Hopefully You can say You Don’t Use Any Of These Passwords!

The most apparent passwords you choose for your devices could possibly be making you vulnerable to a data breach. Keeper Security, a password management software firm, analyzed more than 10 million login details leaked online through data breaches that occurred in 2016. See them here

Hopefully You can say You Don’t Use Any Of These Passwords!Hopefully You can say You Don’t Use Any Of These Passwords!

Verify Funds to Wire Before Sending It Could Be Costly

If you are selling or buying a property…Never WIRE funds to ANYONE without verifying on the phone the wire instructions, the appropriate recipient and documentation of your figures…regardless of the the email says…there are actually scams taking place right now impersonating real estate agents, title companies and lenders. See why here

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Sizzling New-Home Innovations to Check out

There were an abundance of new ideas, features, and designs of interest to the new home community at the 2017 International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, both held in Orlando, Fla. a week ago. Everyone was there to gather the top trends and buzzwords you should know about now. See them here

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4 Ways in which Tech Should be used in Real Estate

You may not think “real estate” when you think about today’s technology, but several advances are responsible for the lives of home-buyers, home sellers, and agents much easier – not forgetting adding comfort with added security measures.Staying on top with all the new tech is something that is vital in the success of selling or buying your new home.  See tech tips here

 

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The negative side with the smart home: be mindful

Last October, when a large number of large websites were taken down following a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, what number of us thought at the moment that the Internet of Things (IoT) could possibly be involved? See details here

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How come people favor smart homes? Comfort and security

Scripps Networks Interactive surveyed 700 U.S. homeowners of all ages to find out why they’d purchase smart home technology. For most, tech updates were appealing if they provided additional comfort and security. See details here

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Smart Homes Need Smarter REALTORS®

Home-buyers and sellers are showing increasing desire for smart homes and smart home technology, based on the inaugural Smart Homes and REALTORS® report recently released by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). REALTORS®, in turn, are seeking certifications to indicate experience with smart homes. See details here

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Now you can officially hack into your own personal car or smart TV

Researchers are now able to probe connected devices, computers and cars for security vulnerabilities without risking legal action. Last Friday, the FTC authorized changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which will allow Americans to do hack their very own electronic gadgets. Researchers can lawfully reverse engineer products and consumers can repair their vehicle’s electronics, but the FTC is only allowing the exemptions for a two-year trial run. See how here

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Safeguarding a home network shouldn’t be hard

The attack that made many popular websites unavailable to users Friday was released from seemingly innocuous network connected devices like routers, DVRs and closed-circuit TV cameras from around the world. See how to accomplish here

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11 Tips Before You Leave for the Holidays

11 Tips Before You Leave for the Holidays

Leaving your home during the holidays? Follow these tips to keep it safe and save a few bucks on bills while you’re gone.

  1. Put mail on hold
    An overstuffed mailbox or a pile of newspapers at the bottom of your driveway can be an invitation to thieves. Not only is it a sign that no one’s home, identity thieves can find all sorts of goodies while sorting through unattended mail. Go to usps.com to have the US Postal Service hold your mail, and also check on your options for holding newspaper delivery.
  2. Put lights on a timer
    It makes it appear that someone is home. If you can, switch your exterior lights to the “motion-activated” setting.
  3. Check batteries
    Make sure the batteries are fresh in your smoke alarms and that they function.
  4. Remove valuables
    Hiding your jewelry is always an option, but when you’re gone for several days, thieves have more time to hunt through the house. If you can, place jewelry and important documents in a safety deposit box or home safe.
  5. Grab your spare key
    Bring inside any keys that are hidden outside. You can give one to a neighbor along with your contact information where you'll be, just in case there's an emergency.
  6. Unplug
    Your electronics will still suck energy while you’re gone. Unplug the biggies, like your TV and computer.
  7. Don't advertise your trip online
    At least until you return, when it’s safe to make your Facebook friends jealous with photos from your holiday beach vacation. Don’t post the dates when you’re leaving your house vacant.
  8. Switch your water heater to “vacation” mode
    It won’t turn off completely, but it will still save energy.
  9. Lower your thermostat
    Keep it warm enough to prevent the pipes – and the goldfish – from freezing. Your energy company can recommend a temperature that’s appropriate for your climate.
  10. Deodorize the sink
    To avoid returning to a kitchen disposal that belches up the stench of your pre-vacation dinner, run it with a half-cup of vinegar, or lemon peels and ice cubes, before you leave. To keep things smelling fresh, it’s also a good idea to throw out any food that will go bad while you’re gone and make sure to take out any trash.
  11. Bleach the bowl
    Dump half a cup of chlorine bleach into your toilet bowl to prevent mineral stains from developing.

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