Home Security Blog

Florida's Collier County residents have a new fear on the block: masked home invaders. But really, they're more like home walker-inners, because in the five reported cases, they got in via an unlocked door. A task force was assembled on April 7...

Robert Siciliano

August 05, 2014

Burglaries, although unfortunate, are an everyday occurrence in most places around the world. Canada is no exception, and billions of dollars of stolen goods are reported each year. People across the province and throughout the country should be...

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August 04, 2014

Not receiving any sort of an alert when someone has broken into your home has become a reality for those with a wireless home security system. Hackers have figured out how to compromise the signals being sent by wireless sensors preventing...

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August 01, 2014

BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com (BHSC) conducted a survey asking Americans who do not use a home security system how they protect their home from intruders. With over 1,000 responders, the survey showed Americans have found a variety of alternative...

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July 31, 2014

If your "Plan A" for survival sinks, do you have a Plan B backup? Forget rushing to the grocery store when disaster like a snowstorm strikes. Everyone else will have the same idea. Need I say more? The supermarket and the convenience store are...

Robert Siciliano

July 31, 2014

According to Catbird CEO, Edmundo Costa, all home security should be automated to assure that IT administrators know what is running, where it is running, who or what started it and IT should be notified if something unusual is going on. Costa ...

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July 30, 2014

Home security is set to become the single largest growth sector for internet service providers. Ovum is finding that the connected home market will be huge. "Home security provides the biggest medium term opportunity for service providers, but ...

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July 30, 2014

Logan Lamb is is a cybersecurity researcher for the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. As part of a test, Lamb went to a party with the intent of hacking into a top-rated home security system. Lamb had been doing research on ...

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July 30, 2014

What was going through the head of a burglar as he was hovering over a baby after breaking into a house? Did he momentarily pause to take a breather and find a sense of peace and calm at the sight of an innocent baby? Or...was he contemplating h...

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July 29, 2014

Here's seven ways you can make your vacant home (while you're traveling) totally uninteresting to burglars casing your area for break-ins. Be an illusionist. Leave a TV and lights on, or use a timer that will make these devices go on and off. I...

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July 24, 2014

Does the profession of real estate sales turn someone into a burglar, or, does a burglar one day realize, "Hey, I can make off like a bandit if I sell homes!"? Ray Glen Greene, 49, was a real estate agent in Cobb County, Georgia, who'd use his ...

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July 22, 2014

Americans spend over $20 billion a year on home security, but new mobile technologies are working towards reducing those costs. Canary plans on turning their product and service into the solution for home security consumers. Canary is a new hom...

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July 21, 2014

When you go to bed or leave for the day, you set your home security system and have a sense of safety. However, a recent break-in in Sausalito, Calif. is proving that just having an alarm system isn't enough. Home owners need to have the right e...

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July 17, 2014

How many times have you heard someone say, "I don't have to worry about crime; I live in a gated community"? Yeah, the electronically-locked gate may stop criminals from driving in, but not from walking in! That stylish gate is more of an ornam...

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July 17, 2014

Google's Nest Labs home automation division announced today that they are making progress in their pursuit to create an "ecosystem for connected home devices and apps." Nest, Samsung, ARM, Yale Security(lock makers), Silicon Labs(chip make...

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July 16, 2014

One app to unlock your door, another app to turn on and off your lights and yet another app to control your thermostat. What if you could do all of this with one app? Vivint is launching Vivint Sky, a hub, that will allow you to do all these th...

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July 15, 2014

Wouldn't it be great if you could leave a small sensor outside to detect temperature changes that would initiate a change on your thermostat, or put one in your washing machine that would send your phone a notice when the cycle is done? What if...

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July 15, 2014

Kids can be so cruel-at least when they kick in the doors of homes and rob people. At least three thieves were arrested for suspected involvement in a series of Southeast Austin burglaries. One is 18-year-old Erik Rene Marciel. Another of the j...

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July 15, 2014

On Thursday the House passed the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. This bill includes some items that will undo some environmental programs. The vote was passed 253 to 170, despite appearing to be another typi...

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July 11, 2014

SolarCity Corp. is the U.S. leader in residential solar installations, and they are making some changes. SolarCity accounts for 29 percent of the residential solar business with the next closest competitor being Vivint Solar with only 9 percent...

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July 11, 2014

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