Protect Yourself from Ghost Apps and Fake Rankings

Android users, beware: over a million Android phones and tablets are being infected by Googlian, a new malware virus, according to cyber security company Check Point Software Technologies.

The replicating malware is used to steal passwords, install apps, adware and bloatware on your device, and then give fraudulent rankings to apps. Artificially inflated apps, advertising revenue, and subsequent downloads creates income for the hackers and benefactors.

The malicious epidemic has reached one million Android devices so far and is amassing an additional 13,000 more devices each day.
Affected G-Suite products include Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive, and G Suite. Operating systems, which have been compromised, include Android 4 (known as Jelly Bean and KitKat) and Android 5 (known as Lollipop.) Together these operating systems represent nearly 74% of Android devices in use today.

You can check your device’s security by visiting: https://gooligan.checkpoint.com/

At this website, you will be able to check individual accounts as well as corporate devices.

To protect yourself, consider the following:

 

The Perfect Gift for the Person who has Everything

We all know someone who is impossible to buy for. When we see their name on our holiday gift giving list, our minds go blank.

But fear not! We have the perfect suggestion for the person hard to buy for: peace of mind and security.

Santa Recommends Security

Consider giving a security system or security product as a holiday gift this year from Smithville Security. Your loved ones will protected year-round as well as safeguarded from environmental disasters such as fire, flood, and carbon monoxide exposure.

Smithville Security is a proud Honeywell distributor with our own competent installation and maintenance staff. These quality home security products offer peace of mind as well as simplicity.

  • 24 hours a day, seven days a week security
  • Theft protection
  • Environmental sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Video monitoring

Go Big or Go Small

Even with an affordable monthly fee, a security system might be out of budget for several people on your list.

But you can even afford a security gift for their stocking with an affordable accessory such as the Skybell door bell, the smart video door bell; smart lights, or a connected, programmable thermostat.

Best of all, you don’t have to figure out what to give in future years. As connected devices advance and more devices are added each year, you’ll always have a new gift to give your loved ones.

Smithville Security protects your loved one from more than just theft. It can shield them from environmental disasters while communicating seamlessly with their mobile device.

Additionally, a home security system often decreases insurance bills and increases resale value when they are ready to sell.

So put a security system under your loved ones Christmas tree this year. You’ll never wonder what to get them for birthdays or holidays again!

Call (800) 742-4084 today inquire on pricing today.

Keeping an A+ Home

Did your parents ever display your school report card on the refrigerator, displaying all your A+ grades?

Earn an all As report card for your home with this simple security checklist:

  • Add lighting to the exterior of your home as the first step towards creating a safe and secure home. This deters burglars from targeting your home.
  • Trim back bushes so there are fewer places to hide or duck down, if cars approach. Prickly bushes positioned under windows is another approach, favored by horticulturalists.
  • Check your smoke detectors each time you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
  • Add a carbon monoxide detector to your home or a smoke/carbon monoxide hybrid detector. Both of these can be linked to your home automation hub and alert you to a problem, even if you aren’t home.
  • If you have a home security system, make sure your window decals and signage is prominently displayed. Signage is a top deterrent for thieves.
  • Review your escape plan with all family members. Cover details such as:
    -Where should everyone meet in the case of a fire?
    -What exits should be used? Are there alternate exits if one is blocked?
    -Where should you shelter during a tornado?

 

Aim for excellence with your home security by choosing Smithville Security as your partner.

Smithville Security – Your First Step Towards Home Automation

Thinking about a security system? You might be considering increased safety, peace of mind, and a warning sign for your front door. But did you know that today’s security platforms can represent the first steps towards highly convenient home automation?

The Hub of Your Home

What does it mean to “automate” your home? Home automation can be simple or sophisticated. You can control and unlock doors, set alarms, check video monitors, change the inside temperature of your home, monitor key appliances or record your favorite program. You can do this through your smartphone or desktop computer, and voice commands, even if you aren’t physically home. Increasing numbers of consumers want home automation because it can add new levels of security (and peace of mind), help manage your energy consumption, and offer you high levels of comfort, confidence, and convenience. 

So what are we talking about here? Home automation can access and control a variety of security features, environmental controls, and appliance functionality, with countless more features being added each day.  

Security Features

  • These security features offer confidence in the security of your home, even if you are on vacation or at work. Home automation allows you to unlock doors for a babysitter or service person. Video feeds allow you to check on your pets or an elderly loved one throughout the day.  And here’s more:Garage doors access
  • Doorbells cameras and notifications
  • Window and door sensors
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Remote-access locks and security
  • Live video feed

These security features offer confidence in the security of your home, even if you are on vacation or at work. Home automation allows you to unlock doors for a babysitter or service person. Video feeds allow you to check on your pets or an elderly loved one throughout the day.  And here’s more:

  • Garage doors access
  • Doorbells cameras and notifications
  • Window and door sensors
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Remote-access locks and security
  • Live video feed

Environmental controls

  • Multimedia controls
  • Scene selectors for specific events, including lighting, sound, ambiance, etc.
  • Thermostats and humidity controls
  • Whole house controllers
  • Sprinkler control

 Your home is your haven and the environment can be controlled through your smartphone or tablet. Set up scenarios for lively parties or a quiet refuge after a long day. Assure lights are controlled and thermostats are properly formatted. Never forget to water your lawn or turn off the sprinklers again.

Appliances

Many new appliances come with built-in Internet of Things (IoT) functionality, which is what helps make home automation work. These advanced appliances are immediately ready for home automation connection and activation.

 Through your home appliance control system, you can raise or lower temperatures in refrigerators or freezers, monitor your washing machine and dryer, and turn on the dishwasher.

 As home automation expands, you can expect a nearly endless amount of applications and IoT appliances. But here’s good news: you can build your home automation system with 21st century Honeywell products and functionality from Smithville Security.

 Have questions? You can contact me personally to discuss how to connect and secure your home through a Honeywell Total Connect System from Smithville Security. Send me a note through our contact page.