Taxes are too high. Ants don’t like humans invading their turf (literally). And too many suburban homes are empty during the day as occupants head to offices and schools. Short of installing man-chasing tarantulas or barking dogs to fend off intruders, some neighbors have installed home security systems.
For Mac users on a budget, there’s SecureHome, a combination of Mac and iPhone apps which turns your Mac into a security camera, and your iPhone into a remote control and monitor.
Considering the remarkably low price tag on SecureHome, we find it useful because our home has more than the average number of Macs on each floor of the Mincey plantation headquarters building (often referred to as home).
Setup is straightforward and uses a Dropbox account to view video from the Mac’s iSight camera.
SecureHome even listens to sound inside your home with the Mac’s built-in microphone (or, a connected mic). If there’s an intruder (or other noise), then SecureHome will sound an alarm and send you an email message to your iPhone.
The companion iPhone app can then connect back to the Dropbox account to view video of what’s going on at home.
We found the mic to work well but had to calibrate the microphone’s sensitivity (neighbors have dogs). The iPhone app also has options to arm or disarm the app on your Mac.
Otherwise, SecureHome works quite well (though you’ll need to watch the usage on your Dropbox account), and is a bargain at this price.