Thursday, May 09, 2019
Is a Smart Phone App the same as a Detection Device?
Is a Smart Phone App the same as a Detection Device?
As the news cycle shows recent stories of spying threats in
hotel rooms and rental houses many developers are touting smart phone apps as
an option for scanning a space for hidden bugs or video cameras. But how
effective are these apps? We took a look and discovered some key differences
between common 'detection' apps and the average handheld detection device.
Most of the smart phone apps require your phone to have a
magnetic field sensor or they will not work. The magnetic field sensor is
similar to what is found in a stud finder or compass app and not all phones
come equipped with it. Handheld detectors like a camera finder or an RF signal
detector do not require any additional technology to work with the exception of
Detection from a distance
The smart phone apps did find hidden camera lens and RF
signals but only when the user was really close to the hidden camera or hidden
bug. The camera lens detection option on
the apps we tried caused the smart phone's light to flash slowly in order to
reflect off of the hidden lens. The light from the phone managed to reflect on
the lens when the distance between the hidden camera and the smart phone was
closed to about 15 inches apart. Trying a basic handheld detection device like
Finder or a Hidden
Camera RF Detector the flashing LEDs on the detection devices picked up the
hidden lens from about 15 feet away.
The smart phone apps did not offer much ability to change
the sensitivity of detection. The magnetic field sensor did do a good job
finding electronics but it found all of them. So a camera hidden in a picture
was easy to locate. A camera hidden in a clock radio was masked by all the
other electronics inside. Likewise, the apps that detected RF signals picked up
signals for everything from a wireless mouse to the hidden video transmitter.
Using a Wireless
Camera Detector we were able to narrow the sensitivity and focus on areas
that were most likely to have a hidden
camera or listening device.
Smart phone apps are a viable solution for a one time scan
of a very small, bare, space. But for even an average sized space, like a hotel
room, it would take a fair amount of patience and time to scan the entire area.
Even then a camera or hidden bug inside a clock or electronic device could be
missed due to the interference from non spying electronics. For users traveling
frequently or users concerned about spying outside of hidden camera or bugs
such as GPS trackers, a handheld detection device could be a good investment.
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
5 Top Spots Spy Cameras Could be Hidden
5 Top Spots Spy Cameras Could be Hidden
How easy it is to forget that hidden surveillance is a constant threat. After checking your home and office, be sure to check these commonly forgotten areas for hidden spy camera dangers:
1. Uncover Hidden Dorm Room Cameras
You may not suspect a college campus but anyone – from a roommate with free time to a student with a cheating problem – might use a hidden camera to spy on you. Use our DD3100, a simple rf detector device to find a camera that may be hidden dorm rooms, public rooms and even in the showers.
2. Save your future self from embarrassment in Hotel Rooms
The nightly news tells us horror stories about hidden cameras in hotels regularly. A quick check with our DD12031 can save you from an unexpected phone call. Can you imagine getting the call where a police officer awkwardly informs you that your entire hotel stay was caught on camera? With everything you pack that you don’t need, adding a wireless detector might be a good idea.
3. Make sure your new boss doesn't have ideas outside the boardroom:
We all know what its like to start a new job. Everything is new and feels beyond your control. The restroom, the last vestige of your personal sanity, should be checked to be sure no unwanted eyes pry into your visit. The DD3150 is small and portable and will quickly deal with any covert spy cameras.
4. Check changing Rooms and Dressing rooms
Full length mirrors and poorly fitting doors are the earmark of changing and dressing rooms all over the world. Using our Spyfinder Pro you will instantly know where a spy camera is. Use a spy finder to cheek for unwanted watchers using pinhole cameras. You should be able to try on those new jeans without snooping eyes behind a pinhole camera.
5. The Gym Should be a Safe Workout Place
Hidden cameras in locker rooms are many times overlooked. It’s been a hard day at work and you need to work the stress of the day away at the gym. As you head into the locker room, you wonder, “How many places can a camera be hidden?” Well, the answer is in a locker, a ceiling vent, or even what appears to be a forgotten gym bag. Checking for a spy camera is quick and easy using our DD802 and a few minutes of time, makes your time at the gym much easier, well except for the workout.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
5 Tips to Get the Best Video From Your Hidden Camera Smoke Detector
Most actual smoke detectors are placed just above a doorway as you enter or exit a room. however this might not be the best place for a hidden camera smoke detector as the subject of interest could walk through the door so quickly that they do not trigger the camera's PIR sensor. Instead consider placing the smoke detector above a window or closet door in the back of the room. This will allow the PIR sensor time to fully activate the camera and the intruder will be walking toward the hidden camera instead of away from it.
Bottom View Smoke Detector Camera
This model of hidden camera has a hidden camera pointed out the bottom of the detector body. If this unit is mounted on the ceiling it will capture what is directly below. This means that a subject walking through a doorway will have the top of their head in view but not their face. Consider mounting a bottom view smoke detector camera on a wall, opposite of the doorway you suspect the subject will use. In this position the camera will capture all of the doorway and most of the floor to ceiling space of an average room with 9 foot high ceilings.
|Bottom view smoke detector hidden camera mounted on ceiling|
|Bottom view smoke detector hidden camera mounted on wall|
Side View Smoke Detector Camera
In this model of hidden camera the camera is mounted on the side of the detector body with the camera tilted slightly downward. Mount it on ceiling for an angle that will capture most of the floor space of a medium sized room as well as about 4-6 feet above the floor. When monitoring a long hallway consider having more than one hidden camera smoke detector mounted every 10-12 feet. This allows the subject to be captured on video in multiple positions and allows the PIR sensor on the additional camera to be triggered just as the subject is leaving the first camera's field of view.
|Side view smoke detector hidden camera mounted on ceiling|
Pick the Best Camera for the Space While a smoke detector is a pretty ordinary object to have in most spaces, in some spaces it might draw attention. For example it would be unusual to see a smoke detector mounted in a carport, a better choice would be the Cable Box Camera or even the Birdhouse Camera.
Monitoring Busy PlacesNo matter how much life a hidden camera battery might have, if the camera is being constantly activated by ordinary coming and going in a busy spot the battery will wear down quickly, possibly in less than a day. While you can check video recorded when the camera was active, no more video will be recorded until the battery can be recharged. Our hidden cameras that plug into an AC outlet are the best choice for this kind of surveillance. Another option is to take advantage of the Scheduled Recording option in the SG Home app. If you know when the person you are monitoring will be in the area you can set the camera to only wake to the PIR during that time, thus saving battery life.
Channel Your Inner Wile E. CoyoteThat rascally coyote never gave up chasing the Roadrunner. While we don't suggest tying an anvil to your hidden camera we DO suggest not giving up the first time if it doesn't capture the problem. Surveillance is as much an art as a science. You may need to adjust your camera placement, be prepared to schedule its recording time or be ready to check the memory card multiple times during the day. If climbing up a ladder to retrieve video from an SD card would draw attention to the hidden camera itself then monitor your video from your smart phone. You can even subscribe to our Cloud Recording and have access to downloaded video for a longer period of time without having to return to the camera at all.
Finally, remember that hidden cameras sometimes tell us good news. If after choosing your camera, carefully selecting its placement, and diligently checking its recording you discover that the suspicious behavior you originally noticed is actually quite innocent then consider it a good day. Breathe a sigh of relief and store your camera in a safe place for the next time you suspect a Road Runner has been sneaking around your cave.
Camera Placement Dos and Don'ts Checklist:
• DON'T place a camera near a doorway or other area that the subject would quickly walk by without triggering the camera
• DO make sure the camera fits into the use of the room and will not draw attention to itself
• DO make sure the camera is plugged in for monitoring busy areas just as a business' entry lobby
• DON'T mount a side view camera on a wall.
• DO be prepared to adjust your cameras placement at the beginning of your surveillance
Monday, November 12, 2018
Top 5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe During the Holidays
Top 5 tips for Keeping Your Home Safe
during the Holidays
You’re not alone if you are traveling this Holiday Season.
November is upon us and like you lots of people have travel plans approaching
from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. In 2017, we had record-breaking travel from November
the busiest months for long-distance trips every year. Increasing numbers of
homes are left unattended every year during the holidays.
Enjoy a worry-free trip this holiday. Follow these few tips
to keep your home secure while you’re away this season.
Up with Home Maintenance. Don’t leave a calling card for potential
intruders. Nothing tips them off more than mail, packages or newspapers piling
up, overgrown landscape, or snow in the driveway. Make sure you arrange for
these few things to be taken care of while you are away. Have a friend pick
them up or have your mail or newspapers stopped all together. This news report
of a home invasion tells how the thief knew no one was home by the newspapers
in the driveway. Don’t
fall victim to this simple mistake.
2. Make it look like someone is home. You
may have heard this one before, but we often forget it in our time of hustle
and bustle to get on the road. Simply adding
a timer to your lights to turn
on at a certain time can make it look like someone is home. Our outdoor
version can double as outside hidden security. Having a dark home is a dead
ringer you aren’t there. You don’t need to channel your inner Kevin McCallister
in Home Alone, to make your space
look occupied. Some other tricks are
leaving a pair of shoes by the door, keeping a TV on or keeping a car in the
3. Lock Up. It’s obvious, but sometimes we
forget. A large number of home invasions happen through unlocked entry. Take an
extra walk through your home to make sure all the windows and doors are locked
while you are away. Lock up or move any valuables out of sight. Also make sure
you don’t have any spare keys hidden in obvious places outside your home.
4. Home Security. Whether it’s a dog,
alarm system or video surveillance, you will know when someone has entered your
home. Our covert video surveillance is disguised in your everyday objects that
get overlooked in most circumstances. You can arm yourself with a standalone
DVR, WiFi or cloud storage camera. WiFi and Cloud
cameras have the ability of notifying you when they detect movement in the area
of view. With FREE apps, you can check-in with live streaming, recording and
play back options at anytime from anywhere you get a signal. And if your home
is broken into while you’re away, you can notify the authorities and have clear
evidence of the perpetrator to take to law enforcement.
5. Keep your plans off Social Media. In a
high technological society, we tend to overshare. We check-in and post from
everywhere. Don’t put your holiday travel schedule in print for everyone to see
because that information is widely accessed. Keep a close friend or neighbor in
the loop, they can check on your place while you are gone. You don’t need to
share right away, if you take any pictures or have any fun experience, post
them when you return.
Thursday, November 01, 2018
KJB Explains to Good Morning America How To Avoid Hidden Cameras On Vacation
Security expert Chad Kozlowski shares tips after a couple claim they found a hidden camera in their cruise ship stateroom. Watch the segment from Good Morning America:
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Women, Pioneers and Whistleblowers
Women are pioneering the world of security and defining new ways to protect themselves. The world is changing and the feeling of privacy and safety along with it. Inspirational women are taking back the power to ensure other women can feel the same sense of security in their life. Here are some of the women and businesses making a difference, pushing the boundaries of the status quo and blowing the whistle on injustice.
1. Women make up half of the workforce, while they still shockingly only make up about 11% of cybersecurity jobs but that doesn’t stop them from seizing the opportunity to take on a high-profile role in the industry. Why are there still so few of them? Today women are continuing to push for progress in the male dominated field and represent a mix of researchers, chief information security officers, executives, and top government cyber security leaders. Women are making an impact all over the world in cybersecurity by empowering women with a Voice, Vision and Innovation. IBM hosts a global cyber day for girls every year to educate women of all ages about what cybersecurity is, how it’s rapidly affecting our world and what women can do to help change it. #IBMCyberDay4Girls
2. Hyphen-Labs is a young women of color collective made up of scientists, architects, engineers and designers from around the world who’ve brought fashion to the forefront of surveillance. The line was designed to protect those wearing it—focusing on women of color. The idea behind the body worn technology is to empower and protect women in the field, whether they’re activists, whistleblowers or just living their everyday life. Security is important, our identity is important. The prototype fashion wearables debuted at the 2017 South by Southwest Conference.
Some of the pieces highlighted were a pair of oversized “door knocker” earrings with hidden cameras and microphones used to record during any kind of altercation or unwanted interaction at the touch of a button.
The sun visor was made with reflective material to deflect any unwanted gazes and to protect the identity of the person wearing it.
The most innovative body worn counter surveillance piece was the pink and purple silk scarf. Hyphen-Labs partnered with Adam Harvey, an American artist living in Berlin to bring the HyperFace Scarf to life which camouflages the wearer from facial recognition software, the kind used by social media, online retailers, law enforcement and the military. The scarf’s fabric is designed with 1,200 pixelated faces meant to mislead computer algorithms.
|Hyphen-Labs | NSAF|
The scarf was designed for women activists during protests. With enough people wearing it, it could break the system. Adam is now working with the collective to bring forth more innovative covert designs. Unfortunately, all of these products are prototypes and not out on the market, but we look forward to their fashionable body-worn counter surveillance gear.
Hyphen-Labs | NSAF | Adam Harvey
3. More than ever women are standing up and fighting for what’s right in the world we live in. Whistleblowing can be life-changing, life-defining and comes with a great personal risk for the individual, so know your rights. We have seen heroic whistleblowers wearing hidden cameras to uncover the dark truths of this world like sexual harassment in the #metoo movement. By sharing their story and speaking up, they are exposing the cultural bias that will change our society - and hopefully for the better.
With a female executive at the helm, KJB Security salutes women who have pushed boundaries to increase safety for everyone. We may not be on the front line with these women but we can certainly be counted on to provide reliable covert surveillance equipment to help them make an impact.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Love Lost: KJB Security’s Guide To Catching A Cheating Spouse Guide
The partner you pledged your love to all those years ago is working late...again. You have this uncomfortable feeling deep inside that you don’t want to admit could be true. Unfortunately, the intuition that your spouse may be cheating is something you should pay attention to.
Adultery, affair, cheating, infidelity… there are many ways we label this sad and often devastating relationship situation. It’s still a common occurrence in the US and around the world. According to this Business Insider article
, in a 2015 study
published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, university students estimated
that the average person of the opposite sex has about a 42% chance of cheating on their partner.
Many people have been down this powerless and scary path. It’s time to take back your power. We believe you can feel more empowered and informed by using a few security devices to uncover the truth, move through the process and safely into your next steps
Here are some security solutions to help you determine if your gut feeling is true, to help you heal and move forward in your new single life… securely.
SG Home hidden cameras can help you confirm that gut feeling you’ve had for a while. Our hidden cameras fit right into the surroundings of your home, business or vehicle. Here are a few we recommend:
Our DVR Car Charger Hidden Camera
is the perfect device for covert surveillance in your vehicle.
Give your cheating spouse a new plant for the office. With this unsuspecting plant camera
, they will never guess that someone is watching from miles away. This camera is fully equipped with our SG Home Wi-Fi camera system and uses our free SG Home App. Get alerts if the camera senses any activity or you can watch live video on your phone or tablet anytime you need to check in.
The idea that your spouse may be doing the deed in your own home is unthinkable. But unfortunately, it happens. That’s where our best selling SG Home smoke detector with Wi-Fi
can come in handy in your quest for confirmation. Using the SG Home free app and Wi-Fi you can virtually access live video from anywhere on your smartphone or tablet.
Suspect you’re being watched?
Once you’ve determined you don’t want to be in a relationship with someone who cheats, the process to detangle begins. The divorce process can get messy and bring about levels of distrust you’ve never seen before. In fact, YOU could become the one who’s being monitored. KJB Security has DIY and professional level counter-detection devices to help you determine if this is happening. Here are a couple we recommend:
Camera Finder with RF Detector
- Need to find a hidden camera? This easy-to-use and inexpensive little spy finder device will do the job.
iProtect RF Wireless Signal Detector Wand
- This detection wand easily fits in your hand to conceal action while sweeping for bugs of different types. Use this handy device for more sophisticated DIY detection.
Tools for Collecting evidence
Our Super Slim Pen Voice Recorder
can come in handy (in many ways) when building your case against a cheating spouse. The world's slimmest pen voice recorder comes with a secret activation switch and a very sensitive internal microphone to capture even the faintest of sounds. Use the voice recorder pen to take notes in meetings with attorneys, save your friend’s advice or to make notes to yourself when needed. We’re sure you can come up with even more ways to use this handy covert digital voice recording pen.
Staying safe on the other side of relationship
You’ve finalized your permanent separation or divorce from your cheating spouse or partner and are now learning how to do life alone again… at least for a while. You’re determined to heal and find happiness before taking the leap into another relationship.
Living alone can be a scary thought, especially if you’ve found yourself with the solo task of keeping your children safe. We have a few products to recommend for this time in your life. These products can give you the peace of mind and additional layer of security so you can relax and enjoy your new independent life.
Wi-Fi Smart Home Doorbell Camera
- So you and/ or your children will never open the door to a stranger again.
DIY Smart Home Kit
- Super quick and easy to set up, this smart-home kit is the perfect cost-effective security solution for your new home, apartment or condo. There are no monthly alarm monitoring fees as you can self-monitor with app notifications on your smartphone or tablet.
We hope these ideas will help you feel more empowered in your journey through the pain of infidelity and on the other side. We’re here to help you take back the power and securely find your way to happiness and healing on the other side! Let us know
if you need any help finding the products mentioned above!
Friday, January 12, 2018
Top 5 Security Solutions for the New Year
Around this time every year, many of us will make a New Year’s resolution list. The average resolution list usually includes something about weight loss, happiness, sleep, and other various kinds of life improvements. According to a recent survey from MaristPoll, 12% report they want to be a better person, and the same proportion (12%) say they want to lose weight.
May we recommend adding home and business security to your list of goals for the new year?
2017 brought home and business security into the world of home automation, making security easier and more accessible than ever. We saw other technological advances in the areas of home and business security as well. Chances are, your current security plan is becoming outdated... if you even have one at all. According to this article from Alarms.org, homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be burglarized! And only 17% of homes have some kind of security system.
This is the year to resolve to be more secure in your home and business. And we’d like to help you do just that.
First, check out the following articles for helpful advice on keeping your assets secure:
Security Solutions for Construction Sites and Equipment
6 Ways To Keep Your Elderly Loved One Safe
School Safety Tips for Spy And Security Customers
4 Tips for Keeping Boats & RVs Secure This Winter
Next, here are 5 additional security solutions for making your home and business more secure this year.
1.Add the Mini PTZ Wi-Fi Camera to monitor your home or business...
This Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) camera is an easy-to-set-up and low-cost solution for your home or business surveillance. It can be used during the day or at night utilizing the built-in night vision. The included VSmaHome app lets you monitor and control the direction of the camera remotely. Once motion is detected, you immediately get a notification on your smartphone or tablet.
2. Add the Car Charger Hidden Camera to protect your vehicle assets...
This hidden camera is conveniently located to provide the discreet video footage you need for car security, to prevent theft or vandalism. Never worry about your vehicle security again.
3. Add the iProtect Detection Wand to secure your business from corporate theft...
The iProtect 1215 brings powerful handheld detection to the DIY user. This handheld device packs a power punch of detection in such a small space and has a battery life of 12-15 hours. It detects video, audio, digital or analog signals and can find surveillance bugging devices which are usually not detectable by standard RF detectors.
4. Add the DIY Smart Home Kit as a home security starter solution...
With its starter devices, low cost and easy installation the SH1270 DIY Smart Home Kit is the perfect way to enter the Smart-Home world. This starter kit comes complete with an IP Camera, RGB Smart Bulb, Smart Socket, PR Detector and Smart Home Door Sensor. Smart home devices are an easy way to protect your home and add convenience to your life.
5. Add the Wi-Fi Smart Home Doorbell Camera for peace of mind...
Our battery operated Wi-Fi doorbell camera will alert you on your free smartphone or tablet app with a picture as soon as someone rings your doorbell. It doesn't matter if you are home or away! Never answer the door to a stranger again.
We are here to help you protect your home, business, family, and assets this year. Contact us today at 800-590-4272 or [email protected] for more information and to purchase any of the products mentioned above.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Security Solutions for Construction Sites and Equipment
Construction equipment is a costly investment. It can be a challenge to keep all of your equipment secure since it is often stored outdoors on the construction site. Unfortunately there’s a growing trend of construction equipment theft rings.
The National Equipment Register (NER) estimates the value of construction equipment stolen each year is somewhere between $300 million to $1 billion. (constructconnect.com
) This only represents the costs involved in replacing your expensive security equipment. This does not factor in the costs and time involved in filing police reports and waiting on insurance investigations.
Thankfully there are some covert surveillance and tracking security solutions available to help you keep track of your valuable construction equipment and help you avoid the losses that come with stolen property.
We’ve identified 3 products that can help you greatly reduce the chances of your construction equipment getting lifted. The products can also help you recover lost or stolen equipment as well.
Using GPS Tracking for construction equipment security
Another great option for tracking your construction equipment. Instantly track your equipment using the included iTrail tracking software from anywhere in the world. Keep track of your construction assets with customizable reports, battery life and motion activation. With Geo-fence alerts you can quickly and easily identify the precise location of every fixed or movable asset in your construction inventory with reliable round-the-clock asset tracking and communications.
This option is great for tracking a fleet of construction equipment and the need for hard wiring. The iTrail Convoy is a hard-wired, rugged, professional-grade tracker with a 12 hour back-up battery that offers alerts and live monitoring every 10 seconds. The iTrail Convoy can be completely covert after installation and you never have to worry about power.
The iTrail Convoy has an additional feature —an external antenna —for increased location accuracy. This product is the ultimate in professional GPS location monitoring for fleet management for construction assets
While outright theft is a problem, non sanctioned use of equipment or joyriding is equally problematic. If its suspected the logger will tell the owner. Can be placed under or within a piece of construction equipment to offer covert tracking. This device is easy to setup and use. Just install the software onto your computer charge it up and you’re ready to start tracking! The iTrail GPS Logger records location, speed, and the current time. This would be the most economical tracking option since there are no monthly service fees. The iTrail GPS Logger comes with up to 16 hours of battery life and motion activation, and can store up to 120 hours of tracking information. It is also available with a magnet mount for a car.
Undercover surveillance cameras for construction site security
We have some great options for outdoor covert surveillance for your construction site. These hidden cameras are durable, weather resistant and disguised as regular equipment and utilities found on any site. Most are Wi-Fi hardwired and can be monitored from anywhere at anytime using our free tablet and smartphone app. the app sends notifications when it notices movemnet at the site. There are also options for night vision, battery operated and extended long life battery.
Here are a few recommendations.
SG Home Landscape Stone
SG Home Outdoor Power Strip
SG Home Electric Box
Xtreme Life Plus Bucket
No matter what your construction site or equipment security needs are, we can help find a solution for them. Contact us today for more information.