Home Security Alarms Books for Homeowners

Home Security Alarms Books for Homeowners

Homeowners considering home security alarms will find a good selection of guidebooks on the subject. Here are a few of the popular ones.

Home Security, Second Edition: Alarms, sensors and systems

Author Vivan Capel provides a practical guide to help homeowners looking to protect home and property. Simple steps spell out ways to protect the home. Readers are shown how burglars work and how to stop them. Selection and installation of home security alarm systems are discussed.

In addition to detailing the huge range of home security devices available, readers may come up with their own solutions using descriptions and circuits for 2 designs given in the book. Capel discusses both pros and cons of security alarm systems.

Savvy Guide to Home Security

John Paul Mueller, author of more than 60 books, takes homeowners through the steps required in designing, purchasing or installing home security systems. He covers assessment, planning, purchasing and maintaining the home security alarms system. Coverage of home offices is included, along with security expert interviews. Topics in this book include system building, system needs assessment, provider choice, equipment selection and a glossary of terms.

Home Security: How to Select Reliable Locks and Alarms for Your Home, Office or Car

Author Carl Hammer notes that nearly every American suffers from personal theft at least once according to Department of Justice data. He feels that too many homeowners are lulled into a false sense of security by silver-tongued salesmen into installing expensive home security alarm systems but neglect tackling vulnerable door, window and lock issues.
In this book, Hammer reveals how burglars target and break into buildings. Proven techniques and tactics for deterring burglars is given. Dozens of low-tech, low-cost and low-maintenance measures for protecting home and property are detailed.
The extensive section on alarms shows homeowners the best way to install secure alarm systems along with information about how even the most expensive system can be gotten around by others.

The last section of the book details secure home safes, safe gun storage, auto alarms and other situations, including protecting self and family when away from home.

What About My Security?

Ron Herhuth’s practical approach to personal and property security helps homeowners avoid becoming a target of opportunity.
Securing Home and Business: A Guide to the Electronic Security Industry

Erwin Blackstone and Simon Hakim provide practical information on safekeeping the home and other property. Interviews with professional burglars resulted in this book. Detailed are where intrusions most often occur, how entry is gained and what happens when the burglar gets inside.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Home Security

Authors Tom Davidson and Lorna Gentry wrote this guide detailing all homeowners need to know about keeping home and family safe. Everything from basic home security alarm systems to inexpensive means that can be self implemented. Legal issues regarding nanny-cams and monitoring are covered. The author is a former FBI agent and security expert.
Home security alarms can provide an element of safety for homeowners. There are many variables in choosing and implementing the right system. These guidebooks provide information aimed at helping homeowners choose, install and maintain home security alarms.

The Many Uses of Listening Devices

The Many Uses of Listening Devices

Listening devices are perhaps the most popular and most widely available spy gadgets out there. They range from little transmitters with poor quality to high tech devices that allow you listen in, virtually undetected able, from 300 yards away. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and disguises. Listening devices are used to gather different types of information, and can be helpful in a variety of cases where you are investigating just about anything. Covert listening devices are the best friend of any surveillance professional, and are more than helpful for the beginner or the amateur.

You can use listening devices to gather evidence and collect information on a variety of issues. They can be used to allow you to make sure that your kids are safe, that your partner is faithful, or to help you discover what others plan and say behind your back. They are immensely useful in divorce cases and custody hearings, and they can also be used to help you protect yourself from false accusations and they can even be used when you bug yourself in order to make sure you have the right way of any conversation that might have taken place.

Listening devices can be used in a variety of manners as well. You can place small and inexpensive radio frequency transmitters in nearly any room to hear what is going on. These are practically untraceable, and they are not usually noticed by the common run of people. If you are worried, however, spy bugs come in a variety of innocuous disguises that fool people into thinking that the device is a pen, a pair of reading glasses, or a cell phone. This allows you to listen in without arousing any suspicion at all.

You can learn how to tap your own phone line in order to know what people in your family are saying and whom they are calling. It is also useful to help you record all of your own conversations. Such listening devices can serve as protection to you, allowing you to have evidence against someone who might try to betray you down the road. You can accomplish just about anything you need to do with the help of listening devices.

(c) 2005 Copyright www.spyassociates.com. This article is about: Listening Devices.

Pixel Sites…everyone’s jumping on the band wagon

Pixel Sites…everyone’s jumping on the band wagon

Not a day goes by when I don’t get an email or see a site pushing yet another pixel advertising site but are these really a good advertising venue or is everyone just jumping on the band wagon expecting to make a few quick bucks or even get rich.

A search on Google for pixel sites gives 22,7000 results. The rage started when a 21 year old from England launched an advertising site where you paid $1 per pixel of advertising and the page was divided into 1,000,000 pixels. The advertising sold out and the guy made a cool million dollars! And get this the last remaining 1000 pixels were sold on ebay for a staggering $38,100!

The original site – The Million Dollar Homepage was launched on 26th August 2005. The guy then emailed all his friends and told them to pass on details of his site to their friends and so on…and then he sold his first 400 pixels for $400. At this stage the site was getting around 100 hits a day so he started to contact the press. An IT news site picked it up and ran an article resulting in 2000 hits an hour, it got ranked by Google and the hits went up to 35,000 a day.

And as the ball started rolling the visitors to the site increased, more pixels were sold, the guy made more money and the press interest increased. The site was getting over 100,000 unique visitors in 2 days and the UK nationals ran stories on the site. Then the story found its way into US papers, TV appearances followed and so on….publicity generates publicity. The site was getting hundreds of thousands of unique visitors and advertisers were seeing a good click through rate for their adverts.

Further TV interviews and radio interviews followed, Reuters ran an article on the site, as did the Wall Street Journal. With the last few remaining pixels auctioned on eBay the guy made is million dollars on 11th January 2006 – less of course any costs he incurred.

And then of course, the site was hacked and money demanded (which the FBI are currently investigating) but even this led to more media interest.

By the end of October 2005 hundreds of copy cat sites had started to spring up. Now there are thousands of them if not more. Have you visited any of these – most have no adverts on them, no traffic and no one in their right mind would choose to advertise on them.

So why have thousands of others thought they could hop on the bandwagon and make a quick $1,000,000? This guy had an unprecedented level of media attention, driving thousands and thousands of visitors to the site.

Even the guy behind the Million Dollar Home Page pixel site acknowledges that it is not a lasting business idea but a novel one off idea. There is no long term business concept and it will only work once. How long it will take those jumping on the pixel bandwagon to realise this – who knows!

Use A Spyware Remover Now

Use A Spyware Remover Now

If you use the internet, “There is over 90% chance your computer is infected with spyware” – Source CNN.

Just think about it. You probably have at least one, if not more computers in your home. Most computers today have internet access. And if you receive email from others and surf to a couple of sites can you be almost completely sure you have some kind of spyware installed in your computer.

How dangerous are spyware?

Let me give you a short list of things spyware can do,

• Spyware can run completely hidden on your computer
• It can slow down your computer a lot
• It can spy on you and send everything you type to someone else
• It can record everything you do, allowing someone to see it later
• It can spy on you and send account information, passwords, credit card numbers and similar to a third party
• It can “steal” files, pictures, videos and more from your computer

Some spyware will do just a few things and others everything from the list above, and more.

You must keep your computer clean from spyware or risk loosing personal information, financial information and even your private photos or family videos.

Run a spyware scanner regularly to clean out any spyware that may have sneaked their way into your computer. Do note that antivirus software (even the most expensive ones) have problems to keep spyware out. So get a good anti spyware software and use it!

No matter what the spyware’s purpose really is, the bottom line is that at the very least it will cause you countless hours of problem solving and slow downs on your computer.

Scan your PC now to make sure it is clean. If you find anything, avoid using any credit cards or visit your online bank until the PC is cleaned with a top anti spyware software.

There are many different types of software that can harm, cripple or just reside quietly inside your computer. Beside virus, the most common types are Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, Backdoors, Bots and Dialers. They all have different agendas but will to a degree change the way your computer function and how well it works. This beside the obvious threath the program itself impose.

Nanny Cam To The Rescue

Nanny Cam To The Rescue

It today’s society, it is often necessary for both parents to go out into the workforce. A two-parent income has become a normal part of society.

Often, this means that parents need to hire someone to take care of their young children.

Finding the right person can be a tedious task. Lets face it; no one can take care of our children like we can. When you have exhausted yourself finding the right nanny, and are comfortable with your choice, there will still be the nagging question; “did I make the right choice?”

With technology evolving continuously, you can now be sure that your children are safe with the incredible invention of the spy camera. You can place these amazing little devices around your home and know that your children are being taken care of.

Spy cameras can placed anywhere in your home and be virtually undetected. They come in such an assortment of styles that they will fit into any room or décor.

The choices seem almost endless. You can purchase hidden cameras in wall mirrors or clocks, Fire alarms and even in a pair of sunglasses. If you want to use a hidden camera in your child’s nursery or bedroom, using a hidden camera in an air purifier will be virtually undetected.

Keeping your valuables safe will also be an easy task when you use a hidden camera in the form of an alarm clock on your nightstand.

Let’s face it, in a perfect world this type of surveillance would not be needed. However, we do not live in a perfect world, and children are often the target of an aggression and abuse because they are not able to tell anyone. With a hidden camera, the camera can speak for the child and in the end; you can know that your choice is sound.

No one can ever be one hundred percent sure that they have chosen the right childcare provider. What seems too good to be true can often be just that.

However, thanks to technology, you can now put to rest the nagging fear and know for sure that your child or children are safe.

Do You Have These Software Downloads?

Do You Have These Software Downloads?

After ‘sex’, perhaps the most searched items on any search engine are ‘download’ and ‘freeware’. The topics of interest are mostly ‘sex’, ‘girls’, ‘sex videos’, ‘free downloads’, ‘google’, ‘yahoo’, ‘chat’, ‘music’, ‘games’ etc. There are those who search for an item and finding the search to be costly, prefix or suffix the word ‘free’. Its a different matter that what appears to be prima facie ‘free’ is either a short-lived demo version or a labyrinth starting with submission of all details of your existence on this planet ( you begin to feel anytime the FBI is going to be on your trail).

Choosing the right website

Most often, I have found the searches annoying. What is promised in the title or description is seldom found after clicking. With due respects to SEO gurus, I have even found websites under construction on the first page of search i.e., in the top ten group! Some pages with javascript errors also get high page rank by Google. The best sites providing excellent content can be discovered only after an enormous amount of time spent on the net or if one happens to come across a good reference.

Ezine articles are an excellent source for content-rich sites. One need not been an expert writer to pen articles but one must make sure the article has no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. They are various resources on the net where writing skills can be learnt. In the worst case, one can hire a paid writer. There some ezines purely devoted to software. One can search for these and read reviews written by experts. Even joining forums is not a bad idea to understand what is being discussed.

Though Google claims its search engine ranks websites based on popularity and links and gives preference to content, its obvious no engine can decide upon the merits and demerits of a content without human involvement. It would be too optimistic to expect the Open Directory Project to scan and glance through the millions of websites and rate websites. They need editors but when you apply there is no response whatsoever!

Google Adwords and other similar ones are also good agents for mass advertisement for websites which otherwise would never be ‘visible’. Of course, there is a method to beat the high minimum bids required by Adwords for common terms. Even some keyword phrases are too costly. One can choose less competitive keyword phrases but the ‘count’ would be lower. I would suggest website owners to use only popular keywords based on ‘keyword selection tool’, ‘wordtracker’ etc. in their ad campaigns and experimentally determine the ‘position’ in Adwords summary. Then one can go for very low bids and increase their ROI.

Care must be exercised when deciding to download any ” free disk cleaner” or whatsoever! They leave a spy in the registry files to track your actions on the computer. Never ever trust any “free scan”! It is better to rely upon what comes with google or yahoo toolbar.

The author has tried to cull out a few essential links for searchers seeking ‘freeware’ and ‘downloads’ in music, games, and general software.

Purchasing Spyware Software—Avoid the Scams

Purchasing Spyware Software—Avoid the Scams

With the demand for anti-spyware tools continuously on the rise because of the constant release of new and more invasive spyware scams, computer users may find themselves falling victim to malicious software downloads while searching for the right spyware removal tool. Several spyware removal software programs have been identified as fakes, but not before many computer users were drawn into the trap.
Spyware Assassin claimed to be a spyware removal tool released by MaxTheater but underneath the claims to remove malicious spyware, the program was found to be a fake. The tool offered users a free scan that of course detected spyware, whether it was there or not because there was actually no real scan taking place. Once the results from the scam scan were presented to the user it was advised that they immediately purchase the entire program to rid their computer of the malicious “spyware.” Recently, however, the Federal Trade Commission uncovered their scam to make money off of false spyware tools.
An even sneakier spyware scam was put on by Seismic Entertainment Productions who used tactics to infect user’s computers with actual spyware and then advised those users to purchase Spy Wiper or Spy Deleter to remove the spyware. Any of these fake software programs are obvious reasons why computer users must learn to research the credibility and background of a program before purchasing or downloading.
If a company bombards you with aggressive advertising for their product or pushes you to take immediate action by offering scare tactics, it is best for users to steer clear of that product. Any company, especially new or young companies that claim perfect results or all around protection is something to look at with caution. No spyware tool can offer users complete protection and any one that claims they can is using irresponsible advertising.
Computer users should also remember not to purchase or download a spyware program based on their name. The name is not a depiction of what the product offer.
When searching for a legitimate spyware tool spend time researching the program and company’s background and avoid believing everything the advertisements tell you.

Pixel Sites…everyone’s jumping on the band wagon

Pixel Sites…everyone’s jumping on the band wagon

Not a day goes by when I don’t get an email or see a site pushing
yet another pixel advertising site but are these really a good
advertising venue or is everyone just jumping on the band wagon
expecting to make a few quick bucks or even get rich.
A search on Google for pixel sites gives 22,7000 results.
The rage started when a 21 year old from England launched an
advertising site where you paid $1 per pixel of advertising and the
page was divided into 1,000,000 pixels. The advertising sold out
and the guy made a cool million dollars! And get this the last
remaining 1000 pixels were sold on ebay for a staggering $38,100!
The original site – The Million Dollar Homepage was launched on
26th August 2005. The guy then emailed all his friends and told them
to pass on details of his site to their friends and so on…and then
he sold his first 400 pixels for $400. At this stage the site was
getting around 100 hits a day so he started to contact the press. An
IT news site picked it up and ran an article resulting in 2000 hits
an hour, it got ranked by Google and the hits went up to 35,000 a
day.
And as the ball started rolling the visitors to the site increased,
more pixels were sold, the guy made more money and the press interest
increased. The site was getting over 100,000 unique visitors in 2 days and the UK nationals ran stories on the site. Then the story found its way into US papers, TV appearances followed and so on….publicity generates publicity. The site was getting hundreds of thousands of unique visitors and advertisers were seeing a good click through rate for their adverts.
Further TV interviews and radio interviews followed, Reuters ran an
article on the site, as did the Wall Street Journal. With the last few remaining pixels auctioned on eBay the guy made is million dollars on 11th January 2006 – less of course any costs he incurred.
And then of course, the site was hacked and money demanded (which the
FBI are currently investigating) but even this led to more media interest.
By the end of October 2005 hundreds of copy cat sites had started
to spring up. Now there are thousands of them if not more. Have you
visited any of these – most have no adverts on them, no traffic and
no one in their right mind would choose to advertise on them.
So why have thousands of others thought they could hop on the bandwagon and make a quick $1,000,000? This guy had an unprecedented level of media attention, driving thousands and thousands of visitors to the site.
Even the guy behind the Million Dollar Home Page pixel site acknowledges that it is not a lasting business idea but a novel one off idea. There is no long term business concept and it will only work once. How long it will take those jumping on the pixel bandwagon to realise this – who knows!

Cheating Spouse: 7 Legitimate Motives for Spying

Cheating Spouse: 7 Legitimate Motives for Spying

Should you spy on your cheating husband or wife? You believe you see signs of a cheating spouse. The need to know whether your spouse is cheating and EXACTLY what kind of cheating is taking place is often strong. There are a number of reasons why the drive to spy is powerful. Here are seven:

1. Trust is a big reason, not of your partner, but yourself. Probably for some time you have sensed something is different or questioned the change of behavior in your partner. Perhaps you confronted your cheating husband or cheating wife and it was met with denial. This created a huge dilemma for you because a part of you was screaming, Hey, this doesn’t fit! I don’t believe it! To deny this part of you, which KNOWS the truth, creates a tremendous internal turmoil. If the truth as you suspect it is confirmed, you can take a deep breath and at least know that you can trust yourself. You are NOT CRAZY! Spying is a way to confirm your suspicions and trust more fully your gut feelings.

2. Spying on cheating husbands or cheating wives often helps the person feel connected to the partner who seems to be steadily moving away. It is a way of maintaining contact and having some sort of connection to this stranger who once was well known. Isn’t it like the game of hide-and-seek we used to play as children? Sometimes there, sometimes gone. At least it is a game, and a game is at least some contact, some involvement. You miss the connection and try to find someway to maintain the ties.

3. Spying on a cheating spouse may be an honest attempt to bring resolution to the relationship. You want to know the truth. You sense something does not fit. You suspect there is a breach of something. You want to know what you are up against. You are not willing to stand pat and wait. You are a person of action. You want some sort of movement. You want to get on with the relationship. You want to get on with your life. You know that it is difficult maintaining your sanity when there might be this huge elephant that no one is talking about. You want to know the truth, face the truth, deal with the truth and be free.

4. Cheating husbands or cheating wives often, unfortunately, lead to the demise of marital relationships. If you strongly suspect this to be true for your situation you will want to protect yourself legally. If there is betrayal, lying and deception regarding a third party, other forms of deception may exist financially or in other areas of the relationship. Having “evidence” does have some impact in some court systems. Whether you need to protect yourself legally depends on the kind of affair facing you and the character of your spouse. Please read through my “7 Reasons For an Affair” to determine the situation that faces you. If your spouse is someone who can’t say no, doesn’t want to say no or is acting out rage, please make sure to take protective steps.

5. You may want to protect yourself medically if you suspect you have a cheating husband or wife. You might be concerned about sexually transmitted diseases. Your health may be at stake. And, of course, you need to know. Shame, guilt or self-absorption may be so powerful in your partner that it gets in the way of responsibly informing you of the medical dangers when another partner is sexually brought into your relationship.

6. Seeing signs of a cheating spouse often mean secrets. Secrets are work! There is not much written about the impact of a secret in a relationship, but believe me, in over two decades of working with strained relationships day in and day out, keeping a secret has a powerful impact. It is the proverbial elephant sitting in the room that no one dare talk about. People take extraordinary measures to tip toe around it, but it IS there. Emotionally, you can’t miss it. Secrets are a drain. If the secret persists, its impact is felt in subtle but insidious ways. People become physically ill, sometimes seriously so. People become depressed. People start doing crazy things. Children start acting out, stop achieving, become listless or exhibit a host of other symptoms. Children, or the next generation, often carry the emotional load. You want to spy because you don’t want to live with a secret. You want to discover the truth. You want to feel the freeing power of the exposed secret and the opportunity it offers for healing, resolution, a rich relationship and a productive life.

7. Some of us like drama. Soap opera scenarios and adrenaline based lives are a hallmark of our society. We get juiced or pumped up entering into emotional relational triangles that offer intrigue. Without adrenaline, life seems boring or mundane. Perhaps an unspoken reason for an affair may be to fan the fire? Or, you may spy on your cheating spouse to keep the sense of being alive a part of your life.

Identity Theft Occurs All The Time

Identity Theft Occurs All The Time

Have you ever yelled at your credit card executives and asked for clarification of some entries on your bill? Don’t worry this is a common case scenario. Maybe you did not use those service or goods and are being forced to pay for someone else who has used your name and identification and committed a fraud. Some fraudsters hack your security code or personal information for their personal use and then they use it.

Identity theft is the fastest growing commercial theft in the 21st century and on September 11th the FBI discovered that 11 of the hijackers were using credit cards and driver’s licenses and passports with identities lifted from stolen credit cards or passports, isn’t this alarming?

Are you busy thinking about your privacy and your financial information? Are you worried about it being leaked? Don’t panic as you can safeguard your information from criminals. The hackers hack your information very easily from computers and then charge the merchandise to your account.

This can be understood with the example of a thief stealing your name, date of birth and social security number to take ownership of your accounts and credit cards!

So if you wish to safeguard your identity, stop mentioning your security number or your drivers license number on your checks as this makes identity theft easier. With one misplaced check; a con artist can memorize your driver’s license number as well as security number and from this track down the remaining details or perhaps forge your signature.

6 Ways To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Financial institutions as well as banks are working towards protecting their customers’ identities. Prior to doing this they inform the customers about the slight inconvenience which may be caused to them.

Efforts to protect identity theft can include:

1. Burn or shred your financial information which contains the social security number.
2. Start using your password instead of your maiden name.
3. Never use your social security number until and unless it is unavoidable.
4. Check your credit report twice a year to detect any faults or any thefts.
5. Remove your maiden name from all your mailing lists which are operated by credit agencies.
6. If you have ever felt like a victim, then please report your case immediately to the credit card company or any other business establishment from where you feel this theft has occurred.

It’s easier to be a victim of identity theft if you don’t check your credit card statements often. So make sure you keep an eye open. Sometimes small figures on your statements will appear and you don’t know where its from. Check it out because if it happens every month, you’ll be loosing a lot of money in the long term. It has happen to be not once but 3 times!

By and large, this type of identity theft crime is always a low-tech operation, despite the consequences of well-publicized instances of hackers breaching into websites and pilfering millions of dollars though credit cards. So shield all information as far as possible to guard against identity theft.