Security Electronics: Lock It Up
by Toby Roberts

Did you know that every 3.5 seconds, a cell phone is lost or stolen. Who needs that kind of worry, or has that kind of time and money to go back to the phone store? We certainly don’t. Even worse, according to www.safewise.com, four burglaries occur every minute. Luckily, in this day and age, there are plenty of security devices to track and secure the protection your phone, keys and home. We checked out a few for you.
Ring™ Video Doorbell
How many times have you arrived home to find a delivery slip from UPS or Fed-Ex saying they’ll be back another day? It’s frustrating to have to wait, or even worse, have to go to the post office to fetch the package that could have easily been left at your doorstep. Ring™ Video Doorbell solves this problem and then some. Now you can have a convenient way of communicating with anyone who comes to your doorstep. The device streams live audio and video of a home’s front doorstep directly to a smartphone or tablet. As soon as someone presses the doorbell button, you are alerted. You could be in Italy or even upstairs in your bedroom. You can then see the person on your phone or tablet screen and speak directly to them.
The hardest part is the installation. After downloading the free app, you may hit a roadblock when it comes to connecting your device. However, the customer service is very helpful over the phone. They will troubleshoot. Take a note to shut off your Data Usage and restart your Wi-Fi during installation. Once everything is connected and the doorbell is mounted, your alerts work immediately. There’s even a Ring Chime that you can pair and plug inside your home to hear the bell more clearly. Now you can feel safe even when you’re on vacation, and you won’t miss any more packages!
Features:
30 Day Cloud complimentary recording shows you missed events and stores footage for 6 months.
Low voltage Wi-Fi PCB that operates on internal rechargeable lithium polymer battery that lasts for over a year.
Infrared LEDs provides clear visuals at any time of day.
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
Sync an unlimited number of smartphones and tablets.
Outdoor approved for heat, rain, sleet, or snow.
Speakers and microphone with active noise cancellation.
Connects to existing doorbell wires for both power charging and ringing of the bell.
1-year limited hardware warranty.
$199.00 plus additional optional iCloud storage fees.
www.ring.com

Proximo™ Key Fob Bluetooth® Tracker
From Kensington, this is the perfect keychain addition if you often lose our phone. Available for both iPhone and Galaxy S, Proximo works with the free app on your phone, alerting you as soon as your phone or keys get too far away from each other. The only complaint is that once you connect it to the Bluetooth, at times the tracker will disconnect itself and you’ll need to re-activate the connection.
Alarm acts as a 24/7 guardian, alerting you when Fob passes a preset distance limit
Smartphone Finder Button lets you trigger the alarm on your phone, even if it’s on vibrate
LED Visual Alert helps you find your keys in the dark
Proximity Meter gives you a distance estimate to your missing item
Find It with a simple touch on the App screen to sound the alarm and locate your missing item
Last Seen shows you a map with a pin that identifies the last place your keys were located
Compatible with iPhone 5s/5c/5/4s, Galaxy S phones and Galaxy Note 3
Quiet Zones lets you set "Don't Disturb Me" areas
Phone screen locks the moment you trigger the alarm (Android only)
App monitors the 6 month battery life on Key Fob
Price: $39.99
If you purchase the Proximo Starter Kit, the Fob comes with a Proximo Tag, which is perfect if you’re always losing your keys. You can even slip it into a suitcase pocket for when you travel.
Price: $24.99
MiniSaver™ Mobile Lock
This is great for laptop owners. The MiniSaver Mobile Lock is the perfect security solution for modern ultra-thin devices like Ultrabooks and tablets that otherwise would be left vulnerable to theft when you’re at your desk or on the go. The MiniSaver features Cleat™ Locking Technology, which can be inserted into any device that includes either the Kensington Security Slot or the Kensington Mini Security Slot. The off-body design means the Cleat won’t interfere with adjoining cables and the push-button activation is simple to use and can be engaged without the key. The pivot and rotate cable offers better freedom of movement and eliminates awkward angles. It’s also engineered from carbon steel, making it resistant to cutting and theft attempts.

Features retracting “claws” which grab on to the internal sides of the security slot, the MiniSaver creates a strong connection between the device shell and the lock.
One-handed operation – A simple push-button action with a single hand can engage the lock securely inside the security slot.
Cut-resistant cable – An engineered carbon steel and protective plastic sheath give the MiniSaver the cut-resistance and theft-resistance of much thicker cables while delivering easier mobility.
Pivot and rotate cable – supporting a special hinge the MiniSaver creates great freedom of movement and eliminates awkward angles so that the key may be easily inserted.
Price: $59.99
All at http://www.kensington.com
Avital 2-Way LCD Remote Start with Security
Avital is one biggest names in vehicle security and remote start. Start your car with the push of a button from up to 1,500 feet away, and confirm it has started on the large LCD screen of the two-way remote. Security works the same way: when you arm or disarm your system, you will receive confirmation on the two-way remote, and if your siren sounds the remote will beep or vibrate to let you know, from up to 1,500 feet away. System comes with one two-way and one four button one-way remote. The Fault-proof starter interrupt keeps your car safe with this layer of protection against “hot-wiring” by car thieves.
Includes: Zone-2 Impact sensor, Fault-proof starter interrupt, Nuisance Prevention, Warn-Away, Revenger siren.
Visit http://www.avital.com/ for pricing and store locations.