How To Keep Your Smart House From Getting Hacked

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The popularity of smart homes has skyrocketed lately, but so have the security risks associated with owning one of these homes. While having your home outfitted with a wide variety of smart devices can make living your daily life easier, it also makes your connected devices more susceptible to hacking and cyber intrusion. Internet security is a constantly evolving subject, so it is always important to keep up on the latest trends in this field. Protecting your internet connected devices is key to owning a smart home, so make sure you always follow these points.

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  1. Change Your Username and Password – You should never keep your username and password the same as the default factory settings. This default information can typically be easily found, meaning you should always come up with something original for your username and password.
  2. Make Your Passwords Long and Unique – If you use something like your name or your street address for your password, then hackers will have no issue guessing this and getting access to all of your technology. Make sure your passwords are not just lengthy, but are unique enough that nobody can guess what they are.
  3. Don’t Remotely Access Via Public Wi-Fi – You may be tempted to use a public wi-fi source to access your smart home remotely, but keep in mind that public wi-fi networks are very susceptible to hackers. These criminals can gain access to your home via a ‘man-in-the-middle’ attack.
  4. Update Your Devices – Make sure that you are always installing the latest version of your software. This ensures that you always have the most up-to-date protection against online threats such as malware and viruses.

We can’t promise that you’ll be 100% protected from cyber threats, but we can promise that if you follow these precautions, your chances at a cyber security issue will be greatly diminished. If you have any additional questions about cyber security, feel free to contact SafeHouse, your Smart House security source, and we will be happy to help!

Troubleshooting Your Security System

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Having a security system inside your home is one of the most effective ways to obtain peace of mind for you and your loved ones. When life becomes a little too busy however, regular maintenance of your home security system can fall to the wayside and small issues have more opportunities to become big ones. That is why our team at SafeHouse LLC recommends that you perform periodic check-ups on your home security to resolve existing or potential problems right away. The check-ups themselves do not have to take a lot of time; maybe about 10 to 15 minutes at the most. We have laid out several tips below that can help your security system continue to run efficiently and safeguard your family:

Alarms:

If you have noticed a persistent beeping throughout your house, it could be that your system’s alarms are running low on battery power. It would be a wise move to examine them, either manually or with a battery tester. If the beeping is still going, try disarming and rearming your system as a form of reset. If that does not help, our team at SafeHouse LLC encourages you to  have one of our professionals inspect the wiring of your security system and see if that is the cause. Before taking that step, we suggest that you ensure that the beeping is indeed coming from your security system. It could be that the noise is emitting from an external source that is not related to your home security system, like a smoke or carbon monoxide detector.

Cameras:

Have you discovered that the images from your security cameras are sometimes fuzzy or grainy, either on your desktop or on your mobile phone? That might be an indicator that it is time to clean off the lens of your camera. If that is the case, then all you have to do is: turn off the cameras, use a compressed air can that is able to gently blow away dirt or dust off your lens, clean your lens with a microfiber cloth and turn your camera back on. Our team at SafeHouse LLC also recommends that you check out the cables of your camera and make sure that their connections are secure because loose cables are often the culprits when it comes to a defective system.

Sensors:

Since sensors on your doors and windows are critical when it comes to efficient home security, it is vitally important to do inspections whenever possible. It is smart to check how well they are secured on the different frames and that the adhesives have not lost their strength. If they have, the sensors can slip and trigger false alarms. Different exterior temperatures, such as extreme cold or heat, also can make your sensors fall out of position. To get the best performance you can, our staff at SafeHouse LLC recommends that you do not install system sensors under easily-moveable objects like curtains, near vents or fans and areas that a child or pet can reach.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, we always want our customers to have the highest-performing security system for your home security. It is our goal to give you complete peace of mind for you and your loved ones. That is why we recommend that you schedule an appointment to have your security system inspected by one of our professionals. You can contact us by calling 410-673-1759 or by visiting our website today.

10 Good Habits For Home Security

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No matter where your family lives, home security is one of the most crucial components in giving you and your loved ones the peace of mind that you deserve. Due to the hustle and bustle of everyday life however, this is an aspect that sometimes can be overlooked. Our staff at SafeHouse LLC understands this and that is why we offer these 10 habits that can assist your family in choosing various ways to promote safety. These include remembering to arm your security system, making sure all of your keys and openers are hidden and maybe even stage a fake burglary. We hope you find them helpful.

  1. It is a smart move to hold a household meeting every month and talk with everyone in the family about any practices currently in place and ways to improve overall security. Brainstorming can lead to some really solid ideas.
  2. Agreeing to follow different routines also will help everyone remember the procedures. They could include: making sure doors and windows are locked, not opening the door to strangers without seeing some form of identification and always making sure your security system is activated when no one is at home.
  3. Though it can come in handy, our team at SafeHouse LLC recommends that families do not keep a spare key hidden outside of the house under the doormat, rock, etc. It might seem like a good idea, but unfortunately most burglars will be able to figure out where the key is hidden.
  4. The same principle applies to leaving your keys or garage openers out in the open or near a door when you are home. Instead, store them in a cabinet or drawer that you can access and keep them out of sight at the same time.
  5. Installing intimidating signs — like “Beware Of Dog,” stickers from security firms or small plaques on the front lawn — can be very effective illusions and serve to be deterrents against possible criminals.
  6. Making sure that you have plenty of outdoor lighting is an extremely good idea. It may seem costly, but there are options that will fit anyone’s budget. Our staff at SafeHouse LLC will be glad to go over some selections with you.
  7. By keeping any bushes, shrubs or trees well-maintained and trimmed, you will eliminate potential hiding spots that robbers could use.
  8. Periodically checking the status of the locks on windows and doors is wise, because you can find any problems right away and replace defective ones.
  9. When no one is at the house, be sure to at least leave one visible light or a TV on. This will give the appearance that someone is home.
  10. If there is a neighbor or neighbors that your family trusts, one fun way to promote strong home security is to stage a fake burglary. Allow your neighbor to roam through your house for about three minutes, find as many small valuables as they can and take them from your house. This way, you can see how easy it would be for a real robber to find what is precious to you. That might mean that you purchase a small safe, renting a safety-deposit box or more. You then can return the favor for your neighbor.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, we are glad to share these tips with you. If you do spot something out of the ordinary, get it fixed. In the case of an emergency, we encourage everyone to immediately contact the authorities. For more information, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions by calling us at 410-673-1759 or visit our website at www.thinksafehouse.com.

New Year’s Home Security Tips

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New Year's Security TipsIt’s the crescendo of the holiday season and the most wonderful time of the year. That means everyone is excited to show off the presents they received for Christmas and are busy planning to attend a friend’s party or make last-minute trips somewhere exotic, all to properly welcome the new year. In all the rush and preparations, it is only natural that home security tends to be the last thing on anyone’s mind. Our staff at SafeHouse LLC understands that your life can become very hectic, especially as the end of the year approaches. We want you to be able to celebrate worry-free, so that is why we have provided several tips on how to best protect what is yours while you are away. You deserve to be able to relax, enjoy your loved ones and give your farewells to 2017 with no distractions. We are confident that following these tips are certain to help you achieve that peace of mind:

New Year's Security Tips

  1. Before you leave your house to go out for an extended period of time, double-check to make sure that your security system is activated and that all potential entry points — like windows, doors, cellars, etc. — are tightly locked.
  2. While you are away, remember to keep all of your new Christmas presents out of sight and away from windows or other places that people can see into your house with. This especially applies to expensive gifts such as laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, TVs and more.
  3. It is always a good idea to immediately dispose of all the packaging that your presents came in. That way, you are not advertising what brands you have inside your home. If you cannot remove the boxes or envelopes right away, hide them somewhere that is not visible.
  4. Insuring your most valuable presents can be a wise choice, in case a theft does occur.
  5. When you are heading out somewhere, try to leave a few lights on throughout your house. They do not have to be major overhead lights or anything like that, but rather small fixtures like desk lamps. This will give everyone around you or passing by the illusion that someone is at home.
  6. As you travel to your destination, whether it is local or far away, keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighborhood. Do not hesitate or be afraid to report anything you that is out of the ordinary.
  7. One method that is simple to do is to not post any holiday travel plans on social media. While getting likes and reactions are fun, security is definitely a priority.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, we are ready to answer any questions you might have and provide more information on how to you can be protected this season. We are always glad to help when it comes to making sure you have the best home security available. We wish everyone a safe and a Happy New Year.

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5 Easy Tips for Deciding Your Home Security Code

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Deciding Your Home Security CodeEveryone who owns a security system knows the pain of trying to find the perfect password or code that no one will ever be able to guess. More often than not however, we end up getting frustrated and picking something simple like our birthday or an easy number combination. Here at SafeHouse LLC, we fully get that struggle and want that selection process to be as seamless as possible. While that is important, it also is crucial to make sure your security code is unique to you and your family. That is why we put together five quick tips about deciding the best home security code. Following these will not only give you peace of mind, but also assist you in making sure you are protected against any unwanted attempts to deactivate your system:

Deciding Your Home Security Code

  1. Try to be original — As we have said, most people will choose something personal to them — like the date of an anniversary or a pet’s birthday — for their security code. While there is nothing wrong with that, it can be better to use a completely random number sequence that cannot be associated with you. Try out different combinations and select one that is exclusive yet easy to recall when you need it. If you decide that option, remember to only share it with your family or people that you trust.
  2.  Keep it unique — Another way to ensure your security system will not be compromised is to give family members their own personal home security code. That way, if one code happens to become compromised, it will be much easier to change it without affecting everyone in your household. In some cases, it also can be an effective way to keep track of when and the number of times your child or children have entered their code into the system.
  3. Make it user-friendly — If you decide to give an unique access code to someone outside of your household, such as a dog sitter or housekeeper, be sure that it will be one that they can remember right off the top of their head. If the code is too complicated, they might become locked out of the system. With this method, you also will be able to keep track of when he or she entered their code and check if it was during their assigned hours. If an employee quits, you can simply delete their assigned code.
  4. Change it — One of the best ways to make sure your home security code is always protected is to change it on a periodic basis. Even if it is an entirely random sequence, it is never a bad idea to swap it out for a new code two to four times every year. That way, you will feel comfortable knowing that your code does not follow a pattern that can be predicted.
  5. Always remember your code — A key component of having a truly unique home security code is to never forget what it is. Otherwise, you will find yourself having to create new codes or even become locked out of your system. It also can be difficult to try and commit those number combinations to memory. We recommend writing down what the access codes are and storing them someplace that you know will be safe. When you change a code or codes for a new sequence, make a small note on the security system for those who use it and take it down after a week or so. This way, you’ll always have a hard copy someplace close when you need it.

Our staff at SafeHouse LLC will be glad to provide additional information and answer any questions about making your home security code entirely unique to your household. We are here to help you have complete confidence when you leave your house, so feel free to contact us with any concerns you have. To learn more about us, remember to visit www.thinksafehouse.com.

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Holiday Safety Tips

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Holiday Safety Tips

With the holidays right around the corner, it is a time to celebrate the good tidings of the season with those closest to you. That can mean taking road trips to different parts of Maryland, across the United States or even to another country. However, in the rush to get out the door, people can sometimes forget to check to see if their home or possessions are secured before they leave. Since a majority of people shop online for their gifts, there also can be risk involved with the delivery of packages. We at SafeHouse LLC want you to be able to fully relax and have complete peace of mind either at home or away. This time of the year is stressful enough without you having to add another worry to your brain. That is why we wanted to share a couple of security tips, so that you can focus on all your comfort and joy.

Holiday Safety Tips

One of the most important pieces of advice is always to check to see if your house is locked up when you leave or turn in for the night. It never hurts to double-check if the front, back and window entrances are firmly shut. Another idea is that if you do leave your home, make sure that all appliances are off and that your security system — if there is one installed — is activated. If you will be leaving for a long trip, you also can ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your property. Something that is always smart to do, especially around the holidays, is to check the status of your fire alarms. That can be an area that is often overlooked, so it is never a bad idea to replace the batteries. When you order online, make sure to leave detailed instructions for the shipping company like “leave package near the front door” or “put the package inside the mailbox.” You can track its progress through the parent website’s daily notifications, so you will know when it arrives.

Our staff at SafeHouse LLC want you and your family to be protected in any situation. If you see a scenario that seems dangerous or an individual that is acting suspicious, make sure to report that to the proper authorities immediately. We understand that nothing is 100 percent guaranteed, but we hope that these tips can provide a foundation for you in all of your celebrations. We also are more than glad to answer any questions that you might have and provide additional information. So be sure to give us a call, and we wish you the safest and happiest of holidays.

Holiday Safety Tips

Security System FAQ’s

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SafeHouse LLC1. How does a security system work?

A security system typically works in three steps. The first step is detection, which occurs when something happens, such as a window breaking, a door opening when it shouldn’t, or someone attempting to open up a safe in your house. The next phase the system goes into is the annunciation stage. This phase includes letting the homeowner know that a status has changed and an issue has occurred. Another step, and arguably the most important one, is the monitoring phase. It is the job of the security system to send for help, whether that be the fire company or the police.

2. How do burglars choose a house?

What is going through the mind of a criminal when they are selecting a home to break into? They are looking for homes that they find vulnerable or easy to break into without detection. Whenever you leave your home, make sure that you turn your alarm system on, if it does not automatically. If a criminal notices your alarm system is disabled, then, of course, they are going to try to break into your home. Other dead giveaways that will draw burglars in is unkempt lawns, switched off lights, and empty driveways. These tell criminals that you are not home, therefore, your house can be easily burglarized.

SafeHouse LLC3. How well does having a security system work?

If you are weighing the effectiveness of employing a security system, then you should know that studies have proven that a house with a high-quality security system is three times less likely to get invaded. If you want to protect your home, then make sure you get a home security system from your friends here at SafeHouse LLC. Just having a security system alone is typically enough to deter home intruders. No matter how much you lock up your home or how many dogs you have in your front yard, there is nothing that will prevent burglars from breaking into your home better than a good security system.

4. How can I monitor my home remotely?

If you are looking to monitor your home from a remote location, then you should look into home automation services from your security company. Remote monitoring systems typically work through the combination of security cameras and mobile apps for your smartphone. Mobile apps can typically turn your home security system on and off. Some companies even allow you to choose how you would like to be alerted in case of an emergency: you can choose to be called, emailed, or even texted in case your home security system has to be deployed.

SafeHouse LLC5. What is a cellular alert system?

Cellular alarm systems have replaced the traditional wired security phone line security networks. This system functions exactly like your cell phone. The cell module is placed in the main control panel and sends wireless signals to the monitoring station, alerting the authorities when needed. The signal is sent through the cell signal, similar to that of a text message, making it able to travel quickly. Get the help you need automatically with a security system that is outfitted with a cellular alert system.

6. How do I secure my windows?

Securing your windows may be easier for you than it seems at first glance. You can install window locks on your home, which are the most basic way to secure a window. A simple pin lock will keep windows from being fully opened. You can also cover your windows with a protective film, which can help keep glass from shattering if a burglar attempts to break through a glass window. You can even install window bars, which will keep a criminal from squeezing into your window. If are looking to secure your window, you can also install window sensors and a window alarm system from SafeHouse LLC.

SafeHouse LLC7. What is SafeHouse LLC?

For years and years, SafeHouse LLC has been an effective and trusted name in security solutions for home and business across the states of Maryland and Delaware. This company offers our customers a unique background and skill set with over a quarter-century of law enforcement experience along with well-trained technicians working together to bring you unmatched products and services. Protect your home and business from theft, intruders, and property damage with security camera systems in Maryland or Delaware from the team here at SafeHouse LLC.

8. Can SafeHouse protect me from a fire?

SafeHouse LLC’s fire solutions can be specifically tailored to your needs and can change as your requirements change. SafeHouse LLC can also provide a single point of access to all the resources and data needed to monitor, control, and protect your property. As a fire solutions leader and expert source, Safehouse has integrated fire detection and life safety management systems to meet the demands facing a wide range of properties. Those shopping for a new fire alarm in Easton or Cambridge should come shop at SafeHouse LLC today.

SafeHouse LLC9. Can SafeHouse protect more than just my home?

SafeHouse LLC isn’t just around to protect your home; we provide security system solutions and installation services for businesses and homes alike. We provide business security, industrial security, and even agricultural security across the states of Delaware and Maryland. One of our systems can provide you the security, loss prevention, and risk management your business needs to stay on top of the game. No matter the size of your business, SafeHouse LLC can provide you with the security system you need to bring you peace of mind.

10. How can I contact SafeHouse?

SafeHouse LLC is more than happy to address any questions you may have. You can also contact us via the email INFO@THINKSAFEHOUSE.COM or you can give us a phone call at 410-829-9196 or 302-934-9552. Call us right now and we will discuss your security projects completely free of charge. We will bring you a complete security needs analysis at no cost to you. After that, we will work with you to get your security needs met in Maryland or Delaware, all while staying in your budget.

10 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Safe on Vacation

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10 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Safe on Vacation

  1. Stay Quiet on Social Media – As much as you want to post about your fun vacation or post the beautiful pictures you take, wait until you get home to do it. Posting on social media while you’re away, doing things like ‘checking in’ at your favorite vacation spots, can give away that you’re not home, opening yourself up to home invaders.
  2. Don’t Let Your Mail Pile Up – When you’re away on vacation, make sure that you designate someone to pick up your mail and newspapers. Letting these pile up can show someone that you and your family are not home.
  3. Tell the Post Office to Hold Your Mail – If you can’t find someone to pick up your newspaper and mail, then you can tell the post office to hold your mail for up to 30 days. This allows you to pick up all of your mail at once when you return from vacation. You can also temporarily cancel your newspaper subscription until you get back.
  4. Maintain Your Home’s Appearance – Paying someone to keep your lawn mowed is a good idea when you’re away on vacation. You could even keep cars parked in your driveway to throw people off. You should always do your best to make people think you’re home, even when you’re gone.
  5. Keep Your Lights On and Electric Going – If a burglar sees that your air conditioning is off on a blazing hot day, it gives away that you are not home. Keeping your lights on a timer may be another good way to keep criminals thinking you’re home without running up your electric bill.Keep My Home Safe on Vacation
  6. Hire a Pet Sitter – Sometimes the biggest threat to the well-being of your home comes from within. Hire a pet sitter to keep your pet from ruining your carpet or chewing up something valuable when you’re on vacation. Your pet sitter can also ensure that your pet stays fed, hydrated, and safe while you’re away.
  7. Lock Up Your Valuables – If your home does happen to be broken into while you’re on vacation, keep the robbers from stealing your prized possessions by having them locked away in a safe. While you may lose a few things here and there, you can at least keep what you consider the most valuable.
  8. Shut Off Your Water Supply – Hearing about a busted pipe can ruin your vacation and make you have to come home early. A leaking pipe might go unnoticed while you’re on vacation but can cause tremendous damage. Shut off your water supply and keep your pipes insulated to prevent pipes from breaking.
  9. Lock Your Windows and Doors – It may seem obvious, but this step can be easily overlooked when you’re juggling a thousand things. Leaving for vacation can be a stressful process, but don’t forget to lock your windows and deadbolt your doors before you hop in your car
  10. Protect Your Home with a SafeHouse Security System – According to the study by Simon Hakim and Erwin Blackstone called “Securing Home and Business”, homes missing a security system are 2.7 times more likely to be broken into by a criminal. Get a security system from SafeHouse today and protect your home against thieves.10 Ways to Keep Safe on Vacation

How to Protect Your Business from Theft

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Whether you are opening the doors on a brand new startup or shepherding a business that has been around for decades in Federalsburg, MD, you need to take the physical and data security of the operation seriously. The threats have never been greater, and the stakes have never been higher. A single data breach could destroy the reputation of your Federalsburg business, while even a small-scale theft of intellectual property could leave your firm vulnerable for years to come.

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