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

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Who’s at your door?

Online shopping is on the rise.  Eight out of ten Canadians now shop online.  I’m not here to talk about your shopping habits.  I’m here to discuss the pickup of those deliveries.

How many home deliveries do you think are made in a year?

According to Canada Post, they delivered 900,000 a day during the “slow” summer of 2015. (Report) That rate is increasing on an annual basis.  They now routinely have Million Parcel Mondays.  That’s where Canada Post will deliver a million or more parcels in a single day.  It’s on Mondays because of the surge in weekend shopping online.

But what about all of those deliveries?  What if they don’t require a signature?  They’ll sit on your front step or hanging out of your mailbox until you get home.  It’s wonderfully convenient for you….and the bad guys.

Here are a few quick tips you can use to make sure that new shirt is still there when you get home.

  • Have the packages delivered to your office or somewhere you trust.
  • Get a PO box and pick up all of your mail there.
  • Install a camera that’s motion activated so you get notified when someone is near the door.

My family and I use all three of these methods.  Our favorite is the doorbell camera.  It serves double duty because we know when someone rings the doorbell, can chat with the person at the door, and even unlock it…RIGHT FROM OUR PHONES!!  It also notifies us if someone is just lingering around at the bottom of the stairs.  Of course we sell it, so I like it.

Do you know who’s at your door right now? Call me so we can make sure you do.

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