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05/15/2013 05:47 pm ET Updated Jul 15, 2013

Three Ways to Monitor Your Home With Your IPad

Home security is always on people's minds, whether they are homeowners, renters, live in the city or out in a rural town -- everyone wants their home to be safe. With heightened feelings of insecurity rampant, many Americans do not feel safe, despite the fact that crime rates have been steadily falling since the 1980s. Home invasion crimes, in particular, have experience a steady drop. But a few very public tragedies have shaken the confidence of many and, in light of the fact that we can't be home all the time, people are turning to private companies in increasing numbers.

Luckily, home security might just be as easy as using an iPad or iPhone.

The Age of iProtection

Technology is all around us. We use it every day for everything, from staying in touch to entertainment to earning a living. It makes sense that people are using their iPhones and iPads to better their home security. We've gotten to a point where it's out of the ordinary to not have our phones with us, so we might as well start using them to protect our homes while we're away.

Older, dated security systems can be difficult to use, easily bypassed, and often give false alarms. Everyone with a home security feeling has experienced the heart stopping shock when someone else in the house trips the alarm in the middle of the night and had trouble trying to punch the code in. How many false alarms, calling the police and getting worried when the security system was set off accidentally, does it take before home security becomes the story of the boy who cried wolf?

Other methods are just as faulty. Having a dog is great for home protection, but people in the city can't keep large guard dogs and they may need protection the most living in areas with more break-ins. Posting stickers and signs warning burglars that there is a security system might ward off break-ins, or it might tell them exactly what brand of system they have to get by, and maybe they know exactly how to bypass it.

Technology is doing its best to put the control back into the homeowners' hands. There are tons of smart phone compatible apps and gadgets that are making home security easier to manage, more effective, and more exact.

The Best Home Protection Apps

So how can we turn our phones into a home security system? Here are three simple ways that this familiar technology is being used in new and helpful ways:

  • 1. Apps Connected to an Existing Security System: There are many a huge number of companies offering digital montoring and systems with app integration now -- for example Lifeshield, Front Point Security, and Vivint. That is, there are now many standard security systems that include a smartphone app which allows users to control their security system from afar. Forget to turn on the system or need to deactivate it for a house sitter? Not a problem, no need to leave work or fret during your vacation now that there's an app for that!
  • 2. iPhone Nanny Cams: Nanny cams are a popular device for first time parents hoping to keep a better eye on their child while they're away. Now, instead of buying a gadget specifically for that use, try one of the apps that turns iPhones into live webcams and gain the peace of mind by leaving eyes and ears behind while away from home.
  • 3. Turn an iPad into a Security Camera: Leave the iPad, iPhone, or iPod at home and let it be an effective security camera. The Presence App turns apple products into security cameras by sending a live web cam feed to the user online while they're away.
  • What This New Tech Means for the Future of Home Security

    All of these apps and devices are moving us forward to safer homes, fewer false alarms, and more control for homeowners. There's no more worrying if the security system is turned on and people are immediately alerted if the system does do off while they're away. We use our smart phones for everything else, why not use them to protect our homes and families, too?