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3 Security Areas to Focus on Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic

Six months after the start of the 2020 pandemic millions of people in the USA still work from home.

As South Carolinians are getting ready to send their kids back to school, many parents are opting to keep them home. If you are homeschooling one or more children in Fall 2020, this might be of interest to you.

Homeschooling in a smarthome is just plan smart!

Commercial Security System Updates For the Pandemic!

With COVID-19 forcing many employees to work from home, business executives are having to rethink their online and offline security needs.

Security procedures that were in place before the pandemic might no longer be valid as employees work from home, and new strategies are having to be implemented.

This article looks at three vulnerable areas of security as a starting point for those who manage companies in the time of this coronavirus pandemic.

1. Remote Security Monitoring Capabilities

While stores might or might not be open, offices are shut or only open for limited hours and with limited employees, for those in charge of employee safety, inventory and customer satisfaction it is imperative to be able to monitor on-going activities on location, from home.   

Does you current commercial security system have these capabilities? Can you monitor your cameras from your phone? Can you watch your employees, keep an eye on your customers or your backroom inventory? Are you monitoring the commercial alarm system from any device?

You should be able to do this at anytime, but with so many people working from home, this has become an essential piece of data and communication between employers and employees .

If you are not currently monitoring cameras and activity in real-time, it’s time for an upgrade.

2. Renewed and Updated Cybersecurity Protocol

With millions of employees quickly transitioning to working from home, it’s easy for businesses to have forgotten to update their cybersecurity protocol.

If that was you, now is the time to get it done!

Working from home brings security concerns that are unique to those seen in a traditional office setting. While working from home, employees may be accessing or transmitting trade secrets, personal information of individuals, and other confidential information. Exposure of trade secrets or confidential business information can cause expensive damages or loss to a company” Source CPO Magazine.

Things to be aware of and fix ASAP:

  • Coronavirus scams 
  • Not-secure Wifi connections

Things to implement include:

  • Cybersecurity software
  • Secure access to company server
  • Off-network communications
  • Ensure Secure passwords are in place, including two-factor verification for Google accounts and social media channels.
  • Shutdown of all devices when not in use.

Check out our Best Work From Home Cybersecurity Tips

3. Employee Information and Privacy Protection

While your employees are at home, often using work computers to get work done, it’s important to update your employee information, to protect their privacy as well as yours!

This includes things like choosing the right video platforms .
While Zoom has had security issues, Webex is secure enough for the large TV networks and financial institutions to use.

Sharing sensitive information through online portals also requires special software – just make sure sure that you, the employer are aware of and are in charge of the tools used by everyone who works for you from home! 

By updating your online and offline security strategies you are providing a safe and secure working environment for everyone; those who will continue to work form home into 2021 and those who might want to migrate back into the office. 

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

 

 

 

 

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Homeschooling in a Smarthome is the Smart Choice for Parents

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Homeschooling at the best of times can be a challenge but usually is a personal choice; homeschooling during a pandemic, or forced homeschooling as some will feel it is really challenging. As schools in Horry County and Georgetown County are back in session, many parents have already chosen to keep their kids home! 

If that’s you, why not make being home just a bit easier by investing in Smarthome technology.

But what is a Smarthome?

Check out our blog 10 Reasons to Love Smart Homes if you aren’t sure what’s so great about smarthomes!

When you hear the word ‘Smarthome’ you might imagine a home that has ever available technology available to take the day to day tasks out of the hands of the homeowner. From smart doorbells, talking fridges and smart thermostats to voice assistants who welcome you home.

Sounds expensive, and it can be, however, you don’t have to go all in. “At its very core, a smart home is probably best defined as a living area connected to technology meant to enhance the home”. 

We at Strand Security love URC. Check out how we help our customers on the Grand Strand.

Meaning that by a Smarthome can be a combination of devices or just have one. The trick is to find the devices that will benefit your home and your family.

Smart Speakers for Homework Help

With homeschooling becoming the norm and the kitchen becoming the classroom,  a smart speaker provides a virtual classroom assistant enabling both parents and children to find answers to questions that would usually take time to find out. 

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are the popular smart speakers nowadays in your homeschool classroom which can not only enable your kids to access enormous amounts of information just by asking a question, but can also;

  • Keep them on track – using the timer function to keep them focused
  • Enhance their communication – smart speakers are not perfect and sometimes a question has to be rephrased to get the correct answer (how many times have you heard ‘I’m sorry, I did not understand the question’!!!)
  •  Help the parents check the kids’ answers (school was a looooong time ago!)

Security System To Keep Kids Who are Home Alone Safe

Smarthome technology integrates with your security system, allowing your peace of mind if you need to leave your teens or preteen unattended for a while during the day.

You might find yourself needing to check in at work, or taking a trip to the grocery store.

Not sure if your child is ready to be left home alone? Check this article! 

And remember – if you activate the security alarm system, help is close by is an emergency arrises.

An additional perk to smarthomes: not only are they safer, they are healthier! Smarthome means hands-free and in the age of COVID-19, that’s just plain smart!

Remote Monitoring of Your Teenagers and Schoolwork

You’ve got the kids to sit down, you managed to get them to open their books but now you have to go to your home office to do your work. But how do you know that the kids are actually doing their school work?

Getting up to check that they are working the books is going to break into your work time not to mention breaking your concentration so investing in remote monitoring is a good option.

Enter security cameras and remote access!

With this smarthome technology your kids aren’t just safe, they can be monitored in real time by a live camera feed fed to you on your device of choice!

How about that for hall monitor?!

Homeschooling and Smarthomes Sets Your Family Up For Success!

Homeschooling is looking to be something that will continue for a while and as learning ‘at the kitchen table’ continues, why not make your family’s life easier (and less shouty) by investing in smarthome technology – gotta go, the fridge is talking to me!

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

 

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The Best Temperature Screening Solution for Businesses

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Is Your Local Small Business Ready To ReOpen?

We are now 4+ months in a pandemic.

Some businesses are open, as we are an essential business, others are to remain closed and others are open but struggling to keep employees and clients safe.

We at Strand Security in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, have always strived to share the best brands and newest technology with you here on this blog.

Today, we are going to help out business owners once again, this time we are offering a solution to help you get back into doing business while keeping staff and customers safe!

Temperature Screening for Small Businesses

What does temperature screening for small businesses mean?

Some small businesses like spas, hair salons, massage therapists and other service-oriented businesses who are in close contact with their clients should go beyond wearing masks. Temperature screening offers a quick, safe and fast way to determine an initial base-line for employee and client safety.

Additionally, doctors offices, schools, universities, public buildings like libraries, court houses etc. will also be implementing this screening process as they consider reopening their doors this fall.

Opening a Business Responsibly and Safely During a Pandemic

How can it be done? How can a local business be opened and stay open and keep employees and customers safe?

Tools and technology are at the forefront of all solutions!

Not all solutions have to come at a huge cost!
One brand we trust and love for security, HikVision, had not only the technology but also the vision to develop this product.

If you are already a HikVision fan, hold on to your hats to be wowed.

If you’ve never heard of them before, get ready to be blown away!

The system HikVision uses to detect temperature can be integrated with existing technology including:

• Handheld Cameras
• Surveillance Cameras
• Security Metal Detector
• Access Control Terminal
• NVR Workstations
• Mobile and Desktop Applications

Pain Points of Conventional Temperature Screening Methods

Conventional methods that do not use preliminary screening have several disadvantages:

Close Contact, High Risk

Close contact with individuals leads to potential risks

High Cost, Low Efficiency

Increased staff required, and one-to-one inspection is inefficient and costly

Added Expenses

Continual replacement of personal protective equipment (PPE) is required

Instead, use a safer, smarter and faster approach! 

Elevated Skin-Surface Temperature Detection Process

This is how it will work in your place of business:
It’s touch-free, safe and gives you fast, no instant results!

Elevated Skin-Surface Temperature Detection Process

 

If you need this technology to get back on your feet, we want to hear from you! We not only offer solutions; we also install and maintain these systems once you decide this is what you need to reopen safely.

Strand Security Can help You Get Back to Business!

Our tagline is “Your security, Our business.”

This always includes personal safety, now more than ever! We want you, your staff and your customers, clients and team to be as safe as can be.

Let us help you get back to the business of doing business, give us a call today!

To learn more, and to download the full HikVision PDF, click here.

 

 

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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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10 Reasons To Love Quality Speakers

This is the 7th article in a series of 12 articles. 2020 is the year we at Strand Security celebrate our 10th anniversary by giving you 10 reasons to love the things we love as well:

In previous articles in 2020, we gave you 10 reason to love….our community, the Grand Strand, Smarthomes, Home Theater, Living in South Carolina, security cameras and now we will give you 10 reasons to love quality speakers!

What Makes a Great Speaker?

There are, of course, some recognizable brands of speakers.

Sonos is a big one and we’ve blogged about Sonos before as that’s a brand we’ve loved for a long while!

Another ‘famous’ or better worded ‘recognizable’ brand is Klipsch! And yes, we carry and install that brand of speakers as well.

What really makes a great speaker though?
Let’s count the (10) ways we love quality speakers!

10 Reasons To Love Quality Speakers

1 Speakers Amplify Audio

We love quality speakers because they bring sound to your home or business as authentic as possible.

Advanced technology and engineering techniques allow us to hear and pick up incredible low, high, soft and loud sounds through speakers. Gone are the days of low-quality squeaky speakers, and gone are those that sounded hollow, or worse, scratchy! Long live clear audio.

2 Speakers Can Make or Break the Room. We Love the Aesthetics

Speakers can be beautiful. There, we said it! Gone are the days of over-sized larger-than-life square boxes hanging on your wall. Today’s speakers are streamlined, compact, and aesthetics play a much more important role in overall customer satisfactory than years ago.

Customers are asking and buying aesthetically pleasing products to fit into their home decor.

3 Speakers Can Reach all Corners of Your Home, Business or Property!

The reach of wireless speakers is phenomenal. No matter where your system is located in your home or business, through wireless connections, speakers can be part of a large system and reach even the furtherest corners of your home, building and property.

4 Speaker Functionality Makes Us Love Them!

Functionality is key!

Speakers like Alexa connected to a home security system allow us to use voice-commands to create our very own smarthome! Not only are voice-activated systems convenient, in the days of Covid-19 this is also high desirable as there are now no germs to worry about or lingering on touch pads!

5 Integration With Other Systems Make Speakers Versatile

Speakers can be integrated with existing systems in your home. Home theater systems, security systems, smarthome systems – the possibilities are endless. To upgrade your systems, or make changes, changing out existing speaker can make a world of difference.

6 Speakers Will Play Your Music

Only by the time we got to #6 am we giving you ‘music‘ as a reason to love speakers! That’s pretty funny. Of course, music plays a huge role in speaker selection. However, by moving it to the middle of this article, we are demonstrating the many ways speakers can be utilized in your home.

7 Speakers Will Bring Your Movies To Life!

Theaters are well-loved not only for showing the movies on ‘the big screen’ but movie buffs love hearing the sounds and audio of the movies in that same larger-room setting. Getting the right speakers and installing them in your home theater, you can recreate that same sound and feeling, that same experience you’d have when watching a move in a real theater.

8 Speakers Will Bring Back Memories as Your Play Home Movies!

Have you ever played back home movies? Listening to grandpa’s voice when he was young, hearing the teenager speak as a child, listening to grandma read a book – she who’s just passed away. Speakers can bring back the sounds of memories. How powerful is that?

9 Speakers Will Broadcast Your Favorite Podcasts, Audiobooks and the News!

If you love to listen to stories, audiobooks, podcasts and yes, the news, having the right type of speaker will help you enjoy these daily habits even more! When selecting speakers, be sure to note the reason and use of your speakers to your trusted dealer so they can help you select the right speakers for the right type of use.

10 Speakers Will Bring Favorite TV Show Characters Into Your Home!

Last but not least, when watching TV shows on the big screen – your home theater screen, or your large smart TV – sound is most important to make that experience a memorable one. Bring characters to life by having the best speakers to broadcast your favorite shows.

Speaker Brands We Love, Install and Use Ourselves

We are a locally owned and operated small business. We have three children and we love home movies, music, TV shows and more. We also have an integrated security system and understand the value of good speakers. Come talk to us and we will share our experience with you! Our showroom in Murrells Inlet is open we will be more than happy to have you listen to some of your favorite tunes on our favorite speakers!

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

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