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What are your first thoughts when someone mentions safety at the Home? If you think of home security systems with loud alarms and wireless cameras, then you aren’t alone. Security systems for Homes are a great tool to prevent burglary and intruders. Safety at Home is even more important.
Consider all the possible problems that could occur at your Home. Let’s not forget about the burglary or home invasion. But what about fire? What about carbon monoxide poisoning (CO)? To understand the danger to your safety, you don’t have to mention identity theft or credit card fraud.
Safety at Home is more than just doing a few things. Safety at Home is about a mindset. It’s about understanding certain concepts so you can be led to do certain actions. You can make your home safe if you can grasp this principle.
Burglary, fire, and carbon monoxide
If you want to make your home more secure, the home security system idea can be a good place. A basic home security system will deter property crime. It includes window and door sensors, video cameras, and 24-hour monitoring. You will have added security and peace of mind with a security system.
Add smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to this system. The likelihood of you or your family members being injured or killed by a CO leak or fire greatly decreases if both detectors are monitored 24 hours daily. These two threats cause many deaths and injuries each year, so investing in monitored detectors is worth investing in.
It is important to remember that third-party service providers can monitor both DIY and professionally installed security systems remotely. Homeowners can also monitor DIY systems. Professional monitoring is a benefit because you can leave your home and not have to worry about it. If you choose to self-monitor, you will always need to be alert.
The Threat of Identity Theft
There are many threats to your safety that you can not ignore. Safety at Home is more than just monitored security systems. Identity theft is one of the greatest threats we face right now. Identity theft is a serious problem that costs millions every year. It is a simple crime to commit and has been embraced by those who can do it.
Vivint Smart Home installs smart homes and home security systems across the country. Their recent piece on phishing was compelling. Phishing is a method of stealing an individual’s identity. You have likely received phishing emails if you have an email address.
Phishing emails are email messages that pretend to be from a legitimate company. Let’s take an example. An email might be sent to a customer who has come from a legitimate company. It includes the company logo and what appears to be contact information. This identifies the recipient of the email as a customer.
He may be asked to provide his personal information to continue remote access. He will be able to click a link that opens a new web page in his browser. The problem is that the link does not go to the company’s website. It redirects to the hacker’s website. The hacker then enters the customer’s personal information. Now the hacker has enough information to steal a customer’s identity.
All types of threat
Phishing is not the only way identity thieves try to steal identities. There are many other ways you can do it. They may attempt to install a virus on your phone or computer if it isn’t phishing. The virus can track every keystroke and follow you around each website you log in to.
This particular threat is very easy to avoid. How do you do it? Online safety strategies can be practiced. You should not give out personal information online or by phone without being certain that you are working in a safe environment. You should also ensure that you verify the legitimacy of email attachments.
Fraud with Credit Cards
We all need to be concerned about credit card fraud. Although it isn’t as serious as identity theft, it can still be very damaging. Credit card theft is when hackers steal credit cards information and use it to buy as much as possible before they are discovered.
Simply by writing down credit card information, an employee of a company you do business with can easily steal your credit card information. The employee must have access to the information. It is easy to get credit card information from companies over the telephone. Even data collected online can be hacked if an employee is skilled.
Installing a card reader (or skimmer) on a local ATM or gas pump is another way to commit credit card fraud. An experienced hacker can quickly install a reader without anyone being aware. They then wait. You can retrieve the data remotely, or the hacker may go back to the reader and delete it later.
Let’s return to the physical dangers. We will end this post briefly by talking about household injuries. Millions of Americans are hurt from tripping, falling, or cutting their skin with a kitchen knife. Because household accidents are so common, they aren’t registered in our brains. You can be safer if you take the time to slow down, use common sense and practice some common sense.
Many threats to our safety include property crimes, household accidents, identity theft, and credit card fraud. Safety at Home does not require doing only one thing. It’s about having a positive mindset that encourages you and allows you to do what you want safely. This mindset is hard to resist.