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 home while we are on vacation or if our children have returned home safe and sound from school. We want register our pets while we are at work or see if our babies are safe and sleep soundly.

But we not want to worry about being watched against our will. You can turn off most Wi-Fi enabled security cameras through the included app or unplug them every time you get home. But there is an easier way with Cync (formerly C by GE) Indoor smart camera: just slide the shutter to close it. Genius!

Shutters pulled

Photography: Cync

In my tests, I found that C by GE products were capable and affordable. The rebranding has not changed that so far. This camera works well and is very similar to many its competitors. Its most remarkable feature is the shutter. It physically covers the camera lens to reveal bright red plastic underneath. A crossed-out camera symbol is vivid visual confirmation that no, nothing bad is happening here! There is no guesswork and no squinting at a tiny LED to see what color it is. Closing the shutter also turns off the LED status light and microphone.

Obviously, you have to remember to slide the shutter down when you are ready to start recording again. You can also turn privacy mode on and off from the app wherever you are, as long as the shutter does not cover the camera. So, for example, if you want to know that the pet sitter has arrived, but you also want them to feel comfortable, you can wait for the alert and then turn it off. They will know it is not looking at them when the green LED turns off.

Of course, no shutter can provide 100% security. People can fit into almost anything: Ring the doorbells, baby monitors, and even the large enterprise security systems have been compromised. A recent Eufy “software problem”Allowed users to view camera feeds from other customers – complete strangers – instead of their own.

When you invite a camera over to your house, you are taking a risk. Cync’s camera shutter offers at least one additional layer of security. As with any security camera, choose a strong, unique password and set up two-factor authentication. Cync makes this easy by automatically configuring the latter (and you can’t unsubscribe). Once you enter your password, it prompts you to enter an email verification code. You should also change your default Wi-Fi password that the company gave you and keep cameras and routers up to date through regular software updates. Also, maybe don’t get naked or do nothing, uh, terribly intimate in front of all camera, on or off.

Successful assembly

Photography: Cync

The camera body is small and, like most cameras we tested, quite modest. It fits quite easily on a side table or shelf, or you can mount it. It rotates 360 degrees on its stand, so you can face it anywhere before you go, which also makes it easier to mount almost anywhere. Unlike panoramic cameras, you cannot change its direction in the app while you are watching the live stream, only manually, which can be a bonus for those of you who change clothes behind the camera lens. camera.

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