If the hallmarks of advancing technology are portability, flexibility and economy, then home security systems may provide the best examples of progress in recent times. For example, in addition to cameras and alarm systems that can be managed and monitored from your smartphone, you can now install a surprisingly affordable system that alerts your phone to motion in specific areas within your property perimeter, according to your designated preferences (e.g. gateways, driveways, walkways or play areas). In addition, you can speak to frontdoor visitors or unwanted intruders that can be seen on the built-in camera. Furthermore, all of the monitors’ footage can be recorded via cloud technology, and downloaded to your computer for a permanent record. That means you are never far away from your home, even if you’re far away.