Post and Share…but not too much

Family vacations are something I think we all look forward to. It’s a time to just be together as a family.  I’m sure everyone has that one trip they’ll never forget.  I’ve sat through countless slide reels of my grandparents vacations from when my mom was a kid.  The process of documenting and sharing those moments sure has changed. According to Statista in 2016, there were 21.3 million smart phone users in Canada.  That’s a whole bunch of cameras ready to take pictures and post them on social media without even leaving the beach.

Here’s a couple cool social media facts for you:
Facebook – 1.94 billion monthly active users as of March 31, 2017
Twitter – 313 million active users – 2017
Instagram – 700 million active users – May 29, 2017

What does this have to do with security?  Let me show you an example:

People constantly post pictures of their loaded up car, tweet about how they’ll miss their pets, or share an article about things to see at the Grand Canyon before a vacation.

Lets say you have 200 Facebook friends and post that picture of your luggage at the door.
All 200 of your friends can see it.  They can also like or comment.
Sally comments “Have a great trip!! We’ll see you in two weeks” – Now all of her friends can see it – Add all 350 people who she’s friends with.
Frank (who knows Sally but not you) gives it a like – His 150 friends can now see it.
You just told 700 people that your house is going to be empty for two weeks.  What if Frank has someone in his friends who’s a bad guy?

How’s that for a breach in security?  I encourage you to think twice before posting details about your vacation before you leave.  You never know who’s looking at those posts.

Give me a call or email so we can discuss some of the many options we have available to help you keep what matters most safe while you’re away.  We have everything from smart phone enabled alarm systems to chains and padlocks.

Mike Pagnutti
President
705-675-1003
1-800-565-0887

Who’s Inside The House?

Anyone who knows me would say that I love technology.  I can unlock our front door from anywhere that has cell reception or WiFi.  I enjoy gadgets, relays, and automation.  Even if you’re like me, remember that keeping what matters most safe doesn’t always have to be some high tech and elaborate setup.

I was talking with a lifelong friend one day about these emails.  He mentioned his grandmothers “low tech” approach to home security.  She’s been a widow for as long as I’ve known her and has always been a resourceful, independent woman.  She kept a pair of her husbands old rubber boots and would periodically place them outside the door.  Nothing says someone is else in the house than a pair of dirty well used boots that couldn’t fit the sweet little lady who’s usually home.

You can take this idea one step further by setting an extra place at the table when you’re not home or if your closet is visible through the window in your front door, pick up an extra thrift store jacket and hang it up.

Simple or elaborate, the choice is yours.  The point is that you want to do something to keep the bad guys wondering who’s in the house.

Do you have any low tech ideas for home security?  I’d love to hear them.  Reply in the comments or give me a call to talk about anything security related.

Mike Pagnutti
President
705-675-1003
1-800-565-0887