Tools I No Longer Recommend: Ring Doorbell

There was a time, not too long ago, that I really liked the Ring Doorbell. I’m pretty sure I spoke positively about it on the podcast I used to do, and I may have even written about it. The device was a doorbell that alerted your smartphone. It had a built-in camera, allowing you to answer your door from anywhere you had an internet connection. Whether at the office, across the country, or in another country, when your doorbell rang you could answer it. Continue reading “Tools I No Longer Recommend: Ring Doorbell”

Basic Alarm System Best Practices

An intrusion detection system (IDS) system should be an integral part of your home security plan. IDSs are detective security measures that also have a great deal of deterring value. Alarms are far more complicated than most people realize, however. To provide the maximum intended effectiveness, alarms must be carefully installed, tested, and used. These alarm system best practices will help you assess your own system or provide some guidance if having a new one installed. Continue reading “Basic Alarm System Best Practices”

The Mul-T-Lock High Security Lock

This post will examine and explain the Mul-T-Lock high security lock. Besides the Medeco, this is one of the most popular high-security locks on the US market. If you live in a major metropolitan area in North American, you probably walk by these on a daily basis. If you’re looking to improve the lock on your home, you could do a lot worse than one of these. Continue reading “The Mul-T-Lock High Security Lock”

Columbia SC Surveillance Safari

I used to spend a lot of time in South Carolina’s capital city. I had regular work trips to Columbia, usually lasting two to three weeks at a time. I hadn’t been back in several years, but recently I had the opportunity to spend a weekend there, and something has changed. Columbia has implemented a very broad public surveillance system. This post will touch on the Columbia SC surveillance system and discuss some of the implications this raises. Continue reading “Columbia SC Surveillance Safari”

Snowden’s Haven Security App Review

When news broke a few weeks ago that a Snowden-backed security app was out, I was interested. The app, called “Haven” allows you to turn a cheap Android phone into an extremely sensitive alarm system. This offers massive potential for increased physical security; you can leave your stuff in your hotel room with a pretty guarantee that no on is going to get into your room without you knowing about it. With this in mind I started my test of the Haven security app. Continue reading “Snowden’s Haven Security App Review”

Physical Perimeter Security Tools

I recently appeared on the American Warrior Show to speak about physical security with host Mike Seeklander. In the show I promised to post a list of links to some of the tools I talked about, so here it is! I will keep adding to this list and push it to the top as it is updated. Continue reading “Physical Perimeter Security Tools”

The Amazon Key Security Nightmare

In case you haven’t heard, Amazon recently rolled out “Amazon Key.” This service allows delivery persons to leave packages inside your home. I’m sure I’m largely preaching to the choir here, but I can’t let this one go unanswered. I want to talk about Amazon Key security, and some of the problems it creates. Continue reading “The Amazon Key Security Nightmare”

Encryption Versus Physical Security

Encryption is a hot topic these days. I write about both encryption and physical security on this blog, and some people find this curious. I believe there is a good deal of overlap in these two topics, however. This post will discuss encryption versus physical security, and why each matters in protecting data. Continue reading “Encryption Versus Physical Security”

Escape the Wolf Photo Trap

Have you ever wondered if someone had messed with your stuff while you were gone? There is a neat, new way to find out. The Photo Trap app from Escape the Wolf allows you to take a “before” picture and easily compare it with an “after” picture. With the app you can easily tell if anything has been moved. Here’s how it works Continue reading “Escape the Wolf Photo Trap”