Local Versus Cloud Home Security Systems


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If you’ve made the decision to purchase a home security system, you have a lot of features to consider to find out what works for you. One of your first decisions should be the storage option.

There are two main storage options for home security systems: local and cloud. Both have their pros and cons, and depending on your needs one might suit you better than the other.

Local Storage

Local storage refers to the camera’s reliance on a physical and local piece of hardware to store data on. This type of system typically comes in the form of a microSD card, which may or may not be included with your system purchase. The recording options for local storage come in two options: event-based or continuous recording.

If you choose event-based recording, your camera will only save footage during periods when your camera detects motion or sound. Continuous recording is non-stop recording, regardless of whether or not something is happening.

When your microSD card is full, you will need to manage your footage. This can be done by opting to overwrite the footage that has been recorded already or removing the card and saving/editing your footage as per your discretion. Many home security systems have smartphone apps that allow you to view footage on your phone, but you can also remove the card if you prefer storing footage on your computer.

People who are concerned with their privacy and choose to manage their footage on their own accord tend to purchase local storage based systems, and there isn’t a storage fee.

However, local storage systems need a microSD card, a card reader, and sometimes even a card adapter to work, especially if you choose to save videos to your computer.

Cloud Storage

Cloud storage works in similarity to how many applications on your cell phone work. Data can be saved to a virtual storage space and accessed on any device with the right login information. The growing popularity of smart applications, especially those designed for the home, has ushered a similar growth of cloud-based storage as well.

Cloud storage allows users to save data directly to the cloud, which has its own servers. This is often viewed as being less-involved than local storage, and all a user needs to do is sign into their account to retrieve their footage. Cloud-based storage providers will charge you a monthly fee for a set amount of storage space. This storage option is favored among those who are less concerned about their data privacy and who prefer convenient approaches to their home security systems.

However, there are ways to boost the security of your data if you choose cloud storage. Enabling two-factor identification, taking advantage of data encryption, using a secured network, turning off automatic uploads, and installing security software are just a few home cloud security measures you can take.

Which Is Better?

There isn’t one right answer, and it depends on your own preferences. If you want more control over your footage, then you might choose local storage. If you want convenience, then you might opt for cloud-based storage. If you are leaning towards home cloud storage, you should do your homework on providers first to make sure your home security is as effective as your data security.

For more information about local/cloud storage or to learn more about our home security systems, give us a call today for a free home consultation and quote.




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