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How Video Analytics Can Improve the Performance of Security Cameras

  • Over the past ten years, one of the biggest consumer complaints in the security industry has been the unreliability of WiFi cameras. Part of that has to do with the fact they're totally dependent on your WiFi, and thus are subject to the same disruptions in signal strength as other devices. However, the the other part of it is that they pick up so much extraneous "stuff"--dogs, cats, birds, weather, cars going by, etc. Other than people who install cameras…
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    Everything You Need to Know About Residential Smoke Detectors

  • Smoke detectors are a critical part of home safety. They detect and warn people about the presence of smoke and a possible fire. Smoke and fires usually aren’t as dangerous during the day when you are at home and awake. People typically smell the smoke early enough to put out the fire before there is too much damage. Smoke detectors are very helpful at night when you are asleep or when you are away from home (if you have a…
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    Researches Expose Major Security Flaw in Smart Home Speakers

  • Many people use voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant in their homes to help control their home’s systems, including in some cases security systems.  However, a newly discovered flaw in those virtual helpers calls into question the wisdom of connecting them to security systems or even using them at all. As it turns out, these assistants can not only be controlled by sound (i.e., voice commands), they can also be controlled by light.  In tests…
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    What You Should Know About Police Partnerships with Ring

  • Editor's note: Since the original publication of this article, more information has continued to come out regarding privacy violations and lax civil rights protections related to Ring products.  We will continue to update this post with links to this information below as it comes out. Senator Markey Investigation into Amazon Ring Doorbell Reveals Egregiously Lax Privacy Policies and Civil Rights Protections BBC Report--Ring doorbell 'gives Facebook and Google user data' When it comes to protecting your home, many of the…
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    Maintaining Home Security During & After Remodeling Projects

  • Summer is often the ideal time for major projects around the home because of nicer weather and longer daylight hours. Whether you are having your bathroom renovated or your basement finished, any remodeling project puts your home and family at risk for burglary or unwelcome intruders. With a revolving door of contractors, construction workers, and other people coming in and out of your home it can feel impossible to “vet” everyone. If your renovation project involves exposed walls, there is…
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    The Ultimate Security Guide for Airbnb Owners

  • As a homeowner who operates an Airbnb, you want to make sure your home and property stay safe while your guests enjoy a comfortable visit. It can be challenging to balance security and homey hospitality. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you keep your guests and property secure while keeping everything accessible, inviting, and in compliance with Airbnb policies. Smart Locks Using physical keys comes with a variety of cost and security risks. Keys easily get lost, damaged,…
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    The Connection Between the Opioid Epidemic and Burglaries

  • The opioid crisis continues to grow and take its toll on communities around the country. In the US alone, more than 47,000 Americans died of opioid overdose in 2017. But death isn’t the only way opioid addiction ruins lives. Like with many addictions, opioid addicts are often driven to adopt destructive and illegal behaviors that harm not only themselves but those around them. One such behavior is burglary, as the US has seen a rise in opioid-related theft and addict…

    Vulnerabilities of Nest Security Cameras

  • Update: After we published the original post below, reports came out that Google had "forgotten" to tell consumers that some of their Nest security devices contained a hidden microphone that was not listed in the technical specifications--adding yet another possible avenue for privacy violations.  Click here to read the full report. Is your smart home security camera truly secure? With the popularity of smart cameras like Nest on the rise, the number of hackers who can access these cameras--and their…
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    Why You Should Do Background Checks on Vendors who Work in Your Building

  • While commercial security systems are something every business should invest in, they only help keep out bad people who aren't authorized to access your building.  What about people you invite into your building, such as employees and vendors? Now more than ever, any business in the market for a new employee conducts a background check on each candidate before they make their hiring decision. It just makes sense to ensure that the people who will be in your building day…

    How to Avoid Call Spoofing Scams

  • Even though, as a security and alarm company, Dyanamrk Security of Richmond is dedicated to helping our customers secure their physical property, we also want to make sure you are protected from criminals seeking to rob you through scams. In the ongoing battle between telemarketing scammers and consumers trying to avoid them, the latest front involves something called call spoofing. To help protect our customers and the general public from this new threat, we're publishing the information below about what…