Home Security Blog

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 With more and more sophisticated systems for home security coming out that rely on smartphone use, it seems as though the "I don't have a smartphone" crowd is being left in the dust. However, there are many ways that ...

Robert Siciliano

February 03, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com There are many things you can do to boost home security, such as adding an alarm system or getting a guard dog, but unless you have working deadbolt locks and actually use them, your home isn't secure. A common dead...

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February 02, 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. An article that appeared in Forbes magazine made the com...

newswriter

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

Raising your home's IQ comes at a cost: increased vulnerability to hackers. "Smart" devices (those connected to the Internet) include TVs, thermostats, kitchen gadgets and security equipment. Every item that's connected should be protected by a ...

Robert Siciliano

January 22, 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

What goes on in the home life of a 14-year-old girl such that she feels there's nothing better to do than send nude photos of herself to a man whom she's been corresponding with online? Though this goes well-beyond the parents not bothering to f...

Robert Siciliano

January 20, 2015

The vice president and his wife were not at their Wilmington Home Saturday night when the shots were fired and there were no reports of injuries, authorities said Sunday. Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said the shots were fired at about...

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January 19, 2015

You hear the same advertising pitch from home security companies. It starts out with the company bragging about their industry-leading technology. Next, they hit the heartstrings with the "protection provides peace of mind" message. And finall...

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January 16, 2015

MyFox, the European home security company debuted a brand new system specifically for the US consumer. The focus is the DIY simplicity, privacy and prevention. In theory, the MyFox system can help you prevent a crime before it happens. Many DIY...

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January 16, 2015

Planning a trip? Thinking of having your snail mail and newspaper delivery placed on a vacation hold so that thieves casing your neighborhood won't see a pile-up of these items? Well, there's a better option, because what if...just what if...a ...

Robert Siciliano

January 15, 2015

Many consumers are doing it on their own when it comes to home security. With marketing strategies becoming so pervasive it has become so easy to realize the benefits of the connected home. The old school service providers such as ADT...

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January 14, 2015

If you've decided to avoid getting a home security system, I'm banking that the reason is at least one of the myths described below. Check them out: 1. "I have nothing valuable inside." First of all, unless a burglar has X-ray vision, he's...

Robert Siciliano

January 13, 2015

Smart home security cameras take a 24/7 streaming video of your home for a set number of days, according to your subscription. Netatmo is taking a completely different approach. There are no continuous live video feeds here. "Welcome" det...

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January 09, 2015

After Santa has gone back to the North Pole to take a long rest, don't think for a second that burglars too will be resting in January. True, the holidays are a prime time for many burglaries, knowing that underneath that gargantuan Christmas t...

Robert Siciliano

January 08, 2015

Look into the light criminals! This is the philosophy of Sengled, which debuted a smart LED light bulb that also functions as a high resolution camera, microphone, and speaker. Dubbed Snap, the bulb is meant to function as a subtle home monito...

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January 07, 2015

ADT is eager to partner up with Nest which has updated many home products such as, thermostats and smoke detectors. ADT is pursuing Nest but Nest is remaining coy. "We're working feverishly to develop the partnership," said Naren Gursahaney, AD...

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January 07, 2015

Yes, many thieves don't have anything better to do than to follow delivery trucks around town to see what kind of bountiful packages they'll be leaving at the doorsteps of homes. This means even more crooks simply drive around residential areas l...

Robert Siciliano

January 06, 2015

Jack "Superthief" MacLean MacLean stole in excess of $133 million in jewels, having robbed thousands of homes. By the time police nabbed him he was the owner of a helicopter and multi-million dollar mansion. His genius IQ failed to avoid his ca...

Robert Siciliano

December 30, 2014

Charles Cullen of New Jersey may have murdered up to 400 people, though around 35 murders have been confirmed. He's currently serving a sentence of 127 years. As a nurse, he killed patients at the hospitals he worked at. A form or mercy killing ...

Robert Siciliano

December 23, 2014

Door-to-door sales have become a problem in the home security industry. Not only are salesmen using aggressive sales tactics to get people to sign up, they are also posing as competitors in order to steal business. Salesmen will inevitably whi...

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December 18, 2014