SimpliSafe Not So Safe? Alarm Seemingly Bypassed With $2 Device [Updated]

Android News / Tech News / Home Automation News / SimpliSafe Not So Safe? Alarm Seemingly Bypassed With $2 Device [Updated] Hearing that your home alarm system is less-than-stellar isn’t exactly a comforting measure, but that’s exactly what a video uploaded to YouTube seems to suggest about SimpliSafe’s alarm system design. For background, SimpliSafe is one of the largest self-install monitoring systems in the US and includes the ability to have your home centrally monitored by a professional monitoring company. Let’s also get this out of the way before continuing: the test performed in this video is very specific, and it requires knowledge that the common criminal would likely not have. The issue at hand here is that all the information needed to bypass the alarm mechanism in the video was obtained via public FCC filing info that anyone can look up. It also costs less than the price of a Whopper to perform this trick, but since it’s a very specific method, you might not have to worry about it actually taking place if you use SimpliSafe in your home. Someone staking out your neighborhood notices your SimpliSafe sign in the yard and the accompanying ...

DISH Eyes Smart Home Opportunity, Launches OnTech Smart Services

The rise of the smart home and all of its interconnected gadgets has technology service providers pondering how to best maximize the opportunity. DISH, the DBS and streaming pay-TV provider, sees an opening and is going for it, with the launch of a new smart home technician service called OnTech Smart Services. OnTech will provide in-home “[p]rofessional installation, set-up and education for the latest smart home devices and entertainment systems.” The service has launched in 11 markets, with plans to expand in the future. Smart home service installations including whole-home Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions, and smart video doorbells are a few of the featured services for OnTech. The service will offer same-day service where available. The company offers Wi-Fi network set-up for $99, with the same fee for smart doorbell installation. “OnTech connects a growing group of consumers who want the convenience of a smart home, but don’t have the time or know-how to get the most out of the latest devices,” said Nick Rossetti, senior vice president of OnTech Smart Services in a prepared statement. “Our goal is to connect people with things to make life easier and technology more accessib...