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How To Protect and Secure Your Family in 2021

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Happy New Year to You and Yours!

What a crazy we year we leave behind as we move toward 2021. The year 2020 brought us a pandemic of epic proportions, and with that, homeschooling, working from home and all sorts of new ‘firsts’ we might or might not have enjoyed.

The Grand Strand saw spikes of covid-19, increased hospitalizations, hybrid school programs and the closing of many small businesses.

As we move forward to what we hope and wish to be a better year, we’d like to look back one more time at the best of the best articles from this past year to give you ways you can continue to protect and keep your family safe in 2021.

Everything You Need to Know About Ring Cameras!

Ring Cameras are an effective way to keep an eye on your home.  Did you know that Strand Security installs Ring cameras in Horry County homes as well as Georgetown County homes? Learn more by reading this blog.

Homeschooling in a Smarthome is the Smart Choice for Parents

While we are entering a new year, we aren’t out of the wood yet with this pandemic. If you are (still) struggling) with homeschooling your children, give this article a read to see if technology could possibly help you as we enter the new year.

Does Your Home Need A Security and Safety Tune Up?

Earlier this year we released an article that talked about doing an safety and security audit for your home. Why would you need these audits? Things break. Kids grow. Family dynamics change! Just like you take your car in to be inspected or serviced, your child gets a checkup at the pediatrician every year, your home security system and your safety protocol need an audit yearly!

How To Attain a Germ-Free Smarthome in the Post COVID-19 World

With so much technology available to us, it’s no wonder we are at the stage of being able to give voice commands to do just about anything in and around our home. Voice activation is a great tool for fighting germs and the spread of COVID-19, Influenza or any other virus! Learn more here.

The Best Home Security Tips for Homebound Seniors

What a sad year 2020 was for the seniors in our lives. While they were less-mobile to start, COVID-19 kept them isolated in their homes. Fortunately, technology can play a part in keeping them safe and connecting, virtually, with family and friends in their life! Read about the latest technology to keep seniors safe at home here.

Go Ahead and Take Charge with URC Total Control!

Last but not least we want to highlight URC automation! If you have just build a new home or purchased a new home on the Grand Strand in South Carolina, we want to talk to you! Did you know that ANY HOME, no matter when it was built, can be turned into a Smarthome!?

Yes! 🙌🏻

No need to wait for contractors or handyman… (because we know you already have!) We at Strand Security can turn ANY home into a Smarthome with URC! Learn more here.

Protecting Your Family in 2021

Lessons from the past can help us take charge of the future. No matter how we personallexperienceded 2020, we all have some takeaways that will help us navigate 2021.

We wish you a happy, healthy and safe 2021.

Contact Strand Security today

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5 of the Best Home for The Holidays Security Tips!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to you and yours on the Grand Strand! We at Strand Security are still busy installing smarthome technology, URC automation and home security systems, all while preparing for Christmas.

We’ve collected 5 of the best holiday security and safety tips to keep you, your family and your employees safe and secure this holiday season.

While we know you are busy, it only takes seconds for disaster to strike – take a few minutes today to read and learn more about keeping your home and family safe during this special time fo the year.

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1) Fire Safety & Decorating Your Home For Christmas

Here are some ways that decoring can undermine your security!

❌ Don’t use real candles in any room without proper adult supervision.

❌ Don’t run your outside lights through your windows; that is an invite for a burglar to open the window and come in!

❌ If you have a fireplace, get it cleaned before making your first fire of the season.

❌ Don’t leave crockpots plugged in if you leave your home. They are a fire hazard.

❌ Don’t forget to activate your alarm system, even if you are home.

2) Don’t Post Your Plans To Travel, Shop or Play Online

While we are in a pandemic and most of us will choose to stay home, some of you may need to travel. As always, we highly recommend not advertising the fact that your home will be empty and unattended; do not post on social media that you will be gone for an extended period of time.

If you need additional tips on keeping your home safe and secure while you travel, read this.

3) Draw The Shades on Your Gifts

Do you love spoiling your family? We do! Well, burglars look for gift boxes under the tree. Don’t give the Grinch a chance to steal your Christmas gifts – draw your shades at night so the tree and your gifts can’t be seen from the outside!

4) Don’t Open The Door for Strangers

Be aware of strangers is something we’ve talked about before on this blog. But during the holidays, you might have people come to your door that do not look suspicious. Burglars may take advantage and scope out your home and your security measure, or lack there off, by pretending to ask for donations, by carolling or ‘delivering’ something to the wrong address. Beware of strange vans or unidentifiable delivery personal! Don’t open the door for strangers.

5) Don’t Put the Christmas Trash Out Early!

Last but not least, don’t leave your Christmas trash outside overnight! TVs, iPhone, games, expensive boots, clothes, or other tech gadgets – if you received these for Christmas and leave the boxes outside for all to see it will attract those with bad intentions!

Instead, flatten all boxes – recycle them if possible – and put them inside your trash can where no one can see them! Alternatively, put your trash out right before the trash pick up occurs, illuminating the possibility that someone is scoping out the ‘goods’

What Are You Wishing For This Christmas?

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We hope you will be spoiled with the presence of family, love and yes, gifts!

Stay safe and secure.

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

 

 

 

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The Latest Security Technology to Be Thankful For!

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Happy Thanksgiving Week!

We want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. No matter how different this year’s celebration looks due to the pandemic, if you are with family and healthy, you are lucky and blessed!

We are thankful for so many people in our business.

We are thankful for our staff and our suppliers, and we are thankful for you, our customer! As we come to the end of a year-long celebration of our 10th anniversary, we are so very grateful for the ability to continue to serve the Grand Strand community of South Carolina and keep residents in Horry County and Georgetown County safe and secure!

Today, let’s look at some of the latest security technology we are grateful for during this crazy 2020 year.

Smarthome Technology

We love our URC smarthome technology. We have installed numerous systems like this during this past year in the Myrtle Beach area, on the Grand Strand in both homes as well as commercial locations.

The possibilities are endless with URC technology and we are grateful to be able to help solve problems for our clients with this amazing system and related products.

Learn more about URC here.

Remote Access To Your Home Security System

If nothing else, we’ve all learned to “let go” this year! Many of us have had to go to work and leave teenagers and kids at home for remote schooling whether they we ready for this, or not. Some of us have elderly relatives who are at home in self-imposed isolation to stay safe from COVID-19 and because of all this, how thankful we are for remote access to our home security cameras and systems!

No matter where you need to be, the ones that are left at home can be reached in an instant with remote access to your home security system, how comforting is that as a parent or caregiver?

Voice Activation

Last but not least, now that we know through science how germs are spread, using voice activation to control your home, your smarthome, gives you an added buffer of security and safety against an invisible enemy, COVID-19.

No more touching and retouching light switches, curtains, temperature controls, garage door openers, windows, locks, sound systems, home theater controls… With URC smarthome technology everything can be controlled by voice and thus by default becomes touch-free and germ-free!

We are thankful to be able to offer this to our Strand Security customers, both homeowners and families, as well as our commercial customers like restaurants and Grand Strand business owners who need a new way to keep customers and staff safe!

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We Are Thankful For Our Grand Strand Community

We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but here! We don’t just work on the Grand Strand , we live here, too. We are thankful to be surrounded by businesses who, like us, care about their customers’ safety and security, and we are glad to be working on several URC integration projects right now to give those businesses that added buffer of safety.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Strand Security to you and yours!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

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The Best Controlled Smarthomes Use URC Technology

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What is a Smarthome?

Smarthomes are homes with brains.

They ‘think’ and take action on your behalf. Of course, unlike human brains, the brains of a smarthome consist of a powerful computer system of sorts.

Smarthomes make your life easier.

Almost any recurring task in your home can be automated without you touching anything!

Think about all the daily, weekly recurring tasks you perform.

  1. Locking and unlocking doors and windows
  2. Garage door – open and closing
  3. Thermostat and temperature regulation
  4. Window shades
  5. Turning lights on and off
  6. Alarm system activation and deactivation
  7. Music, video streaming and home theater
  8. Your morning brew…!

The possibilities are endless, really endless.

However, here is the truth: all smarthomes and all smarthome technology is not create equal!

Any smarthome is only as ‘smart’ as its brains, of course.

We at Strand Security in Murrells Inlet serve both Horry County and Georgetown County and have been installing smarthome technology in Grand Strand homes for years. We customize each home to the owners liking and needs.

We’d like to introduce you to URC Technology!

Strand Security and URC Smarthome Technology

URC technology for your Myrtle Beach area home or business is going to be the best solution for almost anyone who really wants to automate their home!

Strand Security has been installing URC technology all around the Grand Strand. Our staff is well-trained and equipped to make this installation a breeze for your the home owner or business owner.

Here are some pictures of our staff at work!

Strand Security and URC

URC Is The Perfect Brain for Your Smarthome!

The benefits of URC technology to make your home into a smarthome are many! 

URC’s Total Control App delivers smart, intuitive solutions for simple to unique living spaces.
Indoor and outdoor control of audio, video, comfort, security and lighting.

The benefits of URC technology to make your business into a smartbusiness are many! 

Energize the productivity and efficiency of your commercial space with URC’s broad portfolio of solutions, powered by Total Control.

Myrtle Beach Smarthome Installation

Don’t hesitate or wait to get URC Total Control for your home.

Now is the time get get smart, get connected and automate your recurring tasks.

We are the BEST team in the Myrtle Beach area, on the Grand Strand, to install your URC Total Control system. Whether you are new to the area and buying a new home, or if you’ve moved to a larger residence, or if you are looking to upgrade your current security system and want to include smarthome technology, were are here to serve you.

Your security is our business!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

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What Are The Best Wireless Security Cameras?

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Home Security Mandates Security Cameras!

Say what?

Yes, it’s 2020 friends, and we do not think your home security system is complete without at least a few security cameras!

We are not saying you need to go all-out and include a camera in every room and on every corner of your home on the outside, but we do highly recommend your security system utilizes the use of (wireless) security cameras.

Whether you live on the Grand Strand like we do, elsewhere in Horry County or Georgetown County, or somewhere in South Carolina; we recommend you do research into how cameras can help protect your family and loved ones.

Your security is our business, and our highest priority!

What Are The Advantages of Wireless Security Cameras?

We agree with this expert that wireless security cameras are a great option because they are fairly easy to install and upload video to the cloud or a local storage drive.

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Choose wired security cameras if you want the most reliable connection option where you don’t have to worry about any dropped signals or connectivity issues.

Choose wireless security cameras if you have a strong Wi-Fi network and need easier installation than you’d get with a wired camera.

Choose wire-free security cameras if you have a strong wireless network, and if you need the easiest and fasted installation. More on this further down in this article!

Ring Security Camera

Recommended Wireless Security Camera Brands!

At Strand Security we only work with the brands we know, like and trust!

For security cameras, that includes the following brands!

  • Dahua
  • HikVision
  • Ring

Security Cameras and Smarthome Integration!

If you home is not a smarthome yet, what are you waiting for?

Security cameras can easily be integrated so that you can see what is happening in-real-time while away from the premises, whether that is your home – during a summer vacation or forced hurricane evacuation – or your business location!

Who Needs Security Cameras?

W recommend residential homes have security cameras, as well as all commercial buildings, including but not limited to:

🔥 schools
🔥 churches
🔥 gasstations
🔥 bars
🔥 nightclubs
🔥 office buildings
🔥 retail locations
🔥 hospitals
and more!

Strand Security Sells and Installs Thermal Imaging Cameras

Did you know we not only sell and install wireless and wired security cameras, but we also sell wire-free cameras and thermal imaging cameras.

For all your security camera needs, come talk to us!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

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The Best Work From Home Cybersecurity Tips

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Working From Home Unexpectedly?

Have you been asked (or told) to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic? How is that going for you? It’s been a few weeks and we sure hope that you have been able to hold on to your job; we do understand that many people have been furloughed, or let go due to loss of business.

  • If you are lucky enough to work for a company that has retained you and asked you to work from home, this is for you.
  • If you are spending time at home looking for a job, or if your kids are at home working on school assignments, this is for you.
  • If you have elderly parents who due to being quarantined are spending more time online, this is for you as well

Remote Working Is The New Normal During This Pandemic

While remote work has been the status quo for only 7% of the US workforce prior to the COVID-19, it has become the ‘new normal’ during this pandemic.

Whole office buildings are empty, and millions of people have scrapped their community to start working from home. Of the 80+ million American school children, 97% are home home, engaged in distance learning through the internet.

These remote workers and students now work at kitchen tables, in bedrooms, basements, or living rooms instead of cubicles and fancy offices and in schools.

Some have families or pets at home who might or might not distract them.

Remote Work Tips From Those Who Have Experience

While many people are experiencing working from home for the first time, navigating and learning what works and what doesn’t, as they go, looking to those who already worked from home for tips is a smart idea.

Who has prior experience, you ask?

Freelancers, creatives like graphic designers and web designers, authors, customer service, sales etc.; whole industries are build on remote workers.

Here is an article filled with 30+ tips from those who have experience as remote workers! These kids can be applied to employees as well as students!

How To Stay Sane, Married and Employed While Working Remote

Now, we all know that due to social distancing and mandatory quarantines, we are spending way more time online than usual. Facebook is reporting that their usage is up by over 50%!

In times of stress and worry, humor is a great way to get relief.

Check out this funny video with excellent tips on how to stay married, employed and sane while working remote.

Cybersecurity Tips For Students and Remote Workers!

Whether you are working from home yourself, or your children are on the internet all day long for distance learning, here are the best tips to keep you and your loved ones safe!

🔥Be aware of phishing scams! Do not click on emails or messages asking you to check or renew passwords and login credentials, even if they seem to come from a trusted source.

🔥Recheck your Wi-Fi connection; update your password. While most Wi-Fi is correctly secured, some older installations might not be, which means people in the near vicinity can snoop your traffic or hack into your system – call us at Strand Security if you aren’t sure!

🔥Reset passwords frequently and if sharing accounts with coworkers, always use a password manager to share passwords, never in an email.

🔥Install anti-virus software and keep it updated.

🔥Use your home security system to keep an eye on your home and your family, but make sure the system itself is secure against hacking!

🔥Back up all important files – we recommend backing up files on both a hard drive as well as in the cloud.

🔥Get into the habit of locking your computer and phone screens. While you are in quarantine with family members, this might not be of huge concern, but if you do have sensitive data on your devices, it’s always a good idea to keep your devices locked.

🔥Stick to HTTPS websites! Do not enter your credit card information unless you know and trust the site.

Don’t forget to share these tips with your elderly parents active online as well!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

 

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Go Ahead and Take Charge with URC Total Control!

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New Home? New Automation!

If you have just build a new home or purchased a new home on the Grand Strand in South Carolina, we want to talk to you!

Did you know that ANY HOME, no matter when it was built, can be turned into a Smarthome!?

Yes! 🙌🏻

No need to wait for contractors or handyman… (because we know you already have!)

We at Strand Security can turn ANY home into a Smarthome with URC!

Old Home? New Automation!

Now if you are looking for a Smarthome but you do not want to move, rebuild or construct something, we’ve got great news! Any home can be made into a Smarthome with URC automation.

Even the oldest homes, the most basic homes, can be updated to become smart.

How awesome is that, right?

Just let us know WHAT you’d like to automate, and what brands/equipment you currently have and we will make a plan together!

URC Touchscreen Controller

Check out this super cool touchscreen technology.

Image this tabletop controller sitting on your kitchen table.

You activate the system with your voice and be giving a commend, you can turn on lights, turn the thermostat up or down or control the window shades!

How sweet is that?!

Need to change something? Use the tabletop controller to adjust a setting.

Need to monitor your cameras? Use the tabletop controller to see every angle!

URC touch pad

URC Remote Control!

However, if you want total reach from say, your couch, you also need a universal remote from URC!

No need for any other remote – this one REPLACES all your other remotes!

How is that for Smarthome technology.

Chuck your tv remote, surround sound system remote, and all other gadgets…

The BEST PART?

We will INSTALL and PROGRAM your remote for you!

Let’s review that…

You do not have to know how to program this; Strand Security staff will program your URC system and remote for you!

URC remote control

Take Total Control Of Your Home with URC

The URC remote gives you

  • Touchscreen LCD
  • WiFi remote control
  • Microphone and speaker for voice control
  • Seamless integration with Total Connect systems
  • Includes charging dock

South Carolina; are you ready for the next generation of Smarthome technology?

Give us a call!

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

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