No one likes to think that they are spending money on a home security system that could fail but it is possible. According to Logan Lamb, the security researcher that found a large security hole in Georgia’s technology just days before the June 2017 election, a home invader could suppress the home security alarm as they enter. The invader could also create false alarms to make the alarm unreliable, leading to it being disarmed by the homeowner or ignored by the monitoring team or emergency responders.
Weaknesses in the System
The problem with these systems is that they rely on radio frequency signals to relay alerts between door or window sensors and a central control system. The control system acts as the trigger when the frequency is interrupted, contacting the monitoring team. While quite effective, a home invader with a little know-how can use technology that intercepts these radio frequency signals because they are not encrypted or authenticated before being relayed to the central control system, leaving them vulnerable to suppression or manipulation.
While monitoring companies do employ techniques created to guard against jamming, home invaders that know how can beat them.
In addition to gaining the ability to suppress valuable alarms through technology, home invaders could also jam the signal so that neither homeowners nor the monitoring team receive any alarm at all.
Although Lamb and his counterpart, Silvio Cesare, tried different systems from different companies in different countries, the results were all basically the same.
According to Lamb, “All of the systems use different hardware but they are effectively the same. [They’re] still using these wireless communications from the mid-90s for the actual security.”
So, where does that leave dedicated professionals that can afford nice, burglar-attracting things? Or the stay-at-home parents with infants to protect? Lamb and other professionals have recommended commercial-grade alarm systems for home security because they utilize stronger security measures and techniques.
Strengths and Benefits of the Home Security System
Does that mean that the state-of-art gaming system at home is at risk? Probably not. The main reason homeowners do not have to throw out their home security systems in favor of private-hire thugs is this: these systems actually do work more times than not.
The Home Security Safety Net:
- Useful deterrent for common criminals. According to a study released by Rutgers University in 2008, the newly installed alarm systems in specific neighborhoods helped reduce the number of break-ins and crime occurring. This was true even for homes in the neighborhood that didn’t have an alarm system installed.
- Provides home monitoring. Homeowners are connected to their homes via the web and/or video surveillance 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
- Lower insurance premiums. Homeowners with home security systems pay up to 20% less than those with no security system. This helps offset the cost of the system and provides other benefits.
The Benefits Outweigh the Cost
Overall, a home security system supplied by a reliable monitoring company can be of great benefit to any home. Security systems give early alerts to help families in emergency situations and call emergency responders for the homeowner. Homes that have home security systems avoid home invasions 33% more than those with no system, and homeowner’s insurance is cheaper. It’s better to have one than to go without.
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