(NBC News) — New home security technology is making it easier to protect your home without the complex installation and expensive payments.
“The big change recently in security is that smart phones have allowed us to monitor things in our home ourselves. That’s kind of opened the door for products that cost a lot less because we can install them ourselves,” says CNET’s Ry Crist.
Technology like motion sensors, cameras and smart lights are providing more options outside of traditional wired systems for a fraction of the cost.
Many apps allow you to get alerts on your smartphone if something’s amiss.
One cheap DIY hack is to use the camera in an old phone or tablet.
You just set it up, connect it to a power source, and use a free app like “Presence”, which can let you see through the camera via WiFi.