Bizarre Security Systems That You’ll Surely Be Hunting In Stores

Home security has been there ever since people started to acquire houses and other properties. It is something that we normally have to prevent unauthorized access, damage, harm and sudden danger to our loved ones and personal property. Before, it was all about just protecting the area by putting barriers and signage to keep burglars away. As the times modernized, technological advancements became accessible that definitely guarantee home safety for owners.

These home security alarm systems include closed-circuit television or CCTV surveillance, mechanical alarm locks, access control panels, hidden cameras and sensors, and many others. These items make our lives easier, make us feel more secure and maintain our safety as well as protection to our belongings. Aside from these usual devices that we commonly see, there are a lot of weird but creative ways on how we can provide ourselves with home security. Below are just some of the interesting ones.

1. Wall Socket Safe

Who would have thought that you could actually hide something inside the wall socket? We all know that wall safes are the most common and are usually hidden behind huge paintings or shelves. Since everybody sees these kinds of safes everywhere, burglars might go for it first. They will not even think about looking into that tiny rectangle on the wall. The wall socket safe is simple and proven very effective. It looks like a simple and harmless electric outlet but it slides out like an ordinary drawer, revealing the hidden items inside. It is cheaper than any other type of hidden safes in the market.

Secret Wall Vault

Wall Socket Safe
Image courtesy of Marcela Castillo via Pinterest

2. Book Vault

Traditional covert hidden safes like we always see on television are not recommended. The most common is using books and bookshelves as hiding places. These are usually the first targets of burglars. But what if you can use real books as vaults? The book vault is not just a regular box that you place on the shelf. It has actual pages that you can flip with a hidden partition in between where you can put your belongings. These books are best used as gun safes since they are well protected by the legitimate book cover and the pages.

Book Vault! This hidden safe will be a sure way to fool the thieves! #booZhee

Book Vault
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3. Fake Rock Key Hider

When you want to leave your keys behind instead of letting other people keep it for you, you tend to kick it under the doormat by the front door. This is already common and can pose a threat to your entire house. A crazy thing to do is to create a pebbled area around your house and place a fake rock key hider on a spot where you can remember. If ever a burglar targets the stones, it will take forever for him to find the right rock.

Secret Hiding Compartment Hole in Fake Rock. I don’t know if it will fool burglars, but it’s worth a try.

Fake Rock Key Hider
Image courtesy of Design Soak via Pinterest

4. Fake TV Lights

There is nothing more effective in warding off burglars than seeing the house with people that are still awake. A great idea is turning your TV on, but it is not advisable especially if you want it running until the wee hours of the morning. Good thing there is a fake TV device which can imitate the lights of a real TV without the need for the huge TV screen or even big electricity costs. This small noiseless device is as effective as installing home security systems to deter possible burglars.

5. Fake Dog Barking

If you can’t afford having pets, the best alternative is having a device that emits a fake barking sound. It does not only ward off possible burglars, it is also a good source of security than to buy an actual guard dog.

6. Mouse Trap Security System

It’s always a struggle to install security systems especially if it needs a lot of wires and gadgets to be able to work properly. There is a fun and simple way of playing around at home and maintaining safety at the same time. This is through the use of the mouse trap. Since mouse traps are pressure sensitive, it can be linked to doors and alarms during night time. When the door suspiciously opens, the mouse trap springs into action and activates the alarm.

7. Goose Alarm

This is probably the weirdest of all but still possible to use. Most of the farm owners are using this technique. Not only does it save them money, it is very effective as well. Geese are known to emit an ear-splitting sound. They do this weird behavior even louder when they sense the slightest movement at night. A goose might not be as scary as a dog, but its noise is enough to let the burglars run away.

The Weirder, The Better

Weird is fun, and the most unusual things are often the most effective. They might be cheaper than the high-end devices we see in stores, but it is always better to be able to save money and feel safe at the same time. If you haven’t yet, it’s the right time you equip your house with bizarre but quality home alarm systems.

A Question of Privacy: Subtle Threats we’ve permitted

It has already been three months since NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, stunned the whole world with information leakage regarding NSA phone and Internet surveillance programs. Since then, people have been arguing nonstop and contemplating on the issue but where have these put us, so far?

People must stop arguing about the issue of privacy v. security – which isn’t getting us anywhere – and instead focus on another, slightly overlooked, factor in this equation: ourselves.

The Trade-Off
In this ridiculously overwhelming information-ran world of today, information-trading is the name of the game. Francis Bacon was right. Knowledge is, indeed, power and whoever holds the most knowledge holds the most power. Surely, our intelligence agencies are at the heart of it. But maybe we played along ourselves.

The 9/11 tragedy was enough to put everyone in a state of paranoia which may have paved the way for these privacy-for-security trade-offs into our lives. Twelve years later, these little trade-offs have blown full scale right under our noses and have blinded us with promises of security. Little did we know that perhaps our “yes’s” to little things such as “this website would like to access your personal information” or “Facebook would like to access your profile”, or even a simple subscription to alarm monitoring services and such, etc. were already initiations into how our current world operates. Bit by bit, we were being molded to embrace information-trading as a normal part of our daily lives.

People nowadays have gotten used to giving off information to gain access to more information. It’s been deeply embedded in our society that everyone’s doing it, just not as large and impacting a scale as what NSA, CIA, etc. are doing. Maybe this is why we’ve neither gone silent nor aggressive on the matter. The truth is, as infuriating as this is, we’re still groping around something we’re not entirely sure about. Of course we’re enraged by the total invasion of our privacy but maybe, we’re partly to blame for it. Maybe we let it happen somehow.

We all know the probabilities of it happening. We’ve seen it in movies, in news articles, and so on. And now that we’re faced with actual evidence, we’re left dumbfounded and in a state of panic and pin-pointing.

Under the Lens
This is not to say we are letting the government or intelligence agencies working on these secretive privacy-invasion operations off the hook. They are supposedly the ones running this country, ensuring the safety of the public. Recently, however, we’re finding that perhaps the means by which we are protected may be the very thing we need protection from.

Recent events urge us to suspect that perhaps the intelligence agencies are the real shot-callers and the president, just a face of the government. What’s really being protected here are not the people’s interests, but the people behind the government and their interests at large.

The nation is being policed by a handful of people who are always on-guard for any possible naysayer. Everyone is put under the magnifying lens and is up for interrogation when the need arises. In truth, however, we are all guilty of the same thing. We’re already willingly divulging personal information every day, just not aware of up to what extent it is actually being used. We consume information, even others’ personal information, for our own purposes. In a way, we keep track of each other, putting everyone under our own lenses. The noteworthy difference between us and the higher-ups is the level of willingness and scale of impact each holds. Not to mention, the availability of actual consent.

Call for Action
The world has gone upside down. Everyone is presumed guilty until proven innocent. Who else can be trusted? Clearly the government is implying we cannot be trusted. If our own government cannot trust us, why must we trust them?
It’s time to take a stand. No more accepting this as simply a means to their proposed end. Otherwise, they will continue to sacrifice every ounce of our privacy for our supposed security.

Circumstances affect people’s perceptions. Due to how our world operates today, we’ve learned to engage in seemingly harmless trade-offs. Apparently, we’ve been giving up more than what we originally bargained for and we’ve been doing so ever since. Clearly, if there is one thing that must change first, it is our mindset. How we approach and handle this issue depends on our knowledge and ability to grasp what is really in question and what is at stake. Changing how we think will affect how we act later on.

Combating Paranoia: What we really need to protect ourselves from

You go online to check your twitter and your Facebook and to update yourself whether the person you’ve been stalking has done something different since the last time you checked on him 30 minutes ago. Hey, a lot can happen in 30 minutes right?  You enjoy the fact that he has no way of finding out that you’ve been stalking him. And yet you feel bad that the “Big brother era” is here and now. You worry that the government is trying to keep an eye on your activities online because you think your privacy is being put at stake.

Based on a research by the University of Southern California, an increasing number of internet users are concerned about what seems to be internet spies of the government. In addition to their opinions on confidentiality, the latest report also found that 86 percent of Americans are online, from 82 percent in 2010. This is the highest level in the study’s history and auxiliary proof of how fundamental the Internet has become in American’s lives, especially in the age of mobile devices. Who doesn’t have a phone nowadays? Everybody is online. Even those who we thought despised technology are now embracing it fully.  One of the reasons the typical American is worried about their online activity being spied on is the fact they do not feel comfortable knowing that some agencies are collecting their information. Online activity is one way of understanding the behavior and interests of people. However, the government has for so many times reassured that what they do is to protect ad not invade our privacy.


Allow me to make sense of what this is about. This isn’t also about me telling you that it’s acceptable that the government wants to spy on you online because who are you anyway? What harm could you cause America?  I would probably feel the same if I find out that some CIA emissaries are lurking online to see what emails I have been sending another person or what YouTube videos I’ve been watching. For all we know it could be and mean something else. However, I’d like you to take yourself out of the misery of worrying about your online freedom because certain statistics show that there are way more serious problems that you should worry about other than wasting your time fretting over unseen enemies.

Have you ever thought about how safe your house is from burglars? Do you get to sleep peacefully at night not worrying that some people just might force themselves in? These and more are the things that most of us fail to mull simply because we are too busy fighting for online freedom. I don’t want to sound so slack but you can worry about your online freedom later. For now, let’s analyze the one fear which should be of your immediate concern.

With the fast paced world and the pile of things we need to do we very seldom get to check how our own household is going. It is but weird that we have the time to check our social networking accounts but we rarely have time to check our home security. Of course we make assumptions that our home is our safe place. While this may be true, we have to be reminded of how tricky and smart home burglars can get and how they could actually get in our house in 5 minutes and steal away everything we’ve worked hard for.

According to studies by a number of home security companies, 88% of Americans worry about their homes getting burglarized, yet only 22% have a home alarm system. This is due to the awareness of most Americans that a home security system may easily be paralyzed by cutting the phone line. It is for this reason that companies came up with wireless alarm systems that cannot easily be defeated by burglars. This home security basic may just save you from losing everything that you have. What’s more interesting is that this security system is meant for non-experts. They are simple and may be assembled at the comfort of your own home.

Want another interesting idea to protect your home from burglars? How about trying to burglarize your own home? This may sound ridiculous but the only way to finds out the strengths and weaknesses of your home security is by trying to think and act like a burglar. Consider locking your home even when you’re going out for just a short while. Many burglars can just walk inside a house and do their jobs spot on. Change all your locks if you just moved in to your new home. I know that you have to leave home almost every day but you don’t have to announce it to the world. It’s better if you leave it looking occupied all the time. We can go on with a longer list of home security basics but if you do not keep it in your head and act haphazardly all the time all these things will just be put to waste. What I’m trying to say really, more than these no nonsense tips is that you have to worry where it counts. You can worry about your online freedom, but worry about your home and family safety first.

US Shutdown: Would Crimes Be Rampant?

The US government is on a shutdown. Following the end of the financial year on September 20, a new budget for the 2014 financial year could not be established. The Congress, meaning the House of Representatives and the Senate could not agree on an approved budget. Without such a proposed and approved budget, the US government is left with no choice but to close non-essential offices and put on leave non-essential staff.

The contention lies in the divisive Obamacare issue. Obama’s Affordable Care Act aims at reforming America’s healthcare industry, a move not completely supported by the Republican-heavy House of Representatives. Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, have continuously proposed cuts to Obamacare which thereby delayed its legislation. The Senate, on the other hand, is controlled by Obama’s Democrats and have been resilient in their support of Obamacare. The opposing stance on the Act have caused dispute in the budget formation and has now lead to the shutdown.

In the shutdown, non-essential offices and staff are put on hold. This means that government operated offices that do not play a significant role in the progression of the function of the government and the country are shut down for a while. This will include national museums and national parks such as the Statue of Liberty, Alcatraz and the Yosemite National Park. At the same time, federal employees working in such offices are temporarily put on an unpaid leave. Since their offices are closed, they will not work for the time until the shutdown is resolved. Surprisingly, they are expected to take the full blow of the shutdown by losing income for a significant (and uncertain) amount of time. The shutdown, however, does not affect essential offices. Social security and the US military service are to continue with their work.

Would crimes be rampant? The direct effects of the shutdown (closing of non-essential offices, unpaid leave for staff) will manifest in the US’ economy; the possibility of an increase in crime incidents may be an externality of this nationwide economic disorder. First, tourism is greatly affected. The closing of parks and museums may seem trivial, but the adverse effects it has on tourists who were locked out of parks and museums may be catastrophic. Revenues are lost in the shutdown, possible money flowing into the country through people from all over the world wanting to visit tourists spots are put on hold. Second, the staff and employees who were put on unpaid leave lose a portion of their purchasing power for the time that they do not earn anything. As they are on unpaid leave, they will obviously not earn money and will thereby have lower (or no) income to spend. Aside from its microeconomic effects: people not being able to afford what they need, macroeconomic consequences of this unpaid leave may occur. A portion of the GDP is composed of the population’s expenses; meaning, the goods consumed by the entire country. With a significant portion of the country having lower purchasing power, the goods consumed nationwide may decrease which will advertently affect the GDP. The US economy, unstable as it is, may experience more hits with this shutdown. So where is the possibility of increased crime incidents in this scenario?

Crimes (such as theft and robbery) are propelled by scarcity of goods and the incapability to afford them. With the onset of the shutdown and the genesis of another US economic tragedy, there will be an increase in people not being able to afford the things they need. In a nation where competition for such goods may grow stronger, citizens may be more aggressive when it comes to attaining their needs. Theft and robbery may be the only measure available to some who may lose their entire purchasing capability. However, the shutdown does not equate with anarchy. Increased in theft and robbery incidents may be a possibility but the idea that they are to be an acceptable act is still farfetched. Thieves and robbers will still be held accountable for their crimes; they won’t necessarily be free of the consequences of their action. So in general, people may have in increased propensity to commit crimes since to some, these may only be the option left to attain the goods they need. But, that does not mean that these acts are to be acceptable. They are still punishable. The government is on a shutdown, but the laws do not cease to take effect. Crimes are still crimes and are still punishable in the eyes of man.

Exciting Content for “Dull” Industries

They say that beauty is now acquired, not innate, and that no one else could be faulted for being “ugly” but yourself, given the many ways by which you can now take care of yourself and improve your appearance. We have anti-aging products, whitening creams as well as tanning potions, a long line of hair care, a wide assortment of moisturizers, conditioners, oils and many other products to help improve what you already have in the looks department.
In that respect, we can say the same for online marketing. With the recent innovations we have especially in the field of internet technology, no trade or industry may now be considered a minor player, because there are now endless ways and means by which you could promote and advertise your business—whether big businesses or startups—through marketing strategies made available on the web.


As with appearance and personality, and the many wonderful opportunities and chances out there to beautify and improve oneself, web designers and online marketers can now be considered gravely at fault for any failure to make design and content as exciting, dynamic and awesome as it should be.

Consider the following tips in making content creative, even for the most boring industries out there:
Think dynamism, color and animation. The World Wide Web abounds with so many tools, techniques and even tutorials to make sure you will not actually end up with boring textbook-like pages in your website. Jazz up your web design with dynamic graphics that you should update as to compatibility with the newest platforms and most especially, with the mobile platform which millions now use on a daily basis. Learn more about animation and graphic design from available resources online.

Consider your target audience when you develop content. No content will turn out boring if you seriously consider the “language” of your target clientele. Even humdrum subjects like customized awnings and verandas can be presented with grandeur and in a trendy fashion, provided you know how to reach out to your target market, with design, content and features that you understand to be most appealing to them.

Integrate multimedia features. No boring content should remain as such. There are many tutorials to find online, which would allow you to combine a good mix of animated pics, engaging sounds, as well as informative videos that will ensure you a comprehensive approach to marketing and advertising your products and services to your target clientele. One thing to consider when you do this is its compatibility likewise with today’s most used platforms and gadgets, so they can be easily accessed without hassle on the part of your prospective customers.

Include social media buttons. It would be safe to assume that a good percentage of your target clients are social media savvy. By adding social media buttons to your website for what may be treated as the most boring, dullest industries, you are allowing your clients to see that your company is updated, trendy and reachable. Think about what that will do for your company, and start learning the ropes of social media to make your content more exciting and dynamic, if you haven’t already.