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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.Software can offer a definite piece of mind over browser-based solutions.It also supposedly keeps an online and offline archive of your footage, although I couldn't get either to work.Honorable mention: If you're willing to shell out , you can go with Mac-only Evo Cam, which I've heard good things about.Always in the know Receive email, SMS and phone call alerts to your smartphone and to your trusted network so you'll know immediately when your Y-cam system detects motion or unexpected activity at home.Secure Video Storage in the Cloud Y-cam's cameras store video safely in the cloud when the cameras detect motion.You can have it send you an SMS alert, or an e-mail--both of which can link to the video or a snapshot.
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.
I used it to track motion in a specific part of my workplace: CNET colleague Rafe Needleman's office door.
Any time he came in or out of his office it took a photo.
Yoics (PC) Yoics is a remote desktop application with a lot of tricks up its sleeve. You can very quickly add a Webcam that can be streamed to a private Web address, along with having its footage archived to the local machine.
It can also be set up not only to send you an e-mail if it detects motion but also send a note to a Twitter account and upload whatever footage it's captured to You Tube or Daily Motion.
It does motion capturing, e-mails, and offers mobile access.