How to Secure Your Home Security Technology Against Thieves

Home security can extend far past simply securing your windows and doors. It’s also vital to secure your wireless network in a world filled with technology and interconnected devices. Rest assured, today’s thieves are working on new ways to steal from you. One major point of entry for an outsider is a device you may not even think to protect, your wireless network and router.

Your wireless router helps to connect numerous devices in your home including computers, tablets, smartphones, game systems, televisions and even wireless security systems. While connecting these devices to your home network may make your life more convenient and allow you to adjust or interact with them via the Internet, you could be leaving yourself open to a malicious cyber attack. In an interview with a Geek Squad agent, Better Homes and Gardens learned a few tips on how to increase your home’s wireless network security. Perhaps to of the easiest ways to increase this security is to not only change your network name but also choose a secure password that can not easily be guessed. Tech support companies such as Geek Squad recommend changing your network name to something that does not provide potential threats with too much information such as your address or last name. They also recommend more complex passwords that utilize a mix of characters and special symbols to help add complexity.

In that same article, Better Homes and Gardens also discusses how thieves with access to your wireless routers can grant themselves access to personal information such as credit card numbers, banking information and much more personal information without your knowledge. This becomes a danger as you may not even know that someone has stolen this personal data before it’s too late.

An important part of improving your digital security is regularly updating your smart devices. These updates improve security functionality to help repel would-be intruders from accessing your devices, according to Norton.

The relatively recent trend of wireless home security systems also adds to the potential of a thief gaining access to your home. If someone were to hack your network, they could potentially turn off your alarm system and enter your home. This would allow them to take their time in searching your home for your valuables without the worry of being caught by the police.

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Safe Haven Security Discusses Home Safety During Severe Weather

Spring is quickly approaching which means so too is tornado season. The age old idiom of April showers bring May flowers leaves out one important detail, severe storms. The Midwest has already experienced several severe thunderstorms this year that have shaken up many communities and caused millions in property damage. Severe storms can cause dangerous straight line winds and on extreme occasions, even tornados. While it’s virtually impossible to prevent either of these from affecting your home, it’s easy to be better prepared for them.

Tip #1: Decide on a safe room/area in your home to take shelter.

This is perhaps the most important thing to consider when preparing for a severe thunderstorm or tornado. The Red Cross recommends taking shelter in either a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with little to no windows. When severe weather strikes, wind can be traveling anywhere from 50 to over 100 miles per hour. This is more than enough to shatter glass and even rip parts of your home away.

Tip #2: Make sure to keep emergency supplies in your shelter area.

A wide range of accidents can occur during severe weather. It’s best to prepare for any situation with a simple first aid kit, extra batteries, blankets and a portable radio. Access to a NOAA Weather Radio can be vital for individuals that live in certain areas where natural disasters such as tornadoes are more prevalent. These radios can provide homeowners with crucial weather updates from local officials during storms.

Tip #3: Ensure you have proper insurance coverage on your home.

While dealing with severe weather and tornadoes is hard enough, the last thing you want to contend with is the recovery of damaged and lost property after an incident. One insurance provider, Allstate, mentions that many insurance policies typically cover damage caused by wind and hail. We encourage you to talk with your insurance agent to discover your coverage level in case of an emergency.

Tip #4: Keep your smartphone handy

Try to keep your smartphone handy can prove to be vital during severe weather. If you get cut off from your alarm pad you can utilize your ADT Pulse application to alert emergency services for help. To learn more about what your ADT Pulse app can do we encourage you to read more online.

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Safe Haven Security Examines the Growth of Smart Home Technology

The history of home automation and smart technology could be said to begin with the film Back to the Future Part II. Mashable claims that a scene in this movie inspired many homeowners to desire a more connected home that could easily be controlled at your fingertips. Over the past decade, consumers have been flooded with new technology to help realize the dream of a smarter home.

Recent studies by Coldwell Banker show that not only are smart devices becoming more popular, but can add value to a home as well. The data shows that nearly half of all Americans surveyed either owned some smart home technology or planned a future investment in it for their homes. The survey also indicates that many Americans, nearly 56 percent, found homes with pre-installed smart home technology to be more appealing.

Some smart devices that have recently entered the market are the Nest Thermostat, Ring Video Doorbell and Amazon Echo. The Nest, released in 2011, is now on its third generation design and allows users to control the temperature of their home from anywhere using their phone. The device has the ability to not only schedule temperatures to ensure you have a toasty arrival to your home, it also has the capability to learn. As you program temperatures for different times, your thermostat begins to automatically adjust itself for you. The next device, the Ring video doorbell, is slightly newer to the market. This digital doorbell can be set up with different levels of sensitivity in order to account for any movement that may be seen by the device. The innovative device allows users to see who’s standing at their doorstep and gives them the opportunity to converse with any visitors without opening the door. The Amazon Echo helps integrate a lot of your home’s smart tech into a central hub that you can control with your voice.

The beauty of all these devices is that they can all be integrated with your home security system using ADT Pulse. With our very own home security app, you can control all of these devices seamlessly in a single place. Pulse provides users with the sense of security knowing that no matter where they are, their home is secure. With the ADT Pulse application you can also turn on lights, close your garage door and even lock your front door. Our representatives at Safe Haven are completely knowledgeable about our ADT Pulse systems. To schedule a consultation for your home, we encourage you to visit you online or call us at 877-842-0818.

Matt Conner

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