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How Secure is Your Illinois Smart Home?

How Secure is Your Illinois Smart Home?

by Carlos Lopez

Using smart technology in a home can offer security and convenience, but only when the right steps are taken to make sure security cannot become compromised. What are the first places to look for in understanding the security of your smart home? We urge you to check: 1. Your WiFi security: It's important to make sure your WiFi network is secure and password protected. There have been cases of hackers getting into networks, which have allowed them to unlock smart locks or change their PIN codes, tamper with smart thermostats, and even download...

3 Smart Home Security Trends

3 Smart Home Security Trends

by Carlos Lopez

Bringing technology into the home is not new news, but controlling all aspects of your house, from lights to the temperature, is revolutionary. With more and more projects that can make your home "smart," home security is just one component many homeowners are adopting. Here are 3 growing smart home security trends that homeowners enjoy. 1. Automated door locks: Forgot to lock the door, but are already miles away? Smart door locks are the way to go, especially for a busy person or someone who travels often. Whether bluetooth-enabled or controlled through an...

Prescribing Security to Chicago

Prescribing Security to Chicago

by Carlos Lopez

In the world we live in today, simply locking your door no longer constitutes security, especially in the massive city of Chicago. What do you do, then? Sure, we have heard it all: try this system, put up cameras, and lock your windows, but where do your questions begin and end? In other words, how do you improve your home security beyond installing a camera? Here are some helpful tips on how to do this:  1. Be alert: If a sound, movement outside, or general gut feeling does not seem right, it most likely...

Start the New Year With Home Security

by Carlos Lopez

The New Year is almost here, and similar to previous years, you make New Year's resolutions. If you're like most people, making resolutions is easier than keeping them. By mid-January, New Year's resolutions are no more. Make 2016 different. Make a new year's resolution to keep your family safe. Achieve this goal by installing home security in your home. It's one promise you won't break! In addition to installing home security, we offer additional resolutions.  Install indoor and outdoor light timers to make your home appear occupied. Light...

Home Security Companies Prevent More Than Burglaries

by Carlos Lopez

Everyone wants to feel safe in their homes. With crime increasing in some areas, homeowners and apartment residents are using security systems to protect their possessions. However, home security companies offer more than just burglar alarms to scare off intruders. The latest systems provide a variety of features to protect you, your family and your home. What Security Systems Offer A security system now incorporates a range of services that keep criminals at bay. There is an alarm that goes off if someone breaks a window, or enters your...

Home Security: 5 Tips for a Safer, Happier Holiday

by Carlos Lopez

With the stockings hung by the chimney with care and the tree surrounded by pricy gifts, it is easy to see that Christmas is a time of joy and giving... but it is also a time when thieves can see easy opportunities to take, scoring big from your family's generosity. Don't get caught up in worrying about a grouchy Grinch visiting your humble abode. Protect your home and family with these five simple tips to a safer, happier holiday.  Leave Your Television on at Night Some people leave a light on indoors while...

Holiday Home Security: Leaving Someone Else in Charge

by Carlos Lopez

We're creeping up on the end-of-the-year holiday frenzy, Halloween blew by, Thanksgiving is over in a pumpkin-flavored whirl, and Christmas is done so fast you wonder if the Grinch really did run off with it. We all know it's a great idea to have a friend or housesitter check on our homes while we're away for the holidays, but you can maximize relaxation for you and your house-checker with these tips: Give them a home security system tutorial. Alarm systems can sometimes be intimidating to those who don't use them often. Show them it's no biggie by arming and disarming your alarm and letting them repeat...

Comparing Chicago Security Companies

by Carlos Lopez

The installation of a security system is a personal and intricate manner. Selecting the right company to perform this task is essential since it will protect both your family and possessions. By learning how to compare Chicago security companies based on factors such as reputation, trustworthiness and service quality. Investigate Licensure Licensure proves that a company has satisfied necessary regulations imposed by local, state or even federal governments. According to Safewise, "Some states require security companies be licensed to install alarms. Licensed professionals can reduce the risk of alarms not working or you experiencing faulty installation. Ask each of the potential companies if...

Easy Ways to Improve Home Security

by Carlos Lopez

Although the most effective way to improve overall home security is through the installation of an integrated security system, this can sometimes fall outside the immediate budget of an average homeowner. However, by following some simple tips for improving your overall home security, severely reducing the chances and impact of a potential burglary is achievable. Keep Up Appearances Most burglars will target the house on the block which appears to be the easiest target. Uncut lawns, overgrown shrubbery and a lack of any warning to a potential intruder are all invitations. Make it appear as if someone is always in the residence by...

When you put in a home security system, you're probably thinking about the safety of yourself and your family. You want to be alerted in the event of a break-in, summon help quickly, and scare away intruders. Installing a home security system, however, can have a number of side benefits. Keep YourTeenagers Inside. Do you have a teenager who might sneak out at night? Installing a home security system is a surefire way to keep your teen inside instead of discovering too late that they've gone sneaking out a window while you were sleeping. Simply change the password or don't give it to your...