Home Camera (PC) This software runs a streaming video client that can be accessed from any computer with a browser.You can view either live video or snapshots that can be taken at intervals or on-demand.Home Camera's secret sauce is being able to e-mail you when you're not there.You can have it send you an SMS alert, or an e-mail--both of which can link to the video or a snapshot.Software can offer a definite piece of mind over browser-based solutions.Most of these apps can run quietly in the background, and can save footage to your hard drive for archiving.
Chances are good you're about to head out of town, leaving your dwelling to fend for itself against intruders. For the sake of this guide we're keeping things simple and limiting our list to free apps that work on PCs, Macs, or both. Later on we also have a section on specialty hardware that can take you beyond what most Webcams are capable of.High-end Webcams often come with their own security software, so in the spirit of this guide, we're going with generic software that should work with any model: Yawcam (PC) Yawcam is free and PC-only.It's a complex program but not too complex to set-up.Eye Spy FX (PC & Mac) This software works on Windows and Mac and has a mobile viewer that can be accessed on a handful of devices, including the i Phone. The software, while primitive, does a good job with privacy; the only way to access your stream is with your camera's special PIN.It also supposedly keeps an online and offline archive of your footage, although I couldn't get either to work.