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$20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

By Josh Centers
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When our previous dog went missing mysteriously, I decided that we had to get some security cameras for the house. I wanted something that wouldn’t take complex wiring, and given my role at TidBITS as “the HomeKit guy,” I ideally wanted something that would integrate with Apple’s Home app.

I first looked at the options Julio Ojeda-Zapata identified in his “A Prairie HomeKit Companion: HomeKit Security Provides Peace of Mind” (11 September 2017), but I found all the options unsatisfactory. The first problem is that Wi-Fi-enabled cameras are expensive. You’re looking at about $150 per camera, and not many support HomeKit yet.

I didn’t know what to do until I saw a recommendation for the WyzeCam, a boxy little 1080p Wi-Fi video camera with limited free cloud storage, night vision, and a speaker and microphone for two-way communication — check out its video (which was not captured on a WyzeCam, alas). Those are all standard features for connected security cameras, but what seemed too good to be true was its price: $19.99. Add in $5.99 for shipping, so it’s really a bit closer to $30, but that’s still a fraction of the price of the competition.

Unfortunately, the WyzeCam doesn’t support HomeKit, but for the cost savings, I’m willing to put up with that. I wouldn’t want a bunch of home automation devices that ignore HomeKit because having to interact with each individually would be a nightmare, but it’s acceptable for one or two. That said, now that Apple lets manufacturers enable HomeKit via a simple software update, I hope the WyzeCam folks add support.

Other than a lack of HomeKit support, what’s the catch? A $20 video camera must be a piece of junk, right? No, the WyzeCam’s hardware is solidly built and attractive. There’s no creaking nor rough edges — fit and finish is fantastic. And mine (for $20, I bought a couple) have suffered a number of drops from several feet onto hard surfaces with no ill effects.

The WyzeCam is a little cube with a pull-out base stand that can rotate on three axes, so it’s highly flexible in how you position it. The base is magnetic, so it will attach to any surface with sufficient iron content. It also includes an adhesive metal plate you can stick anywhere you please. The included AC power adapter connects to the camera via a Micro-USB port, and the cable itself is detachable, so if you need a shorter or longer power cable, you can swap it for something that works better.


There must still be a catch. The software — in the form of apps for iOS and Android — must be lousy, right? Nope. The iOS app could be better, but it’s far from bad.

The software often wants you to log in to your WyzeCam account when you first open the app, which is a little annoying. But since it supports Touch ID and Face ID authentication, the login process is quick and painless.

The first screen shows you a list of your cameras, with a photographic preview of each. Tap a picture to see a live feed of that camera. Unfortunately, the app updates the previews only when you view the camera feed, making them less helpful than they would be if they updated as soon as you opened the app. As it is, they’re useful only for helping you remember where each camera is placed.

In the iPhone screenshots below, you can see the preview on the left and the live feed on the right. As you can see, my dog has again dragged his bed into the yard because he enjoys soaking in the rain. If you’re wondering why the lens looks like it has something on it, that’s because the lens is being reflected by a window directly in front of it. I explain why below.


For $20, the camera feed must be blurry or blocky, right? No. The WyzeCam captures video in 1080p high definition with a 110-degree field of view. That said — and this does appear to be the catch — the WyzeCam captures only 10 frames per second, so its video isn’t terribly smooth. But the WyzeCam makes up for that by also capturing video in the dark at up to 29.6 feet (9 meters), thanks to four built-in infrared LEDs.

While viewing a live video stream on your iPhone, you can manually record videos and take still photos, which are stored on your iPhone’s camera roll.

You can also enable motion detection and the WyzeCam will automatically capture 12 seconds of video when it senses motions in its field of view. It then stores that video in the cloud for up to 14 days for no charge and can notify you afterward. You can download these videos to Photos in your iPhone if you want to save them. The bad news is that the WyzeCam will record such video only once every 5 minutes at the most. I’d happily pay a reasonable fee for more frequent recording of detected motion — that seems like an obvious business opportunity for WyzeCam.

The WyzeCam can record continuously if you insert a microSD card. Unfortunately, it supports cards only up to 32 GB, which can either record about two days of HD video or a week of SD video. And, of course, you’ll have to extract the video from the microSD card in order to view it.

The WyzeCam’s built-in microphone and speaker allow for some interesting features. It can alert you when it hears sounds, but more interestingly, it can listen for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and notify you when it hears one go off in your house. You can schedule these alarms so you only receive them at certain times of day, like when you’re at work. While viewing a live stream, there’s also a voice button that you can hold down and speak into, which is then broadcast from the WyzeCam. I suppose you could use that to talk to a loved one or scare a burglar. In any case, it’s a neat feature.

The biggest drawback of the WyzeCam is that you won’t want to install it outdoors because it can’t handle freezing temperatures or getting wet. You could put it into a PVC enclosure, but night vision would be blocked and you’d still have to figure out how to run power to it.

I work around that by placing it on the top rail of my windows, pointed outside. Unfortunately, that renders its night vision useless, since the infrared light is reflected by the glass. So I turned night vision off and rely instead on standard motion-activated exterior lights.

In fact, my WyzeCams merely serve to monitor my exterior trail cams, which last for months on a battery and take still pictures whenever motion is detected — day or night. The trail cams are strapped to trees and the WyzeCams are pointed at the trees with the trail cams, so if someone messes with my trail cams, they’ll be filmed by the WyzeCam, and even if they subsequently broke in and grabbed the WyzeCam, it would be too late because the video would be uploaded to the cloud. I have the WyzeCams’ motion sensors on but turned off notifications so they regularly capture video without hassling me. If anything goes awry, I can check the footage.

If you’re interested in a WyzeCam, I have good news. You can now pre-order the second-generation model, which provides motion tagging (which puts a green box around moving objects), a better camera sensor, improved audio, and a less shiny matte finish.

Alas, we never found out what happened to our dog, but we got a new one, a Great Pyrenees who you can watch playing with his bed in the video above — he also made a cameo in “Rescue Blurry Photos with Live Photos in iOS 11” (7 February 2018).

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> The WyzeCam is a little cube with a pull-out base stand that can rotate on three axes, so it’s highly flexible in how you position it. The base is magnetic, so it will attach to any surface with sufficient iron content. It also includes an adhesive metal plate you can stick anywhere you please.

I bought one of these and stuck a 32GB microSD card in it. It’s a surprisingly excellent camera, both in daylight and night. I have it pointing at the front door and check in when I’m away (as I am now). It’s pretty good for pet surveillance!



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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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The WyzeCam is a little cube with a pull-out base stand that can rotate on three axes, so it’s highly flexible in how you position it. The base is magnetic, so it will attach to any surface with sufficient iron content. It also includes an adhesive metal plate you can stick anywhere you please.

One major question remaining is, “Do I need to logon through a vendor site or can I connect directly to the camera?”

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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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On Feb 28, 2018, at 5:26 PM, James R Cutler <[hidden email]> wrote:

On Feb 28, 2018, at 13:17, TidBITS Articles <[hidden email]> wrote:
The WyzeCam is a little cube with a pull-out base stand that can rotate on three axes, so it’s highly flexible in how you position it. The base is magnetic, so it will attach to any surface with sufficient iron content. It also includes an adhesive metal plate you can stick anywhere you please.

One major question remaining is, “Do I need to logon through a vendor site or can I connect directly to the camera?”

And do you need a smartphone or can you see the info online?

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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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​What is the security level and what precautions does the device have?​

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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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Where did you it for $20? I see it on Amazon for $58

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On Feb 28, 2018, at 13:17, TidBITS Articles <[hidden email]> wrote:
The WyzeCam is a little cube with a pull-out base stand that can rotate on three axes, so it’s highly flexible in how you position it. The base is magnetic, so it will attach to any surface with sufficient iron content. It also includes an adhesive metal plate you can stick anywhere you please.

I bought one of these and stuck a 32GB microSD card in it. It’s a surprisingly excellent camera, both in daylight and night. I have it pointing at the front door and check in when I’m away (as I am now). It’s pretty good for pet surveillance!



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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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On Feb 28, 2018, at 10:39 PM, Tori Hernandez wrote:

> Where did you it for $20? I see it on Amazon for $58

If you follow the link given right in the article, you get to:

https://www.wyzecam.com/product/wyze-cam-v2/

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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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Looks real interesting. One of the weaknesses of many security cameras is that unauthorized people can view the camera from all over the internet. Does Wyzeam provide superior security for their camera?


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$20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

By Josh Centers
http://tidbits.com/article/17822

When our previous dog went missing mysteriously, I decided that we had to get some security cameras for the house. I wanted something that wouldn’t take complex wiring, and given my role at TidBITS as “the HomeKit guy,” I ideally wanted something that would integrate with Apple’s Home app.

I first looked at the options Julio Ojeda-Zapata identified in his “A Prairie HomeKit Companion: HomeKit Security Provides Peace of Mind” (11 September 2017), but I found all the options unsatisfactory. The first problem is that Wi-Fi-enabled cameras are expensive. You’re looking at about $150 per camera, and not many support HomeKit yet.

I didn’t know what to do until I saw a recommendation for the WyzeCam, a boxy little 1080p Wi-Fi video camera with limited free cloud storage, night vision, and a speaker and microphone for two-way communication — check out its video (which was not captured on a WyzeCam, alas). Those are all standard features for connected security cameras, but what seemed too good to be true was its price: $19.99. Add in $5.99 for shipping, so it’s really a bit closer to $30, but that’s still a fraction of the price of the competition.

Unfortunately, the WyzeCam doesn’t support HomeKit, but for the cost savings, I’m willing to put up with that. I wouldn’t want a bunch of home automation devices that ignore HomeKit because having to interact with each individually would be a nightmare, but it’s acceptable for one or two. That said, now that Apple lets manufacturers enable HomeKit via a simple software update, I hope the WyzeCam folks add support.

Other than a lack of HomeKit support, what’s the catch? A $20 video camera must be a piece of junk, right? No, the WyzeCam’s hardware is solidly built and attractive. There’s no creaking nor rough edges — fit and finish is fantastic. And mine (for $20, I bought a couple) have suffered a number of drops from several feet onto hard surfaces with no ill effects.

The WyzeCam is a little cube with a pull-out base stand that can rotate on three axes, so it’s highly flexible in how you position it. The base is magnetic, so it will attach to any surface with sufficient iron content. It also includes an adhesive metal plate you can stick anywhere you please. The included AC power adapter connects to the camera via a Micro-USB port, and the cable itself is detachable, so if you need a shorter or longer power cable, you can swap it for something that works better.


There must still be a catch. The software — in the form of apps for iOS and Android — must be lousy, right? Nope. The iOS app could be better, but it’s far from bad.

The software often wants you to log in to your WyzeCam account when you first open the app, which is a little annoying. But since it supports Touch ID and Face ID authentication, the login process is quick and painless.

The first screen shows you a list of your cameras, with a photographic preview of each. Tap a picture to see a live feed of that camera. Unfortunately, the app updates the previews only when you view the camera feed, making them less helpful than they would be if they updated as soon as you opened the app. As it is, they’re useful only for helping you remember where each camera is placed.

In the iPhone screenshots below, you can see the preview on the left and the live feed on the right. As you can see, my dog has again dragged his bed into the yard because he enjoys soaking in the rain. If you’re wondering why the lens looks like it has something on it, that’s because the lens is being reflected by a window directly in front of it. I explain why below.


For $20, the camera feed must be blurry or blocky, right? No. The WyzeCam captures video in 1080p high definition with a 110-degree field of view. That said — and this does appear to be the catch — the WyzeCam captures only 10 frames per second, so its video isn’t terribly smooth. But the WyzeCam makes up for that by also capturing video in the dark at up to 29.6 feet (9 meters), thanks to four built-in infrared LEDs.

While viewing a live video stream on your iPhone, you can manually record videos and take still photos, which are stored on your iPhone’s camera roll.

You can also enable motion detection and the WyzeCam will automatically capture 12 seconds of video when it senses motions in its field of view. It then stores that video in the cloud for up to 14 days for no charge and can notify you afterward. You can download these videos to Photos in your iPhone if you want to save them. The bad news is that the WyzeCam will record such video only once every 5 minutes at the most. I’d happily pay a reasonable fee for more frequent recording of detected motion — that seems like an obvious business opportunity for WyzeCam.

The WyzeCam can record continuously if you insert a microSD card. Unfortunately, it supports cards only up to 32 GB, which can either record about two days of HD video or a week of SD video. And, of course, you’ll have to extract the video from the microSD card in order to view it.

The WyzeCam’s built-in microphone and speaker allow for some interesting features. It can alert you when it hears sounds, but more interestingly, it can listen for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and notify you when it hears one go off in your house. You can schedule these alarms so you only receive them at certain times of day, like when you’re at work. While viewing a live stream, there’s also a voice button that you can hold down and speak into, which is then broadcast from the WyzeCam. I suppose you could use that to talk to a loved one or scare a burglar. In any case, it’s a neat feature.

The biggest drawback of the WyzeCam is that you won’t want to install it outdoors because it can’t handle freezing temperatures or getting wet. You could put it into a PVC enclosure, but night vision would be blocked and you’d still have to figure out how to run power to it.

I work around that by placing it on the top rail of my windows, pointed outside. Unfortunately, that renders its night vision useless, since the infrared light is reflected by the glass. So I turned night vision off and rely instead on standard motion-activated exterior lights.

In fact, my WyzeCams merely serve to monitor my exterior trail cams, which last for months on a battery and take still pictures whenever motion is detected — day or night. The trail cams are strapped to trees and the WyzeCams are pointed at the trees with the trail cams, so if someone messes with my trail cams, they’ll be filmed by the WyzeCam, and even if they subsequently broke in and grabbed the WyzeCam, it would be too late because the video would be uploaded to the cloud. I have the WyzeCams’ motion sensors on but turned off notifications so they regularly capture video without hassling me. If anything goes awry, I can check the footage.

If you’re interested in a WyzeCam, I have good news. You can now pre-order the second-generation model, which provides motion tagging (which puts a green box around moving objects), a better camera sensor, improved audio, and a less shiny matte finish.

Alas, we never found out what happened to our dog, but we got a new one, a Great Pyrenees who you can watch playing with his bed in the video above — he also made a cameo in “Rescue Blurry Photos with Live Photos in iOS 11” (7 February 2018).

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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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You have to log in through the app.

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On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 4:26 PM, James R Cutler <[hidden email]> wrote:
On Feb 28, 2018, at 13:17, TidBITS Articles <[hidden email]> wrote:
The WyzeCam is a little cube with a pull-out base stand that can rotate on three axes, so it’s highly flexible in how you position it. The base is magnetic, so it will attach to any surface with sufficient iron content. It also includes an adhesive metal plate you can stick anywhere you please.

One major question remaining is, “Do I need to logon through a vendor site or can I connect directly to the camera?”

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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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You need the app, unfortunately.

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On Feb 28, 2018, at 5:26 PM, James R Cutler <[hidden email]> wrote:

On Feb 28, 2018, at 13:17, TidBITS Articles <[hidden email]> wrote:
The WyzeCam is a little cube with a pull-out base stand that can rotate on three axes, so it’s highly flexible in how you position it. The base is magnetic, so it will attach to any surface with sufficient iron content. It also includes an adhesive metal plate you can stick anywhere you please.

One major question remaining is, “Do I need to logon through a vendor site or can I connect directly to the camera?”

And do you need a smartphone or can you see the info online?

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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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Looks real interesting. One of the weaknesses of many security cameras is that unauthorized people can view the camera from all over the internet. Does Wyzeam provide superior security for their camera?

I haven’t had a chance to really dig into it, but there are a couple of things that I liked,.

First, the camera doesn’t appear to have an html interface to it, you need to use the iOS app. This alone will stump most hackers. Second, it's gotten two firmware updates since I bought it, one out-of-the-box and one (well, at least one, you have to check manually) since then.

I think I spent $25 from Amazon with free Prime at the time I bought it, The camera is small and easily moved around and not only has motion alerts, but audio ones as well.

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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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I do not want or need another cloud instance of my data. This is a deal breaker for me.

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You have to log in through the app.

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The WyzeCam is a little cube with a pull-out base stand that can rotate on three axes, so it’s highly flexible in how you position it. The base is magnetic, so it will attach to any surface with sufficient iron content. It also includes an adhesive metal plate you can stick anywhere you please.

One major question remaining is, “Do I need to logon through a vendor site or can I connect directly to the camera?”

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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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WyzeCam says this:

> We take our customers’ data safety very seriously. The communication between your mobile device, the Wyze Cam, and the AWS Cloud Server are made via https (Transport Layer Security (TLS)). We used symmetric and asymmetric encryption, hashing and other ways to make sure users’ information cannot be stolen. Each camera has its own secret key and certificate so that we can validate its identity during handshake. The contents are encrypted via AES 128-bit encryption to protect the data. Even if a hacker intercepts the data package, the data cannot be decrypted.

More importantly, the Wirecutter had the New York Times's infosec guy evaluate it, and he gave it a thumbs up. https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wi-fi-home-security-camera/

Good question, I'll update the article with that info.

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On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 10:09 PM, SciFiOneA . <[hidden email]> wrote:
​What is the security level and what precautions does the device have?​

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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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I see it. Thank You 

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On Feb 28, 2018, at 11:08 PM, Randy B. Singer <[hidden email]> wrote:


On Feb 28, 2018, at 10:39 PM, Tori Hernandez wrote:

Where did you it for $20? I see it on Amazon for $58

If you follow the link given right in the article, you get to:

https://www.wyzecam.com/product/wyze-cam-v2/

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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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> I do not want or need another cloud instance of my data. This is a deal breaker for me.

My video is recorded to the microSD card.

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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

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> On Mar 1, 2018, at 9:49 AM, Tori Hernandez <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> I see it.

They are backordered, but it doesn’t tell you that until you order. And the order receipt doesn’t give an idea of a delivery date. 😔


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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

Chris Poterala
Order directly from Wyze.


While also back ordered, you're likely to receive your camera more quickly direct from Wyze. 


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> On Mar 1, 2018, at 9:49 AM, Tori Hernandez <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> I see it.

They are backordered, but it doesn’t tell you that until you order. And the order receipt doesn’t give an idea of a delivery date. 😔


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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

Paul Chernoff
Sounds good enough and put in my order. The receipt states Backordered but the item is "Wyze Cam v2 (Pre-order)"

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On Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 2:31 PM, Chris Poterala <[hidden email]> wrote:
Order directly from Wyze.


While also back ordered, you're likely to receive your camera more quickly direct from Wyze. 


On Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 1:41 PM, Marc Zeedar <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Mar 1, 2018, at 9:49 AM, Tori Hernandez <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> I see it.

They are backordered, but it doesn’t tell you that until you order. And the order receipt doesn’t give an idea of a delivery date. 😔


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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

John Burt
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I pre-ordered one. Thank you for the article.

On Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 7:33 AM, Josh Centers <[hidden email]> wrote:
WyzeCam says this:

> We take our customers’ data safety very seriously. The communication between your mobile device, the Wyze Cam, and the AWS Cloud Server are made via https (Transport Layer Security (TLS)). We used symmetric and asymmetric encryption, hashing and other ways to make sure users’ information cannot be stolen. Each camera has its own secret key and certificate so that we can validate its identity during handshake. The contents are encrypted via AES 128-bit encryption to protect the data. Even if a hacker intercepts the data package, the data cannot be decrypted.

More importantly, the Wirecutter had the New York Times's infosec guy evaluate it, and he gave it a thumbs up. https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wi-fi-home-security-camera/

Good question, I'll update the article with that info.

Josh Centers
Managing Editor - TidBITS

On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 10:09 PM, SciFiOneA . <[hidden email]> wrote:
​What is the security level and what precautions does the device have?​

John





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Re: TidBITS: $20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True

Tori Hernandez
Based on your expert opinions I ordered 2. I liked that I could use my Amazon acct. 
Thank You 

Tori
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On Mar 1, 2018, at 3:16 PM, SciFiOneA . <[hidden email]> wrote:

I pre-ordered one. Thank you for the article.

On Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 7:33 AM, Josh Centers <[hidden email]> wrote:
WyzeCam says this:

> We take our customers’ data safety very seriously. The communication between your mobile device, the Wyze Cam, and the AWS Cloud Server are made via https (Transport Layer Security (TLS)). We used symmetric and asymmetric encryption, hashing and other ways to make sure users’ information cannot be stolen. Each camera has its own secret key and certificate so that we can validate its identity during handshake. The contents are encrypted via AES 128-bit encryption to protect the data. Even if a hacker intercepts the data package, the data cannot be decrypted.

More importantly, the Wirecutter had the New York Times's infosec guy evaluate it, and he gave it a thumbs up. https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wi-fi-home-security-camera/

Good question, I'll update the article with that info.

Josh Centers
Managing Editor - TidBITS

On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 10:09 PM, SciFiOneA . <[hidden email]> wrote:
​What is the security level and what precautions does the device have?​

John





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