diy posted by

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.


  • 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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