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There are concerns that thousands of private webcams around the world could be streaming live images to anybody who wishes to view them -- without their owner knowing -- thanks to a Russian website providing a convenient list of every camera that can be accessed.

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Most of us are good about actively changing the passwords we use on a regular basis, but if you have an IP webcam that's constantly connected to the internet, it's important to take its security into account too. Make sure you're using a strong password, and you change it regularly. One web site is live streaming from 73,000 cameras worldwide to prove it, so if you haven't, change yours now.

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The best webcams are the ones that are affordable, easy to set up, offer great video quality and don't make you look like a blurry mess when you wave at the screen. There are plenty that fit that description, but here are five of the best choices.

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iOS/Windows/Mac: Whether your webcam is broken or you just don't have one, you can still video chat with the aid of your iDevice. A clever app called iWebcam repurposes your mobile's camera for the job.

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You don't need expensive software or a new camera to keep an eye on things at home. Whether you're looking after your dog or trying to catch burglars in the act, you can put together a home security system with a regular webcam and your PC.

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If you spend any time on video at your desk, either video-chatting with friends or recording work you may be doing so you can show other people, you know it can be difficult to get a camera in position while you work with your hands. This quick hack gives you a jig perfect for a web cam or a phone to keep it still and in one place while you're recording.

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Dear Lifehacker, I've set up a security camera that peers over the fence into the carport, taking & storing a picture every minute, as well as snapping a picture every time movement is detected in the area. During the day, it records us coming & going, as well as the occasional appearance by a postman or delivery person. A couple of days ago, one of our cars was opened and things were stolen, of no commercial value, but highly frustrating to have to replace.

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We've featured numerous home surveillance apps, as well as some details on how to make a pretty hardcore surveillance system. If you're looking for something simpler, though, how-to weblog Tinkernut shows us how to do it in just a few steps.