Burglars don’t usually break windows or kick doors in. Instead, they disarm alarm systems for the most silent, clean entry into your home. He may use technology to disarm the alarm, or he may simply try to guess your PIN. A study by the University of Cambridge found that most people use a generic PIN for their ATM cards, and those working in the security industry know that the same goes for alarm systems. If your pin is:
● or 1234
…. your family is AT RISK and you need to change your alarm system PIN code right away. Those are the three most common security PIN codes. Others common mistakes include choosing birthdates or a street address, which can easily be guessed.
A quick Google search can point a would-be burglar in the direction of common security alarm PIN codes, and that’s why it is so important to replace your default PIN code. However, how do you know what to use?
Choosing a Good PIN Code for Your Security Alarm
When it comes to choosing a new PIN for your security system, you need to find something that is easy for you to remember, but hard for a burglar to guess. A birth date could seem like an obvious answer, but wait a second!
You have to be prepared for random burglars, as well as for those who go out of their way to carefully target their victims. Finding out a birth date is as easy as asking whether they know you (to get your name), and then going on the internet to find out your date of birth. They could even pose as someone who needs to see your driver’s license.
Basically, you need to find a PIN code that has meaning to you, but is not recorded. Here are some great options:
● the date of your first date with your spouse
● your pet’s birthday
● the last four digits of a friend’s phone number
● turning a 4-letter word into numbers (A=1, B=2, C=3, etc.)
Change Your PIn Code Regularly
Not only do you have to select an easy-to-remember and hard-to-guess PIN, but you also have to be prepared to change the PIN regularly.
Some systems allow you to use the panel to change your PIN, while others require that you do it from the company’s website interface. It is generally quite simple to do as well. All you have to do is enter the old PIN and then follow the prompts to change it.
There may be confusion when you change the PIN regularly, but it is still worth the safety of your family. Work out a system that can help the whole family remember the changes and inform them when it happens. Be sure to teach your children never to give the PIN to anyone, including trusted friends. If you have to, create a temporary PIN for visitors.
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