How to Protect your Digital Products from being Stolen.

How to Protect your Digital Products from being Stolen.

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So you are a business owner now and your selling top of the line digital information products direct from your very own website. You invested thousands in the right products, hundreds in a server with a lot of bandwidth, your customers are flowing but your bandwidth is too high for the amount of customers that your getting! Suddenly your host stops all access to your site as you have reached your bandwidth limit and you must pay for more. Sound familiar? This is my story…..

Online businesses are sooo easy to set up, making money is the hard part. Online criminals dont know that part yet but what they do know is how to get hold of your products that YOU paid for for nothing! How? By stealing them from right under your nose direct from your server.

Online serveys conducted show that around 40% of digital products are stolen or bootleg copies. Pirates and theives know the detailed ways in which to get to that copy of your ebook and make it work for them, sometimes outselling you completely even if you are the sole resale rights holder!

So how can you stop this from happening to you?
Protect your products with digital security.
Disguise your download links
Set your links to expire or only activate with your customers details.
Place them in a secure members area so if they are found they cannot be accessed.

Now all of these have various strengths and weaknesses and some I just refunse to use as I feel that downgrade your site’s look and appeal.
Lets take disguising your download links – this is the single best way of stopping theft of your products direct from your website. There are tons of scripts around online that can handle this task and many of they very well, but what happens after the sale when the report is passed around or the customer asks for a refund?

Set your links to expire or to your customers email address, or placing them into a secure members area. These again do well at hiding the products but do nothing about securing them after the sale has gone through.

So the only real option is to offer some sort of digital protection for the products. There are various systems around online that offer this servie for a monthly subscription but are you sure that your products warrant it?
I have seen people paying $30 a month to protect a $4 ebook from being stolen or used elsewhere, that to me is not practical.
But if you hold an inventory of hundreds of good quality ebooks and software that you are not offering with resale rights then maybe digital protection is what you need.

The digital locking systems that I have seen get you signed up as a paying member to use their software. Once signed up you can download the locking software and lock a file at a time. You place the details of the file into the site and then direct customers to the link that the site creates for you. Once your customer pays they see the link to the locking software site and click it.

The customer is taken to a page that requests their details in exchange for their personal unlocking code and then they are passed to the download or thankyou page on your server. Once downloaded the file is opened and imediatly a request appears from the locked file for a password. If the password is correct the file talks to the locking site and varifies it and then unlocks the file. If the password is incorrect the user is refused access.

Now comes the sweet part to these softwares, if you give a customer a refund then you can actually remotly lock their product again or delete their lisence alltogether. The software I have seen works on an IP tracking basis which means that all IP addresses that access the product are logged in the locking sites database for the seller to see and act on.
Lets say that the seller sells an item to ‘Joe’, ‘Joe’ passes the file on to ‘Pete’ without permission who then sends it to ‘Fred’ ‘Paul’ and ‘William’. All of their IP addresses are logged and the seller can see that the file had been accessed x amount of times by 5 seperate IP addresses and closes the code down for ‘Joe’ who gets an automated email explaining that his code is now invalid and that to reactivate it he must contact the seller for advice…. Ahhhh the theif now has to contact you and ask why he is in trouble.

These systems are very very powerfull and put the seller back in charge of their products instead of the thieves.
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The Lock Companies Behind Locksmiths

The Lock Companies Behind Locksmiths

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Be it directly or indirectly, locksmiths deal with all sorts of companies in their line of work.
Some big names for these companies are: Yale, Master Lock, Kwikset, Medeco, Schlage, Sentry, Olympus, Weiser, and American Lock USA.

Yale created and patented the first compact cylinder pin lock in 1845. They’re well-known as lock manufacturers and distributors. But they are only one of many who have made an important name for themselves. All locksmiths are acquainted with the Yale brand as well as the ones that follow.

Weiser Locks offer fashionable doorwear. Their locks have been featured in films and used in the homes of Hollywood stars. They made a touchpad electronic deadbolt which allows temporary access for service personnel and babysitters. Locksmiths buy kits to rekey Weiser Locks when it is necessary.

Locks are used in many areas of our lives. We use them for bicycle locks, gun cabinets, safes, mailboxes, patio doors, furniture, lockers, and tool sheds. There is a high probability that there is something in every area of a home that has a lock of some type on it.

Locksmiths have to learn the different tricks to the many brands as well as some of their background. The Master Lock brand are most likely used in some way in every household in America. Master Locks are known well by locksmiths. They are used in homes, businesses, schools, and many industries.

Kwikset manufactures residential door locks and door hardware. Deadbolts, door knobs, keyless entry locks, door levers, handlesets, and pocket door hardware are their specialties. Any locksmith in America can operate Kwikset brand products because they’re popular. Keyless entry presented a learning experience for locksmiths worldwide.

Sentry locks are well known locks, too. Their line of safes is widely used and are great products for protecting valuables. The products are especially valuable in cases where fire, burglary, or natural disaster has caused keys to be lost, forgotten, or damaged.

Because burglars often use forced entry to steal from residences, a locksmith must know how to repair the damage done. This can include replacing the hardware that was damaged. If a locksmith doesn’t sell the brand the customer prefers, they must know where to find the right brand and how to install it or at least know of a reliable or more improved substitute.
Besides working with the brand names in their businesses, locksmiths can also find employment with lock manufacturing companies. Companies such as Sentry offer excellent benefits and perks to their employees. Some of these include dry cleaning services, on-site fitness centers, pre-paid legal services, and discounted insurance rates.

American Lock manufactures locks for outdoor security and industrial security as well as many different types of padlocks. There are important items that must remain outdoors that often need to be locked for security purposes. Industrial security requires industrial locks.

Besides the regular types of locks that are attached to outdoor equipment, there is also the equipment that has built-in locks. Lawnmowers, power boats, four wheelers, and other items that people invest in and need keys to use. Locksmiths can be called for these items as well, to keep from damaging the ignitions when a key is lost. So, the locksmiths must also be acquainted with the brands of locks used in outdoor equipment.

Home Security Tips

Home Security Tips

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There are few things more important to people than the security and protection of their homes and families.
When it comes to securing your family you don’t always get a second chance. Lives can change forever in only a split second. Take the time now to take make sure your family is safe and secure in your home in the future.

There are several simple low cost things you can do to make your home more secure from robbery and theft and give your family peace of mind.

Home Security Tip #1

Install adequate lighting outside every entry way. You can pick up motion sensor activated lights at most department and hardware stores for under $20.00. These can be set to cover a fairly large spread. It is recommended that you install lights outside every doorway to the house. If there is a side of the house that tends to be very dark it might be a good idea to install a light there as well to prevent concealment in the shadows.

Home Security Tip #2

If you have a privacy fence around your property this can give the feeling of security but this is not necessarily the case. Security fences can actually provide a safe opportunity for a thief to work his way into your home. Once inside the perimeter of the fence the thief can work on entry to your home without being seen by neighbors or people passing by. Install motioned sensor controlled security lights outside within the fenced area. If there is a gate to the fenced in area make sure if has a secure locking mechanism.

Home Security Tip #3

Install deadbolt locks on every door leading to the outside. The types of locks which have a key in the door knob will not successfully secure a door against a thief or criminal.

Home Security Tip #4

Criminals are less likely to enter through a window because of the noise that breaking glass tends to make. Nevertheless, keep all windows locked at all times. One of the best ways to secure your windows is with glazing. Glazing protects windows against breakage.

Home Security Tip #5

A home security alarm system, which is monitored 24 hours per day, can provide peace of mind around the clock. Alarm systems are always on duty and never sleep. If you shop around you can often find specials which include free equipment and installation in exchange for a two or three year commitment. If you decide to have an alarm system installed go with a company with a solid history that you can count on. Be sure to test your system on a regular basis. Monitored alarm systems will also sometimes reduce your yearly homeowners insurance premiums. This savings alone might pay for the alarm system.

By taking these simple steps you can decrease your chances of being the victim of a crime while providing your family with a greater sense of security.

Locksmiths in Texas

Locksmiths in Texas

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Texas Locksmiths Association provides education with training classes, scholarship funds for the children of members, continuing education, annual conferences, and trade shows. It’s one of the prestigious associations for locksmiths and can be very beneficial to personal and professional growth.

Board members for the TLA do not get paid for their services. Their dedication speaks volumes. They can provide a speaker to talk with groups, use personal expense money, and put a lot of time and effort into member growth and interests of locksmiths and public awareness.

A woman locksmith in Texas can be hard to find. Even though women can earn more by being in a job that is in a male dominated field, not many women seem to be interested in this type of career choice. A woman could also earn more by going into the locksmith business for herself. The field is open to women and it could prove to be a good choice for a second income.

The Department of Public Safety in Texas sets high standards for their locksmiths. They will only hire locksmiths who have been licensed by the DPS. As part of the Private Security Act, locksmith services performed in Texas require a locksmith to have a criminal history fingerprint check. The DPS offers a list of licensed locksmiths for people to verify their legitimacy. A locksmith operating in the state of Texas without a license is committing a misdemeanor. This carries a jail term of one year and/or a fine up to $4000.

A locksmith company is considered a Class B fee on the DPS price list. The registration costs $412. A sole proprietor must submit an assumed name certificate along with an owner registration fee of $55. Other items that must be submitted are the application form, two fingerprint cards, a $25 FBI fingerprint fee, verification of experience, proof of liability insurance, a copy of Level One Certificate for the manager, and completion of a manager qualification exam administered by the Private Security Board.

A Texas locksmith can join any one of several different associations to add to their credibility and increase public trust in their skills. There is the Associated Locksmiths of North Texas, the Greater Houston Locksmiths Association, the Locksmith Association of San Antonio, the Metroplex Locksmith Association, and the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas Locksmiths Association.

Locksmiths in Texas do have the red tape to go through to become legitimate, but this process helps discourage those who aren’t truly dedicated and truly dependable and trustworthy. Besides what has already been mentioned, the locksmith must also be licensed, bonded, and insured. Loyal customers and those who are willing to spread the good word about your business are worth the investment. Every little thing you do to enhance your business and your image will add up to a long-term of success, especially if it is the big accounts you are working towards securing. Image on paperwork as well as your office image and the personal image you present are important to your success.

Learning customer relations is an important step towards your success as well. Knowing how to manage unruly personalities, someone in a panic who has locked a child in a car, or even how to perform CPR are also essential choices. These things help whether you are a locksmith in Texas or in another part of the world!

Connecting the Virtual World to Locksmiths

Connecting the Virtual World to Locksmiths

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Besides being a form of advertisement for locksmiths, the virtual world is also a source of connecting to others in the business.
It is a place to connect with customers and a place to shop for ideas. The locksmiths can check on laws, find out about advancements in their field of work, and learn tricks of the trade online.

The virtual world is a great place for the locksmiths to buy supplies without having to travel to stores and shops or order through physical catalogues. This saves them money that can be spent in other ways to enhance the quality of their businesses. They can save time choosing what items to put in their shops to sell, which brands, compare prices, and check feedback on possible brands or equipment.

The locksmiths can also use the virtual world to explore competition in their field. They can learn from other locksmiths, pass on information of their own, and explore other parts of the world for places to do business.

The virtual world also allows the locksmith a way to build a positive image for the profession as well as his/her own business. If they have a comment section, a suggestion section, or games on their own web site, it can help connect them to their customers and potential customers. Building interest in their businesses is one way the locksmiths must practice public relations.

The internet allows the locksmiths to pay their bills for their businesses. It can save them time and effort to set up online banking and bill paying. The post office also allows postage to be bought online now, which is another way the locksmiths can save money in their business.

There are online games for locksmiths to enjoy that relate to their profession. This gives them a fun release for their tensions and will exercise their mental skills at the same time. There are also virtual museums where the locksmiths can keep in touch with the history of their craft and the tools and hardware of the craft. There is also the information gained online about the upcoming conferences, events, and associations that may be of interest.

The businesses that make the tools for locksmithing are also important for the craftsman to understand what they sell. They should know all they can about the products, brands, and manufacturers of their equipment and the hardware they use in residences and businesses. This is especially important should there be a malfunction or a recall on any security systems or tools.

Should further education be a necessity, there are many schools that have websites providing information on courses such as keyless entry, lock picking, and much more that a locksmith would need to keep up-to-date on their skills.

The locksmith may want to consider putting a product information section on his/her web site. A question and answer section may be helpful as well. Sometimes it is necessary to give something away to get more back from potential and existing customers. Taking an interest in the customers and business associates should take place on the internet as well as in the real world.

The best in House Alarm and Home Security Devices

The best in House Alarm and Home Security Devices

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In the days of the past, homes were designed to protect the inhabitants.
They included nifty little additions that would make intrusion by an outsider virtually impossible. Drawbridges and a moat surrounding the castle is the way men kept intruders out. Today, things are a little different, we use alarm systems that are possibly managed by companies. Installation of a quality home security system will not only increase your personal safety but will also lower the homeowner’s insurance in most cases.

There are many different security systems available on the market with many different features and device that aim to protect your family, home, and possessions. Some home alarm systems are very advanced while others are simple in design and function. For example there are talking devices, video devices, key systems, and electronic number locking devices. Many of the talking devices will assist you with monitoring the status of your home when you are away with voice technology. The talking devices also help you to better understand your personal security alarm system. There are security devices available for sale that include some of the extra features that allow for the remote operation of your system, utilizing key fobs and remotes to control the alarms features. These little devices work much like the alarm systems that many vehicles are equipped with that allow the user to activate or deactivate the house alarm. Many of them are equipped with buttons that will send an alarm immediately to certain emergency response systems. This button is commonly known as a “panic button.” These buttons are usually large and placed in open or clearly marked areas of the home such as the bathrooms and near the front or rear exits.

Extra protection can be ensured with the use of decals and clearly visible signs and markings which are strategically placed. They are used as a deterrent for those who wish to violate your home. All of these precautions are taken to protect you in the event that an intruder with ill will and intends to violate your privacy and well being. Studies completed worldwide indicate that homes that do not have home security devices are more likely to be burglarized than those without any protection at all. Many have tried to cut corners and post fake signs with the intention of fooling would-be intruders. Although clever, they are usually only good for lowering the odds of this happening. Why not take the full measures needed to protect your family from the worst possible scenario – a home intrusion.

There is also the worry that in the event of a power outage, a home can be left completely unprotected. This would not be a problem if you had a source of back-up power. A good home alarm system is only effective if it is operable when the main power source is not working. It is also important to mention that other devices such as smoke detectors and carbon monoxide poisoning monitoring devices are needed for an extra level of protection to alert authorities for any emergency that might arise. These types of devices can be linked to the home alarm systems that protect your home. Your home will be well protected and so will you and your family if you take all of the precautions necessary.

Use all of the necessary equipments such as wireless systems, keypads and monitoring services that are needed to ensure your safety. Be sure that the device in properly installed and all of the equipment is in working order. Be sure to make certain that all who need to know how to operate the alarm system are well trained in its use. All passwords, numbers, and responses to emergency response systems are needed for the operation of the home security device to work, as it should. When this is done you will be able to feel a higher level of security and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home are secured from intruders or others that intend to harm you or your family.

Are Bump Keys a Threat to Locksmiths?

Are Bump Keys a Threat to Locksmiths?

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The public knowledge of bump keys did not make the locksmith industry happy.
It opened up public scrutiny and negative images for locksmiths because it spread open knowledge of how vulnerable the public can be with the locks that are on the market. Privacy was made insecure and uncertain.

Bump keys gained popularity and gave the public a glance into the world of the locksmith. The glance, however slight, made the job seem easy. A locksmith faces many challenges aside from the types of locks that can be opened with bump keys. But the public knowledge brought forth both positive and negative attention to locksmiths. In some aspects it showed that more credibility needed to be gained from those legitimate in the business to ease public concern over those who are not. It caused more work for locksmiths in some ways because of the amateur criminals who adopted a belief that they could get away with more wrong-doing in an easier way. It also showed many ways our modern locks were failing us.

Locks are designed by locksmiths, manufactured in factories, sold for public and private use, and then worked on by locksmiths who must pick the locks for people who lose keys or leave them locked inside the building or vehicle. It’s somewhat of an amusing circle that moves from the locksmith and back to the locksmith.

Not everyone, of course, was willing to take the bump key attention to heart. It lost popularity after the initial shock was over. Locksmiths are still a respected group who are much needed; in some ways, the attention brought by the bump key information enhanced business for locksmiths.

Bump keys are certainly not the only way a criminal can enter your home, business, or vehicle. If a person is determined to enter and is persistent, there are many other ways to accomplish unlawful entry. Not every criminal would want to take the time to learn the proper way to make and use the bump key.

Locksmiths will continue to flourish in their trade, and if the truth be known, have had occasion to use the bump key as well. The real threat to the public is in not taking responsibility for their own safety and not taking criminals seriously. Lock bumping is not new. The Dutch and German locksmiths experimented with it many years ago. It’s just another form of lock picking that was put in the public eye that people had not realized was a threat all along.
So, even though the public and the locksmiths frowned on the bump key knowledge becoming public, it was only a matter of time before it surfaced. The interest died down once the spotlight was removed. Life goes on. Locksmiths are still respected in their field and will continue to be such. Lock manufacturers didn’t suffer enough for it to affect them on a large basis.

The bump keys are only a small part of the tools that fall into the wrong hands. There is no way to keep every tool that could possibly cause unlawful entry out of the criminal’s hands. Hence the job security of the locksmith will remain secure!

Internet Security Camera: Knowing What’s Happening inside Your Home While on Vacation

Internet Security Camera: Knowing What’s Happening inside Your Home While on Vacation

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Being away from your home is always an unpleasant feeling especially when you’re on vacation, principally if you don’t know what’s happening inside your home. You will have thoughts of getting robbed, and getting your home invaded by strangers.

With this kind of thought, you will most probably have an unpleasant vacation. Having a vacation means that you should relax and take it easy. It is a fact that you can’t bring everything inside your home. So, the best way to protect all your things is by locking your home whenever you leave. However, because of the lock picking skills that some people may have, locking your home is not really enough.

Home alarm systems are very expensive. So, one good idea for securing your home and record every second on what’s happening inside your home is through an internet security camera. These are cameras that can be accessed through the internet. With this kind of technology, you can remotely access your home computer installed with the internet security camera and instantly get live images of your home.

The camera also has remote control features that you can use in order to get a full view on what’s going on in every part of your home.

The internet security camera can send live images directly over IP network and enables authorized users to remotely or locally access the camera. It will allow you to access the camera by typing in your user name and password.

Since the internet security camera can be controlled, you can make it tilt, pan, zoom and take a look at any part of the house as long as it is in the range of the camera.

Some cameras are wirelessly connected to your computer which allows it to be placed anywhere in you house as long as it is in its signal range.

With access to the camera, you can record the images being transmitted with your remote computer. You will be able to store and record the images. So, in case something happens in your house, such as someone breaking and entering, you can record it and show it to the police. Because of this ability, the police can catch the criminal easier.

Some cameras can even record sound and can be in color or in black and white image. Click and white images is cheaper and offers better quality.

So, if you want peace of mind when leaving your home, you can consider installing an internet security camera. With this kind of camera, you can access your home wherever you are in the world. The internet can be a powerful tool that you can use for security purposes.

With this kind of security, you can be sure that you will know everything that is happening inside you home. The thought of leaving your home will never be unpleasant again. With the internet security camera, you will bring your home with you wherever you go.

So, if you want to secure your home, purchase an internet security camera. You will also need a high speed internet connection in order for you to access your internet security camera, and a compatible operating system. With this kind of technology, you will get your home secured from robberies. Locks is a thing of the past, secure your home with an internet security camera.

Information About Home Security

Information About Home Security

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A majority of us that reside in the United States are worried about leaving home while either at work or on vacation. If the neighborhood is considered to be bad in terms of crime, it may be troublesome going to sleep. A lot of people live in fear or leaving their kids or an old person at home due to the fact that someone could easily break in to their home and harm them. Due to this fear, some may even hide weapons in the house.

Each and every one of these fears that people develop stems from incidents that have happened in the past to others. These days, people are getting more cautious about protecting their loved ones and their homes. Most use burglar alarms, keep their doors locked at all times, never open their doors to strangers, and keep their windows locked. When going out of town, they will inform neighbors that they will be away – and then will invest in a home security system.

Burglars and intruders alike will often keep a watchful eye on any opportunities that present themselves to gain entrance to a home. Thieves do their research well and look for any entry that they can use to enter the home such as doors, windows, skylights, and chimneys. They will also pay attention to any surveillance systems as well, and do their homework on how to disable or avoid them. If a house is well equipped with alarms, cameras, and motion detectors, a burglar may actually think twice before he attempts to ransack a home.

What many fail to realize is the fact that burglars are smart people. They spend a lot of time planning to rob a home, carefully studying and watching. Although locking your doors and windows will help to an extent, it normally won’t keep a determined burglar out of your home. If a burglar sets his mind to something and has a plan in mind, simply locking your windows and doors isn’t enough.

If you have sturdy and strong doors and windows on your home, it will take the burglar extra time to break in. In the process, he can easily get caught due to the high level of noise he will make trying to get into the home. If you have a lot of valuables in your home, you can always invest in a strong fireproof safe to store them in. To protect the exterior of your home you should have always have good lighting in your yard.

Alarms are popular to use as well, as most will go off the second a burglar tries to open a window or a door. They are very popular these days, providing a high level of security for your home. Alarms and surveillance systems include a variety of detectors, control panels, alarms, and cameras. Although they may cost you a bit of money – the peace of mind and safety of your family is more than worth the investment.

No matter what area you may live in, you can always secure your home. To better secure your home and know what equipment you need, you should always try and understand the frame of mind that burglars use. This way, you’ll know what you need to protect your home. Home security is a common issue these days and for good reason. With crime steadily on the rise – protecting your home, your family, and your belongings becomes more and more important.

High Security Key Systems Keep Your Business Safe

High Security Key Systems Keep Your Business Safe

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Locking the doors of your business at the end of the day allows you to go home and to enjoy other aspects of your life. When you turn that key in the lock, you expect for your business to stay safe until you return. Unfortunately this isn’t the case for many business owners. There are professionals out there that know how to get a door unlocked and they slip in undetected.

It is often necessary to give keys to the building to some of your employees. Occasionally those keys are lost or stolen from such individuals. There is also the issue of disgruntled employees with keys to your business that have walked out on the job or they were fired. It is very expensive to have to re-key all of the locks to prevent any issues from arising due to these types of issues.

You can have peace of mind though if you invest in high security key systems for your business. They can’t be duplicated and there are five different levels of security that you can choose from. These changes can be implemented immediately so you won’t have to breach the security of your employees or your business. You also won’t have the high expense of replacing several locks and making new keys all the time due to various issues that do routinely take place in the work place.

You can install high security key systems to fit one or two locks or for a building that has multiple sources of entry. The keys can also be designed based on levels of security. For example you can have one employee with a key that gives them access to particular areas of the business. That key won’t work in the locks for more secure locations of the business. Another employee can have a key that will gain them access to all of the different parts of the building.

Having such levels of security in place prevents individuals from being in locations where they shouldn’t be. It also gives you the best way of tracking who may have compromised a particular area as you will have a list of who has keys to the various locks on the building.

High security key systems are installed by professionals. Make sure you take the time to look into their credentials. Find out how long they have been in business and what their reputation is with consumers. Ask what they know about other businesses in the area that they have installed high security key systems for. Don’t be afraid to ask them for references so you can be sure you are dealing with a business that has your best interests in mind.

While high security key systems are going to cost you more than just paying for traditional locks, they are virtually impossible to penetrate. This means all of your business items inside are secure from the outside world. You have worked too hard to make your business a success to allow such security breaches to take it away from you. This is one investment that will really be a benefit to any type of business you may have.