Tuesday, June 04, 2019

5 Simple Steps to Protect Your Car from Theft or Vandalism



As the mercury in the thermometer climbs it seems like reports of petty crimes involving vehicles climb with it. It's also the time of year when the summer rush causes us to forget the most basic common sense approach to keeping our car and items inside safe. But all it takes is a few minutes to stop and think about these 5 ways to keep your car safe and not start your summer off with a police report:


1. Lock the doors. If you don’t have a keychain remote with a convenient button that locks all the doors just take the time to check. Also make sure your sun roof, moon roof, and windows are rolled up and closed. Don't make it easy to reach into an unlocked car and take a handful of CDS, a Bluetooth speaker or even a handful of change. Even if you run into a store for just two seconds, leaving the car running or unlocked is asking for trouble. Although keyless entry makes your car a little more secure, in the event you forget all of this lock-it-up advice, invest in a GPS tracker. In the worst case scenario, you can track your car in real time until the police get there.


2. Keep valuables out of sight. Your GPS navigation unit is great, you may want to hold on to it. If it's a portable navigation system, place it in the glove box, center console or the trunk. The same goes for any item that is not mounted to something. Let's be honest, your purse is not safe tucked under the seat. It's safe in the locked trunk. 


3. Park in well-lit areas. Even if you have to walk a little farther you should park where your car is safe. Petty thieves are looking for an easy target and a car sitting in a well lit area is not it. Good lighting also makes it easier for criminal activity to be recorded by nearby security cameras.


4. Don't advertise the nice stuff you keep in the car. Don't give your neighbors a chance to talk about your new stereo system by playing it loudly. You never know who might be listening. The same goes for advertising the kind of phone you have by placing its logo on your back window. You might as well say, “yep, I have an expensive phone, want to take a look?”


5. Put a hidden camera in or near your car. This way even if someone does break in you will have a video record of it. Hidden cameras like the Cell Phone Holder Camera are less likely to be stolen. It looks like a typical, cheap, dash-mounted plastic phone holder but it will capture the the person who decides to root around in your unlocked car. Another possibility is the Car Charger Hidden Camera. It's not only great for catching criminals who stop by your driveway at night it's also an easy way to find out if your mechanic really did swipe the change out of your console.


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.

Magnetic Field Sensor
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 batteries.

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 a Spy Finder or a Hidden Camera RF Detector the flashing LEDs on the detection devices picked up the hidden lens from about 15 feet away.

Sensitivity Adjustment
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.

Our Take Away
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


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Protect Your Organization from Spying Threats



Cameras are everywhere, from Ring to facial recognition that unlocks your smartphone. People are being conditioned to be on camera even when they don't want to be. Corporations and institutions are seeing their private spaces invaded also, particularly as intellectual property is increasingly under threat of being stolen. In 2016 the FBI reported a 53% increase in the number of corporate espionage cases being investigated.

Institutions blind to the growing number intrusion of cameras and recording devices risk competing with their own stolen intellectual property. Certain international players see corporate espionage as a growth strategy, not just a short term means to an end. Many institutions think only of securing their IP in cyberspace and ignore the real threat lurking in their boardrooms, recruiter offices, or break rooms. One only needs to look at the latest headlines involving the intended theft of T-Mobile's robot technology via secretly collected pictures. With the growth of internet connected devices it's not beyond the realm of possibility that the employee microwave is silently streaming project details to a murky competitor.
  
However taking steps to secure your organization beyond cyber threats has a payoff: Scanning areas where your employees work with international partners will reveal any surreptitious recording devices. Training your employees to utilize detection devices puts them at the front lines of being able to detect and stop a theft before it happens.

All you need to begin a complete surveillance detection protocol are a set of comprehensive tools:

  • Cameras are easily scanned for with a handheld lens detector that confirms the presence of a hidden camera whether or not it's in operation.
  • Handheld detection devices can scan for hidden GPS trackers,  listening and video transmitting devices. Meeting in a new space? Many of these are small enough to carry with you and do a quick scan before a meeting begins.
  • Spectrum analyzers serve the needs of the largest institutions and government offices. Equipped with the ability to scan all transmitting frequencies, these devices quickly become go-to tools to guard against privacy invasion.

Recently a customer came to us concerned that private conversations were being compromised after a chance meeting with a presumed potential client at an out-of-town trade show. The new client seemed to know exact details of our customer's itinerary as well as other private conversations. Evidence mounted that this 'new client' was trying to determine who else our customer was establishing business relationships with, even during after hours meetings. After investing in a handheld detection device and an afternoon of practicing scanning with our customer service team, our customer discovered a hidden tracker on a vehicle used for business as well as listening devices in the office space. Finding these hidden devices allowed our customer to bring law enforcement into the matter and stop the unwanted surveillance threat.

Protecting your organization from spying threats should be a multi-pronged approach. Once your institution has implemented a regular surveillance detection scanning plan both employees and outside partners will feel secure that outside surveillance is not jeopardizing trade information. Employees will be free to work without fear of having their efforts undermined by secret audio and video surveillance. And IP protection teams will have more time and resources to devote to catching slippery cyber opportunists.

Essentially protecting your institution's physical space from spying threats increases protection of ALL space from spying threats.


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 through December, 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.

1. Keep 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 driveway.

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:


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

How Our Choice of Cloud Servers Make Your Video Secure


How Our Choice of Cloud Servers
Make Your Video Secure


In a day and age where anything can be hacked within a few strokes of a keyboard, privacy and security are of the utmost importance when it comes to your information. In 2018 alone, there were hundreds of cyberattacks affecting hundreds of millions of people globally. As the leading pioneers in Hidden Surveillance and Security, we wanted to be able to provide an ultra-secure hidden surveillance cloud video recording system with a multi-layer password protection to hinder any chance of tampering. After years in the making, a few developers later, our vision for a cloud video recording system came to fruition. SG Home Cloud is the first covert video cloud system and proudly launched in August of 2018. 

Building a data infrastructure on local servers is very expensive to start from scratch. It takes a lot of money, expertise, security, machines, housing and manpower to keep systems current and up to task that’s when a business has to decide what option is right for them. That’s why we and millions of others have cut costs and left that to cloud computing services hosted offsite and accessed through the internet. There are a lot of cloud solutions out there from foreign to domestic. The first thing we required was a domestic server that provided a powerful, flexible and secure cloud computing solution for everyone. Data breaches were a problem we found with foreign servers. Being in the industry we are, we’ve seen and sampled a lot of the smart home products that are made in China, such as thermostats, lock keypads, doorbells and cameras that are vulnerable to cyberattacks. These App based products are using foreign wireless or peer-to-peer networks that are easy to manipulate, expose your private information and gain access to your private networks.

The main five cloud platform solutions to choose from were, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud and Alibaba Cloud. We decided to go with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which has been leading the way since 2004 in the Cloud Computing Industry and holds a 35% Market Share. While other companies have gotten into the game and are close in comparison, everyone’s requirements are different, their services don’t always provide the quality and flexibility you need for your organization. Amazon provides all encompassed web services to millions of clients including individuals, companies and governments worldwide. It’s easy to make adjustments to our infrastructure; we have the ability to upgrade or downgrade as needed to stay in the forefront of our industry and pay only for what we are using. This allows for us to provide an easy accessible and affordable cloud camera subscription without all the extra overhead costs. Amazon Web Services puts cloud security as its’ highest priority. Their data centers and network structure were built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations such as the CIA, FBI and other foreign agencies and governments. In addition, the built in app multi-layer account protection in our App, Amazon Web Services hosting increases our defense of your protected data. 

We wanted to build something that had an extra line of security for our app login, cameras and storage files to minimize the prospect of your information getting into the hands of cybercriminals. Your SG Home Cloud videos are stored with complete autonomy, no one is reviewing footage, unless you’ve shared access with another user your footage is for your eyes only, the servers only have a record of the usernames and history, and the actual footage is unavailable. If your subscription lapses or you discontinue service, all your stored cloud data is erased. We felt this would give our customers peace of mind, knowing you won’t have to worry about your information or videos exchanging hands.


Tuesday, August 07, 2018

SG Cloud Recording and Law Enforcement: Looking at Dangerous Cases with the Help of Hidden Cameras




SG Cloud Recording and Law Enforcement: Looking at Dangerous Cases with the Help of Hidden Cameras


“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Sherlock Holmes may have been one of the fiction world’s best detectives, but how would he fare against our modern day detectives in blue? With the creation of new and better recording technology, investigative work has turned away from the riddle solving days of old-day London fiction, and become more a game of being at the right place at the right time, with the right tools. However, one of the most versatile and transportable surveillance tools to be introduced to the spy tech world has yet to be fully utilized by police detectives and other law enforcement personnel.

Covert surveillance cameras have been around for over a decade, providing video footage under the guise of common household or workplace objects. The SG Home Wi-Fi cameras have updated this technology to allow for remote access to a live video feed anywhere in the world. Now this technology is being advanced even further with the advent of the SG Home Cloud Storage System. This gives officers the ability to store the recorded video files online and retrieve them remotely during an undercover operation. Video files can be downloaded onto a police department’s mobile device and transferred to the department’s archived storage in order to be used as evidence in court. 

One of the most important features of a remote cloud-based camera is the ability to view the live feed miles away from the scene of an undercover operation. Being able to set up the camera beforehand and remotely view the camera’s image gives officers the chance to stay involved at safe distances. At the same time, fellow officers can download the recorded video straight to the precinct’s mobile devices, expediting the chain-of-evidence process. With remote cloud surveillance in hand, sting operations can be safer and bring results faster than ever before. 

From body cameras to shot-spotters, Law Enforcement technology has come to provide creative ways to use surveillance tools to capture criminals and protect the public. With the portability of battery operated units, the SG Home Cloud cameras can be set up virtually anywhere and offers the ability to not only monitor remotely, but also the ability to download stored files remotely. This gives law enforcement personnel a unique tool with which to record and capture evidence. 


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Three Unique Ways to Use Our Roc Box


Three Unique Ways to Use Our Roc Box

 
The Roc Box Magnetic Stash Box is a convenient and portable magnetic storage case! Keep your spare house key, car key, or birthday money safely tucked away and out of sight with this easily hidden stash box. With its dual-magnet technology, you can securely attach the box to any magnetic surface knowing it’ll be safely secured for easy access at a later date. With a weatherproof seal you won’t have to worry about water damage or other natural effects. Store your boat key in this weatherproof case and keep it stored out of the way of prying eyes!


Great for GeoCaching! This box is the perfect size for small objects and puzzles! Store your geocache items safely inside and place in mysterious locations and safe from the elements. With its magnetic casing, you can attach the Roc Box to any metal surface. Combined with its portable size, this makes for a well-hidden geocache! With the magnets installed directly into the case, you don’t have to worry about messy Do-It-Yourself projects!


With all the different creative styles and unique forms of geocaches and magnetic cases out there, it's easy to forget to make sure the case is protected from the wind and rain. Thanks to the tightly sealed Roc Box, you won’t have to worry about getting your signature paper or other items worn or wet! Its padded foam interior and crushproof casing will make sure any fragile belongings stay in perfect condition.


Designed for taking on the go! Pack up your camping or hiking gear and attach this case to your vehicle so you never lose your car keys! Also compatible with our iTrail GPS tracker units! Keep your tracker safe and out of the elements with this magnetic Roc Box. Attach it to any metallic surface and view live tracking information! Watch your trip history and relive the hiking trail and Sunday drive.



Friday, June 22, 2018


CDMA Tracking will be discontinued December 31, 2022

CDMA Re-activation Eligibility will be discontinued June 28th

Verizon is discontinuing CDMA technology for GPS tracking on 12/31/2022. This means iTrail Live trackers purchased prior to 2018 can no longer be re-activated after 6/29/18. All trackers will work until end of 2022. If your previously purchased CDMA tracking device is not currently active, and you are looking to use it in the future, the device will need to be activated by 6/28/2018. All CDMA tracking devices that are canceled after 6/28/18 or that are not active before 6/28/18 will no longer be eligible for re-activation tracker  Call us for more information.

Due to this change in Verizon's network iTrial Live is offering two great opportunities for you to keep your GPS tracking until the  for you to keep your tracker until the Verizon sunset.

Option 1- for a nominal fee of $10.00 a month you can PARK your tracker. It will be activated ensuring your device can be used for future tracking needs. Just call to upgrade to a standard tracking plan when ready. Park Plan is not for active tracking.

Option 2- 40% Discount on a 1 year subscription.  The tracker will be activated until June 2019. The subscription will auto renew at the published rate. This discount is only good until June 28, 2018 and only for CDMA tracking devices.

If you let your subscription lapse after 6/29/2018 your device will not be eligible for re-activation.

Only devices on an active rate plan with  prior to June 28, 2018 deadline will have access to the CDMA network through 2022.


Please contact our customer support so we can assist you with this subscription opportunity  This does NOT affect iTrail trackers purchased in 2018 that are 3G units. It also does not affect any iTrail loggers (passive trackers.)

Call 1-800-590-4272 | email [email protected]
Monday through Friday | 8-5 Central time


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

4 Ways Cloud Storage Aids Law Enforcement


4 Ways Cloud Recording Aids Law Enforcement

Law enforcement personnel have enjoyed the use of digital recording equipment since the birth of the digital age. Despite recent calls for recordings to go both ways (Yes, you can record the police) officials have been enjoying the benefits of recording everything from secret confessions to entire interrogations

With the numerous uses of audio and video recording also come numerous flaws. With the ever-changing nature of technology, it can be hard to keep up. So here are 4 ways switching to cloud recording can help aid law enforcement.


1. Cloud Recording Is Versatile

The change from analog to digital in the public and private security sectors was a trend that began in the early 2000’s and still continues today. Like most major changes in any industry, the switch from analog to digital was tough and only through the informative use of its benefits did it truly become a successful movement. 

But many of you police officials will say is “Why do I need cloud storage when what I have right now works just fine?” What many public safety personnel have are SD cards and portable hard drives. These hardware accessories offer the benefit of portable memory storage for your evidence recording in an easy-to-use package. What you don’t have is a versatile online tool that can remove the need for porting around flimsy hardware

With cloud storage set up, you can beam your files directly from your recording equipment to an online server where the files can be securely stored and viewed remotely. This means you can be on a stakeout or interrogating a suspect while your S.O. sits in their office and watches live. So when you find the one piece of evidence that breaks the case they’ve already got the information on hand and can deliver justice where it’s needed. 


2. Online Storage is Cost-Effective

Purchasing additional portable hard drives and SD cards can be costly over time. Luckily cloud storage doesn’t require additional hardware to be purchased whenever space becomes low. Just by switching from hardware to cloud storage you’re already saving money. Prices for buying cloud storage vary based not only on the company you purchase it from, but also with the size of the data storage you need.  When you take into consideration all the hardware maintenance and repair you don’t have to deal with anymore, you’ll find your budget heading in the right direction.


3. Backups Have Backups

Ever lost an SD card or filed a hard drive with critical information in the wrong location? A major benefit of using cloud storage is the ability to copy and backup data. This means that if the file becomes corrupt, lost, or deleted, you can easily restore the file using the backup. No more having to hire repair technicians to fix corrupted files or broken discs, just a simple process and your files are good as new. 

With the option to upgrade your storage space always available, you will never have to worry about running out of space. This will help limit the need for redundant backups and keep both your cost and time expenditures on repairs low.


4. Peace of Mind

With the threat of hacker groups and cyber security becoming a prominent focus in the modern age, police departments from the local level on up are worried about keeping their data secure. Hosting valuable evidence on internal hardware can carry the risk of hacking and interception without proper security measures. Those measures also have to constantly be updated and modified to meet new viruses and security breaches. 

One of the most prominent advantages of having cloud storage is the peace of mind it brings. With a team of professional internet security agents keeping your data secure around the clock, you won’t have to worry about handling the digital security yourself

In the digital age, it’s getting harder and harder to keep your investigative work mobile, efficient, safe, and secure. With the introduction of cloud storage on the scene it’s becoming easier and easier to capitalize on these benefits and make the transition to digital cloud storage. 


Monday, May 21, 2018

KJB Security Products Appoints Chad Kozlowski as Operations Manager


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jill Johnston | President & CEO
KJB Security Products, Inc. 
800.590.4272
[email protected]
www.kjbsecurity.com

KJB Security Products Appoints Chad Kozlowski as Operations Manager

Chad Kozlowski celebrates his 10th year at KJB Security Products.


Nashville, TN, May 21, 2018—KJB Security Products is pleased to announce that Chad Kozlowski has been promoted to Operations Manager. Kozlowski will overseeing the day-to-day operations of KJB Security as a whole and will continue to support KJB customers. Kozlowski began working at KJB during college as a part-time employee in the Manufacturing and Shipping departments. After graduation, he transitioned to full-time, eventually becoming manager for Customer Service and Sales.
“I’m happy to promote within our company and reward Chad for his years of service. Chad’s knowledge of KJB processes is going to aid him in being a great Operations Manager.”–Jill Johnston, President & CEO of KJB Security
Over the last ten years Kozlowski has obtained key knowledge and experience in manufacturing, distribution, and the wholesale market specializing in security. Kozlowski enjoys working with the KJB Security customers to ensure they receive the best solutions for their current need while maintaining the highest level of professionalism that he can offer. 
“I am looking forward to my new role with KJB Security Products, Inc. and the major changes in my life. Though I am changing roles here at KJB Security Products, Inc., I will do all that is possible to ensure my availability as a visible member of this company continues.”—Chad Kozlowski, Operations Manager of KJB Security
Kozlowski has learned the inner workings of the business and has spent time in each department giving him a deep knowledge and understanding of KJB. Dependability builds trust and with this new promotion, Kozlowski will continue to help KJB Security innovate and set the standard for the security, surveillance and tracking solutions. 

For additional information, please contact:
Jill Johnston | President & CEO
KJB Security Products, Inc.
800.590.4272
[email protected]
www.kjbsecurity.com

KJB Security Products has over 25 years of experience as the leading wholesale manufacturer and distributor of personal and professional security and tracking solutions. Named the North American Distributor for LawMate International Co. Itd in 2015, KJB is a female-run business with a global distribution network from retail to government agencies spanning all seven continents. KJB Security has pioneered American-made hidden cameras and security equipment such as SleuthGear and iTrail Tracking which are designed and assembled in Nashville, Tennessee. As the oldest covert camera manufacturer in the USA, KJB prides itself on same day solutions plus excellent customer service and tech support for its over 800 dealers.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

KJB Security Products Names Pat Palmer as Sales Manager


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jill Johnston | President & CEO
KJB Security Products, Inc. 
800.590.4272
[email protected]
www.kjbsecurity.com


KJB Security Products Names Pat Palmer as Sales Manager

Pat Palmer brings 20 years of Industry Experience to KJB Security Products.

Pat Palmer
Nashville, TN, May 16, 2018—KJB Security Products announced today that Pat Palmer has been named Sales Manager. Palmer will be focusing on business development, with his longstanding reputation and contacts in the industry. His personal attention to detail from manufacturing to distribution has been the key to his success. Palmer is experienced in every aspect of brand creation, quality assurance, custom packaging, importation, marketing and distribution of security products. Most recently the vehicle surveillance industry has been a focal point for him.

“I’m excited to bring Pat Palmer on board. Pat has been a friend and longtime customer for 15 years. His knowledge and time in the industry will benefit KJB for long range growth.”–Jill Johnston, President & CEO of KJB Security

Pat Palmer is an entrepreneur who has founded several companies specializing in surveillance and counter surveillance. His clients are located around the globe and include government agencies, major corporations, and private individuals with unique security requirements. You would be hard pressed to find a US government agency that he hasn't served over the last 18 years.

KJB will be benefitting long term with Pat Palmer in the fold. Palmer started with a simple goal nearly 20 years ago, to protect children and elderly. Over many years that goal has expanded to include surveillance devices for clients in many countries with diverse needs. He personally has traveled to many countries to meet directly with potential clients. Like Palmer, KJB Security has a passion for helping protect what matters most to you by providing personal and professional security, surveillance and tracking solutions.

For additional information, please contact: 
Jill Johnston | President & CEO
KJB Security Products, Inc.
800.590.4272
[email protected]
www.kjbsecurity.com

KJB Security Products has over 25 years of experience as the leading wholesale manufacturer and distributor of personal and professional security and tracking solutions. Named the North American Distributor for LawMate International Co. Itd in 2015, KJB is a female-run business with a global distribution network from retail to government agencies spanning all seven continents. KJB Security has pioneered American-made hidden cameras and security equipment such as SleuthGear and iTrail Tracking which are designed and assembled in Nashville, Tennessee. As the oldest covert camera manufacturer in the USA, KJB prides itself on same day solutions plus excellent customer service and tech support for its over 800 dealers.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

5 Reasons to Choose Cloud Storage for your Hidden Cameras



5 Reasons to Choose Cloud Storage for your Hidden Cameras

KJB Security will soon be one of the first hidden camera manufacturers in the world to provide Cloud storage for video recording (CVR). We are thrilled to be pioneers of this new frontier! As a company we have proven our commitment over the years to providing the highest quality and most advanced hidden camera technology and innovation. 

Here’s why you’ll want to sign up for this new Cloud storage solution for your Hidden Camera system as soon as it becomes available! 


1. Cloud storage gives you easy access to your footage from anywhere in the world at any time.

Need to share covert video files quickly with your investigation team? Now you can have access to your footage from anywhere at any time and share it with anyone thanks to cloud storage. All you need is Wi-Fi to quickly and easily access your important security footage. And better yet… you can access live video footage from your phone or tablet with just a few taps. 


2. Cloud storage protects your hidden camera footage from damage, loss, corruption.

There are many good reasons why SD card storage is a convenient storage solution. You can quickly and easily transport and share them. The downside to these convenient little files is that it’s a physical item. If anyone finds or takes it, your camera and the evidence is now gone. Not to mention, the physical property can be accidentally or intentionally destroyed or badly damaged often during transport or within the camera system. Cloud storage eliminates this risk by sending your footage directly to a safe and secure storage facility somewhere in the US.    


3. Cloud storage makes hidden camera footage more secure.

Open up your browser to the latest news headline and chances are you’ll see the word hacker. Computer hackers are just waiting to terrorize your home computer or business IT system. Hackers have cost businesses billions in revenue year after year. According to this CNBC article 14 million US businesses are at risk of a hacker threat. Cloud storage provides a layer of protection and security for your highly valuable personal, business or investigative convert video files. Plus, our account based app creates a double layer of security. No one can see your recording without your password.




4. Cloud storage gives you more space for your security footage.

Hidden camera video footage can take up quite a bit of storage space. The hidden cameras send footage to the cloud every time motion is detected. Often corporate, private or police investigations can take months or years to complete. With cloud recording, you will be able to store more recordings than ever before. We will have a few storage options available to fit every budget. You choose the amount of data stored in the cloud when you choose your subscription plan. 




5. KJB Security gives you 30 days of free storage.

That’s right. We’re giving you a chance to date your cloud storage before you put a ring on it… so to speak. We will still have the card storage option available for those who don’t feel like Cloud storage is the right solution (even after reading all the information above). But for those who are ready to go for it, we’re giving you 30 days of free storage! 


Hopefully, after reading about the benefits of cloud recording, you’re now ready to sign up. Be the first to switch to the cloud for SG Home CVR Wi-Fi Hidden Cameras. With new technology comes new forms, with the new SG Home CVR line we have a bunch of new hidden cameras that will blend seamlessly into your environment. We promise… you will be the first to know it has arrived!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

From Single Car to Small Fleet: Easy Mileage Tracking for Taxes



Tax time can be stressful if you haven’t been keeping up with your documentation all year long. Searching through your finances, trying to find receipts, figuring out how many miles on your car were for work, it can turn into a huge ordeal and a lot of time. We wanted to make this year and every other tax season a little bit easier for you when it comes to getting your mileage deduction.

Our iTrail GPS offers a handful of different solutions from real-time to passive GPS systems that best meet your needs when it comes to tracking. Whether you are self-employed or a business owner with fleet vehicles we have the solution for you. Keeping track of your mileage for business can be frustrating and hard to keep up with daily. Most of us end up guessing on this deduction every year and we may be losing out and not getting our full deduction. Time is money and now you can spend less of it worrying about your taxes.

When getting your mileage deduction you can either submit your actual vehicle expenses if you kept a detailed mileage log or you can use the Standard Tax Deductible Mileage Rates for a Car, Van, Pickup Truck or Panel truck during 2017. There are 3 standard types of mileage deductions you can make for 2017, Business Purposes 53.5 cents per mile, Medical or Moving Purposes 17 cents per mile and Service of Charitable Organizations 14 cents per mile. 

With iTrail you can take full advantage of the tracking tool to export mileage reports to help make deduction time simpler. If you are self-employed or your company doesn’t reimburse for mileage, you can line up your business calendar with the mileage report to quickly add up and knock out your deductions.  
For business owners with a small fleet of vehicles, you can use myiTrail.com to generate reports for each and every vehicle in your fleet to see how much mileage each vehicle is truly racking up in a year. 
The iTrail tracking tool will allow you to spend less time on your taxes and get more money in your pocket.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Women, Pioneers and Whistleblowers


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.

Ruby Cam Earrings
Hyphen-Labs | NSAF | Michelle Cortese
The sun visor was made with reflective material to deflect any unwanted gazes and to protect the identity of the person wearing it.

Scatter Viz, Sun Visor
Hyphen-Labs | NSAF
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.

HyperFace Scarf
Hyphen-Labs | NSAF | Adam Harvey
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.

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.

Getting confirmation

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.





Happy New Year!


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


iTrail Solo: 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.

iTrail Convoy: 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

iTrail Logger: 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 Wi-Fi

SG Home Outdoor Power Strip Wi-Fi

SG Home Electric Box Wi-Fi

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.


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