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10 Tips to Better Protect the Codes of Your Electronic Security System

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 2, 2024 8:49:00 AM

CodesDoes your business have an electronic security system or are you planning on investing in one? Then it’s likely that you will have to activate and deactivate the system with codes. 

While the right electronic security system will be highly effective at securing your business, it will come with one important prerequisite - you will need to remember and protect your security codes to keep your premises secure.

With the rise of sophisticated hacking methods and the ever-present risk of internal security breaches, safeguarding your security system's access codes - as well as ensuring that you and other authorized users don't forget these codes - has become a paramount concern for businesses. 

Losing your security codes can lead to risks, such as:

  • Lockouts
  • Compromised security during code resets
  • Increased stress and security concerns
  • Potential for forced entry 

With that in mind, Sonitrol Western Canada has listed 10 tips that will help you better protect your security codes and ensure the safety of both your business and its employees. 

#1 - Establish Strong, Unique Codes

The first line of defense is to create strong, unique codes that are difficult to guess. Avoid common numbers like birthdays, anniversaries, or sequential digits. Instead, use a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols, and ensure that the code is not easily related to any personal information.

#2 - Regularly Update Your Codes

Regularly changing your security codes is essential in maintaining a high level of security. Set a schedule for updating your codes, such as every three to six months, and stick to it. This practice is especially important in a business environment where employee turnover can pose a risk if codes are not updated frequently.

#3 - Limit Access to Trusted Individuals 

Be selective about who has access to your security codes. Only trusted family members or key personnel in a business setting should have this information. It's crucial to maintain a record of who has the codes and to update this list whenever there is a change in personnel or when someone no longer needs access.

#4 - Use Multi-Factor Authentication if Available 

If your security system supports it, enable multi-factor authentication. This method requires more than one form of verification to grant access, such as a code and a fingerprint or a code and a smart card. This adds an extra layer of security, making it much harder for unauthorized individuals to gain access.

#5 - Educate Family Members or Employees 

Educating those who have access to your security codes about the importance of keeping them confidential is crucial. Regularly remind them not to share the codes with outsiders and to be cautious about entering codes in the presence of others.

#6 - Ensure Remote Access is Secure

If you control your security system remotely via a smartphone or computer, ensure that these devices are also secure. Use strong passwords for your devices and consider installing security software to prevent unauthorized access.

#7 - Monitor Your Security’s Access Logs

Many modern security systems provide access logs. Regularly reviewing these logs can help you identify any unusual access patterns or attempts, allowing you to take timely action if necessary.

#8 - Respond to Alerts Promptly 

If your system alerts you to an incorrect code entry or another security concern, respond promptly. Investigate the cause of the alert and reset the codes if needed to ensure continued security.

#9 - Avoid Writing Down Your Security Codes

It may be tempting to write down a complex code, but this increases the risk of it falling into the wrong hands. If you must write down a code, ensure it is stored in a secure place, like a locked safe or an encrypted digital file, accessible only to authorized individuals.

#10 - Work With a Security Specialist 

For added peace of mind, consider consulting with a professional security company. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific needs and the latest security technologies. They can also ensure that your existing security technologies are modern enough to deal with the sophisticated threats of today. 

Need help implementing a commercial security system that protects your business from sophisticated crime? Get in touch with Sonitrol Western Canada. Our team of verified security experts are ready to help.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Crime Prevention Tips, Building Access Control

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

We provide our customers with the best commercial security solutions and quality service backed by our unique Guarantee and Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!

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