Lockdown! How to Secure Your Home With Technology

Going on vacation soon? Leaving the house thousands of miles away can be a source of anxiety for many homeowners. Effectively monitoring your home remotely is a critical first step, whether you are managing its surveillance or you have a home security system in place. Home invasion cases are traditionally very hard to solve once they occur, so the best way to avoid the loss and strife accompanied with burglary is to use technology that keeps tabs on your home when you are away.

An all-in-one home security system that connects directly to your phone is what Canary is all about. It sends alerts of any suspicious activity in your home and allows you to alert the police directly from your app, if needed. Canary is connected to various HD video cameras that are all part of its cohesive system meant to optimize home coverage and real-time access to your home’s security from any destination. The best part about Canary is that it doesn’t require installation. It starts at $179 for one of its devices; two of the devices are recommended for larger houses and together they retail for $379.

Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Security Camera
For an HD outdoor security camera that you can access from your smartphone, consider the Logitech Outdoor Security Camera. It has an easy installation process, and you can view the live-stream at any time and from any device, including your computer. If there is ever a time that you are worried during your vacation, you can simply access the live-stream to put your mind at ease.

Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener
Have you ever had the worry that you (or the kids) may have left your garage door open when you are away on vacation? With the Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener you will have the comfort of knowing that you can control your garage door from anywhere in the world, right from your smartphone. While the device costs $129; the Chamberlain app is free and has no hidden monthly fees.

Smart Padlocks
If you want to protect items and valuables inside your home, try a smart padlock, the newest technology that blows traditional combination locks out of the water. Master Lock Bluetooth Smart Padlocks allow you to unlock exclusively from your smartphone. From the Master Lock app, you will be able to see that a door is locked, and when it was last opened. If someone is trying to open it, you will get a tampering notification. The appeal of this app extends to letting dog walkers and trusted maintenance professionals in and out of the home as well. There is both an indoor ($70) and an outdoor version ($89).

LiveWatch Plug & Protect
Plug & Protect is a simple, all-inclusive home security system that boasts smartphone access, around-the-clock monitoring and instant alarm notifications. It detects motion and secures any entrance in your home. The package starts at $99, plus monitoring and activation.

Never leave for vacation stressed about your home security again. Simply choose the security systems or devices that are right for you, and feel confident about managing access through technology.


Heidi Raker, mother of three tech-obsessed teens, has written about lifestyle products and parenting for over 30 years. She has a no-cellphone-at-meals policy, which remains one of her biggest family challenges.