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The Connection Newsletter

Issue: # 2017-11 November 2017

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November Newsletter

We hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween!

With Daylight Savings Time ending this past Sunday, now is the perfect time to make sure you change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

“Smoke and CO alarms can save lives, but only if you have working alarms,” said Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot F. Kaye. “Make it a tradition, that when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, that you also change your smoke and CO alarm batteries. Working alarms-on every level of your home-can buy your family valuable time to escape from a fire or dangerous level of carbon monoxide.”

A quick reminder – all customers have been given access to their new customer portal, available at http://login.perfectconnectionsinc.com.

If you have not received an e-mail with a temporary password to enable your customer portal, please e-mail us at customercare@perfectconnectionsinc.com, or call the office at 908-722-2880.

The portal has lots of great features, like paying your bill online, scheduling service, and more!

If you would like to go green and sign up for electronic delivery of all invoices, please click here.

If you have any questions about this, your service, or anything else, feel free to call us at 908-722-2880. If you do not receive an email with your login information in the next few days, you can also call us at that number to gain access.

Thank you for all of the trust you place in us. It is our number one goal to protect all of our customers and their valuables. We also want every experience you have with us to be positive. Feel free to contact us at anytime with questions, concerns, etc. – we would love to hear from you!

Our Blog

Don’t forget to regularly check out our blog that can be found on our website.

We tackle various security topics that you may be thinking about. If you have any ideas for future blog posts, please contact us.

Commercial Security

Keep Your Company Safe from Online Threats this Thanksgiving

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Did you know that hackers, spammers and other nefarious online individuals don’t take time off? That’s right, they “keep at it” throughout the year, even on holidays meant for family and friends, including Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, their devious efforts to infiltrate your system get even more manipulative as the holidays approach – after all, this is when people are spending and doing more than other times during the year.

One of the most common “tricks” used by these individuals is sending emails to individuals in your company with the subject line of “Thanksgiving.” Once opened, the email leads to a website that offers fake projection plans, lottery schemes and other similar topics. There are some that may even lead an unsuspecting worker to a fake retail site, encouraging them to make a purchase or take a certain action. If this is done, it all goes downhill. While these threats are present for individuals, they can be even more damaging to your business if your unknowing employees happen to click on one of these sites through a business connection. In an effort to prevent serious harm, make sure to use the following precautions:

  • Warn employees about fake and spam emails coming to them. Make sure they know to immediately delete any email that is not from a trusted source. Opening even one malicious link could lead to an entire system infection.
  • Install a high-tech security solution. Work with professionals to install new protection software that may help prevent attacks.
  • Encourage your workers to change their passwords often. One weak password can let hackers and spammers into your system.

While you may think that your company’s system is immune to online threats, this is simply not the case. According to statistics, more than 89% ow workers with internet access waste time on personal online browsing while on the clock. This puts your company at risk and you have to take action to prevent serious threats.

Residential Security

Urban Legends about Home Security: The Truth Revealed

There are urban legends about virtually anything you can think of, including home security. While this can be an emotive topic, it is time to shed some light on these misconceptions. Some of the most common home security urban legends – and the truth about them – can be found here.

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All Break-Ins Occur at Night

Television has popularized the image of the cat-burglar, clad in all-black, climbing up into an open window and then scurrying around the home taking anything valuable in their handy knapsack all while you sleep, completely unaware of what is going on. However, most burglars not only want to avoid being seen, but they also want to avoid running into a homeowner. This is why the majority of home break-ins occur during the day, when you go to work. By installing a smart home security system, you can see what is going on at your house, at all times. You can install video cameras and motion sensors to ensure you know when nefarious activity is occurring.

If you Lock Your Doors and Windows, Your House is Safe

This myth is one that is wrong on several levels. For example, are you positive that you always lock up – every single door and window in your home? Also, a large number of break-ins are considered “unlawful entry.” This means that the burglar has used a door or window that was left open. Additionally, almost three fifths of all burglaries are considered “forcible entries.” This can involve the person kicking the door down or even breaking a window to gain entry. This is easy to do and not something you can prevent by just locking up. A great way to prevent both of these break-in methods is by installing a smart security system. In most cases, if a burglar sees you have protection in place, they are going to move on to an easier target.

Tech Corner

Tips to Help You Have a “Smart” Thanksgiving

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Between turkeys in the oven, kids and countless guests, Thanksgiving has a tendency to get pretty hectic. The good news is, you can use your smart home to help make things a big easier. Some ways to help you do Thanksgiving “smarter” can be found here.

Open Up the House to Save Energy

Chances are you are going to be opening and closing your door quite a bit around Thanksgiving. From running to the store for the one last item you forgot, to welcoming new visitors, you are bound to give your heating system a workout. The last thing you want to pay for next month is “heating the neighborhood” because of your revolving door.

If you have installed a smart thermostat, you should consider using the “auto set back” feature. This alerts your thermostat to times your front door is open for long periods of time thanks to a contact sensor. When this alert is made, the thermostat will set back to help you save energy and avoid skyrocketing heating costs. When the door is closed, the thermostat will reset to the prior temperature.

Provide Your Guests with Anytime Access

Do you have plans to host several family members for a few nights? If so, consider giving them their own code to get into your front door. By providing unique user codes, you can allow your guests to come and go as they desire, without putting your home’s security at risk. You can also set the codes to expire on a certain date, to ensure you don’t have to remember to cancel them later.

Take a Proactive Stance Against Fire Dangers

Between deep fryers and log fires, there is typically an uptick in house fires on and around Thanksgiving. As a result, you need to make sure you protect your house. You can install smart smoke detectors that not only warn you of a fire, but also alert your monitoring station, which will dispatch the necessary help. If you don’t have any smart detectors installed, now is the time to do so.

With the tips here, you can use technology to help you have a smart and happy Thanksgiving.

ROCK & ROLL TRIVIA

Question:

Who was in the famous super-group “The Traveling Wilburys” with Tom Petty?

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PREVIOUS MONTH’S ROCK & ROLL TRIVIA

Lynyrd Skynyrd had a huge hit with what song that was also made into a movie that starred Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas?

A) Free Bird

B) What’s Your Name?

C) Smokestack Lightning

D) Sweet Home Alabama

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OUR SERVICES

We offer a wide-range of Commercial and Residential Security Services that include:

For immediate assistance or information on any of our services, please email us at customercare@perfectconnectionsinc.com or call: 908-722-2880.

OUR REFERRAL PROGRAM

Our referral program works like this. If someone you refer to us turns into a client, you get your choice of a number of $50 gifts!

All you have to do is email us at customercare@perfectconnectionsinc.com and put "Referral Program" in the subject line. Please be sure to include the name and contact information for the person you are referring, along with the $50 gift of your choice. Also, be sure to include your contact information so we can send you your gift, once your referral turns into a sale. If you prefer to call us with all the information, please do so at: 908-722-2880.

Thank you for reading our November issue. Don’t forget to read our weekly blog as well. See you next month!

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