Home Security Blog

What is a Sociopath? A sociopath, technically, is not a psychopath. These are actual psychiatric terms, and to say they're one and the same is like saying that eczema and psoriasis are one and the same. Though a sociopath and psychopath will o...

Robert Siciliano

November 04, 2014

Keanu Reeves recently had a home intruder: a woman. It was 4:00 am when she got into his home and plopped in a chair. The 40-something nut-job told the movie star she was there to meet with him. He nonchalantly called 911. Police took the woman ...

Robert Siciliano

October 30, 2014

If you are looking for an IP camera for home security, you may want to look at Homeboy. It eliminates almost every drawback in security cameras. It doesn't cost a fortune. You will be able to buy one soon without having to contribute to a crowd...

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October 29, 2014

Revolv was acquired by Nest, not for its Hub, but for its "developer platform." The deal closed this morning without adding the Revolv home automation to the Nest shelf. The acquisition seems to be primarily based on the Revolv team's expertise...

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October 29, 2014

"When it's your time, it's your time." NOT. Most accidents, including freak, are avoidable. Here are more preventable deaths, courtesy of popularmechanics.com. Commotio cordis. An object (baseball, hockey or lacrosse puck) slams into the athlet...

Robert Siciliano

October 28, 2014

Home security is a tricky business. Professional systems can be expensive, to say nothing of the monthly monitoring costs, and camera-based systems are a hassle to install, and not a great deterrent if the thief does not know they are being "ca...

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October 27, 2014

"When it's your time, it's your time." NOT. Most accidents, including freak, are avoidable. Here's a compilation from popularmechanics.com. Mauled by a mower. Every year in the U.S., about 95 people die by mower when it flips over on a hill and...

Robert Siciliano

October 23, 2014

The IPADBaby Monitor Lite is a brand new app that allows parents to keep a watchful eye on their child no matter where they are. To use the device simply install the app on your iOS devices and create a user account. The infant app will notify ...

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October 21, 2014

Selling your house can spell a lot of trouble whether you do it yourself or hire a real estate agent. Agents have little training on safety and security and home owners even less so. Here are safety tips. Prior to a showing, get information on...

Robert Siciliano

October 21, 2014

Lock this guy up for good. That's a most fitting motto for Brandon McIntyre, 22, who pretended he was "Katie Thompson" on Facebook and threatened to kill a girl's family if she refused to go on trips with him. This New Jersey nutcase made anoth...

Robert Siciliano

October 16, 2014

The Home Security Shield website was showing a new look Thursday after its officials eliminated all contact information and added a disclaimer saying that the company does not sell home security systems. Why the change? Probably because the Ti...

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October 14, 2014

Despite the extraordinary advancements in home security over the years, there were about 2.18 million break-ins in 2011, says the FBI Uniform Crime Reports. But don't let this discourage you from beefing up your home's security. Never leave th...

Robert Siciliano

October 14, 2014

The DIY security system has grown increasingly in popularity over the last few years. Technologies continue to advance, as well as designs and system preferences. Once company in particular is making a splash in the DIY security space. Why? ...

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October 13, 2014

Want to be more "green?" How about recycling that old smartphone? The Environmental Protection Agency notes that most smartphones will end up in a dump or landfill, and will release harmful chemicals in the surrounding environment. But after yo...

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October 10, 2014

If a loved-one has gone missing, the first thing you should do is call the police. That sounds obvious, but how many times have you read about parents or spouses who delayed calling the police (even though they weren't involved in the abduction)...

Robert Siciliano

October 09, 2014

In Seattle, an 18-year-old boy was pulled from his bed in his basement and was assaulted. The intruders tried to cut off his limbs, he barley escaped with his life. This has brought on a lawsuit by his parents against Comcast for not delivering...

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October 09, 2014

Congressman John Mica (R-Fla) suggested in a rather unlikely fashion to use ADT for white house security purposes. A man jumped the White House fence earlier this month and managed to get deep inside the building before being tackled. In addit...

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October 08, 2014

SolarCity is the dominant player in the residential solar installation market with over 30% of the share, however, Vivint has become the fastest growing company in this area installing 15% of the country's PVs in the second quarter. Vivint...

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October 07, 2014

Confused over which home security camera to install? Here's the breakdown of four wireless products that send images of your home to your smartphone, plus sends alerts to it when they "detect" something via motion. Keep in mind that all four pr...

Robert Siciliano

October 07, 2014

The increasing popularity of home automation (HA) as fueled the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution, however, this has resulted in a very fragmented ecosystem with interoperability the major concern. This current situation makes the market ripe ...

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October 03, 2014

Joseph Clancy has been appointed to be the Director of the Secret Service starting October 1st following the resignation of Julia Piarson. "He is not a guy that propels himself into the spotlight," said William Strahan, head of human resources ...

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October 02, 2014

Maybe you've heard of burglars stealing porn...but leaving it at the victim's house? A man in Salem, Oregon, broke into a woman's apartment, leaving behind a porn video in a seven-year-old girl's bedroom. Police think the man broke in earlier an...

Robert Siciliano

October 02, 2014

Talking to whoever is at your front door as if you are there (even if you are not) is one of the perks of the first generation product, Doorbot. Ring, the re-branded Doorbot, introduces new redesigned hardware with more of a focus on home secur...

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October 01, 2014

Protection 1, the largest full-service business and home security company in the U.S., will host an advanced educational session entitled "Applied Threat Assessment and Protective Intelligence". The presenter will be Protection 1 National A...

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September 30, 2014

In a recent Wired article the journalist broke into his neighbors house. It kinda went something like this; I'm a lazy but doggone good burglar. You see, I hate using elbow grease, like a crowbar. I'm clueless about picking locks. So I use the v...

Robert Siciliano

September 30, 2014

Home security systems vary greatly in their provisions and can include round the clock remote monitoring, cameras, motion sensors, door sensors and much more. All of this equipment can be a challenge to wire into an existing home so the wireles...

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September 26, 2014

The brand refresh better positions the home security company Frontpoint to compete in an increasingly crowded market place. Frontpoint continues to raise the bar with their dedication to the customer experience. With a new logo, color scheme an...

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September 25, 2014

How did a burglar know that Theresa Roemer had a 3,000 square foot, three-level closet that was crammed full of very pricey items including jewels and furs? Well, apparently, he caught wind of the "she cave" on TV, then perhaps Google Earthed it...

Robert Siciliano

September 25, 2014

Gary O'Reilly and his family had just moved into their new home. They set up Comcast service. They didn't skimp, they decided to get the whole shebang; Internet, cable and Xfinity Home, which included an alarm system and the ability to control t...

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September 24, 2014

Where does all that information go that your smart home collects about you and how you live? The answer is simple. The cloud. Vivint is announcing its acquisition of consumer focused cloud storage start-up Space Monkey. Space Monkey's cl...

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September 24, 2014