Home Security Blog

View image | gettyimages.com If a home invasion doesn't leave you dead, it might leave you permanently paralyzed, like it did Richard Potorski, who was shot two years ago and can't move from the chest down. On January 8, 2013, Potorski went to h...

Robert Siciliano

April 21, 2015

WARNING: Removing this video surveillance camera to kill evidence of your robbery will do you chickenfeed because the video of you is being stored in the cloud! Today's security systems are so much more evolved than they were 20 years ago, even...

Robert Siciliano

April 16, 2015

Situational awareness isn't fear, lack of self-confidence or neurosis. It's simply that of being on the alert but also being relaxed about it rather than on edge, knowing what's around you at all times, knowing where the escape routes are, being...

Robert Siciliano

April 14, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com "My house was hacked!" Had you said this 25 years ago, people would have thought a burglar vandalized it with an axe. Say it today and nearly everybody will know what you mean: A thief or prankster "broke" in to yo...

Robert Siciliano

April 09, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Having a house run like the Jetsons' is becoming increasingly possible: It's called home automation. If you're not familiar with the futuristic cartoon family, the Jetsons, just about everything in their house was aut...

Robert Siciliano

April 07, 2015

Sensors and controls in all sorts of devices, smart devices, opens the door to new dangers and threats. The devices that are creating 'smart homes' are giving residents unprecedented control and insight but also allowing for hackers to gain acce...

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April 06, 2015

It's easy to scam someone who did something wrong by telling them they need to fix their mistake. This is why thousands of people get scammed into paying back taxes to the IRS-the IRS has nothing to do with these scams, of course, but the predat...

Robert Siciliano

March 31, 2015

If you want a 'Plug and Play' security system this one may be the one for you. Y-Cam's HomeMonitor Indoor is a secure home security camera system. It is also secure for your privacy, a feature that is not always easy to find these days with the...

newswriter

March 27, 2015

In the event of an attack, new smartphone applications can be used to send an alarm to a pre-chosen person. And the potential victims location can then be tracked. But is this faster and more secure than a woman whipping out pepper spray and bl...

Robert Siciliano

March 26, 2015

Pulling up to your home and saying "open sesame" is not out of the question anymore. AT&T announced that its Digital Life and Drive platforms now work together. Digital Life is a dealer installed, monthly fee, based home security and automa...

newswriter

March 25, 2015

Here's good advice from a sheriff's office about how to protect your house. Burglars and home invaders don't give a flying hoot if you keep thinking, "It can't happen to me and this is a safe neighborhood." In fact, the issue isn't how safe you...

Robert Siciliano

March 24, 2015

Angelina Rizzo from Surprise Arizona was surprised when she was being scammed by a would be door-to-door salesman. Investigators were called to a home on Cottonwood Street by Angelina when she became suspicious of a man at her door. The door be...

newswriter

March 23, 2015

Inside your smart home you have serious security flaws, according to a new report by Synack. The company tested 16 popular devices and determined that connected cameras were the least secure. Products ranging from the SmartThings hub to the Nes...

newswriter

March 20, 2015

One of the biggest booming industries in recent years is that of home security, due to advancements in the technology of home monitoring systems, wireless systems and the simplicity of installation-and the fact that just about everyone has a sma...

Robert Siciliano

March 19, 2015

If you are in the market for a smarter Dropcam, then the $249 Canary may be the connected camera system for you. The device is an IP camera that also contains a mic, temperature, humidity and air quality sensor. It is a good little product that...

newswriter

March 18, 2015

What's with the four home invasions in only four days in San Francisco recently? In 2013, 78 home invasions were reported in San Francisco, and in 2014, it was 69. A home invasion is when robbers intrude while the occupants are in the house. The...

Robert Siciliano

March 17, 2015

Just how "smart" are the new smart home security systems? The smart Internet connected home security systems are meant to protect consumers from intruders but can they really do that when the top devices don't require even the bare minimum for ...

newswriter

March 13, 2015

A recent controversial SuperBowl commercial from a major insurance company depicted a young boy who died as the result of numerous preventable household accidents such as poising and falls. The commercial got lots of traction via social media. A...

Robert Siciliano

March 12, 2015

If you jump on the home security band wagon and purchase an Internet of Things home security system to provide you and your family security, you may actually be less secure and more vulnerable that before you bought the system. HP researchers t...

newswriter

March 11, 2015

Question: No. 1 reason people get a home security system? Answer: Recently burglarized; The majority of the people I hear from who want to install a home security system were recently burglarized. It often takes adversity or even tragedy for us...

Robert Siciliano

March 10, 2015

Breed Reply has announced that it has backed three new startups in the smart home, health and energy sectors: Cocoon, the UK smart home security startup; BrainControl, an Italian startup that has developed an assistive technology to let disabled...

newswriter

March 06, 2015

Learning to trust your Intuition The old TV show "Star Trek" has and episode where Spock is telling Kirk of a human flaw called intuition. Spock was all about analysis and logic, while Kirk often relied upon intuition to solve problems. Intuition...

Robert Siciliano

March 05, 2015

Any product that promises to protect your home deserves a heightened level of scrutiny. The most likely burglary scenario by far is the unsophisticated crime of opportunity, usually involving a broken window or some other kind of brute force en...

newswriter

March 04, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com One of the arguments against being very virtually social is that nobody is SO important that everyone wants to know, for instance, that this person is going to be at the local sports bar watching the Super Bowl (or al...

Robert Siciliano

March 03, 2015

Do you know how to do your homework when it comes to researching the best home security system for your house? $$$ • Don't just look at the tip of the iceberg, such as free equipment and free installation. Nothing is truly free. That grea...

Robert Siciliano

February 26, 2015

Threat Landscape in the area of Smart Homes, is the focus of a new study by ENISA that is looking at the risks and challenges as well as the countermeasures required for emerging technologies in smart homes. Cyber criminals are identified as t...

newswriter

February 25, 2015

Crimes against women are often "crimes of opportunity". The predator doesn't care if the opportunity presents itself in a major bustling city or in a tiny town with a population of only 400. If he sees prey and nobody else is around, he'll strik...

Robert Siciliano

February 19, 2015

Once the solution for checking in on your dogs and babies, Piper's small cameras have evolved into something of an ad-hoc security system for a small home or an apartment. It offers things like motion detectors, live video with cloud recording...

newswriter

February 18, 2015

Home burglaries don't just happen in the big cities that everyone's heard of. They can also occur in small towns-simply because the burglar lives in them or in neighboring areas. Such is the case with Kirksville, Missouri. A recent report from ...

Robert Siciliano

February 17, 2015

At the 1934 World's Fair in Chicago the "home of the future" was revealed. This automated home has morphed into the smart home, courtesy of the Internet, sensors and connectivity. The modern automated home can do more than turn on our heating ...

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February 16, 2015