Home alarms are designed to make people feel very safe and protected, but one of the problems with these alarm systems is that they are at risk of hackers. Because they send wireless signals, they are able to be hacked into, disabled, and jammed. That’s something a lot of homeowners don’t realize — and not knowing that can put them at serious risk. Fortunately there are some steps that can be taken to reduce the risk, but it’s vital that homeowners understand what they need to be doing to protect themselves.
Choose a Wired System Instead
Most of the vulnerability in a home alarm system comes from the fact that it’s wireless. That signal that’s being sent through the air can be intercepted, and if it’s possible to intercept that signal it’s possible to jam or otherwise affect it, as well. But with a wired system — which is sometimes also called a hard-wired system — that ability to affect the signal isn’t possible. Wires can be cut, yes, but that’s not the same as jamming the signal for a few minutes to access the house or bypass the alarm system in some other way. Most of the people seen cutting alarm system wires are in the movies. But hackers jamming wireless alarm system signals are actually very real.
Select a Trusted Company
Another way a homeowner can help to protect themselves is to choose a company that they can rely on and trust. By working with a good company there is a reduced chance of ending up with alarm system problems. There is also a lower chance of seeing a jammed signal. That’s because these companies have newer, better quality equipment that is easier and safer to use. It’s harder to jam these systems because they use better technology, so it’s a better choice for homeowners who want a wireless system but still want to keep their risk of being hacked or otherwise bothered as low as possible.
Don’t Underestimate the Value of Quality
Even if one company costs a bit more than others, there’s usually a good reason for that. Consider a company that offers:
- 24/7 monitoring to increase safety
- high-tech, newer equipment
- reliability a homeowner can count on
- Options to contact the company if there’s ever a problem
By being able to reach out to a company and find out if there are any issues with the alarm system, homeowners can have more comfort and peace of mind. That can help them feel better about their options, and can reduce the chances that they will be hacked and not notice it. If for any reason they are the victim of a hack or other problem through the use of signal jamming, they’ll want to be able to get hold of the company quickly and easily.
With the right security company, the chances of having a serious problem are greatly reduced.
That peace of mind is very important, and simply can’t be bought.
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