If you want to get a notice whenever someone, say, drops a package off on your porch or opens your back gate, follow along with the first portion of our tutorial that details setting up SECu RET Spy Cam.

We’re just here to help you do it cheaply with old hardware you likely have laying around already (or can acquire easily off e Bay).

The Android phone we used for the tutorial, an HTC Hero, can be picked up off e Bay for $20-25—a fraction of the cost of Wi-Fi security cameras, and the phone will offer a radically more customizable user experience.

If the idea of a networked security camera that you can remotely view and receive alerts from appeals to you (but the $$$ of a commercial model does not), read on as we show you how to turn older generation Android phones into sophisticated security cameras.

Well, we hate to presume, but we imagine you opened this tutorial because you have something you want to keep on eye on.

In the Upgrade dialog click the "Update" tab to see if there are any updates available.

Also note that the software will pop up a notification periodically when there is an update available.

Whether that’s your backdoor to watch for delivered packages, your new ferret cage to see if Mr.

Winks actually uses the super-deluxe hammock lounge on the top floor, or your kids in the backyard while you’re in the house tidying up, is your business.

In addition, there are a few things worth noting before we proceed.