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Home security and audio/video information for everyone


The more technology we have in our daily lives, the more vulnerable we are to dangers that result from that technology. And with kids packing around iPhones, tablets and laptops that they use unsupervised, the risk level can increase dramatically.

When you or your loved ones fall victim to malicious behavior via the Internet, any number of bad things can happen, including compromised information, stolen identities, lost money, malware ruining your computer, bullying, inappropriate images or websites, and so much more.

Home security does not apply to just the physical building that is your home, but to protecting all of your family and assets. So take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the digital threats as much as from the physical ones. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Make sure your home WiFi is secure, requiring a unique password to access it.
  • Keep all software up-to-date, on any computers, laptops, tablets and phones. Often security vulnerabilities are discovered by the software providers before you fall victim, and they release updates to fix them. Install the updates to improve your security.
  • Also keep any antivirus software current.
  • Twitter, text, email, messaging—we have so many ways to communicate these days, so teach your kids to be careful about the kinds of information they share via these channels.
  • The same goes for social sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. People—especially adults, it seems—can be unabashedly open in the very public forum of the Internet, sharing information they wouldn’t want to divulge if talking to someone face-to-face. Not everybody needs to know everything that goes on in your child’s life, and not every selfie is okay to post. Seriously consider making information private, so only your friends can see it, if someone is being too personal online. At first, you might want to be tracking on your kids until they’ve proven they are making good choices in those environments.
  • Teach your kids to be picky about their online “friends.” And you be picky too. Just because you get a friend request doesn’t mean you have to accept it. The more people you’re connected to that you don’t really know, the more vulnerable you are.
  • Don’t post, share, text or email private information such as social security numbers, bank account information, or birth dates.
  • Change your passwords regularly (and securely) and teach your kids to do the same.
  • Teach your children to keep themselves safe when gaming online. Talk to them about the warning signs of bullying and make sure they know they can just walk away from a game.
  • Install parental controls on the family computer, and on the computers the kids have in their rooms.
  • Check your security settings for your web browser. How you do this depends on your browser, and also the limitations you want to set. For example, do you want to allow cookies or certain websites to track behavior? This kind of cached information can make your browsing more convenient, but it also makes your information more vulnerable.
  • Don’t download every app you come across, and delete unused apps from devices and computers.
  • Teach everyone in your household to be cynical, skeptical and wary (all that the same time) when faced with a suspicious link or website. When in doubt, don’t click! This could be a link that arrives via email or a text, or a webpage that came up in a search online. It could even be a Facebook scam!

This is only a shortlist of all the steps you could take for digital security for your family. For more tips and information—including a disturbing real-life story—see this Merrill Lynch article on protecting your family in the digital age.

We so enjoy seeing each generation in our families living longer productive lives. With this advancement, we are also faced with how to help them stay safe and live independently. For the elderly, falls can be deadly, and many of these deaths are not immediate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2014, 2.2 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 581,000 of these patients were hospitalized. Seniors who survive falls may slowly decline as a result of their injuries. The CDC says, “20% to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death.”

So how do you help an aging parent maintain their independence? You protect them making sure they wear safe rubber soled shoes; ensure they eat right; you help monitor their medication; but living independently or even living in your home, do you find yourself worrying they may fall or need emergency help? I know from watching my own parents age, that there is not much worse than the concern of them suffering a fall and then waiting to be found.

At Safe-T we are excited to announce that we are now offering the Numera Libris, offering top of the line technology allowing the seniors you love to keep their freedom, and stay active and protected whether they are at home, or on the go. The Libris even offers fall detection! Most medical buttons require you to push the button. When it comes to being confident and maintaining independence, the Libris is your perfect solution. If the wearer cannot push the button, the advanced automatic fall detection system will notify our 24/7 monitoring station sending your loved one help, when they cannot call on their own. And with built in GPS, we can direct the paramedics to them not only at home, but anywhere an active senior might be.

The Libris now offered by Safe-T also has instructive voice prompts and 2-way voice communication allowing Seniors to respond, even if they can’t reach the phone. It’s so comforting for them to hear a voice on the other end assuring them help is on the way. The Libris is small and comfortable to wear either clipped on a belt, or as a pendant, and has a 36- hour battery life. It's also durable and highly water-resistant, designed to be worn in the bath.

Safe-T is offering the Numera Libris for a one-time unit purchase price of $199.00 including set-up. A small price to pay for peace of mind knowing your loved one has help at the push of a button. *Monitoring of the Numera Libris by Safe-T’s local 24/7 monitoring station is required. $29.95 per month paid by auto-debit quarterly, with a one-year commitment. Keep your loved one safe and secure with this simple and effective layer of protection, when you cannot be right there!

Visit our website Click Here or Call us today at (866) 607-2338 for more information, or to order a Libris pendant and cradel set-up for your loved one.

Traveling with your tech devices can enhance your experience and make traveling easier. Control4 posted a great article with tips on traveling and staying connected with technology. See their article below.