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Cool low cost Skype home security tip

Here’s a neat tip on setting up Skype to act as a cheap home security web cam system. Crude maybe, but effective.

 1) Open two new accounts. 2) On account 1 add new user two as your ONLY contact 3)Re-log in as account 1 and set as follows: Go to tools–>options–>advanced–>(tick) automatically answer Incoming calls–> then go to Tools–>options–>Video–>(tick) start video automatically and Only People in My contacts–>save. Leave this account online 4)Log in as account 2 from another PC. Call account 1, this will now answer and start video running, any one else calling this account, will not get activated or see your private web cam.

Red – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • web cams used for home security seem to be the fad for home security systems these days.

    does this work in softwares other than Microsoft? Linux maybe?

  • I think it’s a Skype thing rather than an operating system thing, so it should work wherever Skype works (is there a Linux Skype yet?)

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