Make your home safer!

Take Control of
Home Security Cameras

Glenn Fleishman

Are you thinking about installing a home security camera—or several? This book guides you through the many decisions about quality, features, privacy, and security that will help you find just what you want. Or do you own an existing system and want to swap out parts, expand it, or upgrade it? You’ll learn options for cameras you own and what interoperates. The book explains the role of Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video, and how to make its highest-level security work for you.

All Take Control books are delivered in two ebook formats—PDF and EPUB—and can be read on nearly any device.


New lower price! As of version 1.4.1 of this book, we’re dropping the price from $9.99 to $4.99—it’s on sale indefinitely (at least until the next major update, if there’s enough demand for one).

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
  • Understand the different kinds of cloud-based storage of video, and which you might be comfortable with
  • Learn about Apple HomeKit Secure Video, an option available for the Apple ecosystem that lets you access video and control cameras from several manufacturers in a highly secure way from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, including Logitech’s Circle View
  • 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
Glenn Fleishman

About Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, Fast Company, and Increment. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. He spent 2019 and 2020 building 100 tiny type museums full of real printing artifacts. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

What’s New in Version 1.4.1

This version corrects some minor typos and errors throughout.

Since the last version, Eufy provided a more extensive disclosure of what went wrong and a plan to correct its errors but I haven’t yet decided to add their products back into this book as examples.

What Was New in Version 1.4

This update included timely revisions to reflect current product lines and price changes, among other changes. More specifically:

  • Eufy gone: I removed Anker’s Eufy line of cameras from recommendations and discussion. A researcher discovered multiple significant security flaws, the company delayed and obfuscated its response, and even the fixes and answers are incomplete as of January 2023.
  • Logitech line-up changed: Logitech has discontinued all but its Circle View models, which work only with Apple HomeKit Secure Video. I updated the book to reflect that.
  • Constant model changes: Because of the constant churn of camera models, prices, features, and availability, our rundown about models by company becomes obsolete within days or weeks of publication. As a result, I removed the section that included a detailed rundown. It’s better I refer you to manufacturers’ sites and specific models that we ensure remain available through book updates.
  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • What’s New in Version 1.4.1
    • What Was New in Version 1.4
    • What Was New in Version 1.3
  • Introduction
  • Home Security Cameras Quick Start
  • Which Camera to Buy
  • Why Do You Want a Camera?
    • Screen Approved Visitors and Workers
    • Ding, Dong! Who’s There?
    • Deter and Report Crime
  • Rough Out Your Layout
  • Choose Where Video Lives
    • Where a Camera Stores Your Video
    • How To Retrieve Video
    • Pick Your Storage Method
  • Consider Physical Parameters
    • Pick a Brand Name?
    • Choose a Network Connection
    • Mull Mounts and Pick Power
    • How Cameras Capture a Scene
    • Pick Camera-Based Features
    • Consider Extras Beyond Video
  • Be Alert!
    • Configure Triggers
    • Actions Respond to Triggers
    • Receive Alerts
  • Secure Your System
    • You Face Real Risk
    • Set Up an Account or Device Password
    • Secure Hardware and Data
    • Share Access
  • Protect Privacy
    • Keep Your Cameras and Video Private
    • Respect Other People’s Privacy
    • Are You Part of the Surveillance State?
  • Use Smart Home Ecosystems for Control
    • What Kind of Systems Exist
    • Look at Major Ecosystems
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
  • Copyright and Fine Print

Glenn Fleishman discusses M-series Macs, securing your Mac, Apple ID and more

Posted by Joe Kissell on April 23, 2021

Glenn Fleishman joined Chuck Joiner on MacVoices in a massive, three-part series to discuss updates to several of his books, including Take Control of Your M-Series Mac, Take Control of Securing Your Mac, Take Control of Your Apple ID, and Take Control of Home Security Cameras. The three episodes are:

You can also watch them right here:

Glenn Discusses Home Security Cameras with Chuck Joiner

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.


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