IP cameras work by sending video to a server. The server then sends the video to you when you want to watch it on a phone or computer. These servers can be located remotely, as is the case with Iplivecams, or they can be located on-site (i.e., your home). Both are viable options, but storing video locally instead of off-site via Iplivecams opens the door to a couple of security risks.
Some technical users are comfortable enough to set up their own servers to store and stream their video. In this case, an IP camera will send video over the local Wi-Fi network to a computer running 24/7. If the camera or computer is using Wi-Fi, it may be open to data theft since the video is visible to other computers on the same network. This is why we all have been warned to be wary when browsing the Internet in public places such as Starbucks, where there is insecure Wi-Fi. Addtionally, a set up with a computer running 24/7 is neither friendly to the environment or your wallet.
A second risk to local storage is the possibility of the server being stolen or damaged. Nowadays, computers hold more value than the most expensive china cabinets or wallets. Thieves realize this and may target IP cameras or webcams and the computers connected to them.
Iplivecams addresses these risks by doing two things.
- All video from a Iplivecams is encrypted using bank level security to ensure no one else can view it. Even over an insecure Wi-Fi network, this encryption ensures any video from a Ip remains safe.
- Iplivecams store their video off-site. Thus, if thieves attempt to steal a Iplivecams, your video will still be secure. As an added security measure, all Iplivecams servers are located at a guarded location and are under 24-hour surveillance.