Yearly Archives: 2022

How good is your premises CCTV?

Posted on May 29, 2022 at 9:46 am

Having a CCTV system monitoring a business premises is now regarded as an essential security feature along with an alarm system and high quality doors and locks but how good is the footage from that CCTV system and can it actually identify thieves and be used in evidence in court?

The old adage, “You get what you pay for” is certainly true for security systems and when you are trying to prevent possibly thousands of pounds of goods being stolen from the premises buying a superior CCTV set up is vital. The quality of the footage on a cheap system can be grainy and unclear which renders it useless when the police look at it to try to determine the culprits. Good quality cameras will provide much clearer video and images which may show not only faces but other distinguishing marks such as tattoos.

A superior quality security system may also have much more robust cameras which are harder to disable and damage, and hidden protected cabling preventing the thieves from cutting them. Footage from the cameras can often be viewed remotely allowing the business owner to act quickly and alert the police if a break-in is detected possibly catching the thieves red-handed.

Posted in Security Systems

Are Mobile Compitable Alarms Good For Seniors?

Posted on May 19, 2022 at 12:04 pm

When you think about the senior people in our lives, your first thought does not turn to them being highly skilled in the world of mobile phones. So, why would mobile compatible alarms be good for seniors?

Well, this isn’t when you want to think directly about the age of the person who is going to be in the home. You want to think of who is going to be helping them. Issues with alarms do occur, so having the ability for other family members to have virtual control of the alarm, will help the senior to feel more protected. If they are confused, they can ask these family members for help.

If the family have worries about their elderly relative, it will put their mind at ease with them being able to have some control over their alarm system. So yes, mobile compatible alarms are good for senior homes.

Posted in Security Systems

Security issues for seniors living alone

Posted on April 23, 2022 at 5:51 pm

As the population ages there are now more elderly people living alone in the UK than ever before. Sometimes their family do not live locally and so are worried about their loved one’s safety and security whilst at home so what are the best ways to keep the elderly or vulnerable safe in their own homes?

Having the essential good quality locks on windows and doors and a chain on the front door is a basic requirement and should you need a carer or relative to access the property a door safe or keypad is a worthwhile consideration. It is always a temptation to hide a key under a pot or a mat, but this is not advisable as should someone gain access to the property in this way it could invalidate the home insurance should it be necessary to make a claim on the policy. A doorbell camera is a good way of being able to see who is at the door without opening it and some come with a feature that allows the occupant to speak to the caller. 

If there is a danger that the person could have a fall in the home then a panic alarm which can be worn around the neck or around the wrist as a watch can bring great peace of mind to family members who may be worried about the person living alone.

Posted in Security Advice

How secure is a mobile banking app?

Posted on February 19, 2022 at 11:07 pm

More and more people are opting to use a mobile app to do their day to day banking but worryingly the incidence of online fraud through these apps is also on the rise. Is it a secure way of dealing with our finances then or should we be logging back onto our laptops and computers or even visiting our local branch in person?

It seems as if the current trend in banks is to close lots of their branches especially in smaller towns, so people are being forced into conducting their banking online. For people who are not online or not very tech savvy this can cause problems. Some banks have support people online to help those who are unfamiliar with online banking apps and sometimes a phone call to the bank is all that is needed to talk customers through issues.

Keeping security details secret and not easily guessed is vital to the mobile banking app’s security. It is a good idea to regularly change your password and not to have the same password for multiple accounts. Some banks give customers the facility to suspend remote purchases for an account therefore, if a hacker gets your details they are not able to go on a spending spree at your expense.

Posted in Online Security

Why Is My Home Alarm Sounding?

Posted on January 18, 2022 at 1:19 pm

When you decide to install a home security alarm, there are a few aspects that you need to learn about. One of these is the reasons why your alarm may sound.

Commonly, the alarm will sound when someone breaks into your home. This is to alert the people that are around you that your home is in danger and they should do something to protect it. But what about when you are home, why is your alarm sounding when you are home?

One reason why your alarm may be sounding why you are home is simple, you may have forgotten to turn it off. If you did forget to turn it off, this will be an easy fix by simply turning it off and letting it know that you are back home.

Another reason why your alarm may be sounding why you are home is a fault. If there is a fault in the system it may cause your alarm to sound. This can be something simple from a low battery that simply needs changing.

Posted in Security Advice

Why it is important to update your computer for security

Posted on January 10, 2022 at 4:59 pm

So many of us get annoyed with our computers, phones and even watches telling us that we need to do updates. It is very easy to simply press dismiss and be done with it but this is actually opening yourself up to security breaches and something you should be taking seriously.

Often the majority of updates that are rolled out to our devices are actually based on security and not necessarily functionality. This may mean that you do not notice any difference but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do them. It may be that recent vulnerability has come to light that requires immediate attention to avoid anyone being able to hack into your device. As soon as the company has been made aware of this, they will usually create a fix that needs to be updated on your device to patch the vulnerability. Unless you install this security update you will not be protected and could still fall victim to this. Ideally schedule a time to do all your updates, often overnight is a good idea. Be sure to make sure that your device is plugged in or has enough battery as it can cause issues if it runs out of power half way through.

Posted in IT Security