Archive for August, 2015

Smart Home Technologies Can Pose a Security Risk

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

More homeowners than ever are making the switch to smartphone apps to control countless things around their home – from the lights, to your garage door, to your security camera. However, smart home hacking is a legitimate concern that you may not have thought about. If you use a smart home app for anything in your house, there is a chance that a hacker can get in. This applies to any form of technology – it’s just as simple for hackers to gain access to your computer and cars as well.

Smart Home Hackers

If you use a smart home app for anything in your house, there is a chance that a hacker can get in.

Smart Home Hacking is Easier than You Might Think

A study by the cybersecurity company Synack revealed a security lapse in many smart home technologies. In fact, they were able to break into a number of devices in just minutes. All it takes is breaking into your home to tamper with your router, hacking into a stolen phone, planting malware directly into your appliance before it is purchased, or taking advantage of a public network. (more…)

Preventing Dorm Theft at College this Fall

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Preventing Dorm Theft

It’s a shame that you can’t trust everyone, but in college, you need to be street smart as well as book smart and be concerned about keeping your stuff safe from theft.

The summer is drawing to a close, and many incoming freshman are off to college for the first time ever. College can be a fun and exciting time – new friends, new classes, and a newfound sense of independence await you as you move into your new dorm and begin to live away from mom and dad for the first time. Once you’ve settled in and gotten to know your new roomie and hall-mates a little bit, you probably will start feeling right at home. None of these people would ever steal your things… or would they? (more…)

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Have you ever wondered why you shouldn’t use your oven to heat your home, or why you should not sit in a running car for a long period of time with the garage door closed? The answer is simple: carbon monoxide. This colorless, tasteless, odorless gas is the cause of hundreds of deaths each year and is found in common household items like furnaces, charcoal grills, fireplaces, wood stoves, power generators, space heaters, and motor vehicles, along with many others. So what can you do to stay safe and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home? Let’s find out!

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Have you ever wondered why you shouldn’t use your oven to heat your home, or why you should not sit in a running car for a long period of time with the garage door closed? The answer is simple: carbon monoxide.

Purchase a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

The only way to detect carbon monoxide in your home is to install an alarm system. Place a carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home, especially near your bedroom. Make sure you routinely test it, and contact your local fire department for further questions and help with installing one. (more…)

Do I Need Life Insurance after Retirement?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

If you’re retired or reaching retirement age, you may be beginning to wonder if you still need to hold on to your life insurance policy. Life insurance, despite the name, is not bought with the purpose of insuring your life – it’s intended to insure the financial loss and hardships that the loved ones you leave behind may encounter after you pass away. Regardless of your age or if you’re retired or working, if someone you love will suffer financially without you there, you probably should keep your life insurance policy. Read on to find out more about what type of life insurance is right for your unique situation.

life-insurance-retirement

Regardless of if you’ve reached retirement age, if someone you love will suffer financially without you there, you should keep your life insurance policy.

The Right Life Insurance Policy for You after Retirement

Even if you and your spouse are comfortable with your income and would be well enough off financially without the other’s support, you may still consider life insurance if… (more…)