5 Smart Devices to Improve Your Home Security

Every news article these days focuses on cybersecurity attacks. You know, attacks like the WannaCry ransomware attack, the various data breaches that are becoming more and more common, and vice versa. But I want to focus on physical security (but with a technological twist).

See, while these outlets focus on cybersecurity, they rarely mention physical security. Protecting your home is still vital to living a secure life, and regular locks just don’t cut it anymore. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to secure your home with access control that goes beyond physical locks.

1. A VPN

I know I mentioned earlier I wouldn’t talk about cybersecurity and instead focus on physical security solutions. However, it would be remiss of me not to recommend at least one piece of cybersecurity software.

See, you must focus on both physical security and cybersecurity. Focusing on one over the other only leads to mismanagement of resources and uncounted-for vulnerabilities. The biggest target of your home? Your network.

An encrypted router would go a long way for your security, which is why I recommend using a VPN. A VPN will encrypt your network and hide your IP, making the gathering of your information difficult and tedious for any cybercriminal present.

Find out more about VPNs here.

2. Ring Alarm

Let’s start with the most consumer-friendly security system of the bunch: the Ring Alarm security system.

The Ring Alarm Security System employs motion detectors, contact sensors, and cameras to survey your home, making sure no one suspicious is patrolling your home or breaking in,

If someone were to break into your house (or try to), the Ring Alarm Security System, the associated app would send you notifications along with a way to view what’s happening so that you can confirm whether or not it detected a family member, friend, or a criminal.

3. Nest Secure

But if the Ring Alarm system doesn’t tickle your fancy, then you may want to look into investing into the Nest ecosystem. Considered consumer-friendly, the Nest Secure System contains most of what the Ring Alarm does, but with a few caveats.

For one, the Nest Secure doesn’t contain a keypad, contact sensor, or range extender. Not deal-breakers, but do be aware you’ll be missing out on these. However, the Nest Secure System does a good job when it comes to protecting your home, and the app is much easier to use than Ring.

4. Abode

If you feel Nest Secure and Ring Alarm a bit too…basic for your needs, take a look at the Abode Security System. Along with the essentials, Abode comes with a few extra features, such as strobe lights and an outdoor siren.

Plus, Abode allows for more flexibility when it comes to professional monitoring. It’s still easy to set up, of course, but if you need professional equipment and monitoring, Abode also allows for that.

5. SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe has managed to fly under the radar for many websites, but it’s a good security system! While it lacks the flexibility of Abode and may be too simple for some people, SimpliSafe offers an easy-to-use security system at a (relatively) low cost!

SimpliSafe is also loud enough to ring an alarm throughout your entire house, meaning you’ll always know if someone’s breaking in, asleep or not.

The only one that can truly protect your house is you. Remember that. Only you have the power to set up security systems, take care of your network, and be vigilant. Whether you use security systems or a simple VPN, it’s important you start taking cybersecurity seriously. If you haven’t already taken the steps to improve your security, do so now. Better late than never!