Do not use an old smartphone as a security camera

If you have an old Android smartphone lying around, you are often advised to turn it into a security camera. However, you have to be careful with that.

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Beware of a security camera from an too old Android smartphone

Doing nothing with an old Android smartphone is a waste. The device is packed with technology and features that you just throw away because you bought a better version. You can therefore choose to use the smartphone in a different way. For example as a photo frame or as a security camera.

The latter option is especially popular. You don’t need the best video quality with a security camera. As long as you can distinguish between shapes and see if something is moving, a lot is already possible. That’s why we have you on Android Planet tips on how to use your smartphone as a security camera.

However, it is important to think carefully before doing this. Especially with older devices that no longer receive security updates.

Why you should be careful

Smartphones get different kinds of updates. There are software updates that make the operating system more stable and give you more features. In addition, there are security patches that keep your smartphone safe.

If a phone no longer gets a new version of Android, these security updates are often still rolled out. This is important, because hackers do their best to penetrate devices and regularly find new vulnerabilities. These security patches fix these vulnerabilities.

Security updates are not rolled out indefinitely. Samsung and OnePlus provide security patches for at least four years. Nokia devices have to make do with three years of support, while Asus often only updates devices for two years. So it’s quite different.

The moment your smartphone stops getting security updates, it is much more vulnerable to outside intruders. This means that you run the risk that not only can you see what is happening in your house, but that others can also watch.

But I have nothing to hide?

Something you often hear is: I have nothing to hide, so who cares? But if someone can watch and possibly also listen in with your whole life, then it can cause a lot of problems. Think, for example, of where all your valuables are, which is very nice information for thieves. They also know immediately when you are home or not.

You can also be blackmailed with images recorded of your private situation, or with the information from the conversations you have in your own home.

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What should I do?

It’s not that you can’t use Android smartphones as security cameras at all, but there are a few important things to keep in mind.

First of all, make sure that you are not using a smartphone that no longer receives security updates. To check if this is still the case, go to the settings and then ‘About phone > Android version’. There you can see how long ago you received the last security update. Security patches are rolled out monthly by Google.

In addition, it is important to actually install these updates. If you use a smartphone as a security camera, you may not care much about it anymore. Keep checking for and installing updates regularly.

Other things to do with your smartphone

Don’t you trust it anymore to use your old smartphone as a security camera, but do you want to do something with it? Don’t worry, we’ll help you with that too with eight other options.


Source: Android Planet by www.androidplanet.nl.

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