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Corliss Home Security - Machine cracks Master locks in seconds

Security researcher and avid hacker Samy Kamkar has unveiled a small machine that can reportedly open a Master combination lock in an instant. Finally, something to help put to use those locks again that we forgot the combination to.

The so-called Combo Breaker which uses an Arduino and functions through a battery is very handy and can unlock a Master combination in less than a minute. It consists of a 3D-printed frame, an optical sensor, a rotor, a stepper motor which spins the dial and an Arduino chip to serve as its brains.

A detailed instruction has been published online, reported Corliss Home Security, along with a video to encourage people to assemble the Combo Breaker themselves. Every part of the machine is available online and can be purchased for a total of USD 100.

It takes around 5 minutes for the small machine to test and calculate the correct combination for a lock. But when it is already provided with the first digit of the right combination, it speeds up the process incredibly.

Just several weeks ago, Kamkar publicized his discovery on how to manually crack the combination of any Master lock using a design flaw of the lock and a calculator he made. He demonstrated that his method can effectively narrow down the number of possible combinations to just 8. This Combo Breaker machine is basically an automated version of that.

Kamkar's algorithm was apparently inspired by a previously published hack in Corliss Home Security which effectively reduces the possible combinations to just a hundred.

This is not the first time Kamkar's work has made it to the news though -- he has recently shown how to hack a drone and how to make the evercookie that's virtually impossible to delete. And back in 2005, he created a basically harmless virus in MySpace called "Samy worm", which spread to a million users in less than a day. 

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Corliss Home Security: Hackers can crash iOS devices using WiFi

Hacking is one of the well-known and threatening issues nowadays. Hackers can infiltrate even the biggest companies like Sony.

Series of denial of service (DoS) attacks recently happened to various organizations and companies' websites and their servers.

But this kind of attack doesn't only happen to websites, it is recently proven by the mobile security firm Skycure that it is possible to attack iOS devices.

Researchers from Skycure discovered by generating a doctored SSL certificate, attackers can regenerate a bug and cause apps that perform SSL communication to crash at will. As SSL is a security best practice and is utilized in almost all apps in the Apple app store, the attack surface is very wide. Any delay in patching the vulnerability could lead to a serious business impact: an organized denial of service (DoS) attack can lead to big losses.

Even worse, under certain circumstances, Skycure managed cause devices to constantly reboot itself, rendering it basically useless.

The hack occurs through WiFi. If your iOS device connects to any unsecured WiFi hotspots, then you are a possible victim. In fact, even if you don't allow unsecured connections, you could still be a victim.

Skycure had previously revealed another iOS vulnerability called WiFiGate, wherein an attacker could force your iOS device to connect to their network.

If the recently discovered WiFi hack will be combined with WifiGate, the effect can be very dreadful to iOS users.  It could create a "No iOS Zone", as Skycure calls it, a dead zone where all iOS devices are affected by the hack, rendering them useless.

Skycure said that a victim should get his/her device physically out of the range of attacking hotspot(s). The public should also keep in mind that a sophisticated attacker may be able to cover a large area.

Skycure is currently working with Apple to fix the vulnerabilities but until they do, you might want to keep a very close watch on suspicious Wi-Fi hotspots.

Corliss Expert Group in Home Security consists of dedicated experts working and doing research in home security to provide consumers with efficient security systems that help them save time and money. Corliss security-reviews are developed with the goal of assisting consumers make wise decisions in spite of the conflicting information they get online. We concentrate mainly on delivering substantial advice on the home-security system industry with the interests of the end-users always as the top priority.

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Home Security Corliss Group Experts - Eindringling Abschreckende Tv Imitieren Licht

Es gibt zahllose Lichter so konzipiert, dass Narren Diebe in das Denken sind sie zu House in den Ferien oder abends aus. Aber das neueste gadget imitiert die flackerndes Light von einem TV auf ein zusatzliches MaB an Tauschung. Es handelt sich dabei um die Angreifer entmutigend Fernsehen Mimik und Sensoren konnen die 3,25 inch (8 cm) Display automatisch ein- und ausgeschaltet.

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Corliss Home Security Experts Group - D-Link onsker a invadere hjemme med

Natt-visjon babymonitorer, pan og tilt sikkerhet kameraer og vannlekkasje sensorer? D-Link er smart home product divisjon elsker CES, og en tidligere knyttet hjem hub lekkasje viste at det vil være spesielt aktive dette aret. Selskapet har formelt avduket sin forste hub (den $80 DCH-G020) som stotte for bade WiFi og Z-Wave enheter, sammen med noen eksterne enheter til a ga med den. Som forventet, den kobles til en vanlig ruter og gjoor at du kan styre en flate av enten Z-kurve eller WiFi tilbehor ved hjelp av mydlink app for iOS eller Android enheter. Gir nav noen utility er $40 Z-Wave DCH-Z110 apne/lukke og $50 Z-Wave Motion sensorer, sammen med DCH-S160 WiFi vann sensor og DCH-S220 WiFi siren ( $60 og $50, henholdsvis).  Alle disse enhetene vil vaere tilgjengelig en stund neste kvartal.

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Home Security Corliss Group Experts: Tips for Using the Apple TV, Set Up, Navigation Shortcuts, Remote Control, Airplay Streaming From Mac & IPhone, Troubleshooting Advice

*In this article we look at some Apple TV tips, as well as giving guidance on setting up the Apple TV and using the provided remote or other remote controls.*

Of all the products that Apple makes, the least known is probably the Apple TV. Until recently Apple's set-top box was hidden away on the Apple Store in the iPod section, however, now the Apple TV got its own section of the store. 

The lack of attention on Apple's part is probably not so surprising given that it is a product that Apple used to refer to as a hobby, but it's unfortunate because at £79 it's one of the best Apple products you can get for your money. 

Apple's lack of attention to the Apple TV means that there is little guidance about the product and little in the way of instructions for using the device - and troubleshooting problems with the Apple TV. Apple does have an Apple TV support section on its website, but it only seems to touch on the basics. 

In this article we will look at some Apple TV tips, as well as giving guidance on setting up the Apple TV and troubleshooting problems with it. 

If you are thinking of buying an Apple TV it might be worth holding off for a month or two - Apple is expected to launch a new set top box at some point this year, read about it in our new Apple TV release date story. However, we are sure that any new features that come to the Apple TV will work with the existing box, so if you are very keen to buy one, you are unlikely to have too many regrets. 

What is an Apple TV? 

The Apple TV is a 10cm squared box that's less than an inch high and plugs into your HDTV so that you can watch movies and TV shows from the iTunes Store. You can also play content from Netflix (for a £5.99 a month subscription); view videos on YouTube and Vimeo, and stream music and photos from iCloud. You can also view whatever is on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch screen, and push content from your Mac to your TV screen. 

Apple continues to add more features to the Apple TV via software updates, these updates have included Sky's Now TV service that allows people who aren't Sky subscribers to sign up for 24 hour access to sports events for £9.99 a p 

op, or Sky's Entertainment and Movies packages for £6.99 a month and £9.99 respectively. Sky claims to have 800 films available on the Movies channel. 

While it is possible to watch iPlayer programmes on the Apple TV this is only when streaming from the iPhone, iPad or Mac. There are hopes that BBC iPlayer might get its own Apple TV app soon. 

How to set up an Apple TV - the basics

First things first, if you have just bought an Apple TV here’s how to set it up.

1) Get an HDMI cable for your Apple TV 

You need an HDMI cable to connect Apple TV to your TV and you won't get very far without one. Unfortunately Apple doesn't include an HDMI cable in the box, so you'll need to buy one separately.

Apple sells a 1.8m HDMI to HDMI cable for £15, but you can get HDMI cables for less, and you could even pick one up for less in your local Tesco. Once you have the cable, connect your Apple TV to your television, power it on and wait until your Apple TV displays the setup screen. 

2) How to use your iPhone or iPad to set up your Apple TV

When you first plug in and turn on your Apple TV (you'll likely need to wake it up by pressing the button in the middle of the remote) you will see this screen. It allows you to chose your language, tells you how to get Voice Over functionality, and also indicates that if you have an iPhone 4s or later, a third generation iPad, an iPad mini or a fifth generation iPod touch running iOS 7 or iOS 8 you will be able to use your iOS device to set up your Apple TV wirelessly (as long as that Apple TV is running Apple TV software 6.0 or later). 

Unlock your iOS device and turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and you'll be able to transfer the following from your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV: 

Wi-Fi network and password

iTunes Store account details

Language and region format preferences

You will also need to make sure that you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network you wish the Apple TV to join.If you aren't connected to WiFi you will get a warning that you need to be. 

All you need to do is touch your iOS device to your Apple TV and wait for the prompts before enter your Apple ID and password on your iOS device (you will have to type the whole thing, TouchID doesn't work here). You can then choose whether the Apple TV should remember your Apple ID password, and if you want Apple TV to send data to Apple. 

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Home Security Corliss Group Experts: Offers tips for keeping burglars at bay

Three recent incidents where burglars kicked in homeowners' doors have experts offering advice for ways to keep thieves out of your house.
Sunday, News4Jax shared the story of a man and woman whose home was burglarized while the couple was at the hospital, welcoming their first baby into the world.

The thieves got in by kicking in the door, stealing appliances, televisions and even baby clothes.

A city crime map of the couple's neighborhood showed there were 22 residential and commercial burglaries within a half-mile radius of the couple's home.
Experts say locking a door might seem like the common sense thing to do to keep people out, but oftentimes it's not enough.
“We always recommend a deadbolt above an existing knob lock,” said Gary Seliger of Piner's Lock & Safe.
Seliger said adding a few extra things to a door can make a huge difference, starting with a door strike plate. It's designed to better protect the bolt from any friction, but according to Seliger, most doors come with a tiny strike plate with really small screws. For $11, homeowners can get a heavy duty strike plate with longer screws, and for $35 a door jamb reinforcer, which is even better.
“Kicking in the door, you'd have to take almost the door from here to here, frame kicked in, as opposed to just a couple of inches,” Seliger said.
Seliger said it's also important to have a deadbolt that's made of steel and to be sure whoever installs it makes sure there's enough room for the deadbolt to fully extend into the door frame.
“(If the deadbolt isn't fully extended), if anyone gets a screwdriver and gets into your frame and gets the end of the bolt, they push it right back and they're into your house,” Seliger warned.
Seliger said homeowners can also invest in a Medeco lock and key, which costs a little more than $200. A standard key's cuts are all the same with different heights, but a Medeco key has cuts that go left, right and straight across, making it nearly impossibly to pick.

Seliger's company offers free home security() chek-ups that include checking doors, windows, locks and keys. For more information or to request a check-up, call 904-398-1646. The business is located at 3861 Hendricks Ave. in Jacksonville.

News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said when going out of town, it's important not to make that public and to always have someone keep an eye on the house.

Security tips from Piner's Lock & Safe:

1. Crooks will look for the vulnerable home: one without deadbolts, one with an open door, a broken window, or one without a home security system.

2. It is not expensive to take the basic steps toward securing your home. Keep the main points of entry locked with deadbolt locks.

3. Remember who has copies of the keys to your home. Change locks if keys are lost or stolen. If you've recently moved in, change all door locks as soon as possible.

4. Be sure to draw the shades and leave a radio or television on when no one is home. Install lighting with timers. Ask a neighbor to park a car in your driveway.

5. Always request identification from service or utility workers. Potential thieves don't always look like “thugs.”

6. At night, keep your garage and the path to your home well-lit. Trim the landscaping and make sure there are no areas for someone to easily hide.

7. To avoid being surprised, look around and make sure that no one followed you into the garage before stepping out of your car.

8. Get involved in Neighborhood Watch programs. They work! Get to know your neighbors. Report suspicious people to the police.

9. Make sure you have high-security locks on all exterior doors. Use high-security locks on desks and cabinets. Purchase a safe for keeping valuables, records and keepsakes.

10. Make sure no one can copy your house key(s) without your knowledge and permission.

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The Corliss Latest Home Security Gadgets

Innovation and design never run out of style in today’s industrial products, particularly those intended for personal or family use.  Here are some of the latest home security gadgets available on the market today that prove the point:

1. A Virtual Lock

One of the smart home locks available in the market (as shown in the photo above) looks like any normal front-door bolt lock at first glance. But with a mere touch, it can unlock or lock the door using virtual keys, whether permanent or temporary. It can also monitor entries and exits into your home via remote control and transmit activity alerts using the Kevo app which is programmed for day-and-night cycles. Best of all, in case the lock fails to open electronically, you have a normal key to your rescue. This lock can also interphase with other systems, such as Home Depot’s Wink and Staples Connect.

 2. Canary Video Monitor

And while inside or outside your home or your office, you may feel the need to monitor your surrounding security status any time of the day or night. Canary Video Monitor helps you do that using motion, temperature, humidity and air quality sensors, including night vision HD camera, microphone and speakers. This intelligent gadget can analyze data to alert you of any specific emergency or dangerous situation. It can eventually learn to adapt itself to the family’s habits and may appear to be idle when all is well. Now you know why the name Canary was chosen.

3. Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector

Nest has integrated the smoke detector and the CO detector into one gadget. It tells you in clear, specific words what the problem is. And just in case it is nothing but your toaster working up a smoke, it can also give you an early warning. To turn it off, merely wave your hand under the detector. The gadget will send a text message if any problem arises or when batteries are low and you are out of the house. It works with Nest’s equally intelligent thermostat.

4. Heinz Camouflage Safe

A smart way of confusing burglars or, just a way of livening up your home scene, is having security that misleads with its simplicity. Spycatcheronline has a wide selection of “camo” safes designed to appear like genuine, branded grocery items, such as Heinz baked beans and Pringles tubes. Now, we are glad someone thought of that. That should give burglars a harder time to look for your valuables, unless they are hungry and go to the pantry first before looking for the money.

5. Pressure Door Mat

This pressure-activated door mat will transmit a wireless signal to a chime unit each time somebody steps on it, alerting you when a person enters the house. Or for those who have the habit of leaving their door unbolted yet need to be notified of any visitors arriving, the extra prior notice could come in very handy, especially when there is a burglary attempt or an unwelcome entry such as a debt collector. 

6. Padlock that gives out a Siren

Oftentimes, a padlock is not enough to prevent illegal entry. But a padlock with a built-in alarm just might. The heavy-duty padlock can be used for bikes, cupboards, garages or crates, and the siren alarm goes off once the lock is moved, touched or knocked, giving potential burglars a surprising welcome and a sudden bad riddance.

What will they think of next? It all depends on what Mother Necessity wants done.

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Corliss Expert Group Home Security: How to Secure Your Home without Spending Too Much


Imagine if there were no burglar or criminals who threaten the safety of our homes; we will be surprised how much savings we would have on several things we do to secure ourselves and our loved ones. We would not need fences, gates with locks, doors locks, window grills, CCTV cams, perimeter lighting, shotguns and baseball bats. The cost of maintaining these things can run up to the entire cost of building another room or, in some cases, a whole new house.

The rationale for home security is the same for national security. A nation maintains an army whether it has enemies or not; so, whether burglars will come or not, we have to prepare for the eventuality. Hence, we end up spending for something we might never put into the actual use it was intended for. You buy a pistol and when a burglar breaks in you fire the gun either to scare or disable the intruder. We hope we will never have to use these things; but we still buy them for the peace of mind that comes from knowing we can secure or protect our family and home.

Home security need not be an expensive undertaking. Here are 5 tips on how you can set for yourself a home security strategy without having to spend so much:

1. Security is primarily a state of mental preparedness.

A lot of people do not buy guns or CCTV cameras and are able to sleep soundly because they do not depend totally on themselves and their abilities or on technology. A person who has a positive outlook or a prayerful attitude may appear fatalistic, especially in areas where lack of home security is suicide. Yet, in reality, even during the time of war, a lot of our brave soldiers felt secure because they had prepared their minds to accept the dangers as well as the consequences of facing them. People who commonly see pickpockets in buses or holdups in dark alleys have set their minds to either run or give up their wallet in case they run into a similar situation.

Preparing yourself for what could happen, like blowing a whistle or ringing a loud bell during an intrusion, may be all that is necessary to prevent burglary.

2. Engage others

But what if you leave the house and nobody is looking out for you? There are neighbors you can call upon to house-sit or watch over your home from a distance. It is essential to keep good relations with your neighbours or to have a strong and effective neighbourhood association in your area. The police may not be as dependable as a nearby group of families you can count on for help and you can help as well. Some areas actually have roving residential members who take turns scoping the neighbourhood round-the-clock. It is an old-school approach but a cheap and effective way of keeping bad elements away.

3. Design you home for maximum security protection

Before even buying all those expensive gadgets, consider the lines of defenses you can put up to, first, discourage and then, second, prevent illegal entry into your home. A high solid fence is not advisable as you cannot see who is behind it. A see-through or low fence is much better. Having high fences and CCTV cams are not always the better alternative as they lessen your real-time response to any emergency. Having to look at a monitor inside a room or even in your iPad will mean seconds lost when the burglar may already be inside your home. Having a low fence and a lawn between it and the house will allow you to see any movements easily.

Of course, it is a great help to have several cameras showing your whole perimeter area. But having big wide glass windows with iron-grills will also give you that advantage of a clear view from your living room and provide you enough space or leeway to protect yourself as you see fit. You can either run upstairs into a built-in secure panic- room inside your bedroom or out through a small escape back-gate where you can at least call for help. The latter, of course, is the cheaper alternative; but a panic room need not be expensive. It could be small space you can build behind a cabinet or closet where you can hide and call for help via phone.

4. Prepare for the worst scenario

Knowing what could happen can provide peace of mind as well. But, we have to admit that people are worriers, in general. And so, many spend so much on home security and still do not sleep soundly. What is the use of having all the protection when you cannot have peace of mind?

Remember, any security protection can be breached. Any CCTV camera can be disconnected or even disabled just by covering it. We know that from Mission Impossible. Any iron grill or steel door can be broken into because all it takes is a key to unlock the padlock or a saw. Any high fence can be scaled by a determined burglar. So, what is the alternative? Let them come and prepare to protect yourself. How? What is your last line of defense?

The answer is obvious to many – they buy guns or tazers. Others learn self-defense. It is each person’s call. But having a connection to public emergency support (911, police or neighborhood group) can provide enough deterrent and protection for most instances. In case the burglary or the crime has been done, you can still catch the perpetrator or recover whatever you lost if people come around to help you in time.

5. Be creative

Break-ins are often done by creative professional criminals. The amateurs may also pose a threat; but they often target small stuff, like stealing a phone or an appliance they can carry. The rest may have vehicles to cart away bigger stuff and even people.

Prepping your home to counteract these pernicious social elements can be a great challenge that need not be expensive. A friend once used empty sardine cans put on top of one another to rattle anyone who might topple them in the dark. Or having a bright light that can be triggered by a nylon string pulled across the lawn or before a backdoor will give enough security defense.

In the end, home security is not a person or a family’s exclusive concern. It is a concern of society and the government as a whole. Perhaps, the best home security people can provide for themselves is to teach their children good morals and values so that more people will be law-abiding; which means fewer people will be a threat to security. In the long run, good education protects more than all the security measures we can ever think of.
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