Prioritize Security

Businesses looking for an integrated security

and surveillance solution can find a daunting range of choices.

Following are key elements to consider while selecting the security and surveillance solution that best meets your needs:

  1. Clarify your objectives

Why do you need a new security and surveillance system? How will it be used to benefit your business? Be specific about what better security means to you.

  • Prevent loss from customer theft?
  • Prevent internal loss from employee theft?
  • Protect property perimeter?
  • Protect production process?

This will help point to some specific hardware requirements while not deploying functionality that you don’t need.

  1. Review your data storage

High-resolution network camera systems create a lot of data. This needs to be streamed and stored. How might this impact your existing infrastructure?

  1. How will you measure ROI?

Security expenditures need to generate a return just like other business investments and expenses. Look at what that return looks like for your business. Accordingly, determine how much you are willing to invest based on that. Some of this may be tangible while others may be intangible. Check with your insurance provider to determine if insurance premium savings may be available.

  1. List your priorities

With an established view of your essential features and the budget you have available, you can make an objective choice about what is a must-have versus nice-to-have.

  1. Plan for the future

Consider your current needs and budget while taking into account the ability to adapt as your business needs change. By evaluating these factors, you can make an informed decision on which solution is a justifiable investment.

Do you have plans to open new offices? What are your annual growth projections? Will you be employing new people? Your system needs the flexibility to accommodate these changes.

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Next time you create another password, pay a little more attention and make it a stronger more secure one!  The goal is to prevent attackers from gaining access to your account and stealing your personal information.

Unfortunately, even though people may think this type of criminal activity is somewhat rare, identity theft statistics show that your chances of being affected might be much higher than you think.  Identity theft is one of the most common consequences of data breaches.

In 2017, 1 in 15 people became victims of identity fraud, and 1 in 5 victims have had their identities stolen more than once.  In other words, if your chances of winning the lottery were 1 in 15, like the odds of being an ID theft victim, we would all have family, friends and colleagues who were millionaires.

Although we can’t help you secure a future Lotto 6/49 prize, we can offer some thoughts on changing your odds when it comes to identity theft statistics.

Some good prevention tactics include changing passwords regularly, being cautious when putting personal information on social media and checking your bank and credit accounts frequently to spot fraudulent transactions.

Your password should be long, complex and unique. Here are additional steps you can take to help create strong passwords and secure your accounts:

  • Avoid common words or phrases

    Don’t use the information available to others like your birthday, phone number, or Social Security number. Attackers often use a dictionary of previously exposed passwords and information gathered from the internet to help them guess a password.

  • Change passwords quickly if there is a breach

    Attackers who steal data from companies often obtain password information. If you receive a notification from a company about a possible breach, change that password and any account that uses a similar password immediately.

  • Consider a password manager

    Most people have trouble keeping track of all their passwords. Consider storing your passwords and security questions in a password manager, an easy-to-access application that allows you to store all your valuable password information in one place. Use a strong password to secure the information in your password manager.

If you forget your password, most companies require you to answer security questions to regain access. Here are some tips to make sure an attacker can’t use your security questions as a way to get into your account:

  • Select security questions where only you know the answer. Many security questions ask for answers to information available in public records or online, like your postal code, mother’s maiden name, birthplace. That is information a motivated attacker can obtain.
  • Don’t use answers to security questions that can be guessed. An attacker can guess the answer to a security question that has a limited number of responses (dates, colours, Provinces, countries). Avoid questions like “What Province were you born in?” or “What colour was your first car?” which allows an attacker to guess all possible answers.
  • Don’t give a generic answer to a security question. Find an answer to a security question that you will remember but is also more complicated than a generic word. For example, if the security question asks “What is your favourite childhood memory?” the answer “watching the Dodgers with my mom” is more secure than “baseball.”

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Contributed by Erick Preza

You might want to reconsider getting a guard dog for the sole purpose of protecting your house from intruders. While dogs can certainly be beneficial in the event that someone breaks into your home, they shouldn’t be the only security system you have. Here are five reasons why you should install a security alarm instead of relying on the family dog.

Your dog may not do anything

As not all dog breeds are brave enough to stand up to an intruder, your dog might be one of many that will bark a few times before running away or hiding in a corner. If this is your only line of defense against intruders, then there’s nothing stopping them from getting everything they want and more.

Security systems are fixed to your home

What happens when your dog is out of the house at the vet, on a walk, or playing in the backyard and someone breaks in? Nothing! And your house is left vulnerable for anyone to break into. With a security alarm system that is permanently installed into your home, you don’t have to worry about it going anywhere.

The system will react to emergencies

Even though your dog will be able to alert you and surrounding neighbors to an intruder, they won’t be able to contact emergency services the moment something goes wrong. Having a monitored security system will allow the monitoring company to be notified and dispatch the proper authorities. With a guard dog, you will lose precious time by looking for your phone and calling the authorities yourself.

They can harm a non-intruder

While having a dog that’s on guard or overly protective isn’t a bad thing, you don’t want a dog that’s overly aggressive and trained to attack immediately. You’ll run the risk of them attacking you as you’re coming home from work or biting a friend that’s stopping by. Dog bites can cause a lot of physical and financial strain, especially if it happens to anyone other than the owner.

Or be harmed by an intruder

Countless dogs are injured every year because they were protecting the house from intruders. If your dog is the only line of defense between the burglar and whatever they want, they won’t think twice about getting rid of their only obstacle. Please put your dog’s safety first and install a security system!

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Tracking assets is a vital task for any business.

Keeping track of your most valuable assets including your employees, equipment, and fleet is a concern for many businesses today. To help track these, many companies are turning to GPS Tracking Solutions.

You may notice that there are as many available systems as there are flavours of ice cream. The following will help answer some of the questions and give you a starting point.

Common Myths and Misconceptions:

  • It is too Expensive – A misconception; in most cases it is very affordable. And some Insurance Companies even offer a discount if you install a tracking system.
  • It’s only for Big Companies – People and equipment are valuable to any size Company.
  • Fleet Tracking is complicated and hard to install and use – These days, if you can operate a computer, you can use it. Also, some installations can even be done by the owner’s staff.
  • We don’t have time to implement the system – The system can be implemented around your schedule. Furthermore, training for your key staff may be arranged for the same time.
  • All Fleet Tracking Systems are the same – Not all Systems are created equal, the secret is to look at your needs and then choose a flexible system to grow with your needs.
  • I can track my Employees through their Mobile Phones – while it can provide you with location, it can’t provide you with many of the other important features.

Fleet Tracking Improves Your Business

In a tough economy, it helps to have an edge. Companies are beefing up their services in order to compete. When your business depends on the reliability of the vehicles you operate, an effective way to improve customer service is to improve your ability to monitor your equipment. One of the primary ways companies monitor their property and improve transportation services is through GPS vehicle tracking.

Companies that rely on ground transportation use GPS tracking for business vehicles. Service companies use business GPS tracking for communication and planning. Companies that deliver goods, whether long distance or across town, use GPS tracking to find efficient routes and keep customers informed. What’s more, companies of all types use vehicle tracking to keep a closer eye on employee activities.

What can I get from Basic Tracking?:

  • Live Tracking: know where your People and Fleet are at all times.
  • Notifications and Important locations, know when certain problems occur where you might need to provide assistance.
  • Travel History: see where and when things have happened to your Fleet.
  • Analystics and Insights: Glean the information and see where your can save on fuel or change routes to be more efficient.
  • Above all, it helps meet the Lone Worker Saftey Regulations.

Benefits

  • GPS tracking makes it easy to monitor your employees. A discreet device lets you spot unusual driving patterns, such as unplanned stops or routes that deviate from planned routes, so you can take action.
  • GPS tracking for business vehicles facilitates communication with your customers to let them know of any delays in meeting your scheduled commitments.
  • Your business benefits from using GPS tracking for planning service and deliveries. So, you can figure out the best route and view real-time updates about traffic and weather along your routes.

Summary

  1. Safety: Tracking vehicle activity improves driver behavior. GPS tracking in company vehicles makes for better drivers: Fewer occurrences of speeding, hard braking, hard acceleration and sharp turns leads to fewer speeding tickets, fewer accidents, lower maintenance costs, and lower insurance premiums.
  2. Security: Fleet management improves operational efficiency. Maintenance costs are minimized by on-time service. Flag incidents of speeding, excessive idling or aggressive driving. This lets you identify and correct inefficient driving, thereby reducing fuel costs and wear-and-tear on company vehicles.
  3. Efficiency: Real-time tracking makes fleets secure. Eliminate unauthorized usage, side-jobs and moonlighting — ensuring that your fleet is always working for you, and only you.

 

With the many Tracking Systems available, Nutec Electro Tel can confidently meet your needs. We offer a selection of systems that provided the flexibility to grow and expand with Your Business.

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GPS Tracking Solutions

Contributed by Wade Miller

 Smart Home Security

Security System technology has come a long way from the early years. 

In the early 1900s, telephone lines helped create the security systems that we are familiar with today.  After the phone line technology became the standard, not much changed until motion sensors were introduced in the 1970s.

The more modern security systems rely on sensors that are either hardwired or battery operated.  The relatively recent technology allows the addition of security cameras which bring more peace of mind to the home or business owner.

Thanks to advancements in Smart Home Technology, home and business owners can now receive instant alerts on their cell phone whenever an event occurs.  This is done through an “Interactive” app available for your PC or mobile device.  Live video feed can now be monitored through the same Interactive app.

Smart home technology allows you to lock and unlock doors from your mobile device when using Smart Locks.  You can also turn on light bulbs remotely with smart bulbs or appliance modules.

Below are some helpful tips to remember when getting your new Smart Home Security System.

Watch Those Fingers

Though many newer systems no longer require a code, some alarms may go off when the user keys in the wrong code. If your system is like this it’s important to be careful. Everyone knows how easy it is to tap the wrong key when you’re in a rush, so slow down even if it’s just for that few seconds.

Motion Sensors

Having a pet trigger your motion sensor is a sure way to trigger a false alarm and get your security company moving for nothing. If you have pets, or even use oscillating fans during the day, make sure your security installer sets the motion sensor at the correct level so the alarm isn’t triggered on a false alarm.

Remember to Disarm

Here’s a common scenario; you arm the system and go out to the car to leave, then remember you forgot something inside. You run in quickly without disarming the alarm and it goes off. If there’s any chance you’ll be in the building long enough to trigger the alarm, disarm it first.

Check Doors and Windows

If any of the door or window sensors aren’t securely closed, a false alarm may result. The alarm system will think someone is trying to break in, so make sure you close all the doors and windows properly before arming the system.

Regular Maintenance

Faulty equipment is a common culprit when it comes to false alarms, so keep up on your maintenance. Nutec Electro Tel can provide system checks and equipment maintenance to help you keep it all running smoothly.

The Right Company

It makes sense that choosing a quality security company will help you minimize false alarms. Good companies rarely make mistakes during installation and take you through the system step-by-step so you won’t have any issues when using it. If you have strong customer service, chances are any false alarms will be kept to an absolute minimum.

Interested in more information?

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Home and Business Security System Custom Designed for Your Budget

Contributed by Erick Preza

Opening a business in a low-crime area does not mean that burglars will leave you alone. Even in the best neighborhoods, criminals will find out about your company and try to take anything of value. In today’s technology driven world, door access control systems have become an essential component of business security. In fact, there is no better alternative to secure your premises as access-controlled systems have become increasingly sophisticated over the years. Starting from an electronic keypad that secures a single door to a comprehensive network of multiple rooms and floors, they provide remote access to only authorized personnel.

The following tips will help you understand how business security systems can protect your business.

  1. Use the Strongest Locks. Physical locks can discourage crime by complicating unauthorized entry to your building. Some locks make easy targets because burglars can easily pick or destroy them. Check your premises for aging and damaged locks as well as devices that seem insecure and install the latest high-security deadbolt locks in their place.
  2. Install an Access Control System. Businesses need to install door access control systems for a variety of reasons such as, to safeguard a high-value asset, secure goods and materials, and restrict unauthorized entry and exit. However, the layout, size, and therefore cost of the system will vary depending on its purpose. Usually, you just need to install the system on the main entrance and exit doors to restrict unauthorized entry into your premises.
  3. If you are safeguarding a high-value asset such as server rooms having highly-confidential data, you may need to install the system on virtually every window and door of the building. You will also need to pair the system with electronic surveillance and alarm systems depending on its purpose. Determine why you want to install the system to know how elaborate it needs to be.
  4. Implement Video Surveillance Cameras to deter would-be criminals. When burglars see that you will likely have a complete record of what they have done, they often will move on to an easier target. The availability of cameras and video security management services makes video surveillance practical and affordable as a tool to provide indisputable evidence of crimes against your property.
  5. Install an Alarm System. Modern technology has made business security systems more efficient than ever thought possible. Burglars know all about different types of alarms, so make sure you have one that they cannot easily defeat. Attempted break-ins trigger audible alarms that alert passersby and make life very uncomfortable for burglars inside your building. You can also get alarm systems and services that will automatically notify you and local authorities when an incident occurs.
  6. Enhance Physical Security. Sometimes the best security systems do not deter some determined criminals. Burglars who rely on brute force and speed to avoid getting caught don’t care if they set off an alarm or get recorded on video. Add an extra layer of defense to your facility by installing a security gate and other devices that restrict physical access to your property. The added time breaking into your business requires will deter criminals and increase the likelihood that authorities will arrive quickly enough to make an arrest. Stop taking chances with the safety of your business.

Site Considerations

Are your doors made of wood, metal or glass? This determines the type of locks you are able to install.

  • For how many doors would you want to you want to manage access?
  • Do you really need the back door on the access system too, or is that door rarely used?
  • Is it possible for all these doors to be connected to one IT closet? Pay attention to distance and where the wire can run.
  • Are there different floors in your office? If so, you might want to connect both floors with wires to save on installation costs. Otherwise you may have to install two separate access control systems.

Policy Considerations

  • Should the door always be locked or always open during office hours?
  • How many people need access to the space? How often does this change and how often are people added?
  • Are there different access roles for managers, employees, freelancers and interns?

System Considerations

Thanks to access control solutions, you can identify who enters and exits your facility. There are different types of identification systems. Some identifiers are more precise than others when it comes to recognizing whether users are authorized to enter the building. Because of that, we can address diverse problems concerning access control security:

  • People who use the credentials of authorized persons to enter the facilities.
  • Fraudulent copy of the credentials.
  • Incorrect use of the area by allowing access to unauthorized users.
  • Accesses that don’t close correctly.

How can we avoid these types of problems?

Choosing the right device for the access control system is fundamental to avoiding security problems. The installation of an improper access control system can jeopardize the security of the facility.

Biometric access control readers provide the highest level of identification. This is because they are high security identifiers and very difficult to copy. Another way to get the maximum security in the access control is the combination of access control with other security systems. A video surveillance system with security cameras can dissuade intruders and record the real person who is entering the facility.

Additionally, using an anti-passback system allows to identify which users’ credentials are duplicated. If a user is already in the facility, and another person is trying to use the same credentials, the system won’t permit it until the first identifier has checked out.

On the other hand, when using an IP access control system, it is important to consider hacking issues. In order to get anti-hacking devices and systems, we should work with encrypted protocols.

With these tips, you can practically eliminate the risks in the access control system. An efficient and reliable access control system is fundamental to guarantee the security in both residential or commercial facilities.

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Contributed by Brent Steeves, Account Manager, Nutec Electro Tel

 

For effective burglary prevention, consider varying your routine and have someone take care of your home when you’re away. Many break-ins are committed by burglars who live in your neighborhood. By living nearby, it’s easy for them to learn your schedule and strike when they know you’re not home. They may also check for signs that you’re on vacation, such as flyers or newspapers accumulating at your door, or garbage cans left at the curb.

 

Keep all entry points closed, locked, and alarmed, even when you are at home. Make your home less appealing to intruders by keeping shrubs and trees trimmed back. Often burglars gain access to homes through open or unlocked entrances. First floor windows and doors are well-liked by burglars, especially when they can hide behind overgrown vegetation. Evidence of a security system influences the burglar’s decision to target another home. A monitored home security system will help reduce the chance of being a burglary victim. Use the yard signs and window stickers to alert potential intruders to your security system. Make sure the signs and stickers are visible from every approach to your home, not just the front entrance.

Surveillance_cameraThe majority of home and apartment burglaries occur during the daytime when most people are away at work or school. Install indoor and outdoor motion-activated home security cameras so you can check on your home throughout the day. Plus, you’ll receive an alert if the camera detects motion. This gives you a chance to evaluate the situation immediately.

Whether they walk through an open front door or kick in a locked one, burglars aren’t shy about using your home’s primary entry point. Keep your front door closed and locked at all times. If the door is worn or has a hollow core, replace it with a solid wood or metal door—they’re much harder to break down. Mount a security camera or motion sensor light above the door, and install a smart doorbell. Never give your house key to contractors or hide a key outside your home.

Unfortunately, most people don’t hide their valuables carefully, and burglars know it. Once they break in, burglars head straight for the master bedroom, where they scavenge through dresser drawers and nightstands, look under mattresses, and search closets. Cash, jewelry, and weapons are some of the things a burglar wants most from your home. Store your valuables in a safe that’s bolted to the floor. Install it away from the master bedroom or closet.

Burglaries are often hard crimes to solve. Even if the burglar is found, your lost property may not be returned. Keep a record of your assets to assist in identifying them. Photograph and record the serial numbers of all valuables. Store the copies in a safe deposit box or with a relative.

Burglary prevention is a very important undertaking. Learn more about your home security options, and find one that meets your needs and fits your budget. Having a monitored security system may also qualify you for a discount on your homeowner’s insurance policy.