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This is Why Local Alarm Companies Beat the Big Corporations

January 17, 2018

Home security corporations put revenue before customers.

When it comes to security systems, you get what you pay for. National home security companies like ADT might offer cheaper subscription fees than local alarm companies, but there's a reason why they can undercut the competition: their products have more security holes than Swiss cheese. But wait, there's more! ADT will also throw in:

  • Overpriced, poorly-designed devices that provide the illusion of safety
  • Unscrupulous sales tactics to get you to buy expensive equipment you don’t need
  • Inflexible contracts and monthly price increases
  • Customer service that you can’t count on when things don’t go as planned

Customers are fed up with being taken advantage of by huge companies who aren’t personally invested in their customers’ welfare. ADT is about to pay $16 million to customers after being sued five times in four years for using “unencrypted wireless communications systems that rendered [home security systems] vulnerable to being hacked.” By exploiting this security hole, semi-competent burglars could easily disable any ADT wireless sensor system and get away with your valuables scot-free.

ADT lawsuit home security system(Source)

If you or someone you know was contracted for an ADT security system with a wireless peripheral sensor from November 13, 2009 through August 15, 2016, you may be entitled to compensation. File your claim on the ADT website before February 26, 2018.

Why settle for a home security system that isn’t secure?

We're one of several local alarm companies in Boston, but our products and customer service are a cut above the rest. We don’t make compromises when it comes to your protection. Our top of the line Honeywell Lyric Controller protects your wireless home security system using the same level of encryption as the US government. While 128 might not sound like a huge number, 128-bit AES encryption is one tough nut to crack.

You’ve probably seen this on any TV show or movie that involves code-breaking; encryption to many people means turning converting the alphabet into numbers (e.g., A=1, B=2, etc.). AES encryption works similarly, but using larger numbers, complex algorithms, and multiple conversions to encrypt your data.

The number of possible combinations is so enormous that according to data storage company Seagate, if we assumed:

  • Every person on the planet owned 10 computers
  • Each computer could test 1 billion key combinations per second
  • Each person can crack the key after testing 50 percent of the possibilities

It would take the world population 77,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years to crack the encryption key.

At Alarm New England, we don’t cut corners when it comes to protecting you and your loved ones. Our 27,000 customers believe in us, that's why they stick with us on average over 13 years. If you're an ADT customer looking to make the switch, we're here for you. Click or tap "Protect My Home" below to join the Alarm New England family. 

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