When it comes To security cameras, many of us have mixed feelings. Cameras can be incredibly useful. We want to know if people are breaking into our homes while we’re on vacation, or if our kids have returned home safely from school. We want to test our pets when we are at work or to see if our children are sleeping safely and healthily.
But we No. Want to think about meeting against our will. You can turn off most Wi-Fi-enabled security cameras with the accompanying app, or unplug them when you get home. But with Cync (formerly GE by GE) indoor smart camera there is a simple way: just close the shutter. Genius!
In my experiments, I found GE products to be enabled and affordable by C. Rebrand has not changed so far. This camera works well and is very similar to many of its competitors. Its standout feature is the shutter. It physically covers the camera lens, revealing bright red plastic underneath. A cross-out camera symbol is a bright visual confirmation that nothing bad is happening here! There is no guesswork and no squeezing in any small LED to see what color it is. Turning off the shutter turns off the LED status lights and microphone.
Obviously, you need to remember to slide the shutter when you are ready to start recording again. You can turn privacy mode on and off from the app wherever you are, as long as the shutter camera is covering. So, for example, if you want to know if the pet came there, but they want to feel comfortable, you can wait for the alert and then turn it off. They will know that it is not watching them when the green LED light goes out.
Of course, no shutter can provide 100% security. People can access almost anything: ring doorbells, baby monitors, and even the security of large corporations. A recent UFI “software error” allows users to view their own content instead of viewing other customers’ to-completely camera feed.
When you invite a camera into your home, you are taking a risk. Cync’s camera shutters provide at least an extra layer of security. Like any security camera, choose a strong, unique password and set up two-factor authentication. Cync makes it easy (and you can’t opt out) by automatically setting up the next one. Once you enter your password, it asks you to provide an email verification code. You should also change your Wi-Fi password from the default provided by the company and keep the camera and router updated through regular software updates. Also, maybe don’t get naked or do anything, in front of it, terribly intimate No Camera, on or off.
The camera body is small and, like most of the cameras we have tested, is quite perfect. It fits easily on a side table or shelf, or you can mount it. It rotates 360 degrees in its stand, so you can face it anywhere before you go – making it easy to mount almost anywhere. Unlike panning cameras, you can’t change the direction of the app while watching a live feed, only manually – which can be a bonus for you to change clothes behind the camera lens.