cameras in the cloud

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19
Apr
0

Heartbleed update

Posted by on in Camcloud News
b2ap3_thumbnail_heartbleed.pngI'm sure most of you are well aware of a critical vulnerability in OpenSSL named Heartbleed. This vulnerability has rocked the world of secure communications. Over 66% of all sites could be affected! Not something to sneeze at. Everyone has been scrambling to patch this vulnerability.



Camcloud's response to Heartbleed

Camcloud was using a version of OpenSSL that was vulnerable to Heartbleed like many others at the time of the announcement. We took immediate action to assess our infrastructure and patch any affected systems.

At Camcloud, we take security very seriously. Certain organizations can tell you that there is no evidence data was compromised but that is a tough claim to make. In my opinion one the worst possible things about Heartbleed is that it is not detectable. Knowing that we have to proceed with an abundance of caution. Because the vulnerability may have exposed private SSL keys, we have rotated all payment processing keys and we have reissued all SSL certificates.

What should you do as a user

Simple. Change your password. I know this is a pain, everyone hates this but it must be done. Changing your password for Camcloud is great but don't stop there. Make sure you check every service you use. Remember this vulnerability affects two thirds of all active sites out there. If there was anytime to roll over your passwords, now is it.
14
Feb
3

Capture Video in the Cloud with Foscam

Posted by on in Camera Reviews and Tips
Today we're introducing a fantastic new feature for our Foscam users -- the ability to capture recorded video when a motion event is detected. It might come as a surprise to many but most IP cameras are only able to FTP image clips (aka 'snapshots') to the cloud. There are very few cameras that will record video on motion then FTP that to a remote cloud storage location. Today, Foscam users have that option with Camcloud. 

Here's a quick FAQ on this feature. 

- What cameras are supported? All H.264 Foscam cameras (FI98* model series).
- Where do I enable this?   Add your Foscam camera, then edit the settings for that camera. You'll see an option to for Images, Video or Both. (see screenshot below).
- I've already created my Foscam camera and I don't see the option?  If you don't see the option for your Foscam H.264 (model FI98*) camera, then delete and re-add the camera to Camcloud. The option will then appear. 


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That's the recap. As always let us know if you have any questions or feedback.
21
Jan
0

Foscam FI9821W Review

Posted by on in Camera Reviews and Tips

Foscam_camera.jpgThis is part of our continuing series of IP camera reviews. The reviews focus on cameras that work with Camcloud's IP camera cloud services. Hopefully this will help customers pick the camera that's right for them. 

For this post I will look take a look at the Foscam FI9821W. Foscam has a lot of different models, however this camera is one to pay attention to. It's part of their newer H.264 line with full 720p. From what I understand it's one of their bigger sellers going forward.  

I'll review the camera's Network Setup, Feature Overview & Config and General Use.

But first let's take a look at the camera hardware. The camera has a pretty sturdy, compact design and a rubberized coating rather than plastic. For a relatively inexpensive IP camera (Amazon US price is ~$130) it has a good quality feel to it. The camera also ships with a mounting bracket so you can hang it from a wall or ceiling. The specs provide for 720P video quality and H.264 video compression so it's definitely a step-up in video quality from some of their older models. 

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Network Setup


As with any device the first thing you need to do is get it on your network. Foscam provides an "IP Camera" utility on CD (or you can download it from Foscam support) that will auto-discover the camera on your network. The screencap below shows I have 3 Foscams already on the network. Ok, here's the first minor complaint. Now I'm used to this utility since it's the same one used for all their cameras but it's not 100% obvious what you should do next. By right-clicking your camera, a range of options are shown (see below) but which one to pick? I'll save you some time with my Quick Tip #1:  Just double-click your camera and it will launch the camera's web-page. 

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09
Jan
0

Foscam FI8910W Review

Posted by on in Camera Reviews and Tips

Foscam_camera.jpgThis is part of our continuing series of IP camera reviews. The reviews focus on cameras that work with Camcloud's IP camera cloud services. Hopefully this will help customers pick the camera that's right for them. 

For this post I will look take a look at the Foscam FI8910W camera. This seems to be one of the more popular cameras from Foscam. I'll evaluate the camera's Setup, Configuration and General Use.

If you want to save some time here is my summary: Overall I like this camera. Setup and configuration is simple. Picture quality is good and the features will suit most needs. Like my other Foscam camera review, price is very nice especially for a PTZ camera. Be aware that this camera only uploads images (not video) for your cloud storage. Overall great value.

Setup


First you need to run the IP Camera Tool included with the CD and you should see a list with you camera:

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08
Jan
2

Camcloud Plan Changes: New Plans, More Storage

Posted by on in Camcloud News

Effective February 3, 2014, Camcloud is making changes to our plans that provide our paid users more storage and introduces a new paid plan. 

The new plan table is below, but here's what you need to know:

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Tagged in: camcloud news pricing
10
Dec
0

LiveLine Video Monitoring Alternative

Posted by on in Industry

LiveLine has announced that they will be shuttering their service December 31, 2013:

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Tagged in: airlink foscam liveline
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