"Over Familiar" – This Can Happen With Your Security Company

Compromised Security.

Caution – Your Security Company Can Become too familiar.

We have already discussed the formation of security partnering between the client and service provider. This is valuable and does work extremely well. However, the integrity of this business relationship can be undone because of over familiarity.

There is no reason why there should not be a polite and respectful relationship between the contractor and you and your staff. However, one of the quickest and often the most common ways of undermining your company’s security is to allow inappropriate familiarity between staff and guard. If you notice that there are close friendships forming between your staff and security guards request the guard or guards be changed. The security contract needs to be clear on this point, if it is not included ask for this condition to be agreed upon and added into the contract.

Inappropriate behaviour or over familiarity can occur when the wrong type of guard personality is chosen for your site. It’s certainly okay for your staff and guards to be polite to each other and say something like ‘have a great weekend’, ‘how was your day’? It is inappropriate for close off site friendships or girlfriend/boyfriend relationships to develop, or lengthy, chatty phone calls or mobile texting about non security matters.

This may sound draconian. However, whilst most people have entirely innocent and friendly interaction between client’s staff and security guards there are some who cultivate these friendships who have a specific agenda. Say for example, someone on your staff, (it could even be a long serving staff member) has an intention to access a restricted area of the building for the purposes of stealing intellectual property. They could do this by becoming very friendly with the guard and the guard relaxing the security access for the benefit of that person.

I have seen this happen frequently and I would caution you that this type of interaction can lead to a short circuit in security. Common security lapses such as incident statements not being written or reported, keys and ID cards not being signed in or out or not even returned at all. Even worse, a senior security guard allowing confidential security files to be leaked to other staff. Both people were fired, but the damage was already done, it is still not known exactly to what extent this breach has had on the company.

There has even been bribes of alcohol and money accepted by security guards so that staff members could gain access to restricted areas or use the building for a party after hours.

For the sake of your company’s security… keep it polite and keep it professional.

5 Best Mobile Security Apps

Keeping your mobile safe and secure has become one of the key priorities and challenges today. Smartphone owners would rather lose their wallets than their mobile devices. The amount of sensitive information-private text messages, photos, contacts, passwords-we carry in our mobile devices makes it a far more important thing to feel secure about than your regular wallet. Furthermore, a savvy attacker doesn’t even need physical access to your device to leech information, thanks to the immense development of hacking technology.

The best mobile antivirus apps offer not only top-notch malware detection and prevention, but also a range of privacy and anti-theft features. These include the ability to backup your contacts and other data, track your phone or tablet via GPS, and even snap a picture of a phone thief with the device’s camera. Also, it should be able to bail your useful information out in case of a physical damage to your mobile phone.

Here is a list of 5 mobile security and anti-virus software which you can use to protect your smartphone and keep its sensitive information secure.

BITDEFENDER MOBILE SECURITY

Bitdefender’s Android security app offers flawless malware protection, minimal performance impact and robust privacy protection tools while incorporating Android Wear watches into the app’s anti-theft features.

The anti-malware tool works brilliantly with super fast scanning speeds, the privacy advisor tool lets you see how your apps may be leaking your personal information. The theft protection tool of Bitdefender is also very useful and easy to use. You can remotely lock, locate, or wipe the device, or trigger an alarm. You access these tools primarily through the excellent Bitdefender website, is clean, well designed, and easy to use.

The other features of this app include- app lock tool and Bitdefender Alarm to help locate your phone and launch the app from your wrist if you have an android wear watch.

The only downside is the lack of call-blocking feature, which although is not a real miss as there are other apps to take care of that, but in terms of mobile security and anti-theft features, Bitdefender does an excellent job.

NORTON MOBILE SECURITY

Norton mobile security is one of the trusted and best reviewed mobile security apps available today.

Norton comes with a power packed security app that includes an App advisor that will give you warning about the apps that are installed on your device. It can also integrate with Google Play store where before installation it scans and gets data from the Norton community that gives information about the security issues and risks the app may carry while installation.

Its malware protection tool works superbly in very quick time and with very light resources. It also allows you to backup your contacts online and block spam calls onto the device setting up a filter list.

Overall, Norton mobile security is a well rounded security app providing a lot of features and delivers excellent results.

LOOKOUT (FOR ANDROID)

Lookout is another great choice if you are looking for an action-packed mobile security app for your android mobile. It comes with anti-malware protection, contacts backup and a Privacy advisor for apps that are installed on your device.

The scans are quite flawless and the user interface is also very good and user-friendly.

One of its notable features is 2 GB of cloud storage that it provides for backing up photos and call history. It also has a Premium Remote Swipe feature which helps you track your device in case of theft. Its Signal Flare Feature automatically records your phone’s location until the battery dies out.

Lookout thus is quite an attractive mobile security app to have on your android device if you are looking for performance and feature rich product.

KASPERSKY INTERNET SECURITY

Kaspersky internet security is again one of the most useful anti-malware and anti-theft mobile security apps in the market today. Kaspersky Internet Security for Android feature to concentrate on antispam, authentication, antimalware and anti-theft. To control spam, you can build lists of message senders and callers to block. To prevent unwanted people from accessing your phone, you can lock your screen and force a password. Kaspersky also provides safe browsing option which protects your device so you don’t fall victim to malicious websites and websites compromising your personal identity.

Apart from cell phone virus protection, it is also important to have protection from a security threat through theft or burglary and this is where Kaspersky provides a host of useful features- you can make the phone sound an alarm so you can retrieve it whenever you lose it. In cases where your device is not within close proximity, you can wipe the data from your phone and lock it. You could also configure the anti-theft features so the phone locks when the SIM card changes. It is even possible to receive the thief’s new phone number when a new SIM appears. If anyone tries to uninstall the app without knowing the password, the attempt will fail.

So whether it comes to mobile virus protection or anti-theft features, Kaspersky internet security provides a brilliant solution and that makes it one of the best mobile security apps available. The only downside could be the lack of parental controls and backup utilities which are available separately from Kaspersky.

ESET MOBILE SECURITY & ANTIVIRUS

Hailing from a well-respected software security brand, ESET mobile security and antivirus app delivers highly in terms of malware detection and anti-theft features. It is remarkably well designed, which makes it easy to understand exactly how each feature works and does not slow down cell phones or drain batteries. The feature set is useful and extensive. However, there are no parental controls or backup utilities.

ESET effectively provides you malware protection and protection against security threats both while installing applications and for installed applications.

With mobile phones, one of the biggest security risks stems from losing physical control of the device. ESET provides anti-theft features so you can track its location on a map, receive snapshots from the front and rear cameras, and lock or wipe the device. It also boasts a well oiled software that neither drains the battery nor slow down the device while using it extensively.

Breaking News – WiFi Hitting the Security Cameras Scene

Do you know what the latest development in wireless security cameras is?

The latest revolution in security cameras doesn’t involve the sensor or the lens, it involve the transmission signal.

Wireless security cameras are now going WiFi.

Looking at the latest technologies, it is no surprise that WiFi is welcomed in to this field. Many wireless surveillance cameras are now available to make any surveillance system highly efficient and functional.

A wireless security camera can perform many functions such as remote viewing, motion detection and recording, and the best of all is that it is battery operated.

To understand why wireless surveillance cameras have become so popular, you must first understand what WiFi stands for and its functions.

WiFi is short for wireless fidelity refers to a set of wireless networking technologies and more specifically referred to as any type of 802.11 network, 802.11b and 802.11a and dual band. The word WiFi was built by an organization named as WiFi alliance. A product that undergoes the WiFi alliance analyses is given the name WiFi certified.

WiFi is a wireless technology that handles the networking/communication between devices. WiFi is caused by Radio waves that are transmitted from an antenna and WiFi receivers pick them up. These signals are then broadcasted to the device with WiFi connection.

WiFi equipped consumer electronics range from automobiles, cameras, computers, camcorders, mobile phones, video games, GPS systems, DVD players, printers, and many more. Security cameras now have joined the growing list of WiFi devices. The reason is attributed to many homes now having WLAN (WiFi local area network). You would just have to connect the wireless security camera to the network to give coverage of wider areas.

In WiFi surveillance cameras, the video signals go over a wireless LAN and then to a video server or PC. You can install a WiFi surveillance camera much faster than a traditional wired security camera. Perhaps the biggest advantage is that the WiFi security camera can be remotely controlled by laptop or phone with Internet facility and the picture quality is uninterrupted. But the disadvantage lies in the security of the video transfer. If it is not encrypted, it can easily be tapped and create security problems.

How are WiFi surveillance cameras better than regular wireless RF security cameras?

RF wireless surveillance cameras use radio frequency wireless technology similar to some high-end cordless phones to transmit and receive wireless video signals. It has many advantages such as being mobile and can be set up anywhere. A major drawback of wireless RF security camera is that the radio signals used to transmit video can be interrupted by electric motored products such as AC, fluorescent lighting or cordless telephones which affect the picture quality.

Where should you use a WiFi surveillance camera?

A WiFi surveillance camera is made for indoor use, whether for a company or home use. It must be placed at locations with minimum RF interference.

What do resellers need to be wary of when listing WiFi surveillance cameras? As a seller of WiFi surveillance cameras, you must list the compatibility properties of these cameras with the different types of networks like 802.11b or 802.11g WiFi networks. This helps the customer make an informed decision and avoid unnecessary problems of refunds and returns. You become a trustworthy seller as opposed some sellers, who claim that the surveillance cameras are WiFi enabled but they use radio waves for wireless transmission and create network issues for the customer.