The iPhone is a range of Internet-equipped smart phones designed and built by Apple. Because the iPhone features several methods of mobile Internet connectivity, including Wi-Fi and 3G cellular data, it can be used for a variety of security applications. It's able to connect securely via wireless networks, local area networks (LAN) and over the Internet, giving it remote access to systems such as IP cameras, home automation and alarm systems.
If a security system uses a local area network, Wi-Fi or IP cameras for its closed-circuit TV feeds, various iPhone applications can be used to display the images on the device. "ICamViewer," "Sureveillent" and "IP Camera Viewer" all allow you to monitor networked cameras on the iPhone and can log into a security system over the local network or over the Internet. Other applications are available that allow you to set up the iPhone itself as an IP camera using its built-in camera and connectivity features for surveillance.
Many home security alarms now feature Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity for contacting services and home owners when an alarm is triggered. Applications such as "Carrot Home" and "DSC Alarm Monitor" provide you with an iPhone-based system for monitoring the security of a home alarm. They also offer additional control features for compatible alarms, such as remote arming and disarming, viewing of specific zones on an alarm circuit, and lighting and curtain controls.
Carrying a mobile phone while engaging in outdoor pursuits is considered a standard safety protocol, and there are several iPhone applications designed to enhance your personal security and safety. "Assistance" and "Emergency!" provide a variety of on-site and emergency functions, including remote dialing of emergency services, one-touch control for contacting family members, automatic transmission of current GPS coordinates and first aid instructions. These can be useful safety features should you need to administer emergency aid.
Internet fraud is a significant problem for anyone who shops or accesses their bank online. Passwords need to be strong while at the same time you need to be able to remember them. By employing applications such as "MyKeePass," "1Password" and "PasswordWallet" the iPhone can be used to store all your passwords in one secure data file. These apps can also be used to generate and store random passwords, increasing online security considerably. It also means you only need to remember one password rather than different codes for each online service.
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