You Have Arrived: How to Stay Safe During Summer Vacation

Annmarie CampOnce your summer vacation is planned, itinerary set and bags packed, the fun has only just begun. But, in addition to taking the proper precautionary measures prior to take-off to reduce your travel exposure, there are a number of potential risks to keep in mind once you have arrived at your destination. Continue reading

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Preemptive Strikes – Protecting Smart Homes from Lightning

Lisa KlehrWhat better time than National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 18 – 24, 2017) to highlight some key statistics about lightning and how to protect homes, especially those with complex technology, against lightning’s harmful effects.

• Lightning strikes 25 million times per year in the U.S.1
• The temperature of lightning is hotter than the sun!2
• Lightning causes approximately 22,600 fires resulting in $451 million in property damage per year – of those 19% were residential fires3

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What to Know Before You Go: Three Things to Consider Before Traveling This Summer

Annmarie CampAmericans will spend close to $100 billion on summer travel in 2017. But as millions of travelers plan their vacations to destinations both home and abroad, many are overlooking significant risks.

Fortunately, there are a number of measures you can take to help protect your family. Yes—it will add a few extra steps to your pre-departure preparations, but taking the time to prepare for the unexpected will give you peace of mind and ensure a stress-free summer vacation. In the event of an emergency while traveling, you’ll have the tools and resources you need to remain safe. Continue reading

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Protecting Personal Information

Jerry ScainiSecond in a two-part series on cybersecurity.

A growing privacy and cybersecurity risk is that cyber criminals are actively seeking Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and payment card data. This is accomplished by either stealing PII from personal and home devices, or hacking into data stored by large organizations.

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Is Your Home Ready for Summer Travel Season?

Frances O'BrienSummertime is just around the corner, and many Americans are packing their suitcases and finalizing itineraries for a much-desired vacation. But with a burglary taking place every 10.5 seconds, 60 percent of which occur in residential properties, it is vital you take the necessary precautions to protect your home while away. Continue reading

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Secondary Homes – Choosing Relaxation over Vexation

Kim ReidFor many, a secondary home is a dream come true. The home may serve as a place to spend vacations, relax, build traditions, and establish a family legacy. It may also be a residence to invest in for the future. Unlike rental or income properties, a secondary home is not rented to others and therefore is usually occupied only periodically throughout the year. Continue reading

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The World’s Most Valuable Earrings

Ryan SeadonThe most expensive earrings in the world sold at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels auction last month for $57 million – and they don’t even match! Continue reading

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Summer Nights: Have Fun But Don’t Have a Blast!

Lina MarunasYear round in some parts of the country, and as temperatures start to rise in the rest, people extend their living spaces to the outdoors. As new products and technologies come on the market, extending indoor living rooms and kitchens outside is becoming easier and easier.

All-weather appliances, cabinets, furniture, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits make it easy to create an outdoor living room. Due to the ease and fun of creating these spaces, safety may be overlooked. Outdoor safety practices should be similar to indoor safety. Continue reading

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Moonstone Daydream

Lauren SummersPart of a series of articles about birthstones.

The lure of the moon is powerful to mere mortals. Many find it inspiring, romantic, and even mystical. Is it any wonder we enjoy moon gazing and fantasizing on its hidden secrets?

Now try to imagine the merriment of the first person who found a moonstone, and held the mystique of moonbeams in their very hand. Continue reading

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Smart Home Vulnerabilities

Jerry ScainiFirst in a two-part blog series on cybersecurity.

One of the benefits of the Internet is the rapid development of home security and home automation systems, which are now accessible through Internet Protocol (IP) networks. By connecting devices to IP networks, you can now monitor your surveillance cameras, set your air conditioning, or answer your front door intercom from virtually anywhere in the world. Continue reading

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