Home security low on the clouds. Eufy, the home security brand owned by China-based electronics company Anker, is launching a new line of independent home security cameras that do not require a central hub or cloud storage account.
What’s different? Earlier Eufy models used Bluetooth connections to send images to a central hub. The new SoloCams still need a wi-fi connection to access the Eufy Security app, but they are managed independently and will not transmit images over the airwaves.
- Local storage is generally perceived as more secure than cloud storage … as long as no one steals the camera directly.
- The SoloCam line can store up to 8 GB (~ 2 months of video).
In May, a failed server update caused a major security breach for Eufy. Just over 700 (0.001%) of camera owners had full access to live feeds of strangers, contact details, saved videos, and more.
General image: Jessica Lee, co-chair of privacy, security and data innovations at the law firm Loeb & Loeb, told us that local storage has its own problems. On the one hand, some remote functions are lost (emergency services reports, remote monitoring). And even if it’s a safer setup, there are still risks.
“You can put passwords and pins and you can do remote cleaning and different protocols to make it harder, but I don’t think there’s any safe way to say, ‘Your data will never be incomplete, there’s never an incident.’ said Lee