Remote arming from your smartphone—benefits for home

Ever left home and forgotten if you switched on the alarm system or not? Not sure if the kids turned the alarm on before leaving for school?

Traditionally, the only way to arm or disarm your monitoring system was physically from home but Signal Security have introduced a new wireless monitoring service that allows you to arm and disarm your system from anywhere in the world via a smartphone or tablet internet connection. Continue reading

5 top tips on keeping your kids safe

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At Signal Security, we understand that children are a parent’s life and joy and as a result, take their safety and security very seriously. With parents increasingly working longer hours and after-school care and baby sitters not always available, intercom and home surveillance systems are becoming popular as a great means of ensuring safety for your children when adult supervision isn’t available.

To assist with keeping your children safe, we’ve put together our top tips on how to best prepare your kids when adult supervision isn’t available. Continue reading

5 ways to avoid a burglary these Easter holidays!

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Easter is generally a long weekend of fun for family time, relaxing, and lots of chocolate! But did you know that the crime rate during Easter is higher than any other time of the year in Australia, including Christmas?

Many families take advantage of the holidays to go away, but who is left watching the family home? Signal Security has put together five helpful ways for you to minimise a chance of a break-in these Easter holidays whilst you and your family are enjoying some time away! Continue reading

As the mercury rises, so does fire danger!

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Australia’s hot, dry summers make our country the perfect landscape for bushfires and with The Bureau of Meteorology reporting 2013 as the hottest year in Australia since records began in 1910 (and rising annually), fire safety is becoming increasingly important for both families and businesses. For many Australians, particularly those with homes or properties close to bush-land, summer can be a time of threat and devastation; with homes around Victoria already being victim to the heat. Continue reading

Leaving the key out for burglars this Christmas?

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The advent of Social Media has been fantastic in so many ways – keeping people connected, enabling people to see what someone on the other side of the world is seeing, and making event organising just that little bit easier! But what Social Media has been- and will continue to be detrimental for exposing the every move of the tech-savvy individual.

With the top two most common forms of Facebook posts categorised by the following[1] – The Announcers (e.g. I’ve just been given a trip to Vanuatu for Christmas…woo hoo!) and The Status Reporters (e.g. at the airport on my way to Vanuatu) – Social Media for those with less honourable intentions has fast become like a candy store for a kid…heaven!

The question many don’t ask themselves when making harmless posts is: “Why would I willingly tell thieves what I’m doing this Christmas?”

To help overcome this evasion of privacy without being the Christmas Grinch, Signal Security have put together a list of things to be mindful of when exploiting your movements on Social Media these holidays.

  • Modesty is key: The fourth most common form of Facebook upload is what’s referred to as The Braggarts & Show-Offs. Although you might be having a great time on holidays, not everyone will be doing something as great as you or might not wish to have their newsfeed filled with your pictures. Therefore, choose your uploads wisely and distribute sparingly to ensure you keep your friends in favour and burglars at bay. 
  • Be social, not socially engineered: For the untrained eye, your profile data says nothing more than the basics about your life, personality and regular activity. For cybercriminals this information is used in what experts call social engineering schemes[2]. This information can be used for planning schemes as far out as two weeks before a big event or as quickly as three hours after it. Therefore, to ensure your data doesn’t let you down whilst your home is unattended, think about the finer details of the content you post and your timings. Bring back the old-fashioned photo viewing night, we say!
  • Public or Private? Although somewhat going against the grain of social networking, one of the easiest ways to minimise the risk of sharing too much information is to make your profile private. Make sure your settings give you full control over who sees your uploads, who can comment and who can make uploads about you because it can often be the best intentions of others that can undo all your good work!
  • Nobody likes a show-off! Christmas is a time for gifting – that includes giving and receiving! One of the biggest mistakes people make at times like Christmas is their urge to show the world what filled Santa’s stocking.  For those lucky few who receive gifts by the likes of jewellery, cash, art, golf clubs, motorbikes…we’re talking to you!  Therefore, to ensure that thieves aren’t waiting to have their own Christmas with your presents, remember, no one likes a show off!

And if that’s not enough, here are a few tips from Facebook themselves about controlling what you share on the social network.

  1. Check out who can see your past posts – and limit the audience if you’re not comfortable with anything.
  2. Consider who you’re sharing with today. Each time you post a new photo, status update, link or other content you can set the privacy for it. Just look for the audience selector and follow the prompts.
  3. To review or change who can see your stuff, visit your privacy shortcuts. Just click the lock at the top of any page on Facebook.

References

  1. http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/types-of-facebook-updates/
  2. http://socialbarrel.seermarketingpty.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/How-Too-Much-Information-Shared-Through-Social-Media-Can-Really-Hurt-You-Infographic.jpg

How safe is your suburb this holiday period?

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Think you live in the perfect neighbourhood? Sometimes it’s harder to judge than you think.  This Christmas, Signal Security is doing an east coast fly around to check out who’s saying what when it comes to suburb safety!

Putting VIC, NSW & QLD under the magnifying glass, we’ve checked out some of the most crime prone and quietest suburbs over the last two months…and are also giving you the tools to check out how safe your suburb is. Continue reading