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The best home security apps



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One of the biggest and best things that has come out of phone technology in the last decade is the emergence of home security apps.

These apps help to keep your property secure and give you peace of mind when you leave your home unoccupied. Holidays and nights out have never been less stressful thanks to home security apps you can control from your mobile phone.

Here are the five best home security apps for smartphone, to keep your property secure.


Canary is sure to sing if your property has intruders. This fantastic app is able to measure everything in your home; from the sound and motion to the air quality.

Any motion that is detected in the home that is unusual, you will know about. Canary shoots an HD video of this activity and sends it straight to your phone with an option to watch it. Purchasing the Canary hardware is a long-term investment into protecting your home and providing peace of mind, whether you go out for one evening or go on holiday for two weeks.

This free smartphone app is an extension of the security systems that already exist in your home. If your house is equipped with surveillance cameras, allows you to stream the cameras’ video feed directly to your phone to ensure you keep a constant eye on your property.

You are able to arm or disarm your security panel, lock or unlock the doors and even control the thermostat temperature. Find out when your kids are home from school, when the housekeeper arrives or leaves, when the garage door has been left open and much more.


Once you’ve installed the Dropcam’s camera in your home, which is a very simple process, you’re ready to safeguard your home against disaster. Not only can you stream the camera’s feed to your home, the camera has a two-way microphone. This means that you can hear what is going on and let the intruders know you are watching their every move from your mobile phone.

Nest Secure

Nest Secure is part of a wide range of Nest apps; some of which offer protection from smoke and carbon monoxide poisoning, others that let you control your heating, remotely.

This particular application protects your home from burglars, with great effect. Arm or disarm your home remotely using Nest Secure; the Family Account integration, with event history, also means you can keep track of the comings and goings of your family members.

You can run tests on your alarms, receive alerts to find out what triggered your alarm and receive reminders in case you forgot to set your alarms before leaving the property empty. Window sensors, indoor and outdoor cameras and a video doorbell are included in the bundle, all of which can be viewed from your mobile.


The Vivint Smart Home app is one of the world’s favourite home security apps. With Vivint, you can receive notifications when the garage or front doors are left open; operate the garage doors from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network and ensure the kids arrive home from school okay thanks to the Ping indoor camera.

Not only that, you can even lock and unlock doors for visitors, whether you are home or not, thanks to Vivint Smart Locks. Arm your home from the comfort of your bed, ensuring peace of mind and a better night’s sleep. A garage door control makes it easy to lock the door, while a doorbell camera provides night vision so that you can have clarity on who is visiting you at any time of the day or night.

Written by hellen_b

Hellen is a content expert at giffgaff.