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HOW TO HACK A SECURITY CAMERA


A security camera hack occurs when an unwanted person gains access to your security cameras via a network or internet feed. The hacker could be a teenager showing off his tech skills to peers, a current or former employee wanting to gain business intelligence, or a criminal wanting to observe security measures or even disable them. Large scale hacks have occurred when internet activists such as Anonymous target specific businesses or industries.

We have installed 10,000+ i.p. security cameras and we have NOT experienced security vulnerabilities or hacking. As a professional installation company we take extra security measures. 

Spoiler: It wouldn't be responsible for us to tell you how to hack a security camera. Instead we share

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT A SECURITY CAMERA HACK:  

1. Install the latest firmware on all i.p. security cameras, recorders, routers, switches, and wireless access points.

Updating the firmware will correct any known security issues and sometimes add security functions to the device.

2. Do not use default passwords or leave them blank.

Things to consider when picking a password:

- Do not use common words, phone numbers, address etc.
- Use a password min 8 characters long. with a combination of lower & upper case letters and numbers
- This applies to the router, some switches, i.p. security cameras, and network video recorders.

3. Keep track of who has access to your security systems.

-Do they really need it?
-Do they need to view all cameras or just a few?
-Terminate security access when an employee leaves 

4. If you have remote access to a site with your smartphone, make sure your smartphone is locked when not in use.

Some apps will give you full access to the setup of i.p. security cameras and/or NVR (network video recorder).

5. If the NVR is connected to a network that has Wi-Fi, ensure that the Wi-Fi is using encryption and again it has a strong password.


If you are having a problem with Theft (or would like to prevent one)

Contact Us today for a Free Security Evaluation or to find out more information.


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REED SECURITY EXPANDS - WELCOME HIGHMARK HOME SYSTEMS SUBSCRIBERS


Highmark Home Systems Ltd. has sold its security monitoring services to Reed Security.

You will be in great hands! Reed Security has received 20+ Award Recognitions for the way they look after People (Customer Service, Quality Management, Marketing, New Direction, and Small Business of the Year).

Dave Sammartino will be staying on through a transition arrangement to ensure a smooth handover of the business. Dave Schlegel is your local Reed Security Authorized Dealer and has 10+ years security sales, installation and support experience.

No major changes are planned, however we will be seeking customer feedback to identify how additional customer value can be created.

Dave Sammartino
Owner
Highmark home Systems Ltd.


Virgil Reed
Owner
Reed Security

SALES, INSTALLATION, SUPPORT

Contact Your Local Reed Security Authorized Dealer
Dave Schlegel
587-393-2800
dave.s@reedsecurity.ca
reedsecurity.com/calgary

BILLING, ADMINISTRATION

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306-653-3200
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TOP 4 EVOLUTIONS OF REGINA HOME SECURITY

Alarm systems are no longer the basic burglar alarms they used to be. They no longer cost thousands of dollars and they no longer take days to install. In our latest Regina Security Blog post we highlight the latest security & automation technology available to home and business owners.

1.    3G/4G Cellular Connections & Interactive Services

In the past, most Regina security systems required a landline to send alarm signals to a 24/7 Central Monitoring Station. An emergency operator identifies the signals and dispatches the local authorities (Police, Fire Department) as well as your call list.

Modern security systems can still use a landline, but 85% of Reed Security’s new subscribers use ALARM.COM 3G/4G cellular connections. Since a landline is no longer required you could cancel this service and save $25 to $35 a month with your local phone provider.

With ALARM.COM you can get instant email notifications when your security system is armed or disarmed. The is an especially popular feature for parents that want to be notified when a child arrives home from school. “The Smith Family Security System was disarmed by Jamie at 3:52 p.m.”. If you’re a business owner or manager you can receive instant notifications when employees arrive to work or after hours when nobody should be at your building.

ALARM.COM smartphone apps are *free when you subscribe to an ALARM.COM interactive plan.

 

2.    Smart Home Automation

Have you ever heard of the Internet of Things (IoT)? IoT refers to connecting any item with an on and off switch to the Internet and controlling them with apps. Today’s modern security system is also a smart home automation system that can control your smart door locks, overhead doors, smart thermostat, HD Wi-Fi Door Bell Camera, Light Switches, HD Wireless Cameras and more.

With ALARM.COM you can stay connected to your home or business with one single app rather than having different apps for each IoT device.

 

3.    Wireless Sensors and Devices

With the evolution wireless security sensors and devices we no longer need to run wires throughout your home/office and risk damaging walls, floors, window casings and baseboards. Wireless security sensors and devices communicate with an encrypted frequency, have a range between 250 feet and 1.6km and have long lasting non-proprietary batteries that can last up to 7 years. This has also reduced professional installation times drastically – minimizing any interruptions of having a contractor working at your home or business.

 

4.    DIY (Do It Yourself) Systems

A new category for home security is DIY. Who doesn’t want to try to save few bucks right? If you’re a handyman and have an intermediate understanding of low voltage electronics, then this is a great option for you. Approximately 10% of Regina home owners and business owners are performing self installations of their security systems. These systems are NOT monitored by a 24/7 Central Monitoring Station and the Police and Fire Department will not accept any automated phone calls from your security system. This means you’re on your own when you need help the most.

For the rest of you, choosing a Professional Installation company to provide a Smart Home & Automation system is a better option. Reed Security $0 Down Plans are the most popular and all  inclusive . All you have to do is take care of the affordable monthly fees. Plus, since your Security & Automation system is monitored by our 24/7 Central Monitoring Station you will be eligible for an insurance discount. Discounts on your home owners insurance range from 10% to 25%.


Contact Us today for a Free Security Evaluation or to find out more information.


SASKATOON SECURITY INQUIRIES
Reed Security Headquarters
Call 306.653.3200
SuRe InnoVations
Call 306.974.0888
PRINCE ALBERT 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Call 306.922.7200
CALGARY 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Call 587.393.2800
REGINA 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Call 306.206.0700
LLOYDMINSTER 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Coming Soon 

GET A *FREE SMART SECURITY & AUTOMATION SYSTEM UPGRADE AT HOMESTYLES 2017

Drop by the Reed Security booth (114) or Sure InnoVations booth (810) and we will upgrade your alarm system to the Smartest Security & Automation System on the Block.

That's right...

$0 EQUIPMENT*
$0 INSTALLATION*


Promo Code: IQUPGHOME

All you have to do is take care of the affordable monthly fees.
Some conditions apply.
Expires March 31st, 2017  

Reed Security - Booth 114
SuRe InnoVations - Booth 810


Homestyles 2017
Prairieland Park
Thursday, March 9th, 3pm to 9pm
Friday, March 10th, 1pm to 9pm
Saturday, March 11th, 10am to 9pm
Sunday, March 12th, 10am to 5pm


Contact Us today for a Free Security Evaluation or to find out more information.


SASKATOON SECURITY INQUIRIES
Reed Security Headquarters
Call 306.653.3200
SuRe InnoVations
Call 306.974.0888
PRINCE ALBERT 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Call 306.922.7200
CALGARY 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Call 587.393.2800
REGINA 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Call 306.206.0700
LLOYDMINSTER 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Coming Soon    

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Reed Security Group (HEAD OFFICE)
14-1724 Quebec Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V9
Ph: 306.653.3200

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2525 Wentz Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0X5
Ph: 306.974.0888
1.844.384.SAFE (7233)

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Ph: 306.220.7807

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ViboPulse Services
Ph: 306.206.0700


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PRINCE ALBERT
Thor Security Ltd.
1-243 South Industrial Drive
Prince Albert, SK S6V 7L9
Ph: 306.922.7200

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Oxford Security Systems
1105, 6027-79th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2C 5P1
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