Kate Herrick is a freelance writer with a decade of experience, and whose goal is to create clear, useful, and informative writing, no matter the topic. When it comes to home security, Kate has researched and written about everything from professional companies and the latest home automation to fire safety, online safeguards, and personal security. When not at the computer, she is either reading or trying to keep up with her four crazy kids.
There are lots of security factors to take into account as an Airbnb host—how to let the right people in (guests, cleaners, property managers), how to keep the wrong people out (burglars, thieves), and how to keep an eye on things even when you’re not there without invading your guests’ privacy. Read on for tips for locks, cameras, and personal safety to make hosting safer and easier for you.
Purchasing a home security system sounds expensive, but is it really? The right home security system will depend on the size of your home, as well as your wants, needs, and budget. For smaller spaces with less equipment, you can secure your home for a couple hundred dollars and $10 or less per month in ongoing fees, whereas a more extensive home security system could cost up to a thousand dollars or more. Read on to find out what to consider when purchasing a home security system, including the cost of equipment, monthly monitoring fees, and tips to save some cash along the way.
As home security systems and doorbell cameras become more common, questions arise regarding the ethics and legality of video surveillance. For example, is it ethical to record everyone who walks by your door? What about recording anyone who visits your home? Is it legal to have a camera watching over your driveway if it also takes in part of your neighbor’s yard? We’ve got answers to your questions and concerns.
When it comes to our data, the question of ownership isn’t completely clear-cut. When you give your information to a home security company in order to use its services or products, it has access to that information and will use it. Once you give the company permission, your data is its to use, and while this isn’t exactly “ownership” of your data, it amounts to almost the same thing as long as you’re a customer. There have even been reports of companies sharing customer info with outside sources (with police (1) and marketing analytic groups (2)) without letting customers know it’s happening.