- Computers & Software»
- Computer Software
How To Remotely Monitor Your Home... Using Yahoo Messenger or Skype!
Make The Most Of Yahoo
Remotely Monitor Anything
Video - "Basic" use of Yahoo Messenger
Yahoo; Did you know
Yahoo was founded by the electrical engineers Jerry Yang and David Filo. It was initially a directory of other websites.
Yahoo Messenger was first released in March 9th, 1985 and was originally called Yahoo Pager.
Yahoo closed down their chat-rooms because it was estimated that over 75% of it's users were bots (robots)
Yahoo is an acronym for Yet Another Hierarchical Official Oracle.
Yahoo wont tell you about this!
Have you ever wanted to know what's going on inside or outside your home while you're away? If so, you're in luck, In just a few minutes you'll be able to remotely view your home, or workplace from any location using just just Yahoo Messenger! No need to purchase separate remote monitoring software! or trying to configure all the complicated settings when Yahoo can do this for you using the same principles, it works on Skype and other messenger software.
Update to this article. Yahoo no longer has a webcam feature. However, you can still do the same using Skype.
What Is Yahoo Messenger? For those that don't know...
Yahoo Messenger is just one of the many free instant messenger programs available online. Save hundreds of dollars a year using your Yahoo Messenger to connect with all your friends: Play games, share files with anyone anywhere in the world. You can decide who sees you online with stealth settings - Share photos and files in real-time. If your contacts are not online, send them a message which will be received as soon as they sign-in, this can eliminate the need to email everyone. Stay connected with your IM friends from your PC and mobile phone, and web cam chat too. To use this program to connect with family and friends, then they will need to also have the same program installed.
What Is An Instant Messenger Program?
Instant messaging (IM) is a small program you download and install to communicate with another person (or people) via their PC from another location - There are many Instant Messaging programs available ALL free! - Talk to family, co-workers and friends anywhere in the world. Talk, via, microphone or Internet phone and video conference with your web-cam. - See and hear each other in real-time. If you already use Yahoo messenger, you're halfway there! If you don't have Yahoo Messenger you can Install the latest version Yahoo Messenger. (which will open new window)
System requirements: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista. Other versions: Mac, Web, Mobile. Some previous versions will still work if you don't want to install the latest version!
How Can I Remotely View/monitor My Home While I'm Away?
OK, So You have Yahoo Messenger installed and a user name... Now click Sign-out and now click Get a new Yahoo ID. Create a new ID. Once you have created a new ID- Sign-in with your new ID- Click the Contacts tab to add new contact- Now Add your previous ID as your new contact- You will now see your other ID in your friends list waiting for approval (from you). Now sign out and resign in with your other ID and confirm contact request. So you should now have two IDs.
Next! Now click on the Messenger tab and select Preferences, then select Web-cam Broadcast. You will now see a window like the "Image below", Choose, Always allow the following people to view my web-cam, Now click Edit. there you will see your other ID. Click on the name and add & OK & apply. Now do the same with your other ID. Setting up your web-cam. 1st, Sign into Yahoo Messenger with either ID. In the main Yahoo window, click on messenger then My web-cam - (If this is your first time you have installed yahoo, you will need to follow the instructions to add your cam!) Once your web-cam is on, point it towards whatever you want to monitor to remotely view web-cam while away: (or on another home PC to test, sign-in with your ID, once signed in you will see your other ID signed in as your new contact. Right Click on the name and choose More Actions - Choose View Web-cam....... Job Done:)
System requirements: Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, Flash 9.0 or later - Other versions: Windows, Mac and Mobile.
Using Yahoo to remotely monitor your home is not recommended for security purposes alone. Having good security, alarms and locks to stop anyone breaking into your home in the first place is much more important than wasting cash on CCTV. It's all about peace of mind and what best suits your needs.
If you have Yahoo installed, you may be interested in a very good Yahoo chat client called YahELite. This program has much more features including incredibly better features and much more security.
LATEST UPDATE: Since I wrote this article; Yahoo now requires you to have two email accounts and two mobile phone numbers to create another Yahoo ID. This now used to verify new users.
© 2008 compu-smart