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Month: October 2015

Basic Alarm System Best Practices

Basic Alarm System Best Practices

An intrusion detection system (IDS) system should be an integral part of your home security plan. IDSs are detective security measures that also have a great deal of deterring value. Alarms are far more complicated than most people realize, however. To provide the maximum intended effectiveness, alarms must be carefully installed, tested, and used. These alarm system best practices will help you assess your own system or provide some guidance if having a new one installed. Sensors. Sensors are obviously…

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Attacks and Attackers, Categorized

Attacks and Attackers, Categorized

Types of Attacks, Types of Attackers In previous posts I have referenced two different types of attacks: opportunistic and focused. These categories apply to attacks of all kinds, physical and digital, an understanding them is important to fully understanding how to defend against them. This post will attempt to define these two types of attack and the attackers that may carry out each.  Please note that these are my own definitions and should not be considered “official”. Types of Attacks…

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Secure Your Physical Perimeter Part II: Protect Your Keys

Secure Your Physical Perimeter Part II: Protect Your Keys

Few among us give any thought to protecting our keys.  While most would recoil at the idea of giving our keys to a stranger, we hand them to valets without a second thought, leave them lying around the office, wear them visibly from belt loops, and even post pictures of them on the Internet.  A key contains a certain code that is unique to your lock, “secret” information that allows your key to open your lock and only your lock. …

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The Privacy and Security Benefits of a P.O. Box or CMRA

The Privacy and Security Benefits of a P.O. Box or CMRA

As a privacy advocate I am constantly surprised at the number of people who freely give out their home address without a second thought.  It shocks me endlessly that people will give over their actual, physical home address in exchange for slight discounts on groceries, when creating accounts for online services of all types, to have a miniscule chance of winning a new car, etc.  I would never dream of giving out my true home address for any of these…

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