Computer Hardware Systems Security

Changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic mean that more people than ever are working from home. More than that, people aren’t just working from home with their regular job but rather taking on new career opportunities directly from their home office or, more often, their couch. In fact, this increase in the number of people who work from home, in conjunction with a few other economic factors, has led to a rise in demand for computers and computer parts. Businesses and individuals are now investing in faster computers with better computer hardware.  Yet now that computer hardware comes at a cost. The higher premium on faster models and greater CPU capable of multiple Zoom calls simultaneously as well as document editing and video means these computers are a pretty hefty investment for companies and employees alike. So should you get security for computer hardware systems?

Security for Your Home Electronics

You should absolutely consider, at the very least, things like security cameras for your home electronics. Hiring a residential locksmith to install new cameras gives you greater control and protection over your investments especially at a time when more people are home, potentially unemployed or just capitalizing on the spending sprees of the average citizen. Whatever you are most worried about, you can invest in security for your home electronics by installing a security system complete with cameras.

security camera

Wireless security cameras can be installed anywhere with many modern choices linked to your smartphone for easy updates and viewability. Cameras around your home represent the most common form of home security. Security cameras when positioned around your home can be a very big deterrent for amateur burglars whether you are home or not. Security cameras around your home office in a separate garage or shed are even more important during the hours that you aren’t working.

Where to Put Your Cameras

You can choose wireless or wired designs to protect your home electronics. But you have to decide where you want your residential locksmith to install them and having the right position and placement will make the difference between effective or ineffective cameras.

  • Start by securing the most important areas. It’s not likely that you will be able to afford or support cameras in every window, door, or viewable angle; in fact, being able to mount cameras so that every inch of your property is covered is very challenging. That means you should start with those areas that are statistically most likely to be how a burglar gets inside meaning, windows on ground level especially those that face the street, front doors, and back doors.

Do: Do put a camera above the front door and the back door first.
Don’t: Do not install your cameras so low that anyone can reach up to cover them, paint them, or break them. Basically, you should need a ladder to get to them.  

  • Focus on the right angles. In addition to putting cameras out of reach, you need the right angles. For this, consider things like the sun or security flood lights which might blind the camera. You want an angle that gives you optimum coverage, like the center of an A-frame garage for a front view of your drive way. If you can’t do this, then try a second story where you can get a wider angle.  

Do: Do put your cameras at a high vantage point, especially if your computer hardware is on the second story.
Don’t: Don’t place your security camera inside behind a window if you get direct sun through that window or your footage will be useless.

  • Go with some decoys. Not all the cameras have to work, and having decoy cameras in obvious places can be a good deterrent. This is especially true if you have one camera installed on a second-story that can get a wide-angle and then a few deterrent decoys cameras installed on your porch or on the first floor along the driveway. Having hidden cameras in public areas like hallways for apartment buildings or foyer for condominiums can be useful as well when it comes to recording people when they first enter the building.

Do: Consider decoy cameras that are in obvious places, even if they are reachable. This can be a good deterrent. And have backup measures ready as part of your home security plan, like a security team you can call or hidden, decoy cameras.
Don’t: Rely only on cameras alone to secure your home.