As time passes, we become more and more reliant upon technology to run our businesses, organize our lives and even educate our children. Despite the fact that many people complain about the invasion of privacy that technology can impede, what many people don’t realize is that technology can also protect our families and loved ones from harm and violation. Even if you are on a budget, there are ways to make modern technology work for you and your family to keep your space and valuables private and safe.
1. Hidden Cameras
There are many different types of hidden cameras to choose from. You can decide what your primary focus will be, whether that is keeping your children safe with a nanny cam, protecting the exterior of your home with a surveillance camera or motion sensored cameras within the home in case of break-in, just to name a few. If you do some preliminary research, you will find tonnes of great information to help you decide which camera is best and how each functions. This site is a good start in learning about your options and the benefits of this form of technology in keeping you and your loved ones protected and safe.
2. Outdoor Lighting
You may think this is not really a form of technology, however, with the addition of motion sensors that reach farther lengths and timers you can control via your smartphone, outdoor lighting has moved into the technological world. If you want to conserve hydro, you can even opt for solar lighting with motion detection to ward off potential burglars. When you are choosing which type of lighting is right for your outdoor space you will want to consider the area that you wish to cover, the distance you want the light to detect movement and if that light will impede on your neighbors. When choosing solar outdoor lights, you have to remember they will need direct sunlight at least a few hours per day to charge up and illuminate properly at night.
3. GPS Trackers
Most people today have cell phones/smartphones, and this includes older children and teens. When you purchase a phone for your child, ask if that phone includes a GPS tracker or have one installed on the phone. This app/program allows you to track the whereabouts of that specific phone and presuming your child will always have it in their possession, you will know exactly where they are. This may come across as an invasion of privacy to some, however, phones get left behind on buses, at events or anywhere really, and this would help locate a missing device quickly and easily. It is also helpful to know where your children are and if they are indeed where they say they’re suppose to be.
4. Home Automation System
If you want a “do-it-all” kind of system, then a home automation system is a great choice. From a simple app on your smartphone you could control things like door locks, lighting, temperature inside your home and security cameras. These systems are great for people often on the go and away from home but still wishing to keep their home protected and cared for. You could also monitor the comings and goings of your older children if you are not home but they are. If you know that you won’t be home for an extended period, having your lights come on at different times of the day gives the impression that someone is home and wards off potential thieves. The climate control option helps you to save money on your utilities since you can turn down the heat or air conditioning when not home, but turn it up and have your home comfortable for your return.
5. Video Doorbell
Even if you don’t want a security camera to protect your home, a simple video doorbell could at least keep track of visitors to your door. This form of technology can be connected to screens within your home and even wirelessly on your smartphone through various apps or programs. Some video doorbells also include voice capability where you can speak to the person at your door even if you are not home. Giving strangers the idea that you are home will lessen the chances of would-be break-in’s from occurring.
6. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
One of the oldest forms of technology used for protection in homes, these valuable devices are a must. You should include at least one on every level of your home and test them regularly to ensure they are still functional. With the advent of wireless technology, smoke detectors and Carbon monoxide detectors have come a long way. You can purchase alarms which are interconnected throughout your home to ensure that loved ones in all parts of the house will be alerted to potential problems anywhere in the building.
7. Protective Software
Not only should you think about physical protection for your family and belongings, but also cyber protection. You can install software on your devices to limit time and usage but to also monitor what is being searched and viewed. This type of software and programming will ensure your children are not exposed to pornography or content that you find objectionable. Passwords can be put in place to allow only certain members of the household to access certain web pages or channels on television. You can also find protective software to block out potential hackers from your wireless network, which will protect everything from private emails, online banking information and online activities.