Best answer: Absolutely. While expensive, the Brinks monitoring service for your Nest Secure provides enough value that we recommend enrolling and using it. Best Buy: Nest Secure ($399) Someone will watch when you can't So, you bought a Nest Secure because you want to protect your home and your valuables, and a smart alarm system can notify you and let you know what's happening any time through an app on your phone. However, there'll be times when you're not able to grab your phone the instant you hear an alert. An intruder doesn't wait until you're not in a meeting or at the movies to break in; batteries die and power outages happen; we all deserve a vacation away from beeping smartphones once in a while. Brinks Home Security provides 24/7 monitoring of your Nest Secure and the service also includes cellular backup in case your Wi-Fi goes out. If Brinks sees an alert, it'll try to contact you and any designated emergency contacts you have provided. If an alert is real (not … [Read more...] about Should you get professional monitoring for Nest Secure?
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Home security systems have been around for decades, providing a way to have your home monitored for intrusions and emergencies while you’re away or sleeping. But traditional home security systems have required professional installation, costly subscription plans, and long-term contracts that lock you in to the service. They’ve not been practical to move from home to home or for use in apartments. Thanks to advances in sensors and other smart home technology, the landscape of home security systems is changing dramatically. It’s now possible to install a professionally monitored system in your home yourself in just a matter of minutes. You can even bring the system along with you when you move to another house or apartment. And the cost for these new systems is far less than traditional home security plans. Ring’s Alarm, which is finally shipping to customers starting today, is the latest in these new, do-it-yourself home security systems. It’s most similar … [Read more...] about Ring Alarm review: simple, cheap home security
Article Contents1 Nagroid1.1 Introduction1.2 Configuration1.3 Real World Setup and Usage1.4 We’ll Be Back in a Moment2 NagMonDroid2.1 Introduction2.2 Settings2.3 Real World Setup and Usage2.4 Conclusion3 Real-World Testing with Nagroid4 Conclusions Nagios is by far one of the best solutions for monitoring just about everything on a server, and it’s excellent API system means that anything it doesn’t include out of the box can be written in just about any programming language as long as the program output conforms to their standard. I’ve personally written dozens of modules for micro-managing network interfaces, disk IO and so on. I’ve even heard of elaborate schemes of detecting when system load is too high on web servers and launching more Amazon EC2 instances, or checking when load is low enough to terminate EC2 instances, all fully automated. That said, next to Decaf, Nagios monitoring tools were a strong requirement for my Android arsenal. Waiting for … [Read more...] about SysAdmin Series, Article #3: Nagios Monitoring
Back in February, we heard the news that Google was working on an update to one of the security features built into Google Play services: Verify Apps . Verify Apps works to check apps that you install for malware; but, in the past, it only did so at the time of installation. Google was seeing that apps could download malicious code afterwards, and began work on persistent malware monitoring. Today, Google has announced that the update is ready and is being pushed out to users. Because the update is part of Google Play services, it will be going out to all Google Android devices running 2.3 or higher (obviously the Nokia X and Amazon Kindle Fire lines aren't part of the deal). In the announcement of the feature, Google likens its Play service layer to an alarm system for your home, which continues the theme of promoting its version of Android as the most secure, while subtly putting down non-Google Androids (just like Sundar Pichai did not too long ago). Google also says that … [Read more...] about Android Verify Apps updated with persistent malware monitoring
The Internet is a terrifying place, and Objective Development’s Little Snitch 4 ($45) has tried for many years to help keep your Mac locked down by monitoring connections and letting you control inbound and outbound traffic. Version 4 refines and extends this friendly firewall, and if you’ve used it or looked at it in the past, you’ll find it mostly familiar. But the app has significant updates for visualizing connections and improves how it explains what apps are trying to do.It’s bizarre that this many decades into the net’s evolution, Apple still doesn’t include strong tools enabled by default that restrict access to your Mac or examine connections from macOS or apps you’re running out to the Internet. The firewall option in the Security & Privacy system preference pane is extremely coarse and lacks necessary features. Enabling it likely causes more problems and confusion for less-experienced users than leaving it off, but a Mac with … [Read more...] about Little Snitch 4 review: Mac app excels at monitoring and controlling network activity