There are a variety of reasons that citizens look for home security options. As technology has developed, the options for that security have become numerous. Whether you need to make sure you set the security alarm or you need to check in on your fur-babies while at work, there is an app for that!
First, it is important to understand the different types of applications. Typically there are only two kinds: alarm.com and proprietary apps. Alarm.com is an industry leader in home security systems, and many small businesses take advantage of the more affordable and reliable phone app. While alarm.com doesn’t offer much when it comes to customization, it does offer dozens of control panels, z waves, and sensors that frequently receive high customer review ratings.
Proprietary apps are created and owned by security companies that are solely for their customers, leaving them responsible for any issues, glitches, or consumer complaints.
Vivint Sky App
When it comes to proprietary apps, there is one that stands out among the rest. Along with all other proprietary apps, you need an account with the company to use it. But once you do, the customization options are sure to amaze you. For instance, here is a list of things you can do with Vivint from your phone: control home lighting, lock and unlock doors, check the thermostat, add or remove users, view a live-stream of your home, arm and disarm remotely, and much more. The downside to this app is you have to have an account, and the app doesn’t work on blackberries; on the other side, however, it is convenient, easy to use, and has four out of five stars on Android reviews.
Outside of proprietary apps, Manything is this year’s hottest home monitoring security application. With Manything, if you have an older smartphone, you have a home security camera. While you don’t need it and you will have to pay monthly, this app allows for multiple “security cameras” and also offers the option to store recorded data for up to 30 days after the recording. The subscription prices for this app range from $2.99/month to $19.99/month; though there is a free option that allows for one smartphone security camera.
Before deciding on a particular company or type of application, the needs and wants to the customer need to be assessed. This will aid in a significantly reduced search time. Once a fitting app is chosen, limit who has access to the app; basically don’t give everyone you know a user account. Also, put a lock on your phone to act as an extra form of security. One final tip: live stream tears through phone data, so try to use a wifi network when checking in on your home.