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Here's what you need to know about smart home security techSecurity is a huge category, but don't fret. We're here to help you find a system that suits your home.
It is really easy to feel stressed when you're shopping for a home security system. That's because it's a huge category that covers everything from professional firms like ADT to DIY style products like cameras, sensors and locks. Fortunately we're here to help. You're probably already familiar with the traditional home security model. It's the ADT's and vivant's of the world. Basically brands that offer a ton of services and products. Like sensors, cameras, sirens and even professional monitoring. DRY [UNKNOWN] Simply Safe are actually really similar to ADT. They have sensors and sirens. They offer professional monitoring and have a monthly fee. But it's on a month to month basis so you aren't locked into a contract in the same way. Cameras are another major DIY home security category and there are a ton of different varieties. They offer live streaming, motion and sound related alerts, night vision, cloud storage, local storage and a whole lot more. There are some that are even available for free, like Presence, Many Thing and Salient Eye. These are free apps that convert spare Android and IOS devices into security cameras for free. Locks are another growing smart home security category. We've reviewed a bunch of bluetooth enabled models, including the August Smart Lock here, Poly-Control's Danalock and the Kwikset Kevo. The August Smart Lock and the Danalock actually install over an existing deadbolt whereas the Kwikset Kevo has its own smart key deadbolt. A dead bolt that had a major security vulnerability, that our technical editor Steve Conoway had in seconds flat. This covers a lot of what's available on the market today. But a lot is changing too. Third party integrations. Integrations with your car, wearables and a whole lot more are emerging on the scene. And it isn't just DIY companies that are getting in on the action. Professional security firms are actually partnering with a bunch of these start-ups so that they can be more appealing to people interested in DIY products, making home security a really interesting category to keep an eye on. Thanks for watching. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET. [SOUND]