Turning Your Old Android Phone into a DIY Security Camera

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Remember when Edward Snowden shook the world with revelations about digital privacy? Well, he didn’t just stop there. In 2017, along with The Guardian Project, he birthed an ingenious tool called Haven. Picture this: a sanctuary, a digital safe room right in your pocket. That’s Haven. Its mission? To keep a watchful eye over your personal space, whether it’s your home, hotel room, or even your cozy little corner. And guess what? You can transform your old, forgotten Android phone into a nifty security camera with just a few taps. It’s like turning a dusty relic into a guardian of your privacy.

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Unveiling Haven: Your Pocket Safe Haven

Haven is more than just an app; it’s a testament to the dire need for privacy in a world where every byte of data is up for grabs. Snowden himself, living in exile and acutely aware of smartphone vulnerabilities, endorsed Haven. Think about it – if the man who exposed digital espionage gives it a thumbs-up, it’s got to be good, right?

Setting Up Your DIY Security Camera

Alright, let’s dive into the fun part – setting up your very own spy gear. Don’t worry; it’s easier than you think.

Calibration Galore: Motion, Audio, and Vibration

First things first, let’s fine-tune those sensors. You’ll calibrate motion detection by strutting your stuff in front of your chosen camera. Next up, adjust the audio detection threshold – make some noise, find that sweet spot. Lastly, give your phone a little shimmy to calibrate vibration detection. It’s like tuning an instrument, but instead of music, you’re fine-tuning your security.

Choose Your View: Front or Rear?

Once your sensors are primed and ready, pick your camera – front-facing for a panoramic view or rear-facing for focused surveillance. It’s like choosing your lens for the perfect shot, only this time, you’re capturing security, not scenery.

Stay in the Loop: Notifications and Remote Access

Now, let’s talk about staying informed. Whether it’s a sneaky intruder or just your nosy neighbor, you’ll want to know what’s happening. Haven lets you receive notifications via phone or Signal. Plus, with Tor remote access, you can keep an eye on things from anywhere in the world. It’s like having a personal security detail at your beck and call, no matter where you are.

Ready, Set, Secure!

Position your phone strategically, set the countdown timer, and voila! Your DIY security camera is up and running. It’s like fortifying your castle, except instead of moats and drawbridges, you’ve got cutting-edge tech keeping watch.


1. Can I use any Android phone for Haven?

Absolutely! As long as it’s an Android device, you’re good to go. Dust off that old phone and put it to good use.

2. Is Haven difficult to set up?

Not at all! The setup process is straightforward, and you’ll be surveilling like a pro in no time.

3. Can I monitor multiple locations with Haven?

Yes, you can set up multiple devices and monitor different areas simultaneously. It’s like having eyes everywhere.

4. Is Haven secure?

Haven prioritizes your privacy and security. With its open-source nature and endorsement from privacy advocates like Snowden, you can trust that your data is in safe hands.

5. Can I use ForestVPN with Haven for added security?

Absolutely! ForestVPN adds an extra layer of encryption and anonymity to your surveillance setup, ensuring that your data remains private and secure.

Openvpn pfsense tap

OpenVPN with PFsense in tap mode provides a versatile solution for secure communication between devices over a network. By configuring OpenVPN with PFsense in tap mode, you can create a virtual network interface that allows devices to communicate as if they were on the same physical network. This setup is particularly useful for scenarios where you need to bridge multiple networks securely, such as connecting remote offices or allowing remote access to local resources.

To set up OpenVPN with PFsense in tap mode, you’ll need to configure both the server and client sides. On the PFsense server, you’ll configure the OpenVPN server settings, including selecting tap mode and defining the network settings. Then, on the client devices, you’ll configure the OpenVPN client settings to connect to the server and join the virtual network.

By utilizing ForestVPN alongside OpenVPN and PFsense, you can enhance security even further by encrypting all communication between devices and adding an extra layer of anonymity. ForestVPN’s robust encryption protocols ensure that your data remains secure, whether you’re accessing local resources or communicating across remote networks.

For a comprehensive guide on setting up OpenVPN with PFsense in tap mode and integrating ForestVPN for added security, check out our detailed tutorials and documentation on the ForestVPN website.

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