Unfortunately, in today’s world, home invasions happen every day. It is important for people to make sure that they keep their homes as secure as possible. Here are some safety tips to help to keep homes safe from robberies.
Trust No One
Many people entertain and allow strangers into their homes. This can lead to people being allowed access to the home so that they can see everything that is inside. In most cases, homes are robbed by people who have been into the home and who have memorized the layout.
Purchase a Home Security System
Home automation systems can be a great help to home owners because they can monitor the home even when its occupants are out. These systems are on 24 hours a day and can alert people to perpetrators who may be trying to break into the home. Alarms sound when a door or window is opened without entering the code which can deter the criminal from entering the premises. The alarm company also dispatches the police to ensure that everything is all right. It is a good investment because every year thousands of homes are robbed.
Do Not Leave Boxes near the Curb
Many individuals buy new items and leave the boxes near the curb. This is an invitation to strangers to commit robbery. The best way to dispose of these boxes is to cut them apart and place them in black garbage bags.
Do Not Leave Spare Keys around the Home
Many people leave spare keys around the home in case they get locked out. One option is to keep a spare key in your car this allows for the house key to be safe and not allow illegal access into the home.
Install Motion Sensor Lights
Motion sensor lights can be installed around the perimeter of a home to allow people to see when someone has stepped onto the property. The lights come on whenever someone comes near them so it is great for people who want to be alerted to when a stranger might be in their midst.
Install Light Timers on Appliances
Light timers allow people to turn their lights on when they are not home. This can help to deter criminal from committing a home invasion because they are led to believe that the home is occupied.
Data security is a critical concern for your business these days. Until relatively recently, the general public thought that certain brands of computers were virus-proof. Now hackers are attacking those computers on a daily basis as well as PCs. Recently, makers of anti-virus and anti-malware software have added protection for smart phones and mobile devices to their subscription plans. Many small businesses now use credit and debit card scanners that attach to a smart phone to take customer payments. Viruses can cripple your smart phone so that you have to restore it, and if you haven’t been backing it up to your computer daily, you could lose client account numbers. Malware is designed to track and steal information. If malware infects your smart phone, your clients’ account information can be used to make purchases and even steal their identity. No matter how small your business is, a data breach like that can ruin your business’s reputation.
With hackers all over the world working around the clock to get into your computer and smart phone, how do you secure your business’s data?
You start with a good paid anti-virus software program. Free anti-virus programs downloaded from the Internet are not really sufficient for home use any more and are certainly not acceptable for business use. Unless you are extremely familiar with computers and software, you don’t know if you’re actually downloading an anti-virus program or a virus masquerading as security software. Invest in one of the several brands of anti-virus software programs available in computer and office-supply stores. It’s easy to research ratings and reviews on the Internet. Ask the salesperson in the store too. Make sure that the program you purchase also includes anti-malware protection, because viruses and malware are two different types of software programs.
When your clients entrust you with sensitive data like social security numbers and account numbers, you have to consider the physical security of your data storage in addition to protecting the information on your computers or phones. Use passwords for your computers and only share them with other employees who have a genuine need to access computers containing sensitive information. Change your passwords regularly. Research the best ways to create a strong password online. Don’t back up your data to external hard drives or other physical media that can be stolen. Use a secure online backup service.
You may have data on paperwork in filing cabinets. Account for all the keys and keep the cabinets locked. If you can’t account for all the keys, call a locksmith and have the cabinets re-keyed. Finally, if you need to do away with old paper files, use a high-quality shredder. If you are replacing computers, make sure the hard drives in the old ones have been reformatted and wiped clean.