Living in the cities, most homes are equipped with smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, but did you know there are many more home safety products that you almost certainly need just as much or more? Here’s a short list of home safety and privacy checklist that we’ve compiled to let you develop a greater sense of home privacy and make sure your property is a safe place.
- Are your doors and windows visible from the street or from a neighbor’s view?
- Can you see who’s at the door without opening it?
- Do you have an emergency escape plan in case of break-in?
- Do you have keyed deadbolt locks installed on all of your doors?
- Do you have motion-sensor lights installed?
- Do you lock all doors at night and every time you leave the house, even if it’s just for a few minutes?
- Is your home’s exterior well lit?
- Do you have surveillance cameras?
There are many types of security system out there that we can utilize to protect our safety and privacy at our home. For instance, we install a home security camera in and out of our house, but here comes another problem: What if your neighbor’s security camera points at your house? Are security cameras an invasion of privacy? What types of security equipment should we install to be safe from intruders?
Furthermore, things like data privacy protection, internet privacy, and protection from hackers have become the major concern since most of our important transactions happen over the internet. While the Internet of Things (IoT) devices are aimed to make our life easier, the risks associated with the dangers of a smart home that arise can be complicated as well. Once a hacker gets access to one device on the network, it can be used as a gateway to hacking into other devices on the same network, leaving the owner vulnerable to physical and informational risks. It further increases the number of privacy questions regarding the protection of privacy of smart speakers, like Alexa from Amazon’s Echo and Google Home.
One might ask: Why is data privacy important and why should I care about it?
In short, when data that should be kept private, for instance, one of the types of privacy, such as personal information that includes credit card numbers, personal financial data, health, and the medical record gets in the wrong hands, bad things can happen. Nevertheless, it is important to not confuse data security vs. privacy, where data security is about securing your own data against unauthorized access, whilst data privacy is about authorized access, concerning who has it and who defines it.