Wifi cameras are fast becoming a ubiquitous part of many homes and offices. You might have seen one at the local coffee shop, your neighbor’s house, or in the car park of your favorite restaurant. If you have tried using it, then you will know that it can provide a valuable tool in identifying criminal activity. However, you might wonder just how secure these cameras are.
Never Leave A Camera Monitored
It’s common knowledge that you should never leave a camera monitored. That is to say, that no-one else can be able to see what it is recording. Yet the majority of security systems are operated using a password to access this information. The most common method is to place the camera outside the premises, in a remote area that may be accessible by a small number of people.
Who Can Access It?
Of course, these systems are often on-site, but they use ‘portable’ versions of the more popular security systems – computerized, wireless networks. That means that the system operates on a local area network, not the wider Internet. That is, people working on the premises can access the cameras only, which has an added benefit of keeping them out of reach of those who may want to abuse their capabilities.
Features Of Wireless/Wifi Cameras
Wireless cameras are still relatively new to the market, and as such, there are now many options available to consumers. As well as low-cost models, some higher-end models are both technologically advanced and built to withstand a high level of usage. There are cameras with built-in security features, allowing them to monitor other areas of the same network. These are particularly useful if the central system is situated in a high-security location.
Advantages Of Wifi Cameras
Wireless systems also offer some advantages that the older wired versions do not. The obvious one is their smaller size. Often, you won’t notice people using them at all – they can be tucked into a corner, hidden away, or left out of sight. The older systems might need to be connected to a PC to view what they are recording. And this is certainly not the case with wireless cameras.
For example, the latest wifi camera from Sony provides full control over the camera’s settings and image output. It can be remotely adjusted using a wireless remote. The HDMI cable is the standard connection for all Sony wifi cameras, making it easy to connect to your TV via your PC.
Wifi cameras also have an additional feature, the ability to connect to the Internet. It offers an element of confidentiality – no one can see the camera without a wireless Internet connection. It is not, however, as private as a hard-wired system, as it will still broadcast the signal, but it is considerably better than nothing.
One of the biggest problems for users of the Internet is that it can be used to track down their location, especially if they are conducting transactions. With a wireless camera, it’s quite impossible. The camera is secure, and there is no way that it can be identified in this way. And there is also the added benefit of the Internet, which is undoubtedly useful for investigating crimes.
Know About WLAN
Another difference between wired and wireless systems is the WLAN setup. WLAN stands for Wireless Local Area Network, and this is an open network that allows anyone to connect to it. WLAN setups also do not require a password, which makes them ideal for those with a business.
This type of security system does, however, have its disadvantages. Because of the open nature of the network, someone can inject malicious software onto the system, which can steal credit card information and other confidential data. It’s also worth remembering that WLAN devices are not as protected as they are in other cases.
Finally, it is worth remembering that wired and wireless security cameras offer different things. While you can place wireless cameras anywhere, wired cameras are fixed. And while you can monitor wired security systems from anywhere, this is not the case with wireless ones. So it’s not a case of which is better – the wireless or the wired security systems. You really can’t go wrong with either.