(PRWEB) April 01, 2012
Smartphones are now a way of life, a fact that hasn't escaped home security providers who are now providing consumers with ways to connect their mobile devices to their security system. HomeSecurityGuru.com, recently examined how smartphones are affecting home security and created a guide for consumers who want to know how they can help or hurt.
How a Smartphone Helps with Home Security
First came video door phones and monitoring services that connected to a phone line. Now technologically savvy home security providers like ADT are giving their customers advanced security systems that can be controlled using a smartphone. Below are just some of the ways that a smartphone can now be used in conjunction with a home security system.
- Arm or disarm a home security system.
- Receive instant notification if an alarm is triggered.
- Receive notifications when a person enters or leaves the home.
- See who is at the front door.
- Access home security cameras.
- Control your HVAC system, lights and more.
- Cancel a call for help if there's a false alarm.
There are huge benefits to being able to access and monitor your home security system with your smartphone. However, if consumers don't ensure that their smartphones are secure, it could have the opposite effect on the security of their home.
How to Keep Your Smartphone Safe
People often store sensitive information on their smartphone. That's why it's important to protect it in the event that it's left out, lost or stolen. Below are some smartphone security tips everyone should follow regardless of whether they are integrated with a security system.
- Protect your smartphone with a password. The first line of defense is setting a password to unlock your phone. The password prompter will show up after a period of inactivity which the owner can set. If a thief can't open the phone there's no way of gaining access to sensitive information.
- Add apps that provide additional layers of security. From tracking down your phone if it's lost or stolen to wiping stored data clean there are a number of apps aimed at helping people keep their smartphones secure. Android and Blackberry users can try programs such as Lookout. Those who use iPhones can opt for apps such as MobileMe.
- People who do have security systems that can be accessed by smartphone should take additional steps to secure their phone. Set passwords or authentication measures that must be used before changes can be made to your security system, like disarming alarms or making adjustments to settings. These passwords should be different than the one used to unlock the phone.
- Don't store sensitive information on a smartphone no matter how convenient it is. Sensitive information includes, passwords, addresses, emails addresses, social security number and ID numbers.
For more home security tips, please visit: HomeSecurityGuru.com
HomeSecurityGuru.com, the web's largest and most comprehensive home security website, provides users with a wide variety of information pertaining to personal protection and home security. Information provided by HomeSecurityGuru.com includes geographic crime statistics, home security equipment reviews and home security tips and guides featuring the writing of home security expert and writer Joe Timbers, surveillance camera expert Robert Moskal, city planner Michael E. Bregman and Dr. Craig Mixon an educational psychologist and expert in behavior modifications who specializes in canine behavior.