But what’s the difference between these two types of cameras?
Web cams are the kind you use for Skype, Chatroulette, IM chat and so forth. If you’re at a booted up computer talking with friends via the cameras, you’re probably on a Web cam.
As their costs come down, however, they’re being used for much less foreboding purposes.
Everyday people use them to check up on babies, monitor their kids and pets, stay connected with work, or keep an eye on valuable property.
The recorded files can then be uploaded to a file storage website like Dropbox, Google Drive, and/or a public streaming server such as You Tube or Vimeo.
Note: You can record the active speaker, content sharing with active or sub video panel, gallery view or M4A audio.
A lot of cool ideas are headed your way – whether you’re a casual home user, a power user or a complete newbie.
Do you have experience with the old IP cams that required extensive set-up?
You could be in the next room to the other person or on the other side of the world, but the webcam allows you to talk as if you were face to face.
IP cameras don’t need a local machine to be booted up to function (unlike Web cams).
All they need is a wireless network or a hard wired connection to a router.
If you receive an email from a stranger, think before clicking on a link or an attachment.
The risk of having your webcam hacked is also higher if you don't have up-to-date anti-virus software on your computer and other software is not kept up-to-date.
Remember, once it is out there you may never be able to delete all copies of it.