Don’t let convenience and price compromise your privacy
Canadians are embracing smart homes and love both the convenience of automation and the affordability of smart home technology. But what if convenience and low price come with a real cost?
Every day, we see news reports about privacy breaches, from bank credit cards to home security systems. In fact, the vulnerabilities of many popular retail security systems, and the ease with which they can be hacked, were the subject of a recent news report1. The results were alarming to say the least. A password was hacked, and then through phishing emails, the family was tricked into providing login details for their home hub. Now with full access to the account, hackers were able to unlock the front door, get access to video footage and more.
Since the investigative news report, only one company agreed to update its security measures, leaving consumers on their own when it comes to knowing what steps to take to protect their privacy and safety.
As always, consider following these security best practices:
- Change all default passwords
- Never use the same password for any two different accounts, apps or devices
- When possible, activate 2-step authentication
- Avoid phishing scams that demand you to enter your account and identity information (when in doubt, always contact your home security provider!)
These are simple solutions to simple mistakes, but they could greatly affect the privacy, security and safety of your home and family.
Secure networks, innovative technology
What is the answer to helping keeping your system secure from hacks and other interferences? Say hello to Z-Wave. Z-Wave is an innovative communication protocol that is both more secure than Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and less prone to interference and disconnections. Through its wireless “mesh” network, Z-Wave enables a collection of devices to link up and communicate with each other. With this innovative technology, smart devices can mesh together by sending signals over low-energy radio waves on a dedicated frequency. With standard networks, more devices often lead to problematic congestion and a weaker signal. With Z-Wave, each device that is added to the network only amplifies the signal, resulting in robust connectivity.
But, perhaps the most important aspect of Z-Wave is its encryption. Z-Wave employs the same encryption measures as online banking, so security is solid and a breach highly improbable.
The key to smart home and peace of mind is quite simply, encryption. To help safeguard your home from many risks, look for an experienced provider, like ADT, whose entire business is security and smart home devices, and whose networks are encrypted.
Safer, smarter homes with ADT and Z-Wave
ADT smart home systems are compatible with Z-Wave Plus, providing the ultimate wireless communication between you and your devices, along with the highest level of privacy and security. In addition, our advanced SiX™ two-way wireless technology employs true, 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption. Operating in a closed system with a dedicated hub for a high level of security, so that your video footage, data and other private matters stay private.
ADT advanced monitoring services can also help ensure that when a smoke or intrusion alarm is triggered, agents at one of our monitoring centres will try to reach you via a two-way control panel before calling you. And, if you fail to respond, they will dispatch first responders: your local ambulance, police, and fire departments. They can also monitor everything from intrusion to fire, flood, and carbon monoxide so your home remains safer and accessible, even when you’re not home. The overriding (and often deciding) factor in choosing a monitored security system is that you don’t have to do anything but enjoy the security of a professionally installed system, with experienced technicians who will come to your home, set your system up and guide you through how it works.
ADT is Canada’s #1 home security company for a reason. Our brand is the trusted and reliable service provider to Canadian homes for over 100 years. Now, we are also leading the Canadian smart home industry equipped with the knowledge, experience and ability to help protect what matters most… including your privacy.
To find out more about how to turn your home into a smart home with the highest level of encryption and security, request a quote today.
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