Maintaining your Home in the Summertime for maximum Safety

During the hot and humid months of summer, it’s important to keep your home cool and protected. If you’re wondering how exactly to do it, take a look at our tips and tricks to make your house the haven it’s intended to be, no matter what the weather. 

Start your home safety procedures in the kitchen. Your fridge’s water dispenser should undergo a filter change two or three times a year minimum, and while you do that, the ice box should be scraped down to improve its ice-making ability and extend its lifespan. 

Make your way to the bathrooms in your house next. Throw away and replace any expired medications and lotions you keep in your bathrooms. Refill your first aid kit with bandages, gauze, and antibacterial ointment as well. Dispose of these things in a safe place, not in your kitchen garbage bin. 

The most important places in the home to maintain are the living room, dining room, and bedrooms. Wipe off fans and dust-collecting objects sitting in these rooms, and test each lightbulb to ensure all lights are in working condition. All damaged window screens should be patched up or repaired to prevent insects and airborne debris from flying in. Early summer is also the perfect time to repaint rooms that need it. Finally, consider setting up a high-quality security system to prevent home burglary. 

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It can be tough to find the perfect lock for your door, even if you know which category it falls under. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of door lock types complete with their functions and characteristics to make your lock shopping experience a breeze. 

The first type is the yale lock. With its smooth-edged cylindrical barrel, this lock works best with wooden doors, and only the barrel will need replacing if you need to switch out your lock or modify your keys. The lock’s posterior will include a traditional night latch, deadbolt drawback, deadlock night latch, standard night latch, or modernized night latch. 

A sash lock can be used for wooden doors as well as aluminum ones. It includes a handle that activates the latch when pressure is applied, and the deadbolt is then locked with a key. This type of lock comes in a less expensive three-lever version, a moderately expensive five-lever version, and a highly-priced five-lever BS3621 version. 

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Having a baby is exciting, and oftentimes, it’s all parents can think about. But it’s easy to miss things while creating a baby-friendly home environment if you don’t know everything to protect your child from. If you’re curious, you came to the right place - we have plenty of tips. 

Clear the floors of small objects children could choke or step on, and keep cooking and cleaning products in elevated or locked storage spaces. Avoid using tablecloths, as children can use them to stand up and knock things off the table. If you have a sharp-edged or glass coffee table, it’s best to remove it or replace it with a steady circular one and supervise the items you place on it. Keep your dishwasher locked as well so your child can’t get their hands on poisonous dish cleaning materials. 

Child locks and outlet plugs are great for keeping children out of lower cupboards and preventing them from interacting with power sockets. Find a way to soften sharp corners and edges, like detachable cushions, to keep your child’s hands and fingers safe. If you have any heavy pieces of furniture that could topple over with a small pull, buy products to secure them. 

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Few homeowners think to safeguards their sheds, but if you have important items in yours, it’s important to protect it from unnecessary damage and potential theft. In this article, we’ll go over a few cheap and effective ways to keep your shed in good shape. 

Before anything else, check your shed for structural strength. If you see any signs of rot or any loose parts, replace them as soon as possible. Seal up any detrimental punctures you find, keep your yard gates closed and locked when not in use, and consider putting tall bushes or spiked plants near your shed to ward off thieves. 

Replace your lock every few years, opting for a heavy duty padlock, electronic keypad, or hasp and staple to keep your shed securely locked. If you have an air conditioning unit in your shed, buy a tool that binds the unit to the shed’s outer wall so a thief cannot remove it and climb inside. Ensuring there are no easy entryways makes your shed an unlikely target for a burglar. 

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A new product has appeared on the US market as a result of BullGuard’s 2016 purchase of Dojo-Labs. 

The team began developing this product three years ago, though it didn’t reach its current oval design, accurate warning system, and smart app connection until 2015. By then, the company allowed interested consumers to pre-order the product. 

Dojo-Labs failed to meets its mid-March shipping goal, and once BullGuard gained ownership of the startup, it assured customers that it would quickly begin shipping the Dojo home security system. It took nine months for that promise to finally be carried out, and only in the US. 

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As summer approaches, so does the need to secure your mobile devices. Going on vacation should be about the experience, but keep in mind that your digital information could be stolen if you’re not careful. 

If you plan to use social media apps or lend your device to your young kids to play games on, use the screen pinning option from the security menu to protect your phone’s information. If you’re going over the border, turn your devices off to avoid them being hijacked. 

Update your device’s software and delete apps you use infrequently before you leave, and turn off your device’s WiFi and Bluetooth functions when you don’t need them. While you’re on vacation, try to stick to using your hotel room’s WiFi or a private network you can safely access. Using WiFi hotspots that don’t have encryption can allow hackers into your devices, but if you must use one, avoid opening up sites or programs that contain personal information while you’re connected. 

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Summer is the ideal time for traveling, and although you’ll want to focus on your vacation while you’re gone, it’s important to secure your home before you leave. Fortunately, recent advances in technology make protecting and checking on your home a breeze. 

Break and enters happen three times every minute in the US, but you can prevent yourself from becoming one of those statistics by using the high-speed network offered by US Cellular to control your home’s lights, alarm system, and smart devices through the new iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8. 

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After the bombing that killed twenty-two and injured several others, Ariana Grande concertgoers have accused Manchester Arena’s security of being insufficient. 

A male suicide bomber acted independently as fans were exiting the arena after the concert ended, setting off the explosive in the building’s foyer. Some claimed to have seen smoke, glass, and loose nails on the floor accompanied by a combustive scent, and every unharmed person left the venue as quickly as possible. 

Several fans have spoken out about the poor security at Manchester Arena. One woman from the Czech Republic claimed that security guards for the Ariana Grande concert only prevented people from entering with water bottles, rather than checking their bags or coats for other potentially harmful objects. 

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Homeowners should take some precautions this summer to avoid possible theft while on holidays or out of the house for long periods of time. There are many things you can do to secure your home and the things in it.

Use suitable locks - like rim latches and deadlocks - for all exterior doors and windows, and engage these locks every time you leave the house for more than a few minutes. For added security, you can set up an alarm system, which will also lower your insurance payments.

Store any loose keys in a hidden place, and try to avoid putting valuable into large dressers or visible drawers, as thieves will likely look in these places first. Lock up all outdoor machinery to make things more difficult for potential burglars, and take pictures of your possessions to have in case they are stolen.

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The tech company F-Secure has developed a security device that has the functions of both a router and advanced software. This device, called SENSE, puts up a shield for all the electronics in your home.

Many people think they only need to protect their computers from potential hackers, but in reality, every device you own that connects to the internet is at risk. A router is the best way to do this. The SENSE is a rhombus-shaped standard model router that contains a system compatible with Windows and Android and runs as fast as 1750Mbit/s.

To link it to your existing router, it comes with an Ethernet plug-in. It has been programmed to prevent hacking attempts and virus plantation by recording all of the household’s online activity. The SENSE comes with an app that gives the user licenses, updates, and remote control of the system. This model’s future functions will include parental
controls, guest Wi-Fi security, and VPN.

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The home security systems ADT, AT&T, and Comcast XFINITY are currently experiencing viral issues, including multi-user WiFi networks and faulty sensors. These issues could be attributed to IoT’s poor security as of late.

Fortunately, hackers cannot overtake these security systems through use of the internet; they need to be within close proximity of that particular system to have any effect. In other words, if you have one of these buggy security systems, you should be safe as long as hackers aren’t lurking outside your property.

If a hacker does gain access to one of the systems, they can shut off sensors and cameras or connect the house’s router to another network. The makers of the affected devices have been notified, and all three claimed to have fixed the problems their products were having.

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The new device “Lighthouse” is just one of several security cameras equipped with advanced functions like artificial intelligence recognition. It records all activity inside the house it watches over, taking note of who enters and exits at what time of day. If you have a family pet, not to worry - it can even tell humans and animals apart.

Lighthouse answers to voice commands with video clips of the activity you want to see, which is taken in with a 1080p RGB camera. The device also includes a 3D sensor and emergency alarm that goes off when it detects unusual movement. For accurate identification, it can also recognize and tell the difference between human faces.

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With city inhabitants relying on locksmiths to help them get out of dire situations, these locksmiths need to be reputable. But recently, the residents of Minnesota have had unsettling and potentially dangerous encounters with the head locksmith from Metro Lockout.

When Sue Heroff called Todd Shiber of the otherwise trusted company to fix her car tire, he demanded she stay inside as he completed the task, going so far as to prod her with his jack handle. Heroff grew fearful very quickly, afraid Shiber would hurt her.

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The 23,000 customers who purchased digital lottery tickets from Edmonton’s Full House Lottery from February 23rd to May 2nd are being warned that the names and addresses on their credit cards may have been stolen by hackers who infiltrated the website.

Not only are these ticket buyers affected, but the over 5000 that purchased house raffle tickets are also at risk. This occurrence followed a similar credit card information exposure on February 22nd, and nearly one month before that, a separate incident allowed hackers to see a digital list of past ticket buyers.

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When we think mobile security, we think smartphones. Since these mini computers have become such an essential part of our everyday lives, it’s no wonder that personal security, in relation to these devices, has become such a major concern. Recent news even revealed that Android has officially beat out Windows as the most used system in relation to Internet use!

Tablets have also taken on a greater role in many people’s homes and/or businesses. Since we still don’t use tablets as much as our smartphones, we often don’t pay enough attention to their security features and we would all do well to brush up on the cybersecurity elements of these devices.

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Cognitive Systems, a Waterloo-based security company founded in 2014, has recently developed something that could revolutionize the way we protect our homes. The device is called Aura, and it detects intruders by monitoring the movements of the beings inside the house.

Before this, only cameras, sensors, and a few microphones were available to the public for domicile security, but they need to be strategically placed, and even the newest ones aren’t all that advanced. What separates Aura from other products is the way in which it senses motion. You can install it in your bathroom and have no privacy concerns.

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Senior citizens often prefer to maintain their independence for as long as possible, but living alone can put them in a dangerous spot if an emergency occurs. A great way to ensure your senior family member’s safety is to set up an automatic security system for their home.

Some security systems can detect empty rooms and switch off lights or running devices, keeping the residence safe and energy-conservative. They can also notify homeowners when there are potential threats outside the house or when guests exit the building.

Surveillance cameras are extremely useful for checking on the home, inside and out. They can be connected to your smartphone so you can see the footage remotely and ensure the seniors in your life are safe.

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The majority of bike thefts unsurprisingly occur in public places, and you could be the next victim. To protect your bike, follow these locking tips to ensure your bike’s security every time.

Register your bike with your city as soon as you can. You’ll receive a labelled sticker to attach to the frame, which helps ward off potential thieves and distinguish your bike from others if it ever goes missing.

When you go to park your bike, choose a safe location with good lighting; bike racks and grounded posts near stores are good options. Make sure to bring the bike’s frame the nearest it can get to the post you’re locking it to. Secure your bike with at least two locks, preferably a cable lock and a small U-lock, for added protection. Picking one lock is hard enough, so it’s unlikely someone will try to pick two.

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After decades of cracking codes and cracking jokes, Phil “Drill Bits” Hobbs died in his hometown of Meriden. He dedicated his life to picking locks, making people smile, and teaching them about religion, having started Phil’s Lockshop and joining the First Assembly of God.

Born in the town of Maine, he went to Farmington High School and broke the state’s pole vault record, maintaining his status for over a decade. He wasn’t limited to just track and field, however, playing football and softball before eventually serving in the army. Post-war, Hobbs finally turned his focus to locksmithing.

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Excitement among software hackers is palpable upon the introduction of several new shortcuts that allow access to Microsoft Windows computers, though owners of said computers are understandably concerned.

It seems that The Shadow Brokers, a popular group in the hacker community, is responsible for seizing these hacks from the NSA, whose workers are required to tear holes in software for spying purposes.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this has happened. The first round of hacks was leaked by the same group in August 2016. This second hit, however, may well be the most detrimental hit to the NSA that we know of.

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Imagine this Situation:Locked out of your home or car, you are in a pickle and call the first locksmith you come across in a google search. But this could be both a bad and expensive idea.

In fact, you could have just called a rogue locksmith and there’s no way of knowing that until they show up.

It has unfortunately happened where homeowners or car owners are taken advantage of and have had to pay hundreds to access their home.

The Lesson? Beware of prices that look too good to be true. What may happen is a locksmith will inform you that the price has gone up because it will take longer than expected.

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When you’re locked out of your house, the last thing you’re thinking about is how much a locksmith will cost. But if you’re charged more than you expect after the fact, you won’t be too pleased. So how do you know which locksmith to hire to make sure you get good service without breaking the bank?

First, get a quote or two. Be sure to ask the locksmith what the price will cover - many customers are surprised to find that the charge only covers the service, not the parts used, and are charged more than anticipated. If you’re short on time, ask for the names of the company representatives as well as all terms and conditions before signing anything.

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What’s making news today is a frightful scene that occurred at Tlokweng International border that involved Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) workers. What they discovered was that thieves whose fundamental goal was to break into their safes, rummaged through their workplaces, but thankfully they were not successful in breaking into the safes. Luckily none of the workers were present so no one was injured.

On Tuesday morning it was reported that as workers of both units were accounting for undertaking, they discovered the disaster that had occurred. Their office entryways broken completely unlatched and found that there had been gatecrashers who had attempted to interfere their way into their safes however luckily couldn't and were additionally discouraged by the inescapable stunt. Clearly the robbers were not as successful as they wanted to be or very smart for the matter.

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Retail customers can expect charges from many German savings banks and institutions of finance just for holding their money in the aftermath of an announcement from the CEO of Deutsche Bank, John Cryan. Cryan stated what many interpret to be an early warning sign of monetary repression across Europe. It isn’t spelled out any clearer than “fatal consequences” for savers, to use his terms exactly.

German cooperative savings bank, Raiffeneisen Gmund am Tegernsee, located in a small Bavarian village was the first to make the announcement to customers that merely holding their cash will come at a charge. Consequently, home safes are rising as a popular alternative to risky savings accounts at negative interest rates. German savers seem to be wasting no time to put their savings in something more secure than grandma’s shoebox and not as risky as the bank.

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The Calgary Police Service and the RCMP are asking for public assistance in tracking down a person who stole a locksmith truck from Airdrie and then stole equipment that is used in making keys for properties managed by the City of Calgary.

Owned by Locksmith ABOE, who is a contractor with the Calgary Housing Company, the truck was taken from a parking lot in southwest Airdrie Monday night.

While the truck was found Tuesday morning on Township Road 264 in Balzac, a number of items were missing from the vehicle, including some equipment and tools that can be used to manufacture keys. In addition, a number of sensitive documents about several CHC buildings were also taken.

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