Home Security Blog

Crying wolf is becoming an epidemic in the home security world. There are an estimated 36 million home security systems in this country with over 90 percent of the alarm activations that trigger a police response being false alarms. These ...

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July 11, 2014

A 93-year-old woman survived Hurricane Sandy, but not before her family went through hell wondering if she was alive, being that her landline was down and she had no cellphone. Lesson learned: Elderly people who live alone should have a cellphon...

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July 10, 2014

The start up company SimpliSafe announced in May that they had just landed $57 million from the Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Sequoia Capital. SimpliSafe now has the means to move from a 10,000 square foot building in Cambridge to a 20,0...

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July 09, 2014

The Linux-based home automation products have been on the market for a long time. They have been quite successful in creating quality home security products for consumers. Linux-powered home gadgets means no low battery chirps coming from the s...

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July 08, 2014

In Putnam County, Georgia, a crazed killer may be on the loose (if he's not already in another state by now). He (and maybe he had an accomplice) beheaded Russell Dermond, 88. Nobody knows why. At the time his decapitated body was found, his wif...

Robert Siciliano

July 08, 2014

Home automation products continue to come out of the wood work. The market is growing increasingly competitive and Quirky is contributing to the industry. As reported last month, Quirky's new home automation product, Wink, is coming to fruition...

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July 03, 2014

There's all sorts of threats out there-including zombies-just waiting to get you. Today's zombies look like the ones on TV and in the movies but the ones who walk amongst us are often addicted to hardcore drugs like meth amphetamines and other m...

Robert Siciliano

July 03, 2014

Selecting a video surveillance system will depend, in part, on the nature of your home: size, layout, number of possible entry points, etc. Before purchasing a video surveillance system, figure out exactly why you need this technology and where ...

Robert Siciliano

July 01, 2014

With big name companies and brands getting into the home automation industry, the technology has hit the mainstream population. Just last week, Nest bought DropCam for $555 million. Apple announced that they will be releasing a new technology, ...

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June 30, 2014

ADT has filed a lawsuit against Vision Security Systems, a provider based out of Utah. The lawsuit was filed because ADT is alleging Vision employees are trained to use deceptive sales practices to gain customers. According to ADT, Vision Secur...

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June 27, 2014

Just yesterday Eagle announced that their first "Video Surveillance Report" would now be available to the public. The report analyzed the responses of 250-500 IT professionals regarding topics like: video surveillance systems, cloud video surve...

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June 26, 2014

ADT is a 140 year old business with over six million residential and small business customers. With that many customers, a company is bound to have some unhappy clients. However, right now there is another group involved with ADT that is not sat...

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June 26, 2014

Back in March of this year, the FTC announced that ADT, the home security company, would not be allowed to misrepresent paid endorsements in the form of independent reviews. The FTC, Federal Trade Commission, has approved a final consent order ...

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June 26, 2014

Criminals do what they do because that's their nature. Once bad, there's hardly a chance they can be good. Jeffrey L. Patton, 43, said, "I've been scared to death of this day right here," in reference to being put on trial for two unrelated cri...

Robert Siciliano

June 26, 2014

Quirky, the New York based startup company, is turning technological theories into actual products, Ben Kaufman, the founder of Quirky, has helped bring tech products to the masses. Now, Quirky is setting their sites on the smart home security i...

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June 24, 2014

Maybe there really IS a such thing as monsters hiding in babies' rooms-just ask Heather and Adam Schreck of Ohio about the strange man's voice coming from their baby's room one night, yelling, "Wake up, baby!" The voice was coming from the baby...

Robert Siciliano

June 24, 2014

The Examiner has taken notice of up-and-coming home security provider, SimpliSafe. In an industry where scams and pushy salesmen seem to dominate, it is refreshing to a see a home security provider trusted by Google and recommended by Fortune m...

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June 23, 2014

Archos is the company responsible for attempting to take home automation to a new level. The secret about Apple getting involved in home automation is no longer a secret, which is why Archos' product is inevitable. According to CNET, Archos is ...

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June 20, 2014

We understand the frustration that comes with shopping for a home security system. That's why we have taken the liberty to breakdown two of the most searched home security providers. ADT and Vivint are big-time players in the home security indust...

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June 19, 2014

Kronosight launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this month with an easy solution to home security. The product, Sentri, is designed to be an easy do-it-yourself installation home security solution that can be used to monitor your home wh...

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June 19, 2014

The routine was well-grounded: Helen Van Orden, 79, worked as a housekeeper from 8 a.m. till noon Monday through Friday at Emeritus at College Park in Manatee. Then she'd go straight home and walk her dog. One day, she was waiting for her son, ...

Robert Siciliano

June 19, 2014

Recently, Microsofts's involvement in the "startup community" has become a priority. Microsoft Ventures, the department responsible for aiding startup potential, has decided to start work in the housing market. TechCrunch.com reported that Micr...

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June 18, 2014

It's a jungle out there. Are your windows burglary-resistant? Or, to put it another way...fortified? Remember, burglars (and rapists) LOVE windows. This includes second-story windows. Don't assume that you don't need to fortify second-story wind...

Robert Siciliano

June 17, 2014

The private sector needs to "step up" and assume new responsibility, as well as market accountability, when it comes to managing cyber risks if they want to avoid new FCC regulations.  In an address given at the American Enterprise Institut...

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June 16, 2014

Easy to use home automation is turning into the holy grail for tech-based companies. Big-time players like Apple and Google are diligently working to come up with the best solution. Vivint, a Utah based security and home automation co...

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June 13, 2014

Mondays are the pits for many people, because this day starts their work week. Dwayne Yeager was no exception; so badly did he want to avoid going in to the job on Monday that he did something really dumb to get out of it. That's because, accor...

Robert Siciliano

June 12, 2014

From avoiding a costly catastrophe to simply monitoring the mundane home activity, AngelBlocks is working to accomplish an easy-to-use home automation system. The AngelBlocks technology allows for users to connect to any object in the home. Ang...

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June 11, 2014

Is it possible for parents to teach children to be safe? University of Iowa researchers set out to find the answer. They concluded that mothers and their kids typically don't see situational dangers the same way. Mothers need to explain why a si...

Robert Siciliano

June 10, 2014

The "smart home" is not a new concept. There have been many "smart home" hubs that offer everything from controlling lighting, to heating, to indoor air quality, and even security and water control. However, there are not nearly as many smart ho...

Guest Writer

June 06, 2014

In the last few months, news surrounding credit card data thefts, lack of email security, and the U.S. Government's "Stringrays" that can capture information from cell phones have captured the attention of the nation. These are scary signs relat...

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June 06, 2014