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Why the iSmart Is Not So Smart

Five fundamental security flaws spotted in the iSmart system

iSmart burglar alarm panel image by Africa Studio (via Shutterstock).
Not so iSmart? Thanks to observations by BullGuard’s Head of Security Research, the iSmartAlarm system has been affected by five major security issues. Image by Africa Studio (via Shutterstock).

Have you ever thought of purchasing (or already own) the iSmart electronic security system? You might need to shop around. In spite of being known as the highest rated digital security system by the Cnet website, recent findings may sully its reputation. From BullGuard, a study by Ilia Shnaidman (Head of Security Research at BullGuard Dojo), noted five glaring issues.

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Which Guard Dog is Best for Me?

A look at the best guard dog breeds for protecting your property

Guard dog image by Nataliya Ostapenko (via Shutterstock).
For many people, the German Shepherd dog is the first dog breed we think of when guard dogs come into the equation. Image by Nataliya Ostapenko (via Shutterstock).

Dogs are great. As well as being a loving companion, they can help to keep you safe at home and provide company for otherwise lonely owners. Depending on the amount of walks you take them on, they could save you a fortune on gym subscriptions. Some dog breeds could be guard dog material.

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West Yorkshire Cops Padlock Pintas

Petty pilfering epidemic at West Yorkshire police stations sees PCs adding a padlock to their pints

Padlock pinta image by Perfect Lazybones (via Shutterstock).
Not gotta lotta bottle: supplies of semi-skimmed milk at Halifax police station. Image by Perfect Lazybones (via Shutterstock).

Throughout the 1970s, Unigate had a memorable advertising campaign based around mythical characters known as the Humphreys. They were invisible characters, apart from their red and white striped straws. The Humphreys liked their milk: too much for some, to a point where Unigate simply said “order another pint”. Almost fifty years on the spirit of the Humphreys is seemingly alive and well in West Yorkshire police stations. So much so that they’ve added a padlock to their pintas. more »


How £20 Skeleton Key is Behind UK Tool Thefts

Why a £20 skeleton key, designed for locksmiths, is behind thousands of tool and van thefts

Skeleton key image by Margaret M. Stewart (via Shutterstock).
The key to tool thefts? Image by Margaret M. Stewart (via Shutterstock).

In the last year, it has been claimed that a £20 skeleton key is behind thousands of vehicle and tool thefts across the UK. The Ford Tibbe Premium Lock Pick and Decoder tool, designed for locksmiths, sells for between £20 to £30. What’s more damning is the availability of the lock pick and decoder: they can purchased online, without a quibble.

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The Rise of Love Locks and Love Padlocks

How love locks – or love padlocks – have taken the world by storm

Love locks in Paris image by PisaPhotography (via Shutterstock).
Love locks as seen on the Arts Bridge in Paris. Image by Pisa Photography (via Shutterstock).

The first reference to love locks emerged in a Serbian tale of the First World War, with reference to Most Ljubavi, the Bridge of Love in Vrnjačka Banja. In the spa town, Nada (a schoolmistress) fell in love with Relja (a Serbian officer on the bridge). Shortly after their engagement, Relja ran off with a Corfu woman, whilst he went to war in Greece. Nada never recovered and died heartbroken.

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The Vacuum Cleaning CCTV Camera

How LG’s Hom-Bot Turbo+ combines the functions of robotic vacuum cleaning and a CCTV camera

Robot vacuum cleaning and CCTV image by Olga Miltsova (via Shutterstock).
A robotic vacuum cleaner which, doubled with a CCTV camera, could be a nifty security system. Image by Olga Miltsova (via Shutterstock).

With the technological direction of travel, the changes to LG’s new version of the Hom-Bot robotic vacuum cleaner should come as no surprise. If you are familiar with robotic vacuum cleaners like the Roomba, they use cameras and motion sensors for vacuum cleaning. You might have they use similar technology to home security systems.

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Nest to Launch 4K Security Camera

Could a 4K security camera be a game changing development for home and business security systems?

Nest Security Camera images by Lersyos Toommawat and Elfqueen (via Shutterstock).
Nest Security Camera images by Lersyos Toommawat and Elfqueen (via Shutterstock).

Some readers may be old enough to remember the old days of security camera footage. Fuzzy infrared video footage with a stack load of VHS tapes in a back room. The old days when cathode ray tube monitors took up a lot of space. Google, by means of its Nest brand, aim to offer CCTV systems with footage in glorious 4K resolution. more »


Actor’s CCTV System Spots Fridge Raider

Why a Manhattan actor set up a CCTV system, after he wondered where his food was going

CCTV system fridge raider image by Ron Leishman (via Shutterstock).
“I’m sure there was a pound of Blue Stilton in there last night…” Image by Ron Leishman (via Shutterstock).

You may come across the R. Whites advert with The Secret Lemonade Drinker. In the series of adverts featuring Julian Chagrin (and the voice of Elvis Costello’s dad), you see how he craves a glass of the fizzy drink at 2am. Similarly, you may have come across what is known as petty pilfering. This goes beyond nicking a few chocolates; it has piqued Manhattan actor Joe Cummings. He has installed a CCTV system in his kitchen.

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How Door and Window Locks Can Save The Planet

As well as protecting your home from intruders, door and window locks are a more carbon neutral option than state-of-the-art security devices

Window locks image by BTogether.Ked (via Shutterstock).
Cheap, cheerful, and environmentally friendly: a good set of window locks and door locks. Image by BTogether.Ked (via Shutterstock).

In the last year, the Internet of Things have dominated home security equipment. This has meant greater use of smartphone apps. Also internet access to your burglar alarm or CCTV to see who could be breaking into your home. Whilst in your office or lazing on a beach in Tenerife. Good though they are, we seldom think of their carbon footprint. According to a survey from the University of Surrey, bog-standard door and window locks are more environmentally friendly. more »


Avoiding Fake Locksmiths Online

Why Google Maps is being used to pepper the streets with fake locksmiths and other tradespeople

Fake locksmiths lion or dog image.
Beware of fake imitations. Image by IStoleTheTV, 2006 (Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved).

In a recent source, we found that more and more customers are finding their chosen tradespeople online. Instead of the Yellow Pages or the Thomson Local, they are turning to search engines or Google Maps. Unlike printed sources, there is less scrutiny online. In your locality, there could be bogus tradespeople on Google Maps. For example, fake locksmiths in seemingly random locations.

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