Most people receive a plethora of wanted and unwanted advice on a weekly basis. Sometimes, bad advice is just a difference in opinion. Bad advice usually does not harm anyone. However, sometimes following bad advice can have disastrous consequences. This is especially true when it comes to home security. In the home service industry, the professionals have heard the best and the worst home security myths.
Myth#1: Self-Monitoring Systems Are Effective
Many people think that self-monitoring systems and professional monitoring systems are both effective. We all want to save money, but you get what you pay for. A self-monitoring wireless system can notify you when the alarm is triggered, but a self-monitoring system cannot contact a home security company or dial 911. Most home security service providers have a service staff that will connect you to emergency services if there is no indication of a false alarm. If there is an emergency in your home, the police can often detain the intruder. The paramedics can transfer any injured people to the hospital. If there is a fire in your home, the security company can alert the fire department. These services are extremely valuable, and usually worth the extra expense.
Myth#2: Unsecured Wireless Networks Are No Big Deal
Do not let your neighbors use your wireless connection. Unsecured wireless networks are dangerous. You should never use the manufacturer’s password. All your devices should have a unique password, and your network should not have an easily identifiable name. Not only can random passersby commandeer your bandwidth, but hackers can steal your personal information when your network is unsecured. Hackers can view your search history, and they can steal your passwords. You should make sure that your computers are using a WPA or WPA2 security setting. In addition to stealing your personal information, a hacker could perform illegal activities on your network.
Myth#3: Home Security Updates Are Not Important
High-tech options are important, but low-tech options are also important. You should secure your doors with deadbolt locks. Your home security system should have layers. Complex layers will frustrate potential criminals. You may want to start with the basic package, but you should add a few extra security features to your package.
Hackers are becoming more sophisticated, and new security technology is invented every year. Your home should always be equipped with the newest home security technology. A professional company can handle your home security installation. When you contact the company, a representative can give you an overview of the home security products.
About the author: Rachael Murphey is an entrepreneur and writer on topics of business, personal finance, and personal success. She has written for Careercloud.com, Idea Café, Defenders same day home security systems, and Martin Dale Publishing. She currently lives in Denver, CO with her dog Charlie.