Online Security and Remote access for your cameras
Remote access is the function of viewing your surveillance system cameras using your lap top, Smartphone or tablet from a remote physical location (not your onsite location). Remote access is achieved through having a fixed IP address or via a DNS service provider and connecting to the IP or DNS service provider from a remote location. Most camera systems recorders (DVR) and camera systems network recorders (NVR’s) sold today allow for remote access.
The big advantage of accessing remotely your cameras is the ability to be in your home country and still be able to view your property.
What is remote access used for?
Many second home owners, have home property administrators that take care of the up keeping of their property. Administrators manage the onsite workers, such as the cleaning, maintenance and gardening staff. Remote access to your camera system allows you to view the activities at the house and go back in time to review the history of the activity. Thus it directly improves your sense of security and the security of your investment.
Risks related to not having a camera system and owning a second home:
Theft by employees; gardener, cleaning personnel, maintenance, administrator, realtor. All these people come and go from your home, open and close doors, enter and exit the storage areas. They can leave the door open on purpose or by mistake, jeopardizing the security of your property.
Theft by strangers: taxi drivers that scout your property, the local “drug addict” that is out for another hit and looks for an easy way to make a buck, the local gang that decided to target your property taking you for a reach gringo.
Risk of wasted resources and reduction of costs: Furthermore there is the waste of leaving the water hose open the whole night, lights switched on when they need to be switched off, loan mower left outside, tools and hardware left outside the storage area. All these incidents accumulate at the end of the year and substantially elevate your cost of owning your property.
So what are the benefits for owning a surveillance system with remote access?
Manage employees: Accessing your system remotely allows you the freedom to take off while still being able to view what’s going on in your second home. It allows you to do corrections in your team of care takers, such as firing an employee for not showing up to work and billing you, changing a contractor for abuse of confidence, letting the maintenance guy know that he should be more careful closing the storage door or the cleaning lady leaving the front gate open when it should be closed.
Remote access as preventative measure: When your employees know you have access to your camera system they will be less likely to show up late to work, leave the front door open, forget to lock the storage area. They are also less likely to bring friends to your house to party, “accidently” leave the garden hose open all night or the gardening tools outside. Administrators are less likely to rent your place without letting you know and realtors are less likely to bring buyers without a prior notice.
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Surveillance system and remote access as crime deterrent: delinquents and criminals do not like to be recorded or seen. Thus your camera system is a great tool to prevent theft or home burglary. Furthermore, in case such an even happens, with high resolution camera system you can detect and identify who broke into your property. Which allows you to take future actions against that person and prevent future damage to your property. It also allows you to identify vulnerable points of entry that you should take action on and protect.
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How virtual private networks can help you (Virtual Private Networks)
VPN (Virtual Private Network) is the concept that you can send information in a “virtual tunnel” over the internet in an encrypt and thus secure way as the VPN service provider encrypts the outgoing traffic from your network and then decipher it at your end point of access. VPN virtual network are excellent for securing virtual office or home environment and allow for secure remote access to your important business or private data in the most secure way.
Using VPN networks can dissolve national boundaries, as published on the New York times (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/in-ways-legal-and-illegal-vpn-technology-is-erasing-international-borders/) and allows you to be on the go while having direct secure connection to your home network.
Protecting your surveillance system from Hackers
You should always make sure to protect your dvr or nvr with a strong password as the default passwords given by manufacturers are used by hackers to enter your camera system. You can learn more about this problem by clicking on the following link: http://www.wired.com/2012/05/cctv-hack/