As we enter a new era of the "Internet of Things," lots of cheap, do-it-yourself home security devices are making headlines these days – but not for good reasons.
Experts are finding serious failings in these systems, as discovered by researchers at Symantec, HP and others. These relatively new devices, often manufactured by little-known companies, are full of flaws that leave users exposed to creeps around the world.
In one study by HP, researchers noted: "The intent of these systems is to provide security and remote monitoring to a home owner." But “given the vulnerabilities we discovered, the owner of the home security system may not be the only one monitoring the home."
As it turns out, these poorly made wifi cameras, door locks and other devices can be easily compromised and controlled from the outside.
Like any DIY project, you must be ready to face the consequences when you take on something without the proper skills or knowhow. But unlike a faulty DIY spice rack that simply teeters to one side, a faulty DIY security system can put your family's lives and privacy at risk. This is one of several reasons why we constantly stress the importance of a professional, monitored security system.
Here are some other key differences you need to know:
With Total Connect from Security Doctors, you get the convenience of monitoring and controlling your alarm system from virtually anywhere – over a secure connection right from your smartphone or tablet – with the peace of mind that it's backed by 24/7 monitoring from trained professionals.
Don't fall for the DIY trap. Call Security Doctors to see how we can provide you and your family with complete protection.