Residential alarm systems can help to improve the security of your home, but you may find that your home is still susceptible to being broken into despite your alarm. While an alarm system will be very effective, the truth is that your home is only as secure as you make it. if you're going to make your home as safe as possible, installing a security system is just the first step. Here are some more things to do to make your home as secure as possible:
Install a Deadbolt -- The home alarm system will go off when a burglar breaks into the house, but he'll still have a few minutes to go around your house and steal stuff. However, the alarm system won't even be necessary if you have a deadbolt on your front door, as it's going to be almost impossible to break into the house. A deadbolt is nearly impossible to (Read More....)
Do you need a network security specialist? It is important for businesses to be aware of network security. It doesn't matter how big or small your company is, without suitable network security you could be liable to an attack.
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Even government computers have fallen foul to persistent hackers. An attack could lead to identity theft. In practice this could mean a hacker has your entire client list. If this happened, it could lead to a severe blow to your company's integrity.
Worse still, it is quite possible a criminal hacker could transfer funds out of your business account which could seriously jeopardize your (Read More....)
By Simon Black Sovereign Man
Reporting from the 6th Region, Central Chile
We’ve discussed many times before – hardly a month goes by without some major action against Internet users… from Obama’s ‘kill switch’, to ACTA, SOPA and PIPA, to stasi tactics against people like Kim Dotcom.
Online privacy is becoming more important by the day. And nobody is going to give (Read More....)
Locking your keys in the car has to rank as one of the most inconvenient frustrations of all time, mostly because it’s completely avoidable. The embarrassment of having to snake a coat hanger through the window is bad enough, but it’s nothing compared to having to explain to your spouse or parents what happened to the rubber weather stripping.
For some lucky few of us, locking our keys in the car has only happened under rare or extraordinary circumstances that are unlikely to repeat. For the most fortunate among us, it has never happened. However, if you’re one of those good people that bad things happen to sometimes, it can happen a lot, and usually at the least convenient times.
The worst-case scenario is locking your keys in the car along with a baby or small child inside. Talk about inconvenient! Stay calm, there’s no reason to panic - there’s always a way to get back into your car in fairly short order. A broken window may be the last resort, but it pales in comparison to ensuring the wellbeing of your child.
However, as easy as it is to get back in and (Read More....)
When people think about home security, they often think about locks, keys and alarms. However, they almost never think about the garage door, which is a major point of entry for burglars. Even amateur burglars know that garage doors are often left unguarded, so what you can do to make sure that your garage door is less of a target? If you want to make sure that you do not have to worry about some of the serious issues involved with home burglary, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Cover the Windows
Many garage doors have windows in them. It is a great way to get a little bit of light into the space, but these windows also allow people to peep in and to see if there is a car present. If the car is gone, there is a much better chance that people are going to try to come in. If you want to make sure that the burglars are uncertain as to whether they should come in or not, frost your windows or otherwise cover them. A simple decal might be all it takes to keep your garage more (Read More....)
Guest Post -Erin Steiner is a freelance writer from Portland, Oregon.
The last thing you want is to do is pay someone to install a home security system and then find out that the company is nothing but a group of scam artists who use the system as a means to gain entry to and then case your home for future break-ins. What really sucks is that this hypothetical happens all the time. Don’t let it happen to you!
Alarm systems are far more aesthetically pleasing ways to keep your home safe, don’t you think?
Before you give serious consideration to contracting with any alarm company, do the legwork. Get references, look them up with your local Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau, and (obviously) dig deep into their online reputation. Here are a few ways to do that.
It sounds pretty simple, right? But you want to do more than plug the company’s name into Google and read the first few pages or reviews. You need to really give your Google-fu a chance to (Read More....)
There are levels of caution that demand various kinds of fences. Natural, green fencing made of shrubs is probably the least restrictive. Electric fences that keep polar bears out are at the farthest end of the scale. No matter where you’re located, and regardless of which company you select, whether it be a Denver, Seattle or Houston fence company, the task of choosing the appropriate security fence can be difficult objective.
Most homeowners are in the middle, but there are elaborate security systems with tall metal fences and cameras if the money is available. If a homeowner knows how much security is needed, the choices are automatically narrowed down to easier pickings. Protection against wandering neighborhood pets is different from keeping out snarling strays. Tall wire fences are one of the few successful deer barriers. A sunken chicken-wire sized fence may keep out smaller, burrowing animals.
Keeping people out is a different consideration. An electric driveway gate would be part of a property fence for monitoring who would be (Read More....)
Greg Hoffman is a kid who just got an iPhone from his parents. His mom, Janell Hoffman, wrote these [slightly edited] rules for its use:
1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren't I the greatest?
2. I will always know the password.
3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads "Mom" or "Dad". Not ever.
4. Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night & every weekend night at 9:00pm. It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30am. If you would not make a call to someone's land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text. Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected.
5. It does not go to school with you. Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It's a life skill.
6. If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs.
7. Do not use this technology (Read More....)