Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Carmel on the Case: Cell Phone Spy
Tonight, parents are carefully watching their kids go door-to-door. But what happens behind closed doors should never be scary. That's why parents can now monitor their children at home from any location. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is On The Case.
WSVN -- Babysitters abusing the children they care for, thieves breaking into your home and stealing your valuable possessions -- they're real-life nightmares that all of us want to avoid.
New mom Csille Clark can use her cell phone to find out what's going on with her baby, her dogs and her home even when she's miles away.
Csille Clark: "It gives us great peace of mind."
It's new technology that allows you to monitor your home through streaming video sent directly to your cell phone.
Csille Clark: "You have a second set of eyes, and you know exactly what's happening with your baby."
The system is simple to set up and costs about $99 to start. You just place wireless cameras around your house.
Csille Clark: "Wherever you have that camera set up, you can watch what's going on."
Here's how it works: When any motion is detected in a room, the camera sends you a text alert straight to your cell phone. Log in and you can watch streaming video right from your phone or computer.
You can even move the camera remotely to get a better view.
Csille Clark: "If there's a problem I can give a call to the babysitter."
But security experts warn that without the proper precautions, hackers could break into your system.
Rick Avery: "Somebody half a mile away, if they're logged into your wireless frequency, can actually watch you in your home. It can be a very, very dangerous thing."
So, chose a system with encryption technology to keep unauthorized viewers out. As for Csille, being able to check on baby Forester from work gives her a priceless sense of security.
All of this doesn't take a special phone. The technology works on any cell phone that can access the internet. So today, your phone can do double duty as a home monitoring device.
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