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Are You Using a Weak Alarm Code for Your Home Security System?

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There are thousands of possible alarm codes that you could choose for your home's security system. Therefore, assuming that you choose a strong code, it would be nearly impossible for a thief to be able to crack your alarm code.

The typical alarm code for a home security system consists of 4 numbers. However, there are several highly popular 4-digit codes that people assign to their home security systems, which can dramatically increase a burglar's chances of guessing your code.

Here are 4 of the easiest home security system codes for thieves to guess:

1. Using 1-2-3-4.

Believe it or not, this is the most popular alarm code by far, and it's also probably the first guess that a burglar will punch into your keypad.

2. Repeating the same number (1-1-1-1, 2-2-2-2, 3-3-3-3 etc).

The next easiest home security code for a burglar to guess are four repeating numbers. Too many people use this weak strategy when establishing an alarm code and end up being victims of theft as a result.

3. Using a year that means something to you (birth year, anniversary, etc).

Thieves already know that a significant number of homeowners are making a birthday or anniversary their 4-digit alarm code, which makes it very probable that 1-9 are the first two numbers of a home security code. Also, with these important dates often being shared on social media sites like Facebook, it makes it very easy for malicious characters to use this online information to crack your code.

4. Using sequential numbers (6-7-8-9, 0-9-8-7, 4-3-2-1, etc).

Criminals know that people typically make their home security codes easy to remember, so one of the more common tactics used to establish a security code is to use sequential numbers. Thieves will definitely give this strategy a try when trying to guess your alarm code.

So now that we've talked about what not to do, what are some best practices for choosing a secure alarm code?

1. Don't choose an alarm code just because it's easy to remember.

If you do this, you're probably using one of the weak alarm code examples referenced above. Some additional codes to avoid include using the last four digits of your social security number, the last four digits of your phone number, and your street address number.

2. Make your home security alarm code as random as possible.

Your goal is to have an alarm code that a thief could never guess based on information that he or she knows about you (birthday, anniversary, phone number, street address, etc).

3. Don't be tempted to use a PIN code for your home security code.

People have PIN codes for a number of key assets they use everyday (debit cards, cell phones, tablets, etc). And, to make it easy, many people re-use the same PIN code. Don't do this for your home security code, though, as it will be an easy guess for intruders.

For more tips on how to establish a strong alarm code for your home security system (and what not to do), please contact us at J&J Security Services.