Is Your Home Security System at Risk for Being Hacked

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Jaece Hogue

Did you know that in Texas, as in many states, Locksmith are required to maintain certifications, licensing and undergo extensive training before they engage in, legal, locksmith services?  Turns out it takes more than a lock pick and a set of keys to ensure the safety and security of someone’s home and possessions. Wondering if your locksmith makes the grade? Read on for the stringent requirements the state applies to ensure your peace of mind with your chosen security professional.

Obey the Local Authority

When it comes to rules and regulations surrounding locksmiths, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Regulatory Services Division – Private Security Bureau (PSB) are the regulatory authority in charge of setting standards and maintaining licensing requirements.  Before you even begin thinking about becoming a locksmith you’ll have to complete a background check to confirm you’re free of convictions, serious arrests and other felonious behavior.  Wouldn’t do any good teaching criminals how to pick a lock, now would it?

More Testing Than You Can Shake a Stick At

Once you’ve passed the initial hurdle, there’s several routes you can take to becoming a licensed locksmith in charge of your own establishment.  The first route involves a combination of a 48-hour certification course, 600 hours served at a locksmith trade school and working for a qualified locksmith for a year.  If that seems a bit, onerous, you can also find a local locksmith company that’s a member of a certified trade union and convince them to take you on for a two-year internship.

At the end of either approach you’ll be required to pass a Federal background check and take something called the PSB’s Qualified Managers exam.  The exam is a far-cry harder than your last driver’s ed test.  Exam takers will need to be familiar with all of the laws that govern the locksmith profession, contained within the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702 and the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 35.  If you pass the exam, and that’s a big if, the state will then verify your education and employment history and make you a bonafide Locksmith, able to start their own locksmith establishment.

But Wait, There’s More

The requirements don’t end once you have a license in hand.  As a locksmith, out in the big wide world on your own, you’ll be required by the state to maintain insurance to keep your license.  In order to maintain your license, you will also need to complete annual continuing education and certify and renew your license.  And don’t forget that hour of ethics that is part of the requirement.

Call A-1 for a Certified Locksmith

As our short summary demonstrates, becoming a certified locksmith in the state of Texas is no small feat.  But that doesn’t stop the professionals at A-1 Locksmith from making the grade.  Each of our locksmiths have met the rigorous training, education, testing and background requirements set by the state.  It may be the law, but is also just makes good sense.  At A-1 locksmith your safety and security is our number one priority and only the best and brightest can call themselves a part of the A-1 family.  Call A-1 today to find out the difference that a state licensed locksmith can make when it comes to protecting you, your family and your most treasured possessions.

The modern age of technology has certainly brought a host of revolutionary conveniences.  From ordering dinner via an app on your phone to remotely turning on your car on a cold winter morning with a click of the button, many advancements are perfectly safe and can make life both simpler and more efficient.  Other improvements, such as those that allow certain home security systems to communicate wirelessly, may leave you open to potential security vulnerabilities.

Modern Communication May Bring Potential Security Risks

Certain modern security systems seem to offer convenience and hi-tech bells and whistles through the ability to arm and disarm from the convenience of an app on your phone.  Additional up-sells include climate control, garage door access and even appliance control all in a portable device.  While this all may seem fine and dandy, the same system that allows these devices to communicate are also open to vulnerability.

It’s been proven that hackers can employ fairly simple software designs to wirelessly access your home’s cordless security system.  This means that with the click of a button your previously presumed secure home is now open to potential threats.  Experienced companies know that nothing beats a traditional hard-wired security system, even if the installation is a bit trickier to execute properly.  Experienced companies will also ensure home wireless systems, if installed, are encrypted and hacker safe.

The Problem with Out-of-the-Box Alarms

Taking the concept of wireless security one step further in the wrong direction, some fly-by-night security companies have begun offering out of the box wireless security systems. The promise is that you can purchase a system, have it delivered and install it yourself, all for a low, low price.  What that bottom-dollar price tag gets you is another story entirely.

Security analysts set one of the most popular systems up in a run-of-the-mill condo.  Within minutes they were able to disable the alarms and override the system with little more than scotch tape and a standard magnet.  Moral of the story?  If something seems too good to be true, chances are that it is!

The Bottom Line: A Trusted Security Partner is Key

Don’t get us wrong.  Technology has a great deal to offer when it comes to home security systems.  In fact, wireless security and entire home control is definitely achievable without sacrificing yours or your family’s safety.  In the end, it all comes down to having the right security partner to implement a system that’s chosen and then customized with the needs of your home in mind.

At A-1 Locksmith, our certified and experienced team of security professionals know the correct balance between safety and modern convenience.  Our technicians will come to your home and assess major points of entry and potential security holes and develop a plan that fits for you.  At A-1 we know that any solution that claims to be one size fits all, in reality fits none.  If you’re looking for a modern upgrade in your home safety but don’t want to sacrifice convenient tech, call A-1 today for your home analysis and consultation.

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