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5 ways tech can help you feel safer at home

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When we host national radio shows and podcasts about technology in general, digital security is always part of every show. Take your home router, for example.

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Other ways to protect your digital life don’t require you to spend a dime.

Then there are familiar security tips. Whether you are fully occupied or living alone, there are many things you can do to stay safe.

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1. Connect with your community

Getting to know your neighbors is one of the best ways to feel safe. If not, please introduce yourself. It feels good to know the neighborhood has your back.

You can also learn about the wider region through NextDoor. Create an account to connect with people who live nearby. Get ready for some wholesome drama. I will never forget when I saw a post about someone driving too fast. Well, it was me.

A more fun way to get involved in the community is to join groups that don’t buy anything. This is where neighbors hand over items they no longer use. Let’s say you’re upgrading your TV and need to get rid of the old one. Don’t go out of your way to sell, ask if there are people nearby who would like to buy.

Close-up of a man using a 3D-generated mobile smartphone with an emergency call displayed on the screen.
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2. Set up your phone for emergencies

Your mobile phone is always with you and can be your lifeline in an emergency. A smart step is to activate the Emergency SOS feature on your phone. When triggered, emergency services are called and notifications and updates are sent to selected personal emergency contacts.

Set up emergency contacts on iPhone

  • open health app your profile picture > Medical ID.
  • select editthen scroll to emergency contact.
  • Tap. Add emergency contact button, then contactAdd their relationship.
  • strike end Confirm your changes.

To call emergency services:

  • Press side button When one of the volume buttons Until the Emergency SOS slider pops up.
  • To call emergency services, drag the slider.
  • You can keep it ~ side When volume button Automatically contact emergency services.

When the countdown ends, your smartphone will contact emergency services.

Set up emergency contacts and SOS on Android

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  • open safety appand log in to your Google account.
  • Tap settingafter that medical information Add information such as blood type, allergies, and medications. Tap an item in the list to update.
  • Tap emergency contactafter that Add contact Click to select an existing contact to add.

Next, you need to enable Android’s SOS feature.

  • In this same app, safety and emergencies after that Emergency SOS.
  • turn on Use Emergency SOS.
  • You can also turn on sound the alarm Makes a loud noise when Emergency SOS is activated.
  • Decide which emergency actions to trigger when using Emergency SOS. Turn on the actions you want to use: Call emergency services and share information with your emergency contacts.

To call emergency services:

  • Press power switch 5 or more times. A five-second countdown begins before emergency measures begin. To cancel Emergency SOS, Swipe right to cancel Countdown in progress.
  • After a 5 second countdown, emergency action will be initiated according to your settings.

Are you caring for someone in your life? If you can’t be together all the time, many great techniques can help.

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3. Make it look like you’re home, even when you’re not

Whether you work during the day or are on vacation for a week, there are ways to make your home look occupied, even if it’s empty. Mechanical timers or smart home timers can turn lights, stereos, and TVs on and off.

Have an Echo speaker? Alexa Guard is like an ear that you keep at home. Echo devices listen for breaking glass, smoke alarms, or carbon monoxide alarms. When these sounds are detected, you will receive an alert on your smartphone.

Alexa Guard can also automatically turn on and off your connected smart lights to make you feel like you’re at home.

4. Install a smart security system

Home security technology has come a long way from the days of elaborate wired systems with long and expensive contracts. Now you can customize your home system to include exactly what you need, or set it all up yourself.

SimpliSafe is my national radio show sponsor and a company I always recommend. Of course, there are many options at various price points.

Cheapest is not necessarily the best. I would like to avoid the bargain basement models found online.

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5. Think Before Posting Online

We tend to want to post all the exciting moments of our lives on social media, but your friends may not be the only ones watching your adventures. If you maintain a public profile, anyone can see that you’re exploring a new city far from home.

The simplest solution is No Post privately SNS information, including your vacation schedule. Please wait until we return to share photos and videos.

If you do decide to share in real time, at least limit your account to trusted friends and family.

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My favorite podcast is “Kim Komando Today”. This is a caller with 30 minutes of solid tech news, tips, and tech questions from across the country.

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Learn about the latest technology on the weekend at The Kim Command Show, the nation’s largest radio talk show. Kim answers the phone and offers advice on his digital lifestyle today, from smartphones and tablets to his privacy and data hacking online. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website, Komando.com.

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