Safety tips to Make Your Home Less Appealing to Burglars

Original Report By: Ryan Unger (Moneyversed.com) No one wants to experience a home invasion and the helpless feeling you are left with. Ensuring your home doesn’t appeal to burglars isn’t always easy, but these next tips will certainly help!     #1) Reinforce your existing door jam   Your current jam may seem adequate but it can never hurt to add to it. Give intruders the most difficult time trying to enter and stop them in their tracks.   #2 …
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All Security Systems are not created equal

Some DIY home projects are a great way to help save money and can easily be done by you, the homeowner. Other things may seem easy enough like installing an alarm system. How hard could this be? Well, let’s start here: According to Bob Dolph of SSI Magazine, there are many varieties of wireless devices. Some are extremely vulnerable as they are easily jammed and disabled making your security system useless. Professional Systems use the best technology to provide a …
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Why Choose Professional Security

Original Report by: Joan Engebretson for SDM Magazine     Why choose professional security?   Everyone at Forest Security has ongoing training in all aspects of the security industry. Technology changes rapidly and if we don’t keep one step ahead, we can’t keep you, your homes and your businesses safe. If we are not installing or maintaining security equipment, we are being educated about new security devices. As little as a decade ago, most didn’t think home security would also …
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Keeping Your Security Account Secure

Forest Tips To Help Prevent Security Account Tampering   The Forest/Alarm.com App invests heavily in the reliability of its services and protection of user data. Your information is protected through a unique username and password, and certain sensitive communications are protected  through server authentication and secure connections. Here are a few tips to help you prevent account tampering or hacking as well as to strengthen your overall security: Enable Two Factor Authentication Two Factor Authentication is a security measure for …
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Cybersecurity Tips for the New Year

  There has been a flood of recent reports of hackers breaking into residential security cameras. What has happened to allow so many security breaches? We have learned that hackers have developed dedicated software to break into several self-installed security devices and cameras.   According to Motherboard,  hackers have developed a tool specifically for breaking into Ring accounts with cameras. One forum has a post for a “Ring Video Doorbell Config.” A config is a file used to drive special …
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Smarter Holiday Lights

Automate your holiday lights this season with Smart Lighting Control from Forest Security. Control your holiday lights with the same app used for your security system so you can disarm your panel and turn your lights on when you arrive home with a single touch. Best yet, after the holidays, your Smart Lighting Control can be used anywhere in your home to keep your home smart all year long! To add Z-Wave lighting control to your Forest Security System Call …
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Use Scenes for a Smart Home way to get things done

From: Alarm.com We all have things we have to get done every day. Some small, some large, some things more important than others, but it all needs to get done. For example, the kids are tucked in bed and you want to enjoy a movie. First you have to check that the front and back doors are locked. You want to hall light turned off and you also want the thermostat turned down. The alarm should also be turned on …
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What makes some homes more attractive to burglars than others?

Original Report By: Ryan Unger (Moneyversed.com) Just thinking about someone breaking into your home and going through your belongings is horrifying. The feeling of being violated is hard to shake, even more so if something irreplaceable is stolen. Unfortunately, many people fall victim to home invasion and theft every day leaving them to wonder why it happened to them. According to burglars, there are several reasons some homes are easier targets than others. See if your home is an easy …
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Forest can help keep your home cool and save on energy too

Forest Will Fix Your Summer “Hot Room” Problem   Your thermostat does a fantastic job of keeping a constant, comfortable temperature in the room where it is mounted (front hallway). Everywhere else in your house is a different story! The kitchen is sweltering and the bedroom is too hot to sleep. Your thermostat thinks everything is at a perfect temperature. The problem is all thermostats only control the temperature of the room they are in. During hot summer months, your …
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Seniors Targeted by Scammers in Illinois!

Across Illinois and across America, seniors are being targeted by con artists in efforts to defraud them using scare tactics. The Grandparent Scam The “Grandparent Scam” is one where you receive a call telling you your grandchild or other loved one is in trouble, either kidnapped, in jail or other danger. They require immediate money via a wire transfer or even an iTunes gift card. They use digitally altered recordings to sound like the loved one making the call seem …
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