Announcing Dropcam’s Bug Bounty Program

As a company that believes in protecting our users and their information, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new Bug Bounty Program. Working with security researchers to ensure the security of Dropcam is a continuous effort of ours, which is why we believe in the practice of disclosure to improve the security of our site.

We’ll be rewarding researchers between $50 and $250 for valid, first-to-find, vulnerabilities they submit for helping ensure the safety and security of our site. Rewards will vary based on the severity of the vulnerability submission. Dropcam is partnering with Bugcrowd, who will be hosting our security program. We will be utilizing their Crowdcontrol platform to manage the triage and reward process of researcher submissions. You can learn more about the detailed rules and information about the scope of our program at our program page.

To acknowledge researchers for working to help make Dropcam more secure, we’ll be listing researchers we reward on the Dropcam Hall-of-Fame. Thank you to security researchers from around the world who are dedicating their time to making Dropcam and the web a safer place!

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Introducing Custom Activity Zones

Today, I’m excited to tell you about an all-new feature that many of you have been asking about for quite some time. We’re launching Custom Activity Zones, which is now available as part of our optional Cloud Recording service. It’s a feature that provides you with more control over what motion alerts you receive and how you review important activities on your timeline.

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Dropcam’s Next Chapter

Today is an exciting day for Dropcam. It is one filled with excitement about the future of the connected home. This afternoon, Dropcam signed an agreement to be acquired by Nest.

Aamir and I founded Dropcam in 2009 with a simple mission — to help you know what goes on at home when you aren’t there. We had both seen our dads struggle with “IP cameras” and traditional security cameras that were some combination of hard to use, expensive and low quality.

From the first products that Aamir and I literally built ourselves — writing most of the code and boxing them up and shipping them out — to our flagship Dropcam Pro we have prided ourselves on building simple, secure and high-quality hardware and software experiences. This is exactly why we were willing to consider teaming up with Nest.

Nest and Dropcam are kindred spirits. Both were born out of frustration with outdated, complicated products that do the opposite of making life better. After numerous conversations with Nest Founders Tony and Matt, it was clear that we shared a similar vision. Nest cares as much about customers, privacy and product experiences as we do. Our products and technologies are a natural fit and by joining up with Nest we can fully realize our vision.

Aamir and I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Dropcam team, employees, investors and partners, whose passion, focus and dedication have gotten us to where we are today. And this is just the beginning.

Dropcam’s next chapter will be as part of the Nest family. You’ll be amazed at what we can do together. We can’t wait to start.

– Greg

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Feature Highlight: Time Scanner

Time Scanner Screenshot

Many of our Cloud Recording customers have asked for an easier way to search through recorded video. While timeline markers for motion and sound are useful, we thought it would be great to have a way you could quickly scan through up to a month’s worth of video to find important moments you want to save or share. And we wanted to do this in a very visual way to make the experience both intuitive and fun.

The next time you log into the Dropcam web app, you should check out a new feature we call Time Scanner.
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