Home Security For Summer Travelers

If home is where your heart is, then it can be in a fair few places for many people. Today, the lifestyle of having multiple residences, or simply travelling frequently for business or pleasure is becoming increasingly common. Even if travelling to hotels on the company time, home may have to be wherever you hang your hat, even if you’re heart is not in it, if only for a while. While on the road, most people are tired and worn out, and not thinking about home security at their own home, let alone making their temporary home a safe haven. It’s relatively easy to make your temporary home a fortress with just a few easy measure like those found below for top, temporary home security!

The door alarm door jamb. This simple device looks exactly like a door jamb, but works like a door alarm. It can be shockingly easy to open up a hotel room door by simply inserting a metal rod under the door in the space between the heavy door and the floor. Anyone who has seen this done online will surely be worried and ready to take an extra measure of protection. This can be especially important for those travelling alone who are likely to be tired and in a deep sleep. The way this door jamb works is that it is touch sensitive, so that if it is moved or if the door is opened into it a loud alarm sounds alerting you of the criminal’s presence, and alerting the criminal that he’s been caught.

Security Safes. Today most hotel rooms come with a safe, but most people don’t bother using it. They are afraid they will forget their belongings or that it’s not actually secure. It is, however, easier to use a security safe in the moment than notice your missing belongings like credit cards and jewelry later. If worried that the room safes aren’t safe enough, a great alternative can be to travel with a small travel safe. Many travel safes can come in the appearance of a can of shaving cream or other trick exterior, making it impossible to detect that your belongings are inside.

Luggage Locks. While going through air security it’s likely you’ll lose your lock, but when travelling on the ground it’s always a good idea to have your luggage securely closed and locked. Even when lying around the hotel room it can be victim to revision by hotel employees. Remember that any hotel personnel could potentially have access to your room, so ask yourself if you would really trust all of them with your valuable belongings.

Wi-Fi Care. A new kind of home security threat that many people forget to worry about is Wi-Fi safety. When at a hotel with an open internet connection, anyone could be watching as you enter important data like bank account and credit card information. Stay safe by limiting the amount of personal information and transactions completed on the hotel’s open Wi-Fi connection.

Biometric Home Security System For The Lay Man

Not even a week back global media – including leading publications and news websites – carried the news that of humans becoming ‘god-like’ cyborgs within the next 200 years to come. While we may not be in the cyborg era yet, scientists have already found evidence of liquid water on Mars. The first human embryo has been cloned. Oh, and, biometric technology is being implemented by organizations across the world! Now that is stuff right out of sci-fi movies!

Here’s a little detail: the term biometrics has been derived from the words bio and metricos, which mean ‘life’ and ‘measure’ respectively. Simply saying, biometry is used for authenticating the identity of an individual. It does so by checking the measurable physical features of the person. These features include, but are not limited to the loops and whorls in fingerprints, the patterns in irides and voice tones. An example of use of such characteristics is fingerprint recognition in biometric attendance systems, installed in offices. Though can these technologies be used at home? Let’s discuss!

I am reminded of an incident which took place the last year. I was invited along with my family for a get together. Since I had to go elsewhere, I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it. I also knew that I would reach back home before my parents, and that the party would only get over by late night. Inconvenience ensued. We had only one set of keys, and if I were to leave before my parents, how would I enter the house upon reaching back? The keys would be with them! Only if my house had an access control system!

The fact of the matter is that home security involves door keys, key cards and passwords, all of which cause hassle. Door keys can be lost, or worse, stolen, jeopardizing safety and security. Passwords can be forgotten. On the other hand, access control systems are convenient. A touch of finger is all it takes. Most can store several approved fingerprints, allowing all family members to be able to unlock the main door, without having a door key each.

Like all modern day technologies, biometrics has its share of disadvantages. Studying the surface of a finger is difficult if it’s wet – a possibility if you are soaked in rain. The common joint disorder, arthritis poses the same challenge. Also, remember, irrespective of how safe your main door is, if the windows of your house can be easily opened by an outsider, your home security is still vulnerable. Don’t forget, we are not in the age of cyborgs yet!

Homeland Security or Home Security

The New York Times of Sunday, Sept. 3 reported on the Homeland Security Department’s failures in applying more efficient, cutting-edge technologies to screen U.S. airports for bombs. The report blamed “poor management for stumbles in research, turf fights, staff turnover and underfinancing. Some initiatives have also faced opposition from the airlines or been slowed by bureaucratic snarls.”

No one who has followed public interest stories for any length of time is surprised when any government – federal, state, local, or foreign – fails to accomplish its goals as quickly and efficiently as planned. Government and its Siamese twin, politics, are not designed, nor have they evolved, to follow the principles of the marketplace. Whether you applaud or fret over the government’s approach – whether you want it run “like a business” or prefer it to serve as a counterweight to “unbridled capitalism” – the fact is that the political balance of power invariably creates tensions and conflicts that keep it from operating like the ordered marketplace.

By contrast, the real marketplace, with its unending competition for customers and the search for the perfect balance of price, quality, and volume – all aimed at maximizing profits – usually operates with stunning efficiency. And once we admit there’s not much you or I can do to ensure greater security in our national transportation system, we’re free to turn our attention to the security we can control: protecting our own homes or businesses.

With the exception of bomb-detection, nearly every sort of security screening device imaginable is available to protect your family, employees, and property. Some systems, such as electronic scanners and key-card readers, have become so common they’re almost taken for granted. Others, like retina and fingerprint scanners, are not yet in widespread use but are available to those who want (and can afford) them. A third group of home security devices that were unheard of a generation ago are now common in cars: electronic locking systems, touch-key entry, and even ignition lock-down systems that register a driver’s alcohol content (using technology similar to that in police departments’ Breathalyzers.

For home security today, the most efficient access control is an electronic entry system that uses keypad coding. No one can copy a key code that’s kept in your head, and you don’t have to carry a key if you have keyless entry. It’s very simple to change your code, eliminating the need to have new keys cut to block access for someone who previously had it. It’s also a relatively simple matter, in most communities, to tie your system in to local law enforcement and fire departments, ensuring that unauthorized entry, attempted or successful, or an unexpected disaster will alert officials whether you’re home or not.

Coupled with window break-in sensors and good outdoor lighting for visual security, a keyless entry system [http://www.vertexsecurity.com/products/59/ELECTRIC_LOCKS_-_BIOMETRIC,_CARD/PROXIMITY_READERS/] offers invaluable protection for your home and family. For most families, even in vulnerable neighborhoods, it’s not only an ideal option but likely to be all that’s needed to ensure peace of mind. (For those who want an even higher level of safety, Vertex Security carries a full range of other home protection systems.)

For the office or business, among the most popular systems are those that use magnetic stripe cards. Like keypad systems, these are simple to reprogram to add new employees or deny access to departed ones, and they simplify the process of gaining entry to limited-access areas ranging from parking lots to sensitive-document storage rooms. These systems can also make it easy to track employees’ comings and goings, alerting the owner or manager of inappropriate activity. For example, by tracking key-card use through a central computer monitoring system, a business owner can identify (and take appropriate action against) an employee who consistently takes long lunch hours or slips out to do errands, pilfers from the supply room, or even is engaging in industrial espionage.

The drawback with magnetic stripe cards is that they can be used by an unauthorized person. I have used a friend’s card to “borrow” free space in his employer’s parking lot downtown; the access reader accepts the card regardless of who is driving in to park. In an office, if one employee asks another, “Would you open the supply room door for me? I need to grab a ream of paper and I left my card at my desk,” the computer will register the card owner, not the borrower, as the person who gained access.

In situations like that, higher level security systems become especially valuable. Fingerprint or retina scanners using biometric identification [http://www.vertexsecurity.com/products/127/Fingerprint_Readers/], which can’t be borrowed by an unauthorized user, are worth the investment for businesses with high security requirements.

Whether or not Nero fiddled while Rome burned, whether you roll your eyes at or give a thumbs up to Homeland Security’s fumbles, you can at least ensure that your home and business are secured against people you don’t want coming in – without forcing them to arrive two hours before an appointment or remove their shoes, jackets, and belts every time they stop by.