Home Security

Home security includes the hardware and software in place to monitor and protect property, and personal security practices. The hardware can include the doors, locks, alarm systems, lighting, motion detectors, and cameras systems; the software can include applications connected to smart systems in your home or business or electronic surveillance systems provided by vendors. Personal security practices would be ensuring doors are locked, alarms activated, windows closed and many other routine tasks which act to prevent misfortunes.

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I am a heavy Twitter user and now I am hearing that the Indian government is hiring data experts and buying a surveillance/spy software to find people's whereabouts like in China. Because they don't like the dissent. There are many activists out there (myself included) who would like to be secured to the hilt against this new government spying software too.

What should I do beside running TOR.
Can they trace my phone number?

Any answer would be appreciated.

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Does anyone know what's the maximum distance (if any) for the key readers in the building?  From the electronic panel to the key reader.  
We use keyfobs for the building.  Sometimes one or two doors key readers (out of 5 total) do not react to the keyfobs.  And that those that farthest away from the electronic panels inside the Telco room.   So my suspicious would be a distance limit but I would be completely wrong.
Any knowledge in this?  Thanks.

I d like to see how good my Wi-Fi is protected so how can I test this and see what would happen when somebody could get connected to my Wi-Fi (what he could see/do)?

That way I could take countermeasures.

Hello all,

I am seeking advice for a home surveillance DVR system but I cannot find a system that meets my requirements.


Hello all,

My main disappointment comes from the apparent reality that no one seems to offer a hybrid WiFi and Wired DVR box. I don't know why because I can imagine that nearly everyone has an environment where some points allow for wired cameras and other places around their home are more suitable for a WiFi camera.

In my case, the DVR and my outside patio camera allow for an easy wired camera install but nearly every other point (door), kitchen/dining room are more suitable for WiFi.

My requirements are really modest for a home surveillance system.

  • DVR box with 1 - 2 TB hard drive for a month or so worth of recording.
  • Automatic email notifications when a specific threshold is met.
  • Access to live and recorded video via smart phone
  • 2 wired cameras, 2 WiFi cameras and expansion to 8 cameras
  • Ideally - A peep hole camera for our front door (not sure why this is so difficult to find).

Currently, I have a Lorex surveillance system and I have two WiFi cameras. The WiFi cameras are not integrated with the Lorex, so I have multiple applications and I really want to replace all of this with a single system.

Thank you.
Hello Everyone,

I am looking for options to protect my files and folders on my local laptop.

For example, if  someone stole my computer or hacked into it, I would like to have certain files (my business file that houses information on clients/staff and my financial file) to have a password on them in order to open them.  I know that some apps also hide the file and can’t be opened or seen.

I Want to make sure that I have to put a password in when file needs to be opened and it would be good to be able to have it hidden to anyone that hacks into my computer if that should happen.  

What options do I have please ? what do you recommend ?

important I am running Windows 7. I am looking for a solution for windows 7

Thank you,
We have been reading lots of hype on these iphone apps for detecting hidden camera and wanted to know if any EE has an experience in them in how truly they work using an iphone.
I am looking for a lock that runs on batteries and connects to wifi, not Bluetooth for controlled entry access via my smartphone.  It needs to work outside and will be used to control access to a gate.

Assistance is greatly appreciated.

I wonder if this combination using the relay solution is reasonable?


Battery Powered Lock
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Anyone used that before and any comments

Hi all, look to setup a "nanny cam" type of setup - i need wireless home cameras that dont require power - any suggestions?

I think i'd need about 8.
we have a condere dvr when we bought the place but we didint get the password for the cctv how can we reset it
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Forgot my password for my qsee HD model number qth41 4 HD channels how do I recover this password really need to get into this to see who was messing in my car please somebody help
I don't know admin password how do I reset it to factory settings or how can I put new password
How do I rest my passwood if I forgot the one I put in my self
We have a peculiar problem with Panasonic NVRs, of which we have one in each building; two NVRs total.  The model of the NVRs is ND-400 and they are both on the latest firmware.  The problem is that one of the NVRs will not display any camera feeds when logged in with any account other than the admin account, even if the account is given full admin rights.  We've ruled out any network-related questions simply by virtue of the fact that the admin account works.  Beyond that, and updating firmware, we have run out of ideas for fixing this condition.
I have 12 cameras that are on the same Physical network but I am unable to find them in the application. The cameras show that they are on and others that are in the same cluster are showing in the Viewing program. I have tried Wireshark, which shows nothing, and I am trying to avoid resetting them, as I will have to get approval (and a bucket truck) to do that.
Anyone knows if there is any other way to get to them?
I just need to know how to reset my password for my DVR so Lorex 1600 model
A friends father died a few years ago and i ended up with this Qsee DVR box that has im assuming his fathers user code with i was never giving so is there a way to reset it ? Its a Q-see h.264 4ch
I forgot the password for my electric 4 channel mini DVR system and can't get it unlocked
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I need a single outdoor camera to watch a gate.  We will need emails with video's sent to us when people are going in/out.

night vision - 100 ft
day vision - 100 ft and need to be able to make out license plate numbers
capable of sending email alerts with short video
capable of sending video's to an onsite storage (windows file storage on site, which will connect via a wifi link to the camera)
power needs should be plugin
weather proof
web interface to interact with device
do not want or need a camera cctv system*

I need a single indoor camera to watch an IT server room.  We have about half of our server rooms setup with camera's now, I am going to have camera's put in the rest of them.

poe capable
night/day vision
capability of sending email with video alerts
capability of sending video's to a local storage location (windows)
web interface for interacting
not cctv

I am looking for a seamless way to start a program at startup automatically for normal user as administrator in Windows 10 Pro so the user can interact with that software. The program in question is Hikvision CCTV software.

Thanks in advance,
Kind Regards,
The place I park in office is about 200-300m from where I seat:
I can't see the car as blocked by walls.

My car is parked along the street which can get vandalised (scratched, etc):
I wanted to be able to view my car from my office PC/laptop (or at least from
my iphone) remotely : the street is a straight one & if I sit in the car, I could see
if someone is approaching (even >100m away).

Anyone has any solution to this?  I don't want a recorded video as it's too late
& the vandal would have taken place.  I wanted a camera/device which will make
it like I'm viewing from within the car (but I'm viewing from my office seat).

Feel free to show me any eBay/Amazon links of the items you recommend.
Not something more than US$300 ideally.

I have an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 6: perhaps one of them can be mounted in
the car (with a low-cost 4G data plan of US$20/month for 20GB data)?  If it's
something that don't need any data plan, will be better but I'm Ok to get one

I have a Synology with a webserver (port 80)and other applications like mailserver at other ports which I would like to make public.I have a firewall router on which ports 80 and others are forwarded to my Synology ( and all works fine.
However, I worry about security though. There was some ransomware targeting Synology a while ago and hackers are everywhere.
(How )can I safely put my Synology out in the open?


I have a SmartThings Motion sensor and a SmartThings Power Outlet.

I set these devices up so that when I would walk into a room, the sensor would sense my movement and turn on the Outlet.

However, if I do not have my internet for these devices, the Outlet will not be turned on.

I have seen devices such as sensor lights but was wondering if such things existed for a socket where WiFi was not needed.

Can you recommend any sensor sockets that work like these devices but do not require WiFi?

Here is what we have found so far along with pricing info, as well as pros and cons.  The sheet can be viewed by anyone.  Editing is restricted but anyone can comment here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MbA9eqdXcXtpFmdD4IrLR101vOgtA-fCZhhQ03yEPfw/edit#gid=0

I would like to monitor ingress and egress to my home and yard.

I need it to be able to notify me every time it recognizes someone that shouldn't be there.

The most important location to monitor is when people come up to the front door from the street which is about 50 ft away.  I would like the smartphone camera there to be good enough to see activity actually at the street level.

I am really looking for best in class here within reason cost-wise, and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Home Security

Home security includes the hardware and software in place to monitor and protect property, and personal security practices. The hardware can include the doors, locks, alarm systems, lighting, motion detectors, and cameras systems; the software can include applications connected to smart systems in your home or business or electronic surveillance systems provided by vendors. Personal security practices would be ensuring doors are locked, alarms activated, windows closed and many other routine tasks which act to prevent misfortunes.

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