Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

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.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Eindringling Abschreckende Tv Imitieren Licht

Die $49,95 (ca. € 32) Gerat ist auf Verkauf von New York-based retailer Hammacher entwickelt zu haben Schlemmer und versandt werden konnen international gegen einen Aufpreis von $11,95 (ca. €7,80 ).  Sowie ein flackerndes Licht, den kleinen LED Display simuliert Szene andert, wird schwacher und die Farben in der gleichen Weise einen herkommlichen TV (Bild im Bild) wurde.

Der Eindringling Abschreckende TV Mimik Licht (siehe Bild) ist auf Verkauf von New York-based Schlemmer Hammacher entwickelt zu haben. Es hat einen kleinen LED-Anzeige erstellen, auf der eine TV-Leuchten und Sensoren automatisch schalten Sie es auf in der Dammerung

Die $49,95 (ca. € 32) vortauschen kann das Licht geplant werden, so dass sie sich nach zwei, vier oder sechs Stunden von Gebrauch, oder Benutzer konnen manuelles Einschalten und es wird kontinuierlich ausgefuhrt, bis das Gerat ausgeschaltet. Das Licht wird der Effekt illustriert

Dieses Gerat simuliert die flackerndes Licht von einem TV-Gerat auf den Einbrecher davon abhalten, die Dimensionierung von potentiellen Heime fur Diebstahl, sagte Schlemmer Hammacher entwickelt zu haben. Die integrierten Mikrochip simuliert die Szene andert, Uberblendungen, schwillt an und die Farbe wechselt von einem Fernseher als von aussen wahrgenommen wird mit Hilfe eines leuchtstarkes multi-color LED-Display diffuse mit einer milchig-Objektiv.

Es kann verwendet werden in jedem Raum des Hauses, dass man lieber und es muss nicht darauf hingewiesen werden zu einem Vorhang. Es kann eingestellt werden auf einem Regal oder an der Wand mit der mitgelieferten Bohrung zum Aufhangen oder die integrierte Montage Band.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Corliss Home Security: Smart lock 'Bolt' from Lockitron

Lockitron of Y Combinator fame has announced the launch of the USD 99 successor, named Bolt, to their keyless-entry device 3 years ago.

Lockitron's co-founder, Cameron Robertson, admitted that they have learned much from the issues they have to deal with during the product's last release. For instance, instead of using around 40 custom-made components, their team chose to just source high-quality ones. This resulted in significant price reduction -- from the original price of USD 179 to USD 99 -- and lower failure rate.

Robertson's team believed that they can create something with a bit more complex setup and be a hit. So they decided to return to the original plan of replacing the deadbolt instead of trying to create a universal device to fit over the existing deadbolts.

Bolt is capable of connecting to smartphones via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) which basically means you can unlock your door using an app or while walking up the steps. For those who intend to maximize the use of their unit, Lockitron recommends buying the USD 49 adapter that will support additional features like connecting to your router and sending you data no matter where you are. This could be useful for those times when you're running late and would want to let your guests in the house in the meantime. But seriously, who would want to do that?

This is certainly a big help for those who regularly hires help in the house as the Bolt also lets you give permission to a person for specific times of the day. Also, you can use SMS or email message to give your family an access to a lock -- no more need for a physical key. Though as Corliss Home Security mentioned, that's another security risk altogether.

A couple of years back, Lockitron has made waves when it announced its plans to build a smart lock with WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities so users can easily connect it online and control it remotely. But they had a rough start when their backers got anxious over missed shipping deadlines. They eventually came through with the WiFi-enabled gadget for the 10,000 backers of their crowdfunding campaign. But last week, it has announced it's retiring the original gadget and would instead start offering a Bluetooth-only smart lock named Bolt. For it to connect remotely on the Internet, they will offer a separate bridge (WiFi to Bluetooth).

Corliss Home Security noted that the shift was made probably because of WiFi's high energy requirements. Their use of Bridge will now remove the difficulty of managing power for WiFi while still giving users instant control over Bolt.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

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

For a fullfore sikkerhet bilde, D-Link avslorte ogsa en ny WiFi camera (DCS-935L) og noen sett. At kameraet har 720p-opplosning og natt-vision video, og vil komme med DSP-W110 smart plugg og DCH-S150 bevegelsessensor for $190. Som vil gi deg eksternt system kontroll ved hjelp av mydlink app og gratis video opptak pa et nettverk DVR eller D-Link cloud systemet. Du kan fa samme sett med en DCS-5222L pan og tilt kamera i stedet for $230, eller DCS-935L kameraet av seg selv for $120. Alle som vil ankomme en stund dette kvartalet.

Avrunding ut din bekvemmelighet/paranoia behov er D-Link's DCS-855L WiFi pan og tilt baby kamera. Pa toppen av sporing din kid's hver gar en strom av ord i nydelig 720p HD-kvalitet, kan du spore tenkt deg hvis han avviker fra hans barneseng takket vaere panorering og skanning funksjonalitet. Det gir ogsa nattsyn funksjoner (opptil 16 fot), og vil ogsa synge dem en vuggevise fra et SD-kort. Andre funksjoner inkluderer en temperatursensor, lyd og motion detection og ekstern visning fra mydlink Baby app. Og prisen for smarollingens sikkerhet, oh helikopter overordnede? $230 For HD versjon, eller $140 for en pan/tilt VGA-modellen, med tilgjengelighet senere denne maneden.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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.

Home Security Corliss Group Experts: Seven Tips on How to Make Your Home Wi-Fi Safer

Home Security Corliss Group Experts
Step 1. Changing the admin password

One of the most serious mistakes often made is using the default, out-of-box, admin password (consider the frequently used “admin:admin” and “1234”). If you have not already done so, we strongly recommend resetting the password to something more sophisticated.

Step 2. Disabling remote management

Usually producers enable only LAN-based router controls by default, but this is not always the case. Make sure that you check whether your router's control interface is available over the Web.

Step 3. Disabling Broadcast SSID

As a rule, a wireless router transmits your Wi-Fi network ID (the so-called SSID) to everyone. This may be changed at will by unchecking the corresponding box in the settings. Then your network will not be so easily hacked.

Step 4. Using reliable encryption

Cybercriminals might use your home network for illicit activities and the police could end up on your doorstep! So we suggest enabling WPA2 encryption (WEP is not very reliable) and setting a stronger password for your Wi-Fi hotspot.

Step 5. UPnP et al.

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), DLNA support (Digital Living Network Alliance) and the like, are better off disabled if not in use; you run a lower risk of being affected by vulnerabilities in software using these features.

Step 6. Updating built-in software

We suggest using the most up-to-date firmware from vendors' official websites: they frequently patch vulnerabilities and mistakes, which can open the point of entry to hackers willing to compromise your network.

Step 7. Not just the router

Absolutely 'ultimate' protection does not exist, as the years have proved. A sensible approach to router settings, using strong passwords and encryption and timely updates are the keys.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

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.

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.