Home Security Blog

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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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...

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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

The US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Google this week. In the application Google notes the problem they want to solve. Most garage doors are not capable of being opened or closed from far away. Google's invent...

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February 13, 2015

A bear in the wild that wants to protect its young from another predator isn't worried about manners. This is how people should feel when in circumstances that don't feel right. The bear has a gut instinct not to let its young near a predator. ...

Robert Siciliano

February 12, 2015

Guardzilla's sales pitch is tough to beat. A sub $100 sales price. No monthly fees. One minute set up. What is there not to like? The set up process does take a bit longer than just one minute but it is intuitive and simple enough for novices. ...

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February 11, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Some thieves specialize in hanging around tourist spots to spot the tourists and make them victims of hands-on crime such as purse snatching or a mugging. But don't wait till you're aimlessly wandering the piazza with...

Robert Siciliano

February 10, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Smart criminals love dumb homeowners, but even a dumb burglar can score big when the homeowner makes just a little slip in security measures. 1. Don't nickel-and-dime your door locks; get high quality locks. A cheap ...

Robert Siciliano

February 05, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com The first products to take advantage of Apple's home automation technology won't likely reach stores until this spring. HomeKit, the software that allows consumers to use their iPhones like remote controls to activa...

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February 04, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Online security might become more strict with the implementation of President Obama's proposed cyber-security plans and CFAA amendments. You could be considered a hacker for innocent behavior like sharing your N...

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January 30, 2015

Don't underestimate the power of light. Heather Dawn Church, 13, had just gotten off the phone with her mother one evening who had called to check up on her as she babysat her young brother. Heather went to bed rather early soon after, and acco...

Robert Siciliano

January 29, 2015

Competent home security companies are supposed to be able to prevent break-ins or home invasions of any kind, even digital. Unfortunately, not all home security systems are created equal. Top Class Actions, a consumer news website that concentrat...

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January 28, 2015

"Survivor." What comes to mind when you see or hear this word? A victim of a disease or of a perverted crime? A TV show? We're all survivors in that every day, we do something to stay alive-life-saving things we don't even think about as life-...

Robert Siciliano

January 27, 2015

If we could look into the future, what would we see? Would it be Jetson like? Could you pull into your driveway, pull out your iPhone 20 plus plus and say, "Siri, I'm home." Your garage door opens automatically, because Siri said you were home....

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January 26, 2015

Everything will be connected, from your car to your cat, your bathroom to your bike. Sounds convenient, yes? As more devices become connected to the Web, how safe is our personal security? And where is all that data going and being stored...

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January 23, 2015

The Lyric Thermostat is Honeywell's biggest step into the smart connected home system ring. The company is moving out of the single product realm and building out its vision of a Honeywell powered connected home with the next piece of the Lyric...

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January 21, 2015