Secure your vacation plans with WiFi-enabled home cameras

Spring is here and summer is on the way, which means it’s time to start penciling in a few weekend getaways and, if you’re lucky, prepping for that annual vacation you’ve got coming up. One of the most overlooked areas of vacation planning, however, has nothing to do with your destination, reservations or travel itinerary. It has to do with how well you secure your home before you leave for vacation.

What’s the single most important thing to have in place when you’re getting ready to jet set? Total peace of mind. Because let’s face it, leaving home—even for just a weekend—can be stressful. This is especially true if you have pets that are staying behind.

No matter how much you trust the neighbor or friend you’ve asked to check in, once you step on the plane or get more than a few hours from home all of the typical anxieties start to kick in. Did I leave the patio door open? Did I forget to turn off the bedside lamps? What if the cat knocks them over and starts a fire? Worse yet: What if that friend checks in but forgets to lock up properly? Or leaves lights on?

These kinds of worries can ruin a great vacation, but most of them can be addressed with the simple ability to check in on your home—anytime you want—from your smartphone.

WiFi cameras do just that. They install in a jiffy, connect to your home Internet network and beam live video to your smartphone, tablet or laptop. You could be backpacking in Italy or climbing to the top of the Statue of Liberty—so long as you have Internet access on your smartphone you can get an instant, live peek into your home for total peace of mind. There’s the patio door—locked. And there’s the cat—fast asleep, as always.

The only drawback to WiFi enabled security cameras is that they’re susceptible to anyone with malicious intent and some advanced hacking skills. Because these cameras connect to your home network, you’ll want to make sure that you select a camera or camera system that’s compatible with WPA or WPA2 security protocols. You’ll also want a reliable home network with a secure router that protects your data during the transmission of live video from inside your home.

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