Not all home security systems are created equal

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – Here’s a chilling number: 2,121. That’s the total number of homes burglarized in Shreveport over the past two years. This is a reality that is pushing more and more people to invest in a home security system. But not all security systems are completely secure.

Today, much of the world is connected to the Internet, from cell phones to laptops to household appliances. Yes, this smart technology is convenient, but it is not without risk of hacking. This includes home security systems designed to provide security and peace of mind.

It’s a practice called jamming: a process that would-be burglars use to prevent a window or door’s security sensors from working and sounding an alarm. While experts don’t give a step-by-step explanation of how hackers can do this, Consumer Reports recently tested 10 popular home security systems and only half blocked the jamming. Many systems do not notify owners of attempted attacks.

“Jamming occurs when a burglar or hacker blocks the wireless signal of a door sensor, window sensor, or motion sensor in a security system. This allows them to gain access to your home without setting off the alarm,” said Dan Wroclawski, editor of Consumer Reports.

According to Consumer Reports, Adobe Iota, Home Cove Security, Eufy Five Piece Home Alarm Kit, Ring Alarm, and SimpliSafe The Essentials are all susceptible to jamming. But experts say that if you have one of these systems, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should run out and buy a new one. Every home alarm is always a good option, and it performs well on other tests like motion detection, ease of use, and setup.

No matter what alarm system you have, the experts have a simple tip: don’t use the brand name signs or stickers that come with your home security system, as that could help a potential hacker. Instead, use generic signs and decals to ward off potential burglars.

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