In celebration of my geekiness I downloaded ispy camera software prior to a recent hotel stay. A person very close to me (name withheld due to my desire to continue life as I know it.) suggested I was paranoid. Well...
Imagine our surprise the first time I left my laptop running with the software active, we saw disturbing photos of someone in our room. The person seemed to be looking at our stuff, peered into the camera and then left without taking anything. This was not a room cleaning person. I sent one video set to my phone and took the video to the hotel management for their reaction. I asked if this person was employed by the hotel and if he was supposed to be in our room. The manager said the intruder was a maintenance man and he would check into it. After waiting several days I approached another manager who got back to me within 15 minutes and explained there had been a maintenance issue in our hall and the intruder was checking all the rooms. Frankly the excuse reeked of cover-up as the intruder was definitely looking over our stuff.
Interestingly enough after I asked if they wanted different angles from my other cameras and I confirmed multiple cameras accompany me everywhere, we only saw cleaning people after that. BTW it is disturbing to see the cleaning person put clean pillow cases on your pillows and then throw the pillows on the dirty floor while she made the bed.
The laborious point I am trying to make is that you can increase your personal safety and decrease the likelihood of being a victim with free software. ispy is free unless you want the video sent remotely or have the ability to view your camera through the WEB. Having the software running and storing the video on your personal computer is free. The camera is motion activated and operates in the background. You can have a screen saver running as camouflage. It is easy to install and certainly is eye opening.
WardenCam is another free software package that allows you to use an old cell phone as a camera and the Internet to view said camera on your cell phone. The only problem with that is you need a decent wifi signal to connect to the Internet. The hotel's wifi was pitifully slow so WardenCam did not work but I have tested it with a good wifi and it works really slick too. Again,FREE!
Paraphrasing Frank Burns of Mash, "you aren't paranoid if everyone is after you". Check out these free aps and protect yourself when you travel.
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