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Security Check for 2020

It’s time for your Security Check the new year. In January every year I write a Blog to help you think about your Home, Electronic and Personal Security. In 2019 new advances in electronic locks and Alexa® and Google® Assistant trying to help us with our everyday lives.

Home Security:

Purchase Locks On-LineMake 2020 the year that you invest time and money in securing your home. Do all your doors have deadbolt locks? What about the door going from your garage into your house? ALL doors going into your house should have quality locks and you should know who has keys. You must maintain key control. Does your home have an alarm system? They have come down in price consider getting one installed this year.

Locks:

Security CheckDoor locks made big advancements in 2019. Most of these came in the way electronic locks communicate. Physically these locks should be up to the standards of at least a Grade 2 lock. The manufacturers have made it easier to set up and control electronic locks with your smart phone or through your smart assistant. It is now easier to control these locks from a distance through Wi-Fi. Later this year I will be writing a Blog detailing the new advancements in electronic lock technology.

Smart Assistants:

Security Check your Smart assistants like Alexa® and Google® Assistant are appearing in more devices, such as smart lights, speakers, thermostats, electronic locks, and automobiles. These are just a few, there are many more. I don’t think that this trend is going to stop. They are getting better at understanding humans and anticipating what us humans want. I believe that these advancements in smart assistants are good. They will spear head advancements in AI. We just have to make sure that we control and secure smart assistants. They mostly work through Wi-Fi, so make sure that your Wi-Fi is secure with a strong password. Make sure that your routers, modems and switches have been configured with strong passwords that you have provided. If you don’t want them listening for their wake command, you can always shut them off. They all have an on/off button.

Make sure that you all travel safe, especially if you go out of the United States. Always leave your itinerary with someone back home, along with copies of your passport and drivers license. Buy travel insurance that can help pay for any medical emergencies or emergency transport back home. And finally, be aware of where you are, if your gut tells you not to go somewhere, don’t go.

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Stainless Steel Padlocks

Stainless Steel Padlocks have been developed to protect locks in harsh environments. For these padlocks to be truly considered “Harsh Environment Padlocks” they must have interior protection also. They come in a variety of security levels from low entry level security all the way to high security with key control. Electronic locks are also being made in stainless steel.

stainless steel padlock

Stainless Steel Padlocks should have:

  • Stainless steel body (normally 303 stainless steel is used)
  • Interior parts should be stainless or brass, in some cases diecast is used
  • Lock cylinder should be medium to high security
  • Key control should be a standard
  • A patented padlock would enhance it

Above I mentioned medium to high security with key control. I believe if you are going to spend the money for stainless steel it should have key control with a quality lock cylinder. You are looking for a complete package when you are considering this type of padlock.

Cobra Lock offers a PUCK style padlock made of stainless steel with stainless steel internal components. This is a patented product that allows the end user to select the lock cylinder and therefor the security level. If the end user selects a high security patented lock cylinder, then the complete package will have patented protection. This is very important to achieve a high level of key control.

This type of lock is used in marine applications and where the lock will be subject to harsh and wet conditions. Any type of lock used in this environment should be tested for function on a regular basis to ensure that it is operational. This is especially true in applications of a high security nature.

There are Aluminum Padlocks that are also used in marine and wet applications. A stainless-steel padlock will provide a much stronger lock body that will be heavily resistant to physical attacks. It will also provide protection from rust and corrosion both externally and internally.

Finally, we come down to cost, yes this padlock will cost you more than one not made out of stainless steel. So, you must ask yourself a question. What are you trying to protect and how must is that worth to you? You could be protecting an asset or a person, how valuable is that to you.

Just one more thought, it can be cheaper to spend the money now than suffer an asset loss that can be much more costly.

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