Home security systems have come a long way in recent years.
The earliest options on the market simply activated lights and sirens if an intruder entered, but newer possibilities usually connect to a local police station. This means that if there truly is a problem, authorities can be sent out to your location in hopes of catching the burglar.
Even if the police don’t come face-to-face with the offending person, companies like ADT and other leading providers of home security equipment can install cameras that track movements and activities in an inconspicuous way.
Surveying Things from your Smartphone
If you’re a very tech savvy individual, you’ll appreciate there are now several home security apps available to download for your iPhone, Android or other handheld device.
But, how effective are they, really?
Firstly, keep in mind that any app will only perform capabilities that are linked to your security system.
It might seem silly to read here, but you’d be surprised many people call technical support services to get help for capabilities that they’ve never been able to tap into in the first place, because they’ve never actually paid for them.
Since your app is only as powerful as the security system that’s installed, don’t become unnecessarily wowed by a plethora of features that you’ve noticed on the screen of your smartphone, particularly if you didn’t tell your security company that you wanted a package with those advantages.
Speaking of technical support staff members, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the amount of people working in the field will grow by over 100,000 from now until the year 2020.
If you’re interested in using a home security system that has an accompanying app, find out how much technical assistance will be available to you if something goes wrong. This can make a big difference in the overall effectiveness of an app.
Learn how to take matters into your own hands, as well.
Smartphones and their related apps are excellent when they work well, but occasionally, they’ll become unresponsive, so you have to learn how to restart the app itself or maybe even the entire phone.
The way you go about doing this will vary depending on the type of smartphone model you have, but it’s usually pretty easy.
Reach Out to Fellow Users
Consumers of technology tend to be very outspoken about both the good and bad features of a newly developed app.
Get your insight from the masses and read reviews about certain smartphone applications that you’re interested in.
You’ll probably find that there’s hardly a more unbiased source short of actually purchasing the app and trying it yourself.
Before you start reading reviews, make a list of the features that are most important.
Then, it’ll be easier to evaluate all your options and make the choice that’s right for you. Be aware, though that many home security companies already have their own specially designed apps, which eliminates the need for you to scour around online and see what’s available.
You’ll simply have access to the app as soon as you sign up for a security service.
As you can see, the effectiveness of a home security app has a lot to do with your own knowledge when it comes to technology, and a willingness to read feedback from current users to pinpoint the most appropriate solution.
Regardless of which application or security company you choose, technology now has the power to make it more convenient than ever to keep your home secure.
Mobile phone photo by vernieman.