Signs That Your Mobile Device Has Been Hacked

Dec 15th, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

Despite your many attempts to secure your phone, it may still be vulnerable to hijacking by hackers. And there are a few ways to tell if the security of your device has been compromised. For example, your device may have been infected by malware if you’ve noticed you owe more on your cell bill than usual, but have not knowingly engaged in any activity to cause the cost increase. Another way to identify suspicious activity is to check your ‘sent’ folder for any messages that you didn’t send. As well, take a look at the interface of your phone. If you notice changes that weren’t made by you, your device has likely become infected with malware.

Keeping Your Home And Family Safe From Fire

Aug 31st, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

There are many tips out there for fire safety, and most of them are incredibly simple to check. Just a few minutes to take a second look at some of the potential issues around your home could mean thousands of dollars saved in damaged items and lives saved. Running any type of electrical wire underneath a rug is not considered to be a safe practice. If you haves small children, power outlets that are not being used should be covered by plastic safety covers. And any heating appliances should be kept well away from flammable items like curtains, bedspreads and magazines.

Questions to Answer Regarding Home Security

Jun 13th, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

When you are looking at home security, you’ll want to ask several important questions regarding the companies you’re considering.  For example, what kind of rating have they received from the high standards put forth by the Underwriter’s Laboratory.  Additionally, if you are investing in a home security system, what will happen if you move?  Many companies offer free or discounted relocation of your system.  Of course, if your company is local and you are moving out of state this will not be possible.  Also, you’ll want to know what kind of history and reputation they have in the industry as well as in the community.  A security company should be able to furnish proof that they have insurance to cover anything that might go wrong.  These questions are crucial before you invest in home security.

Screw Type – An Important Part Of Garage Door Installation

May 29th, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

Those who are installing their own garage door systems may think that using nails is a good idea. But experts advise that nails should never be used. Instead, lag screws are suggested. This type of fastener will allow the track hangars of your garage door to be bolted into place.

The reason why lag screws are recommended is because they are more reliable than nails. A garage door can generate much force when opening and closing, force which nails may not be able to handle over a long period of time. As well, a garage door fasted with nails may incur expensive damage in future should they fail.

Planning Out Internet Safety Strategies with Your Children

May 13th, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

Is it really necessary to plan out internet safety for your children? Yes, because the only other option would be to leave their safety to pure randomness that they will never find themselves to run across an online predator. Parents should not remove themselves from the equation completely. Doing so would be neglect by omission. Considering the dangers children could potentially face, it would be much better for parents to do what is required to make sure their young ones are aware of the risks of the internet and how to avoid them. Such planning can improve safety immensely.

Remodeling Can Make Your Home Worth a Lot More (So Tell Your Homeowners Insurance Company That!)

Apr 29th, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

When you remodel you home, you are not just improving the looks, you may very well be improving its value. This should not be much of a surprise. A home that has been improved in some way becomes more valuable than the older version. What might come as a major surprise is remodeling may necessitate getting a new homeowners insurance policy. Why is this? Again, you have increased the value of your home. Therefore, you just might need a bit more coverage. The increase in your premium might not even be a lot, but it will be of enormous value.

Keeping Seniors Safe at Home and on the Internet

Apr 29th, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

securitySeniors have seen a lot over the long course of their lives. This is why they can adapt so well. Many have been able to easily get the proper hang of the internet and may be conducting a lot of commerce on it. This is definitely good, but what is not so good is the fact many will try to use the internet as a way of getting personal information from them. This is then used to commit identity theft. You must be sure any seniors in your care are just as careful on the internet as they would be with someone that comes to the front door. Internet security and home security have a lot in common.

Knowing What to Buy for Home Security

Apr 28th, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

A common reason why so many may overspend on home security systems is they are not completely familiar with the products they are buying. One way to enhance the likelihood what is purchased is best for your budget would be to discuss all purchases with a qualified sales rep. A home security specialist that is honest will help match you to the best home security system you can afford. Up-selling will not be an issue here as long as the salesperson is reputable. Well established home security services will be the ones most likely to hire such professionals.

Social Media Can Keep Burglars at Bay

Apr 28th, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

Social media is a great way for you to stay in touch with friends and family. It can also be very helpful for boosting your business connections. Unfortunately, a lot of thieves and criminals have a business based on stealing from you. They might even use your social media profile to figure out when they can break into your home because you have noted on your profile you are not there. Yes, thieves and crooks can and will take advantage of social media to take advantage of others. Do not make the mistake of falling into the trap of giving away private information online.

Never Dismiss the Basics of Home Security

Apr 26th, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

Home security systems certainly have value, but they also have their limitations. You still have to do your part when it comes to keeping your home safe. That means you must pay attention to the basics. Among those basics would be keeping windows and doors locked and also making sure no one can look into the interior of your house easily and see what you own. A common misconception about home security would be as long as you have cameras and alarms in place, you do not have to worry about the so-called little things. This is not the case at all. Be sure all the basic bases are covered.

Are There Tax Deductions Available for Home Improvement Work?

Apr 26th, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

There comes a time when you really do need to engage in home improvement work. Your house is starting to fall into a dire state of neglect which would be a truly horrible thing to occur. However, there are those unwilling to have home improvement work done for a very simple reason: they might not be able to afford it. Understandable and those with serious cost concerns may wish to look at the tax deductions available from home improvement expenses. Yes, it is possible to take certain deductions for home improvement. This can aid in reducing your tax burden and balancing out the expenditures.

What’s More Expensive – Home Security Systems or Not Having Them?

Apr 11th, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

The most common reason that people choose not to invest in home security systems is because they don’t believe they can afford them. However, the question that a homeowner should really ask themselves is whether or not they can afford not to have one. Remember that homeowners insurance does cover many goods within your home but there are plenty they don’t cover, such as cash, gold, or any very valuable items you don’t specifically list and separately insure. Then of course there are the items that are simply invaluable – heirlooms, photographs and more. You never know what a thief will take but you can invest in a system that will make it much harder for them to take it.

Do Home Security Systems Really Keep You Safe?

Apr 7th, 2013 Posted in Home Security | No Comments »

panicked womanIt can be difficult to determine if home security systems really keep you safe, simply because often the best evidence is that there hasn’t been a break-in. While they are designed to keep burglars from gaining access to your home, and alerting the authorities if they do gain access, they can also deter thieves from even attempting to break into your home. When they see the sign that your home is protected by a security system then they are likely to simply move on to the next home. Many people feel that spending a few bucks a month is well worth the peace of mind of these systems.