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How to Prevent Security Cameras from Being Hacked

  • You’ve probably heard some of the stories appearing in the news this year about widespread hacking attacks using the Internet of Things—in other words, devices other than computers that are connected to the internet, such as appliances, TVs, and security cameras. As a home security company, we want to arm you not just with the technology to protect your family but also the information you need to keep yourself safe.  To that end, here is a summary of what you…

    How to Interpret Crime Statistics

  • Understanding crime data isn’t easy. Friends, news stories - even mayors and police chiefs - often present crime statistics in an oversimplified way that allows easy conversation. But it’s important to understand the forces at work behind crime stats to have a truly accurate picture of what’s really going on. New York City crime rates are a classic case of tricky numbers. Over the years, various officials have claimed responsibility for lower overall crime rates, lower homicide rates, lower violent…
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    Home Security Scams for 2017

  • Every year, especially during the spring and summer, the home security industry and its customers are targeted by scams. The aim of these scams is to get homeowners to switch their monitoring system to a new, far inferior and far more expensive options, often with hidden fees and bad intentions. The alarming part of these scams is that these security companies don’t usually try to persuade you to switch to their company or even ask outright. Instead, they lie, pretending…
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    Home Automation Trends for 2017

  • As technology continues to steadily evolve, more and more tech innovations are finding their way into our homes. From voice-operated hubs and smart appliances to effortless security solutions, more tasks are being automated, bringing us many more benefits and new tech toys to enjoy.  Here are some of the top home automation trends for 2017, many of which are available through Dynamark Security of Richmond. Seamless Cooperation and Interconnectivity With several companies releasing in-home technology last year, it’s a wonder…
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    Frontpoint vs ADT vs Dynamark

  • Security systems play an important role in protecting your home and family. While these necessary systems are implemented by a variety of companies, it can be a real challenge deciding which one is right for you. Luckily, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you compare Frontpoint vs ADT vs Dynamark Security of Richmond. Frontpoint Frontpoint is a relative newcomer to the home security business having been operating for only ten years (compared to over 30 years for Dynamark…
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    How to Test Your LYNX Touch Security System

  • Your security system is keeping your family safe every day, so it just makes sense to conduct regular tests to ensure that it’s functioning properly. Should the worst case scenario occur, you want to know that your security system will do what it’s meant to do. The best way to keep your LYNX Touch Security System performing at peak condition is to test it once a week. Here’s a rundown of the instructions for conducting a weekly systems test: First,…
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    Five Gift Ideas for the Security Conscious Homeowner

  • If you are scrambling to get some last-minute holiday shopping completed but are having trouble coming up with affordable gift ideas, then we've got you covered.  Here are five creative and useful gift ideas for the security-conscious homeowner on your holiday shopping list. RFID Wallet RFID wallets are a type of wallet designed to help protect you against a form of identity theft where criminals can steal personal information including credit card numbers, driver's license numbers, and passport information simply…

    Dynamark Security Holiday Referral Bonus

  • Do you need some extra cash for the holidays? Want to save money on your alarm monitoring service this month? If so, we have the perfect offer for you! If you refer a new customer to Dynamark Security of Richmond during the month of December 2016, we'll give you a $100 gift card. There's three easy ways to make a referral: Download our mobile app and send it to a friend via text message. Fill out the form on this…
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    Independent Investigations Expose Numerous Flaws in Popular SimpliSafe DIY Alarm System

  • We’ve warned you before on this blog about the dangers of using “do-it-yourself” alarm systems, and specifically the popular SimpliSafe DIY alarm system.  However, new information has come to light that makes the problem even worse than we thought. SimpliSafe markets itself as an alternative to “traditional” alarm companies such as Dynamark Security of Richmond, which use professional installers, robust customer support, and tried and proven alarm technology.  SimpliSafe claims that all that fancy equipment and support provided by these…
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    How the Internet of Things Affects Home Security

  • Recently, a “distributed denial of service” or DDOST attack on domain name service provider Dyn grabbed headlines after major websites like Twitter, Wix, and others were taken offline. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the “botnet”—or, in other words, a network of internet-connected devices that have been compromised by hackers—that was used in the attack was made up largely of devices that are part of the “Internet of Things”. Since many consumers either knowingly or unknowingly own devices that are…