Benefits of Smart Locks


As technology continues to advance, we are finding new and better ways to protect ourselves, our belongings and our assets. One of the best innovations in security that’s gaining popularity is the keyless system that strongly simplifies the entry procedures to your home or office. Also known as smart locks, they provide a level of convenience and customization that can’t be had with traditional locking mechanisms, all while not compromising security. 

Here are just a few ways smart locks can change your daily life. 


Never lose your keys again

House keys stand among the most commonly misplaced items. So it is more convenient that you don’t have to keep track of yet another key or worry about how to pass off the key to someone else. The entire idea of a smart lock (and every smart-home device, really) is to add convenience to your life. For smart locks, that includes features like remote access, voice control and scenes. With Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, you can set up scenes like “OK Google, goodnight” that dim the lights, adjust the thermostat and lock your front door. 

You can control your smart lock remotely when it is connected to Wi-Fi. More often than not, that means purchasing a small, plug-in Wi-Fi bridge to connect the lock to your network. Once you’ve done so, you’ll be able to lock or unlock your door from anywhere you have an internet connection. Forgot to lock the door when you left for that business trip this morning? A connected lock will alert you when your door is left open or unlocked. 

Prevent lockouts


It happens to the best of us, especially these days with juggling so many things at one time: locking yourself out of your house. If this issue sounds all too familiar, then you’re in luck. Smart locks can help you eliminate the chance of getting locked out. Smart locks use an app to control your locks. With an internet connection and a smartphone or any smart device with you, you can lock and unlock your doors anytime, anywhere. 


Ability to send E-keys


Did a relative show up early, or are you stuck at the office when someone needs to get in the house? Do you have a vendor visiting your business? With smart locks, you can send an E-key to those who need access to your home or office. 


Convenience for the Disabled or Elderly


With a smart lock, those who are handicapped can gain easy access to your home and business. It also provides ease of access for those who cannot easily grip a key due to arthritis or other issues.


Better Security


There are many ways to pick a lock. The old solution was to come out with a new lock, that would then be cracked for burglars to pick. Today, you can install a smart lock. This keyless entry gives would-be robbers no way to access the deadbolt.

You can also have convenience such as a remote monitoring or tie your smart lock into a full-home or full-office security system. This way, you can receive alerts about suspicious activity.

 


Contact Boyd & Associates to Learn More About Keyless Door Locks

We Are Here For You

We are here for you.

 

At Boyd & Associates, the safety of your home and business is the highest priority.

 

The uncertainty of this virus will not change our goal of continuing to serve any new and existing clients and support our staff and the community.

 

We are open and available, offering over-the-phone consultations, FaceTime surveys, and other security options.

 

We are here for you and our community.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if you need anything.

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Video Doorbell vs. Security Camera

During uncertain and changing times, we know you’re not only concerned about home security and crime, but your health as well. At Boyd & Associates, we’re working to keep our offices sanitized and serving our customers over the phone. We’re also committed to providing that extra sense of security that security cameras and video doorbells can provide.

If you’re still choosing between these options, here’s a look at the pros and cons of each to ensure you get the right protection against home burglary, porch pirates, and other threats:

Video Doorbell: Security Camera Built into the Doorbell 

Pros:

  • User-Friendliness: The average consumer can easily use a video doorbell. It runs independently of other equipment and has an intuitive user interface, so is simple to operate and maintain.

 

  • Affordability: Less expensive than a complete security system, it is cheap to purchase and install and requires only one device to be set up.

 

  • Wide-Angle Lens: A wide field of view means you can see people approaching from different angles. Increased coverage means videos can let you identify individuals and motion as someone gets nearby.

 

  • Motion Detection Recording: The camera can start broadcasting images and video footage in response to motion, in addition to turning on when someone rings the bell.

Cons:

  • Limited Application: A video doorbell camera has a fixed field of view and is suited for a single application, such as monitoring your front or patio door.

 

  • Wide-Angle Distortions: The device distorts images at close range because the wide-angle lens is designed to capture as much detail as possible.

Security Camera

Pros:

  • More Coverage: A complete wireless security camera system can provide coverage inside and outside your home. Multiple cameras can be installed and connected so you get more coverage around your property.

 

  • Customization: Cameras can be placed and positioned depending on the areas you want to monitor. There are also housings and mounts available to help protect them. In addition to monitoring and sending alerts, these cameras can be hidden or more visible to help deter potential burglars.

 

  • Better Quality: A surveillance camera system typically offers higher resolution images and improved IR capabilities. The footage captured by a wireless CCTV camera is generally more useful, while the camera’s design is more vandal resistant.

 

  • More Storage: More data storage resources and options mean you can capture and store video footage from multiple cameras, maximizing the benefits you get from the technology.

Cons:

  • Risk Some Personal Privacy: Surveillance cameras are always on the watch, so in addition to burglary, package theft, and other crimes, they’re watching you and your family as well.

 

  • Complex System: The complexity of various components working together can make a surveillance camera system more difficult to install and use. However, a benefit is they can integrate with a smartphone or other mobile device.

 

  • Higher Price Tag: Complete systems are more expensive than other consumer home security equipment. A basic start-up system may be more affordable, but there’s no way around the expense of higher-end systems.

Boyd & Associates Is Open for Business

At Boyd & Associates, we are open for business and continuing to provide vital services to the community. Exempt from the Stay-at-Home mandate, we’re as committed as ever to helping area homes and businesses be safe and secure. Review our coronavirus (COVID-19) update and call us at 805-321-6664 for information or assistance with home security and automation systems, commercial security, and patrol services.

A Note to Our Valued Community Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At Boyd & Associates, we understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing around the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. At this time, we remain open for business. Because we provide a vital service to our community, we are exempt from the mandate and will continue to provide our home and business safety & security services. We’re committed to the well-being of our clients, which is why we wanted to share the extra precautions our team is taking to ensure our clients and staff stay safe and healthy during this time.

Staying Informed

We are closely monitoring daily updates and recommendations from the CDC.

Sanitizing Procedures

We are sanitizing our office and workspaces regularly throughout the workday for both our clients and staff’s protection.

Over the Phone Service

Our Sales Department is now offering free surveys through FaceTime and other video telephony apps. Please contact us for more details.

Staying at Home

Boyd & Associates employees have been instructed not to report to work if they experience fever, cough or any cold or Flu-like symptoms.

Amid this ongoing situation, our goal to serve and protect our clients, team, and our community continues. Thank you for being the best part of Boyd & Associates.

Questions?

Please give us a call, we’re happy to help.

(805) 321-6664

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FREE Video Doorbell When You Switch from Spectrum to Boyd and Associates Security!

Spectrum, a cable company that provides home security services for customers, has announced its home security service will be discontinued on February 5th, 2020. Although this won’t affect Internet, television, and telephone services, anyone using Spectrum security equipment and services must switch to another provider. Boyd & Associates is a trusted home security business that provides total home security solutions.

Switch Your Service Now

Boyd & Associates is urging people to set up an appointment before Spectrum’s service ends on February 5th. The company is offering a free video doorbell to any customer that switches from Spectrum—this offer ends by 2/29/20.

How Our Service Compares

With Spectrum’s security system, users can remotely view live video feeds from home security cameras, lock and unlock doors remotely, and much more. The company’s system conveniently uses the customer’s Internet access, cable connection, and wireless router. Spectrum has offered these services since its parent company, Charter Communications Inc., acquired Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in May 2016.

Boyd & Associates offers a complete home security solution that includes a 21st century burglar alarm system, fire and carbon monoxide alarms, and 24/7 alarm monitoring. Our UL Listed monitoring station will respond even if you’re not home, and also if the power goes out. Each security device we use has a built-in cellular connection and backup battery, so your home is always protected.

Like Spectrum’s security service, our advanced controls let you manage thermostats, locks, and lights. We offer a fully functional, full-color touchscreen, while you can access your security system from a mobile device as well. Advanced HD security cameras are also available. They automatically record live video when triggered, so you can watch 20-second video clips and receive alerts and notifications wherever you are.

How Do I Make the Switch?

Switching from Spectrum to Boyd & Associates is easy. Plus, Boyd & Associates has been serving homeowners since 1967, so you can rely on us to continue providing the protection and service you need. We offer many ways to connect your alarm system. If you’re used to having your security systems linked to your Internet and cellular connection, we can provide the same convenient connectivity.

Act now and we’ll provide all the home security equipment you need. You can also receive help with installation, repairs, and updates from our dedicated support team. Our customer care department is extremely attentive and can address all your questions and concerns.

Don’t Wait to Set Up Your Security

If your security company is leaving you unprotected, switch to Boyd & Associates now. We’ll even throw in a free video doorbell if you sign up by 2/29/20. But don’t wait too long… Spectrum is ending its security service on February 5th!

Request a free quote online or call us at 800-381-2693 now!

Top 6 Security Trends to Watch in 2020

Cybersecurity issues now threaten personal and corporate data. And, there is no sign of hacking attacks slowing down. With more devices being connected and more information available through digital channels and devices, digital security is of utmost importance. New trends to fight security risks are emerging and here are the top ones to watch in 2020.

1. Expansion of Video Security

Traditionally one of the most useful security assets, video provides real-time coverage of incidents and emerging threats. There are really no limits here. For example, food processing plants and other manufacturing facilities will continue to use video for training, regulatory compliance, and to prevent food recalls and other issues. Video coverage of harsh environments, such as oil and gas facilities, helps reduce the need for personnel in hazardous areas.

With video data, information can be used for everything from real-time situational awareness to providing forensic coverage. Nonetheless, the increasing use of video in smart homes has given rise to privacy concerns. Security companies must have internal controls over who can access feeds. Organizations must adhere to privacy laws such as those that have been introduced by the EU, which govern the use of applications that involve the collection of video and other data on people and assets.

2. Cloud-Based Security

Developing cybersecurity protocols is critical, especially for servers, digital video recorders, IP cameras, smart sensors, and other network-connected devices connected to the cloud. This applies to organizations reliant on CRM systems such as Salesforce and home users who leverage Dropbox and other storage services.

The cloud-security platform industry is already predicted to top $460 million, as it can scale to various requirements, provide greater intelligence and protection, and reduce costs.

3. Artificial Intelligence

Taking video and data analytics to the next level, software manufacturers are beginning to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to improve analytical capabilities. Facial recognition is one example of a technology being used to more efficiently detect potential threats. Given the vast amounts of data and growth in devices such as intelligent sensors, using AI to analyze video and other data makes sense.

4. Passwordless Authentication

Consumers have been familiar with password protection since the first Internet services became available. But new authentication methods have emerged. These include hardware tokens, biometric authentication such as fingerprint readers, and knowledge-based authentication such as security questions based on personal details.

5. Mobile Access to Security Devices

Physical security has become more dependent on mobility and this trend is expected to continue. It includes access to security devices from browsers and smartphones. There are now many mobile apps for managing video cameras and receiving automatic alerts. Permitted users can even grant or restrict access to facilities and individual access points.

6. Convergence of Physical and Digital Security

This has been discussed for decades. But tracking users throughout a building had been difficult without the technologies that exist today. The Internet of Things, modern data analytics, and cloud technologies are bringing physical and digital security closer together. Edge computing is also helping make this convergence a reality.

Let Boyd & Associates Bolster Your Security

Our business specializes in improving home and business security using the latest technologies on the market. From burglar alarm systems to alarm monitoring services, to intrusion detection, access control, and video surveillance for commercial clients, we help manage all your security needs. Boyd & Associates serves clients throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, and Riverside Counties. Request service online or call us at 888-248-6617 for assistance choosing security systems and services today.

SimpliSafe’s home security system can be compromised with $2 wireless emitter

Before you buy a cheap security system check out this article. A professionally installed security system has sophisticated encryption and provides the best protection for your home or business.

This flaw means you won’t be notified of a break-in.

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/7/20758529/simplisafe-home-security-system-flaw-compromise-lockpickinglawyer

 

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Silver Security Acquired by Boyd & Associates

Ventura, CA 2/1/18 — Boyd & Associates, the Ventura-based electronic security company that has provided total security for homes, businesses, and communities of every size and type since 1967, has acquired Silver Security in Westlake Village.

The move allows Boyd & Associates to expand its home alarm monitoring and home security service to the high-end residential homes and commercial businesses of Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Malibu.

Newly attained clients will now benefit from mobile app access to their security systems.

According to Boyd & Associates president Daniel Boyd, clients formerly served by Silver Security will now benefit from alarm verification services provided by Boyd & Associates, in addition to mobile app access to arm and disarm their security systems from the convenience of their smartphones. “They’ll also have the power of a large organization with 24/7 service,” Boyd says.

What To Do If You Are A Silver Security Customer

Silver Security clients will soon receive an informational packet outlining the details of their improved security service, along with a letter signed by Boyd and Silver Security owner Roy Silver. Silver will continue to operate in the security space as an employee of Boyd & Associates.

To inquire about the services of Boyd & Associates, please utilize the contact information below.

Contact:
Daniel Boyd, Boyd & Associates
(805) 650-3267
danboyd@boydsecurity.com

About Boyd & Associates

Boyd & Associates is one of the oldest, largest full-service private security firms in Southern California. Since 1967, the company has been providing security officers, patrol, alarm, and investigation services.