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6 Smart Solutions for a Safer Home Part 1

Keep Your Bluffton Property Safe With an Integrated Home Security System

6 Smart Solutions for a Safer Home Part 1

If you’ve been following our blog, you already know that your home security system can benefit from IP cameras and biometric door locks. But protecting your spaces is more complicated than a few video cameras and fancy locks – it’s about maintaining visibility and communication with your property. That’s why we’ve put together this blog, the first in a two-part series that will cover the various ways to enhance your home security with smart automation. Find out more after the jump.


Network Security
Just like in your business, your home’s smart automation runs on a network. For each connected device you add to the system, you’ll need a stronger network with more bandwidth to ensure reliability. You’ll also need to integrate strong network security measures to protect your home.
You wouldn’t rely on a single device to completely protect your home, and you shouldn’t rely on a single type of network protection either. Here are some great ideas:

• Firewall protection – If you don’t want someone to break into your house, you build a sturdy fence. If you don’t want someone to break into your network, you install a sturdy firewall.

• Anti-virus software – many homeowners install one, but the truth is you’ll need multiple versions to keep you entirely protected.

• IPS – you receive push notifications when your surveillance cameras detect potential threats, so why wouldn’t you install an intrusion prevention system to identify fast moving threats to your network before they become a problem?

• VPN – accessing your network should be private, so integrating a virtual private network will ensure your safety.

Storing Footage
One of the first big steps for developing an effective security system is installing security cameras. The second is figuring out how you’re going to save all of that valuable footage they record. Today, there are plenty of options.

The traditional way to store footage is with an onsite server. Essentially, this means you have to find a place in your home – usually in a basement or larger, unused closet – where you can keep some bulky electronics. Many homeowners feel most comfortable with this approach, as it gives them easy access to their footage, though it may leave your system vulnerable to attack.

That’s why offsite storage is very popular as well. This means that the footage is maintained (and usually monitored) by a company who can provide you with desired information at any time.

Lastly, there’s cloud-based storage. Many modern security systems use a combination of cloud-based and either onsite or offsite storage because it allows for easy access and expanded space for more information or higher resolution.

Are you ready to upgrade your home security system yet? Check back soon for part two of our blog series, where we’ll cover topics like geo-fencing technology, video-enabled entry systems, motion and chemical sensing devices and integrating your entire smart system to react for your protection.

And if you have further questions, feel free to contact us now.