Keep Your Family Video Streaming Service Safe


I’m a father of 4 children.  The last thing I want is my children to see something they don’t need.

That is why I am on the board of several active video filtering boards to help Americans continue the right of choosing what you and the family sees.  It all started back in 2005 when Congress passed the Fair viewing act (source: to allow American’s the right to choose what they see and hear inside their household.

Several companies have come and gone in the years trying to provide this service and often get shut down by Hollywood.  VidAngel who has been around for years found a way to bring this service back into the homes of millions via a buy and sellback system.  (source:  By doing this, as long as you sell back your video after viewing it, you can do it for affordable prices and choose what you see and listen to during the film or TV show.  They have changed their process over the years to make it more ‘legal’ but their are still hiccups they are going to have to deal with in order to make it possible to fully edit movies.

I for one am behind this movement and encourage everyone to take act and encourage congress to stand behind the act they passed years ago to provide future generations the choice of what comes out of their TV.  It will be an interesting court case that Hollywood takes against Vidangel in the months to come.


Home Security Installation

Home security installation can be a rather complicated and difficult task depending on the security system you wish to install. There are many types of security systems available on the market, and all vary drastically in the way they are set up. Typically, the more advanced and expensive the surveillance system is, the harder it will be to setup. Therefore, most advanced security systems will require a professional home security company, like ADT for example, to install them. Fortunately, many such companies offer to install these systems free of charge, provided you purchase it from them directly. In addition, a lot of security companies also offer free first advice service which includes a thorough analysis of your residence and neighborhood, upon which a recommendation of a system, that will be most effective for your premises, is made.


However, elaborate security systems are not always necessary. There are many simple, cost-effective solutions that perform just as well if your residence is not at a particularly high risk of burglary or other threats. Feel free to take a look at our home security systems reviews to get a better idea of the solutions available. Let’s take a look at the main two home security system types that lend themselves to discussion when it comes to home security installation.The crux of home security installation difficulty lies in the selection of wireless systems or wired home security systems. Wireless systems, depending on the level of sophistication, are often sold as DIY solutions.

Almost all of the parts in such packages are completely wireless and are relatively easy to install. Such packages can include components like: wireless alarm systems, wireless security cameras, wireless motion sensors, wireless intruder-detection sensors, wireless glass break sensors and other devices. Normally, wireless home security installation can be performed without the help of any professional security company. There are many extensive videos on youtube that cover a whole range of installation scenarios that you may come across, and the instructions provided with these packages are also fairly straightforward themselves.


Wired home security installation, on the other hand, is a very problematical endeavor, and one that nearly always requires the involvement of a home security company. These systems involve a lot of very complicated wiring, that requires expert knowledge to setup properly.

Both system types have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to effectiveness and reliability. It is generally considered that wired home security systems are more reliable than wireless. That is not to say that wireless systems are unreliable, but in certain rare scenarios they have proven to be less dependable than their counterpart. For example, heavy lightning storms can sometimes disrupt the signal from the wireless components.




Wireless Security Systems

Wireless security systems offer homeowners a very diverse way to protect their home. Although there are some disadvantages, a wireless system is a very versatile way to add increased security for you and your family.

A wireless security system will generally offer some more maneuverability for the homeowner by providing access to the alarm system from a remote. Having a wireless keychain remote for your home security system allows you to turn your system on and off without needing to do so manually. This is useful as it knocks time off of the sometimes-annoying process of alarming your system before leaving the house, and can easily be activated in a rush, inside or outside the house.


With advances in technology, wireless home security systems are becoming more and more complex, offering many more benefits to the user. Some new features in recent years include quick-key remotes that can turn on your house lights, open garage doors, and control your alarm, all from a single remote. Keeping up with the times, many wireless security systems can be accessed with a smart phone app, providing the same advantages of a remote, but all centrally located on your phone.

Installing your security system on your phone is vital to your well being, especially if you are sick or elderly. With a remote or phone, users who have injured themselves or need assistance can easily contact their security company to send help. No matter how far away from their installed alarm system they are, receiving assistance is as simple as pushing a button.

Wireless Security Systems – Advantages and disadvantages

One of the most appreciated benefits of the remote is that a customer doesn’t need to remember complicated codes to set their alarm. This saves time, but also does provide a couple major disadvantages. The first is that the remotes are portable and small, which means that they can easily be misplaced and lost. If you lose your remotes and forget your password, you will have to call your security provider to come reset the system, which is of course a major nuisance. Another major disadvantage of a remote is that, since no code is needed, the alarm system doesn’t know who is entering the house, simply that they turned the alarm off. Generally this is not as bad of a problem as it seems, as a potential intruder would need to know exactly which house matched which remote, but it is still something to keep in mind.


To get an idea of wireless alarm systems, check out a few different types of products online. One the most affordable, Visonic, offers many good packages that can be easily customized for each home. A standard Visonic wireless alarm comes with remotes and easy installation, as well as built in energy-saving applications and a very large transmission range (perfect in case you forgot to set your alarm).Wireless security systems are suited for the majority of people: quick, easy, systems with many methods of access that still provide excellent home security. Really, any of the disadvantages of using wireless systems are greatly outweighed by the benefits.



Home Security Installation Part 2

This is the second part of the following artcile : Home Security Installation.

Another thing to keep in mind is that wireless security components are often powered by batteries, so you need monitor their levels to prevent a component going offline at an inconvenient moment. Fortunately, most wireless systems nowadays have a built-in battery monitoring sensor that notifies you when the battery is running low.


It is our opinion that high-end wired systems are only necessary for very large homes with a lot of ground to cover or houses that are particularly at risk for burglaries and other threats. In any other cases, wireless systems will perform just as well as their wired cousins in both quality and reliability.

Should you decide that you still want to invest in a wired system installation, then there is a solution available that can potentially save you a lot of money and headache. If you shop around, you can find many security components that have a dual-connect feature. This feature allows you to install the devices either wirelessly or wired. This means you can initially setup your security system wirelessly, which will save you a lot of time and money, and should you decide to change to a wired system sometime in the future, you will not need to start from scratch. This is great because it allows you to test the easier and cheaper wireless alternative first, before investing into a wired home security installation should you deem it necessary.

Home Security Installation – Conclusion


As you can see, the difficulty and cost of home security installation is largely determined by your decision to go wireless or wired. With a little common sense and knowledge of your neighborhood, you should be able to make a fairly accurate risk assessment to your property. Based on this assessment, you should be able to decide how extensive you want your security system to be. It also never hurts to make use of the free initial advice offered by many professional home security companies in order to get a more informed opinion. However, take their advice with a grain of salt as it is always in their best interest to sell you the most expensive solution they can. Finally, dual-connect sensors are a great solution if you are undecided on which home security installation type to go with.


How to Install Your Own Security System

This is an article that details how you can install your own security system. You will want to have detailed oversight and assistance from a security consultant who can help you go through the process and ensure your success.

Why You Want to Choose Separate Keypads and Control Panels

You will want to make sure that you have a different keypad as well as a control panel. This will ensure that you do not have the brains of your entire system in one location that means that you do not have to worry about the system being a one stop smash in the open and that you are able to have it safely out of sight. You want to make sure that you are able to look at all of the options that are available to you. You will want to know how you are able to use the keypad as well as the system in the right way. You need to know that you understand the entire process and that you are looking at all of the most complicated parts of the process. You want to make sure that you have a system that is not too easy to smash as well as crash right away, for that reason do not fall for the easy to install problem.


You want to make sure that you are going to get a wireless system which will ensure that you have access to Smash and Grab Protection. When you hear the term smash and grab that means someone is smashing the door and then grabbing something and making a run for it. That means that it is usually when the alarm is still going off. This also means that many things are taken quickly and then gone.

The term Crash and Smash means that someone crashes into a home with an intention and then smashes the control panel of the alarm to make sure that they are able to end it from communicating with the monitoring station. You are able to stop this from happening altogether with the right process as well as you will be able to know that there are many new technologies that are in place to ensure that there is a signal that is sent to the monitoring center.

Why You Need to Do Your Homework

When it comes to criminals it is becoming clear that they are no longer a source of fear for a burglar and that means that there are many ways that the home is targeted by the thief, and the home is broken into on a regular basis. What this also means is that there is a problem with the system if it is not secure and the best option. Now a criminal will not just turn tail and run, and that means that it is important to have the best option for you so that you will have access to a system that brings help quickly.


Types of Security Alarm Systems

As with anything, there are different types of alarm systems that you can choose from for your home or your business. You have the choice between hardwired or having a wireless system installed. You also must decide what will fit your budget. You could end up spending a lot of money on securing your home when it really isn’t necessary. You want to have protection but no need for “overkill”.

The best thing you can do is look around your premise and take note of how many windows and doors you have. This is what you want protected. If  there are many, you don’t need to get them all individually covered. You may be able to cover multiple areas with glass break  detectors or motion detectors. For instance, if you have a  lot of windows in the front of your home, you may get what they call a  glass break detector or an audio detector. What that does is detect the sound of breaking glass.  One audio detector could usually cover a certain range. That way you would not need to have a sensor on every window.


Another option is motion detectors. Motion detectors have gotten a bad rap in the past for “false alarms” but with the new technology out, they are better than ever. They have also been updated and can be adjusted for pets and other factors. Motion detectors are great and should be given a chance if you are serious about securing your home.

You must also decide if you want to have a siren or not. When a zone is activated, your keypad will emit a tone but it really is not that loud. If you want a loud siren, one can be installed. Keep in mind though, some cities do not allow sirens to ring over a certain amount of time and may require a cut off time. Personally, I think it is a great idea to have your alarm programmed for the siren to stop ringing after so many minutes. If someone is in your home, they will keep violating zones therefore your siren will keep ringing each time a zone is violated. If it is a false alarm and a zone trips once, it will ring for only those few minutes that it is programmed for and that is it.


Why is that such a good thing? For one, you will spare making enemies with your neighbors! Also, the police department will be happier too. They wont have your neighbors calling in complaining all night that your siren is driving them nuts and you are out of town! Another thing about sirens is, if someone does break into your home, once they hear that siren-they are either going to bolt or grab what they can and get out very fast. They will not be sticking around with that thing blasting!

Now that you know a little of what to look for, now is the time to start shopping around for your alarm. Call around, get free estimates. You are now armed with a little bit of knowledge so when the salesperson or technicians comes out-you know what they are talking about.