, no matter where you are. Your phone can essentially be your remote control for selecting settings for your alarm system, and you can monitor it via cameras. You can also arm or disarm the system, set the thermostat to the temperature of your choice, lock or unlock doors and turn lights on or off.

HomeView

HomeView is free and allows you to monitor your home with your iPhone from any location. You can also control a number of things, from the locks on your doors, temperature on the thermostat and view the goings on through wireless cameras.

These 5 apps, in addition to other home security measures, such as alarms and security screens, will give you total peace of mind that you home is safe and secure when you’re out and about.

Allan is an IT consultant from Melbourne, Australia. His business requires him to travel interstate frequently and as such he has explored all options for keeping his home secure when he isn’t there. He put together this list to help others who may be wanting to increase their home security.

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