Home security

Your home is a place in which you should always feel safe no matter what time of the day it is. There is something very disturbing about returning to your home to find that you have been burgled. Even if you were not in the home at the time of the burglary, knowing that someone else has been in your home is enough to make some people want to move house.

To try and avoid this situation you need to consider the security in your home. Do you have any sort of alarm, CCTV or security system that may put people off entering your home uninvited? Sometimes one of these systems can be enough to stop a burglary taking place before it has happened. You should also ensure that the locks on your doors are up to a high standard and that all your windows are fitted with securing mechanisms.


Where can I get security advice?

Security is vital for many parts of our lives. Home security is important to all of us along with security of our vehicles, security of our internet devices such as computers and phones as well as security within a business. It is not just about having locks on doors etc, for example, internet security meaning having strong passwords in place, correctly set up networks, data privacy and procedures in place should a security breach happen.

There are many places where you can get security advice depending on what you need it for. The police website has many useful tips on home and car security, some of which do not cost a lot to implement. Other advice can be found from security companies which often offer a service where they will visits your home and carry out an inspection to find out any areas of risk that may need to be improved.


Security at home

When you think of security within the home you probably think about door locks, CCTV and alarms etc. but have you thought about keeping yourself secure in your home when on the phone? Many scammers are now turning to the phone to tick unsuspecting victims. There are a number of scams currently going round and every week a new ones seems to come to light.

You may receive a call claiming to be from your internet provided. They often advise you that they believe you have an issue with your router or that you have a virus on your computer and that they need you to run some system checks to fix the issues. They will usually try and gain access to your pc by telling you to install some software which will allow them to take over your mouse on your PC and access your computer files. From this they can then access private data such as passwords or take copies of files stored on your PC.

If you receive a call like the one mentioned above then be sure to put the phone down and ring your internet provided direct to confirm if they have tried to contact you.


Finding a good security firm to work with you and your business

Having a good security set up is vital to most businesses. Depending on what your business is, you may require different levels of security. A business which stores high levels of stock or valuable stock such as a jeweller’s, will need physical security such as shutters, safes and even members of security staff. For a business that deals with storing personal information then they may require physical security but also will require technology security in terms of the PC’s and servers they hold the information on.

When looking for a company to assist you with your business security, always try and obtain feedback from their existing clients and get to know the company before agreeing to any security they offer. Once you have found a company, be sure to speak to them about all the different aspects of the business that need protecting and check if they can offer you the security you need. Some businesses use more than one security firm as it may be you need a member of staff for security but also a company that handles online security as well.



Is your antivirus slowing you down?

Antivirus software is vital for anyone that has a PC, laptop, phone or tablet that uses the internet. Viruses are easily transmitted across many different platforms, often without the victim even knowing they have been passed it.

There are many different types of antivirus software but you do need to choose carefully and check that is does everything you need. Often antiviruses are sold per license, meaning if you have three computers in the house you may need to purchase three separate license. There are some free antivirus programs available, but you will have to check if they are comprehensive enough for what you need. Any antivirus software can slow your device down but some do more than others. You should always try a free trial before buying any antivirus software to see how it runs on your chosen device, if it is too slow, consult the helpline or try another one until you find a comprehensive one that does not take too much toll on your device memory.

Sharing maritime security data

Maritime security is effective understanding of all activities carried out at sea that could impact the security, safety, economy or environment of the E U and its Members.

There is much information that is collected by several different security departs such as boarder control, fisheries control and customs. Often these departments do not share data between each other or if they do it is not done as quickly and accurately as it should be.

If data was shared then it would save time and money as departments would be able to check a central database rather than having to try and gather the information themselves. It would not only save time and money but would increase security.

Sharing data has to be done very securely and this is often what stops these systems being created. People worry about information being hacked and with handling sensitive data such as EU security, a compromise of data could be catastrophic.


Basic security advice

Unfortunately, day time break-ins are on the increase. Burglars are getting more confident and brash and will openly break in to a house in the middle of the day on a residential property.

There is no guarantee that you can do to stop this from happening but there are things you can do to try and protect yourself.

  • Keep all doors and windows locked. Even one that’s are not on the front of your property as many thieves will enter through back gardens.
  • Keep as many internal doors locked as possible, if a burglar manages to enter your property and they come across locked doors inside they do not want to spend time trying to get in so will often leave.
  • Fit CCTV and a house alarm. This will not only capture footage and send out a warning if someone does enter your property, but sometimes it can be enough to stop them from entering in the first place.

Timer controlled lighting

Getting broken in to, is everyone’s worse nightmare, not only do you worry about what they might take from the house but you may also have the added worry about not feeling safe in your own home after the incident.

There are some precautions you can take to try and avoid being a victim of a burglary and one simply but very effective one is lighting. Burglars still look for houses that are in the dark as this usually means the occupants are out or away and it also makes it easier for them to go undetected when they do break in.

You can buy a number of systems that will turn your lighting on and off at various times throughout the day making it seem like someone is in the property. These systems can be quite expensive though but there is a cheaper alternative. You can buy a few timer sockets and plug in lamps to them, these will do a similar job but will not turn on the main lights.




Is your anti-virus really a virus?

Anti virus is a program that runs on your PC and is set to check for malicious programs or files that may infect your PC. Often with an antivirus program you can chose when and what it scans. Often many of the popular programs scan all incoming emails, downloaded files, files already on your PC and even websites that you visit.

Unfortunately sometimes you may see a message which is made to look like your anti-virus software but is actually a virus itself. This happened a number of years ago to me when my windows defender alert popped up saying that my software was out of date and I needed to install an update. When you followed the link it actually installed a virus on your PC, although it looked very genuine.

Be sure to double check any links that you are sent to with regards to you antivirus software and check on the software manufacturers website prior to downloading any updates.


Scam email security

If you have an email account you will probably be all too familiar with scam emails. These are sent to your email and is often designed to look like it has been sent from a company you use or your bank for example.

They usually are trying to obtain personal information such as passwords or account / card details to then use fraudulently to either access an online account you have and make purchases or to use your bank card.

Whenever you get an email that ask you for any personal information, do not reply to it or click any of the links within the email. Always call the company is question first using a number that you have contacted them on before. It the email is asking you to log in to a website then do not use the link within the email instead open up your browser and go directly to the site that way and log in as many fraudsters create duplicate versions of genuine sites to collect your personal data.