Use Caution When Discussing Home Security

talkingAs much as we’d like to see you spread the word about DIY home security, we are also compelled to issue a few warnings about doing so. Mainly, be cautious about who you discuss your home security system with and how detailed you are. Never, ever offer info or hints about your passwords and pay attention to who is watching you arm and disarm your alarm system.

Mum’s the Word

The only people who need to know that you have a home security system are the people who live in your home, work in your home or who hope to illegally enter your home. Your burglar alarm and other security devices are for you and your family’s protection. Beyond yard signs and window placards there’s really no need to advertise your system. Of course, you want your friends and family members to also protect their own homes, so they are excluded from this conversation. But even when sharing info with your neighbors (and you should!) be very selective about how much information you divulge.

Reasons for this are pretty simple. As we’ve discussed many times on this very blog, criminals are often ordinary people whom you see everyday. A burglar can be anyone from the teenager down the street to your local pastor. These same people will often learn about your security habits via casual conversations before using that information to make their way into your home.

Just as you wouldn’t brag about having a weapon or its whereabouts to the public-at-large (lest you want an intruder to know exactly where to find said weapon and possibly use it against you), protect information about your home security system in this same manner. It is enough to simply acknowledge that you have a system, monitoring, etc. Don’t worry about being too vague should someone ask you for info on home security– simply offer that you have an alarm system and refer them to an expert who can answer further questions in detail.

Passcode/Password Protection

Your security passwords and passcodes are sacred! The first rule of thumb you must remember is to create a difficult password that cannot be easily deciphered. Steer clear of using names, birthdates, telephone numbers and other similar cues. Also, avoid using the same password on multiple systems. In stories where security systems have been hacked, a weak password or passcode has almost always been the reason why.

Always shield your codes from view when keying them into a system and do not give your main password to anyone who does not live in your home. This includes housekeepers, caregivers and maintenance workers. In fact, when purchasing a system, be sure to invest in one that allows you to have multiple passwords in order that you may set a main one, but have other passwords that are only to be used by outsiders whom you have allowed access to your home. Alarm systems like the Honeywell Vista 20P Security System Kit which will allows you to access device data is also a great choice for password and security protection.

Do Not Advertise Your Security Habits

In addition to having burglar alarm protection, all of us have certain things that we do in an effort to increase our safety and security. Whether it is carrying a can of pepper spray when coming home late at night or leaving a bathroom light on when away from home, our reasons for doing these things are to keep criminals at bay. These habits should not be shared with outsiders. With that said, there’s no reason under the sun for anyone else to know that a device like the Rex Plus II Electronic Watchdog is not a real beast!

As always, while these cautionary tips are intended for real life use, do not forget to also apply them to social media conversations, as well. Far too often, people across the web share information which really shouldn’t be shared out loud. Perhaps the illusion of anonymity is to be blamed for this or simply the perceived distance between users, but please do not become too relaxed in discussing which types of security you rely upon to protect your home.

Bragging Rights

Do-it-yourselfers are particularly prone to discussing and sharing information about projects completed. This is understandable as there’s nothing quite like the feelings of accomplishment associated with DIY projects. While we want you to keep your bragging rights, we just want you to think twice about how you exercise them.

What Do You Think?

How comfortable do you feel about discussing your home’s security system with other people? Do you know of instances where people have regretted sharing too much home or personal security information? Are we just being paranoid or do you think that there really is such a thing as too much sharing when it comes to home security? Do you have any advice that you’d like to add to this discussion? Answers to these questions and all of your comments are welcome below.

Ralph Winn

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