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A smart home is only a touch away Source: USA TODAY       Release Date: 2013-09-27

Today, we're seeing the emergence of a true smart home. Modern security systems are utilizing smartphone mobile apps to give owners remote access to alarm systems and video streams from their property. Parents can watch their kids getting home via a live stream from their front door. If your teenager opens the liquor cabinet or if your pet escapes from the backyard, the app will immediately notify owners through notifications pushed to their iPhone.

Besides the security functions, the apps can also save money by helping homeowners track and adjust settings for heating and air conditioning.

The biggest danger of using a smartphone to monitor home security is the possibility that someone else will gain access to the apps if your phone is lost or stolen. That's why security companies are encouraging users to add an extra layer of protection to their phone with a special code or lock screen.