In Take Control of Home Security Cameras, networking and security expert Glenn Fleishman shows you how to make smart choices about buying and configuring cameras that take into account technical details, video quality, system integration, your own privacy and that of others, and internet security.
As you read this book, you’ll:
- Figure out which features are right for you
- Configure your system securely to ensure that you and people you authorize are the only ones with access to live and stored video
- Find out how to build a system entirely offline, in which no video or live streams make their way to the internet at all
- Understand the different kinds of cloud-based storage of video, and which you might be comfortable with
- Learn about Apple HomeKit Secure Video, a new option available for iPhone and iPad users and certain camera systems (including Logitech Circle 2 and Eufy cameras) that provides the highest level of privacy currently available in cloud storage
- Get to know features found in home security cameras, and how they affect the quality and nature of video you capture
- Set your system so that alerts only appear for the kinds of motion, sound, or other triggers that meet your threshold
- Avoid becoming part of the surveillance state—or opt into a limited and controlled part of it with a fuller understanding of what that means
- Learn about the legal aspects and limits of recording audio and video, and how they might (or might not) help catch criminals
- Get in-depth insight into over 10 of the most popular home security video cameras and systems, including Amazon Blink and Ring, Eufy, Google Nest, NETGEAR Arlo, Logitech Circle, Wyze, and several others
- Figure out whether you want a multi-camera system that records video on your network or smart cameras that stream events or continuous video to the internet
What’s New in Version 1.2
This update expands coverage of end-to-end encryption (E2EE), which puts control in the hands of users, by storing encryption information only in devices under your control. This protects video as it streams or uploads to the cloud, and while stored in the cloud, from unwanted access. Someone has to both have an enrolled device—like a phone, tablet, or computer—and be able to unlock it to view video.
While Apple has already offered E2EE for its ecosystem via camera manufacturers who support Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video service (see “Use HomeKit to Store Video and Trigger Alerts”), what’s changed is that Amazon added E2EE support to several models of its Ring cameras.
You can read these new and updated section on end-to-end encryption, “Encrypting with End-to-End Protection” and “Some Cameras Give You the Keys to Privacy,” and read up on Amazon’s new options and which cameras are supported in “Ring: Privacy.”
This update also fixes a few typos.
What Was New in Version 1.1
This update to the book updates all the camera systems and models listed in Camera Models to the latest generations, pricing, and service plans and fees. It also includes new information about:
- Facial recognition: Many cameras can identify faces and match them against data stored locally or in the cloud. I dig into the three main approaches used for facial identification in “Facial Recognition.”
- Apple HomeKit Secure Video: This updates adds additional insight into Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video offering, including updating the list of cameras that now work with the system; see “Apple HomeKit.”
- More Wi-Fi details: Some cameras work only over 2.4 GHz networks, and I explain that nuance in “Some Cameras Work over Only One Wi-Fi Band.”
There's also a one-page summary that helps you choose the best camera in each of three major categories.
Posted by Joe Kissell on March 5, 2020
Glenn Fleishman joined Chuck Joiner on MacVoices to talk about his new book Take Control of Home Security Cameras. He’ll tell you about the many variables involved in choosing a camera system and what his book covers.