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How do I Choose the Best Security Camera Software?

By Harriette Halepis
Updated May 17, 2024
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Protecting your home or business with a surveillance system is a good idea. However, choosing the right security camera software can be somewhat confusing. Ideally, software should contain all the components necessary to capture both images and voice. In addition, security camera software should be easy to operate.

Software that does not contain audio captioning will not be able to pick up any voices. While this feature may not be important to you, an intruder's voice is often the one thing that assists legal authorities with an investigation. Remote access is another feature that you may want to consider. If you leave town for any length of time, a remote access option will allow you to view your home or business via Internet.

Some security camera software comes with an alert option. If an intruder enters your property, authorities will be alerted immediately. This feature will not only prevent theft, it will also keep your family safe if an intruder breaks into your home. If your home or business is large, then you may also want to think about a multiple camera option. When security camera software can control multiple cameras at one time, every angle of your property is covered.

Another interesting security camera software feature is stealth mode. Stealth mode will make it impossible for anyone, other than yourself, to view your camera software. When software is running in stealth mode, your main computer does not show any image or information. The only way to access this information is to enter a series of unique keystrokes.

Before you begin to shop for any security camera software, take a look around your home or business. Think about the options that you would like to have, and try to think of those features that you really don't need. Security camera software can be extremely expensive if you opt for all the latest features. However, this type of software can also be cost-effective if you only need basic surveillance. Those people who have larger properties may want to think about specialized software, while people who have smaller properties may not need highly technical software.

Lastly, never purchase any kind of surveillance software from a non-reputable company. Find out how long a company has been in business, what kind of clientele a company deals with, and whether or not a company will provide you with a free estimate. Since you are protecting your private property, you don't want to make the mistake of doing business with a company that has a poor reputation.

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