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Hurricane Florence is hitting the US East Coast, whipping through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and you can watch it from several webcams. Above (WARNING: Very loud wind) is the view from Frying Pan Tower, 55km off the coast of Cape Fear, NC, where the wind is shredding the flag. More live cams below.

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Webcams make the world feel magic, and that's why they have survived 17 years on the internet. The webcam has evolved from still images to video, from tiny, muddy pictures to pristine 4k streams. Video technologies like Twitch, Snapchat, and Skype haven't killed the appeal of a mounted camera pointed at the same spot 24/7.

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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.