Recently, Kathleen Birlew (one of our Senior Security Consultants) participated in writing an article for redfin.com.
Below is her part of the article. To read the whole article, click HERE.
How safe is a wireless home security system? Can it be hacked?
Years ago, the only way to install devices for security was to drill through walls. This required a lot of time, and could cause water damage to the home.
Today, wireless technology has emerged as the answer. Wireless security systems can even integrate lighting, thermostats, locks and garage doors to control right from your phone. These features utilize a GSM module for control. As a cellular communicator sends the signals, there’s no need to worry about phone lines going out for extended periods of time.
Whether this system is susceptible to hacking depends on the equipment, proper installation, and most importantly, the company supporting it.
However, DIY systems have become available to the public through retail and mail order. They are normally lower in cost than a professionally installed security system, but are lacking many of the important capabilities and safeguards. Transmitting a signal for help is crucial for any alarm system. Many of the DIY systems depend upon the internet for communication. A lapse or interruption of internet service will stop a signal from being sent. Standard internet service is also susceptible to being hacked.
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