In today's day and age it is now more than ever imperative to protect your online accounts from hackers and one way you can help is by Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on all your online accounts that have this feature and choosing a strong password.
How Two-Factor Authentication works is once you have enabled it, every time you sign into a new computer and sign into your Google account, Facebook, Dropbox or any of the many others you will put your password in and then you will be asked for a code which is randomly generated by an app on your smart phone. the app I use is Authy
When logging in you can chose to keep the information saved so you do not have to log in using your phone each time which you can do for a computer you own or do not save for a public computer.
To enable Two-Factor Authentication on your Google account please visit this link
To enable Two-Factor Authentication on your Facebook account please visit this link
To enable Two-Factor Authentication on your Dropbox account please visit this link
For a full list of sites that support Two-Factor Authentication please click here
In this series of posts I will be going over how you can create your own higher end IP Camera surveillance system so you can monitor your home or business either remotely or locally.
Part one of this series will go over selecting the equipment required for this installation; we will be using Amazon as our go to store since their return policy is awesome and prices are extremely competitive.
Selecting your NVR (Network video Recorder)
First step would be selecting your DVR, there are many IP camera NVR (Network Video Recorders) on the market and heck you can even make your own with a decent PC and free software but for this guide I will be going over using the Hikvision NVR since Hikvision makes an extremely nice NVR for a low price; the IP Cameras required are on the higher end BUT are very low cost.
Depending on how many cameras you want to install will determine the NVR you will choose, they come in 4, 8 or 16 channel (cameras)
You will also need to choose your hard drive size as the majority of NVR's are sold without them.
I recommend the Western Digital purple Hard Drive which are designed for CCTV systems that are continually cycling over data after data.
The camera number and quality you wish to record at will determine the hard drive size.
Choosing a good quality IP camera today on a budget is no longer difficult with Hikvision IP cameras.
There are many to choose from but my favorite would be the Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I Outdoor HD 3MP IP Bullet Security Camera 4mm or the Hikvision DS-2CD3132 2.8mm Lens 3MP Mini Dome Camera 1080P POE IP CCTV Camera since they look great physically and the picture quality is fantastic and with a price point on Amazon of around $100, cant go wrong with that.
Cable and connectors
Unless you know what you are doing; creating your cables for your IP Camera surveillance system is a little tricky and is time consuming; it is better to just buy pre-made cables from Amazon or have some one make them for you.
UPS (Uninterrupted power supply)
I dont care what anybody else thinks, I have been installing CCTV systems for a long time and I know for a fact that you NEED a UPS incase your power goes out of your power bumps.
This 1500VA UPS is perfect for your new IP surveillance system.
Part 2 of this series I will go over starting your installation of your IP survellience system.