Home Security Systems: It’s All Good ‘Til It’s Hacked

    December 29, 2013
    J. Regina
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Home security systems have been flooding the news lately. With the Top Home Security Systems website naming FrontPoint Security once again the #1 system based on it’s great customer service and their use of the latest technology to battle against home invasion, it’s hard to remember a time where the only thing homeowners had to ward off crime was to keep their windows and doors locked.

But a lot has changed and now where have dozens of company competing and the ability to one-up each other is becoming harder by the day. We are bombarded with the latest videos, motion sensors, interactive and 24/7 customer service. Even with all that, are we truly safe from invasion, or we giving hackers and surveillance’s easier access into our homes?

According to a press release on PRWeb.com, there are about 2 million home burglaries reported each year. Companies took it upon themselves to lead the fight against this crime but some people are afraid that that kind of wireless access could make a family the center of unwanted attention.

Let’s look at it from a current affairs view: America has found out the their privacy has been seriously violated by the people who promise to protect us. Millions of shoppers were thrown into a state of shock when they found out there was a security breach at all Target stores putting their finances in danger. Two people at two completely different airports gained access to the tarmacs without getting caught initially. Are we truly safe from a breach in our home privacy?

Over the last couple of years there have been complaints of privacy invasions including using there own cameras to gain visual access and the ability to lock and unlock doors. While we praise technology for its advances, we cannot dismiss the fact the when technology fails us, it can be detrimental and sometimes deadly.

But that fear does not seem to stop companies for obtaining revenue for its home security systems. It seems that the thought of coming home to a emptied house superceeds the thought of someone having access to watching your every move

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  • Real World

    I worked in a prison. I would often see the guards use the security cameras to look down the dresses of women in the visitation room. Now can you imagine what would happen if people were allowed to remotely access cameras in people’s houses? Plus, all anyone has to do is pay off the the people monitoring the homes and they will always know when someone is NOT home.

    Listen America, I worked in a prison. Most crimes are so OVERBLOWN. Yes, every night on the news you hear about the worst of the worst crimes. Where people are obviously guilty. What you don’t see is the hundreds of people in prison for very flimsy cases.

    At the prison, I worked at. Half the inmates were in prison for victimless crimes. Don’t believe all the fear mongering you see on TV. Honestly, the worst prisoners are gang members. By far. They are the ones doing most of the stealing, robbing, stabbing, and raping. Avoid the gangs and you really are pretty safe.

    Half the sex offenders I knew didn’t even have victims. Most of the addicts are just that — addicts —- and prison isn’t helping them. Most of the murders I knew were settling personal scores and really both parties were at fault in some way.

    Prison is also a huge business. Everyday I would see truck after truck pull out of the prison industrial plant. That is a lot of money being made at prisons.

    Yes, there is crime. But I tell you right now, you could release half the prisoners and be just as safe as you are now. But go ahead and get these systems. Let some officer spy on you all the time. Trust me, you won’t like what happens.

    • @Real World

      Don’t try to educate people in the US. They believe all the garbage they see on TV. All those cop dramas and that bullshit.

      The government is so out of touch with reality it isn’t even funny. All they want to do is keep everyone afraid. I work in a courtroom and see all the cases that happen. You are exactly right. Half the people that go to prison, shouldn’t go to prison or jail. People also don’t see how much money is made from fines and fees.

  • Chris

    Good Post! Alarm monitoring systems can detect unauthorized access to the premises & send a text to the home owner who can then decide to call security or the police. When a monitored alarm is activated, a signal will be sent to the security staff- who will action a predetermined response plan, based on the requirements. This gives home owners the freedom to go on vacation without the fear of theft.
    Reference:- http://www.sxprotection.com.au/security-solutions/alarm-response