Tag Archive: home security Lexington KY

  1. Geo-Tagging: Is Your Smartphone Telling People Where You Are?

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    Location-based tagging is a really cool way of letting friends and family keep track of you. But do we really know who is watching? With the use of social media, such as Facebook and Foursquare, on the rise, security issues associated with them are becoming all too common.

     

     

    Foursquare, a popular location-based mobile network, allows users to “check-in” at various establishments. The problem with this is you are sharing with the world exactly where you are, and where you aren’t. If you use it to check in at your home, or the home of a friend or relative, you are giving away the address of that home, making it all the easier for potential burglars and home invaders to know where you or someone else lives, and when you are and aren’t home. The same issues arise for those who “check-in” to places on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks. Some smart phones and devices automatically insert a line of information with each photo or location tag that can enable someone with moderate computer skills to track you and your location, with out you even telling your device to do so, and many times with out your knowledge.

     

    Aside from potential burglaries and home invasions, this also opens the door to “cyber-stalking.” Your routines, your location, and your friends and family can all be tracked easily. Although this rapid evolution in locational technology does not cause stalking, it definitely makes it much easier.

     

    So how do you protect yourself from these risks? Here are a few tips:

     

    1. Know if your smartphone, laptop or tablet is capable of geo-tagging. Most smartphones are and their default settings are for the geo-tagging to be on. Change the setting so it is not permitted. If you do not know if your device has these capabilities, or how to turn them off, check with your service provider. They will be able to instruct you on disabling this feature.

     

    2. Understand the risks involved if you decide to take advantage of location based networking. Avoid tagging the home of you or a loved one. Never tag photos of children as it can pose a risk for predators.

     

    3. Control who is able to see your location. Most of these social networks allow you to edit your privacy settings. Only allow those you trust to see your location and photos.

     

    4. Make sure your children are aware of the dangers of over sharing information. They can put the entire family at risk just as easily. Make sure to disable this feature on their devices if you do not want them using it.

     

  2. The Best Apps for Crime Statistics and Home Security

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    Implementing a quality home security system and strategy requires planning. Knowing your neighborhood and the types of crime that are more common allows you to plan for the type of security that will be most beneficial to you, your family and your home. Fortunately, there are a few apps that make crime searching in your neighborhood easier than ever before. The apps are not just beneficial for home security planning, but also to trips in unfamiliar areas while out on the town or on vacation. Here are a few apps that may be useful to you.

     

    Crime Reports

    Crimereports.com allows you to view crime reports for most areas. You just type in your location, or find it on the map and it will show icons for various types of crime where it happened. You can also view registered sex offenders living in your area. If your local police department does not report to Crime Reports, you can submit a request for that localion via the website, or by going talking with your local police. You can use the app on the website, or by downloading it from iTunes on to your phone, ipod or tablet.

     

    Crime Mapping

    CrimeMapping.com is one of the leaders in online crime information. The company’s primary focus is providing law enforcement agencies with tools for informing the people about crimes in the area. You can also view your area’s rankings to national averages and filter crimes to focus only on things related to home security, such as burglary and vandalism. You can use this app on their website or download it for free from iTunes onto your phone, iPod or tablet. If it is not offered in your location, you can submit a request via their website for them to report on your location.

     

    Crime Stats

    Crime Stats list local crimes by location and type of crime such as Violent Crimes and Property Crimes.

     

    TotalConnect

    Total Connect allows you to operate your security system from anywhere, anytime. You can control your thermostat, lock and unlock doors, turn lights on and off, arm and disarm your systems, view video and receive alerts, all on your computer, smart phone, iPod or tablet. Talk to your security provider for information on how to get the Total Connect App.

     

  3. Choosing The Best Home Security In Lexington KY

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    If your home has been ransacked, your new 40 inch HD TV’s are no longer in your den or bedrooms, and most all your valuables stolen; at least the ones that count, you might rethink about what your neighbor told you he had installed last month concerning home security. It’s too late now, but you’ll always have tomorrow if your move includes a protection blanket from Modern Systems Inc. Nothing gives a burglar quicker pause than seeing a sign in your front yard and windows saying: “Secured by Modern Systems, Inc.”

    We have choices to make on a daily basis in our lives, but when it comes to the peace of mind, and the security of you, your family, and your pets, a home security system offers a safety parachute like no other. But choosing a home security KY system will probably come down to four things: the cost, the company reputation, and experience, plus the latest technology. Oh, sure, you can thumb through the phone book, but checking a security company using the Internet is your best move because you can see what’s involved, read about what they have to offer, in terms of locations, and other commercial services.

    Recently, Modern Systems home security in Lexington KY became the first authorized gold premier Control 4 system dealer specializing in home automation. And in case you’re thinking to yourself, “so what“, you should know that receiving this designation demands vigorous training and experience requirements concerning Control 4 system products. Some companies make the transition; some don’t. Modern Systems security in KY has crossed the goal line in the training and installation procedures, and is now uniquely qualified to make your life a whole lot easier than before.

    In your search for a security systems company perhaps this information will help you decide. Modern Systems, Inc. has been serving Kentucky and surrounding states for over 30 years. Not many security companies last a decade, let alone 30 years, and counting. Of course, security KY is their first concern for your families protection in case of fire or theft, but they are also one of the largest custom installers of home theater, audio and video, entrance gates, phone systems, intercom, indoor and outdoor camera protection, and, of course, the Control 4 system of home automation.

    The security business is very competitive; ergo, the selection process for a family can become a major conundrum. However, perhaps M. David Morris, President of Modern Systems, Inc. said it best with a few personal comments. This one in particular seemed quite succinct: “Although we have grown into the largest independent company like ours has been in Kentucky, I’ll never lose sight of the fact that the most important customers we have is you!” So if you are in need of home security Lexington KY products, and then some, contact the Somerset, KY, Bowling Green, KY, or Lexington, KY offices via phone or Web site.

    Here is what you can expect from Modern Systems, Inc.

    • Service after the sale
    • Competitive pricing
    • Professional Representation
    • Professional Installation Using The Highest Quality Components

    One more thing to remember during the current uncertain job market is that experienced technicians may find full time positions available from time-to-time. Keep checking with the Somerset and Lexington offices for qualifying information.