Why Use Access Control

Why Use Access Control

Why Use Access Control?

Companies today have access to private data of customers like never before. With the rise of automated services and computer-stored information, and the type of personal information (full name, address, credit card number, make and VIN of the vehicle, even your blood type, and medical history) is stored in every location you visit. Combined with the rise of identity theft and recent security breaches in the news, it is more important than ever that businesses take measures to secure customer data, and access to that data.

Access control to portions of a building, files on a computer, or even customer interaction used to be as simple as a padlock. Now, there are several types of security for various access points. A thorough risk-assessment of your business could save you a lot of headaches and customer service complaints in the future. Different types of business require different, sometimes unique, levels of protection; here are some of the more common reasons to implement access control, and what they entail.

Employee Protection Safety is the most important aspect of your business. With monitoring systems like CCTV (Closed Circuit TV, accessible only on a select network and with a password) and secured entry and egress points, your employee can feel safe and produce their best. This is especially important in businesses where employees often work alone, or in pairs.

Restrict Unauthorized Access So many companies store enough information on their customers that “white collar theft” is one of the fastest growing crimes in the county. Using individualized authentication, such as a password or fingerprint, helps employers track which employees access customer data, when, and which fields were accessed. This is especially important in places like hotels, where an employee might have access to a customer’s home address, credit card information, and signature, as well as the knowledge that this person is traveling.

Eliminate Unrestricted Access using electronic keys, number pad codes, and fingerprint scanners in place of traditional locked and keyed doors. Your buildings, staff, and customers will be safe, with little risk of duplication. In the case of a lost or stolen key, it is quick work to erase the missing key and reassign access, using a new key. This is especially important for places such as hotels, where there are many transient visitors, or anywhere that many people will need access.

Customize Individual Scheduled Access with programmed keys and doors. If you only want your employees in the building from 8 am to 6 pm, you can restrict the hours that their swipe cards or key fobs are operational. If there are after-hours cleaners or maintenance, specifically coded keys, valid only during certain hours and days, or only for a set amount of time, can be created. In your business, there may be certain areas, such a personnel managers office with sensitive files or customer information, that needs to be more heavily restricted than other areas. Keys can be coded to only allow certain employees access.

Provide Remote Access for a tech, or after hours when no one is physically available to let them in. With secure electronic access, you can let people in remotely over the internet, and use your CCTV cameras to ensure that they are doing what they need to be. you can also make sure that these workers are not disturbing sensitive information in your facility. This extra security is also a significant deterrent for theft.

Have you implemented access controls for your building yet? if not, you should. A secure environment is a controlled environment, and a more productive, safer environment.

For Those Who Play with Fire — 3 Deadly Driving Habits to Eliminate

For Those Who Play with Fire — 3 Deadly Driving Habits to Eliminate

Deadly Driving Habits to Eliminate

Driving everywhere is so much a part of American life, we take it for granted. Consciously, we imagine ourselves to be responsible adults who take vehicle driving responsibilities seriously. However, we all have our brainless days, when we throw good sense out the window simply because there’s that stubborn part of us that can’t, or won’t, spring for a safer, more rational option.

The good news is that, as a people, we’ve gotten better at driving. According to the New York Times, the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents in the U.S. has fallen markedly since the early 1970s. However, the National Safety Council reported that deaths caused by road accidents increased by 14% since 2014, accounting for 40,000 fatalities in 2016. Traffic accidents has consistently been ranking in the top ten causes of early death per year. 

The sad aspect of traffic accidents that lead to fatalities is the heavy guilt of the surviving driver responsible behind the tragedy. Though many people involved in road accidents tend to blame the other drivers, a frank assessment of the details of the accident can indicate otherwise. If you’re often guilty of pointing the finger at the “other guy,” ask yourself, could you be the other guy?   

Human error accounts for about 90% of all car wrecks. Don’t put yourself at risk of becoming a causal agent of an accident. Here a few bad, bad habits to nip if you want to avoid a future of self-blame and guilt. No-brainers all, maybe reading the facts behind why not to indulge in these bad behaviors will sober you up.

1. Driving under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol

Drunk driving is a leading cause of road accidents that cost lives. It’s a well-publicized fact that alcohol impairs your senses, particularly your ability to react. Being caught driving while drunk is heavily punished by strict zero-tolerance laws in over 40 states. So exercise good judgment by taking a cab, or even better, designating a friend driver, when planning a booze-infused night about town.

Drugged driving, sometimes fueled in combination with alcohol drinking, has surpassed drunk driving as a major cause of road accidents in 2015, noted a recent CNN report. Not many people are aware of the ways the use of illicit drugs or a misuse of prescribed drugs can impair the body and brain.

Of the most commonly used drugs, marijuana use dampens reaction time, negatively influences time and distance judgments, and impairs coordination. Other motorists who use cocaine or methamphetamines exhibit reckless and aggressive behaviors on the road. Those who typically use benzodiazepines, a type of sedative, can make the user drowsy and/or dizzy. Because driving requires clear-headedness, focus and concentration, taking even small amounts of these drugs can trigger a terrible accident on the road. For more facts on drugged driving, click here.

You’ll be made responsible for the collision wreck due to your poor judgment, as police officers will explain to you as they escort you to the police car.

2. Driving Tired

Drowsy driving is another major cause of deaths on highways and roads. When tired enough, your body will fight your mind to get its sleep, whether you like it or not. Drowsy drivers are likely to fall asleep behind the wheel and have slower reaction times. A real pity since the drowsy driver has the option of simply pulling over to someplace safe and taking a much-needed nap — a small trade-off for staying alive and promoting safety on the road.

The problem has become so rampant, some luxury car makers have even introduced driver aids to counter the phenomenon.

3. Speeding

Speeding ranks second as a leading cause of road accidents, behind drunk driving. Only physics can explain how it is speeding causes fateful car accidents – the faster you go, the more likely you’ll be flattened like a pancake as a result of a crash. As an object in motion, there is no other result. The laws of physics on the relationship between speed and accident severity are unequivocal. (Try arguing against that in a court of law.) Though they seem arbitrary, posted speed limits are for the good and safety of everyone. When all drivers travel at a safe speed, everyone can look forward to seeing their loved ones for another day.

A Takeaway

While the bad habits described above are well-known to most as basic no-brainers, the truth is most fatal accidents happen when drivers mix a combination of two or more of these habits and others like them. Sleepy after having taken a sedative and three glasses of wine? Speeding because you’re tired and drowsy and are impatient to get home? So pause a moment and reflect on the times you’ve been guilty of any such dangerous behaviors while driving. Be proactive and internally address the psychological causes of why you engage in such behaviors. You’d be doing yourself and the community a tremendous favor.

Be a safe driver!

 

The Future Of Keys And Car Security

The Future Of Keys And Car Security

The Future Of Keys And Car Security

Ah, 2017. Based off of the vision films like “Back to the Future” had for this decade, we should all be flying around in our cars and running around in hoverboard gangs. Unfortunately for us, we haven’t quite achieved the progress the visionaries of the eighties believed we would. However, there have still been major advancements in technology across the board, including improvements in the realm of keys and car security. One of the biggest innovators in this field is Tesla, the company trying to make the daily use of electric vehicles by the average American less of a novelty and more of a reality. Along with their innovative car designs, the company has developed a brand new system used by their vehicles for locking, unlocking, and protecting your car.

Tesla Key Designs

The new design implemented by Tesla completely eliminates the need for keyholes in the doors or even the car itself, helping to promote the security of the car by eliminating a few of the potential access points for car thieves to break in through. It also makes it a more convenient product for the consumer, eliminating the need for metal keys entirely and allowing them to operate remotely at all times when it comes to locking and unlocking doors and popping the trunk and hood of the car. 

AZ Locksmith is a leader in the industry and can do a mobile key fob programing for you meaning we will come to you, call us today!

How To Unlock A Car Door Without A Key

How To Unlock A Car Door Without A Key

Unlocking a Car Door Without a Key

We’ve all been there. That horrible, slow motion moment when your hand grasps your car door and begins to swing it shut, all while your brain is screaming at your arm “STOP! THE KEYS ARE INSI—” *click*. When you find yourself in this situation, don’t be too alarmed! There are a couple of methods that you can use to gain access to your car without having to call in a locksmith, ranging from the bizarre (ever heard of the tennis ball technique?) to the highly professional utilization of an inflatable wedge.

Right off the bat, let’s start with that tennis ball technique! Apparently, you can drill a small hole through a tennis ball, place that hole over the keyhole in your car, and squeeze, forcing the air out of the ball, into the keyhole, and opening the door. This technique has been met with a great deal of controversy, as it worked for some people and failed others, prompting the Mythbusters themselves to give it a whirl!

Next, we’ll move on to a more common technique using a metal coathanger. This technique is especially popular due to the ready availability of coat hangers, whether they’re bought from a nearby store or pulled from your own coat closet. Watch the video for more information.

Finally, the most heavy duty technique that won’t cause damage to your car requires a bit of forethought, as you’ll need to purchase an inflatable wedge. With this method, you slide a plastic wedge in between your door and the frame of the car to create space for the inflatable wedge, then slide in the deflated wedge and begin to inflate it, slowly creating a gap between the frame and door and allowing you to slip a coat hanger or similar tool through the door to open it up.

After giving all of these options a try and still not having any luck don’t forget to call your local Phoenix locksmith!

Can A Locksmith Program A Keyless Remote?

Can A Locksmith Program A Keyless Remote?

Key Fob Programming

It’s happened to all of us. You’re in a giant hurry to get to that meeting or rush those kids into their after school class, lock the car, and return later only to discover that, once again, you’ve locked your keys in your car. Unless we have a family member or friend nearby with a spare, we normally rely on the abilities of a locksmith to get us back into our vehicle. While locksmiths are excellent at this type of work, there are other tools in the locksmiths’ arsenal that they can utilize to help their clients. One such tool is the ability of the locksmith to program a new keyless remote for your car, allowing you easier access to your vehicle at all times (especially when loading up the groceries). All it takes is one short call to set up an appointment and you’re on your way!

While it’s within the wheelhouse of a locksmith to program keyless remotes, it’s also within the realm of possibility for any client to do it themselves. Depending on the year, make, and model of the car, it may be possible to program without the use of special tools. That being said, most newer model vehicles require a skilled technician using a diagnostic tool to reprogram the car’s computer, communicating with it through the ODM port and allowing the technician to make changes to the remotes, keys, and a number of other functions. If this should be the case, our skilled technicians would be delighted to assist you in the programming of your remote.

However, if you own an older model car, you may be able to make the modifications yourself. In order to check whether or not you are able to make these changes without the assistance of a locksmith, we recommend that you utilize www.programyourremote.com. This website will not only inform you as to whether or not you are able to program the remote yourself, it also contains the instructions and helpful tips on how to do so. Most of these remotes are available for purchase online, but be sure to purchase the remote from a reputable company and check that the FCC code imprinted on the back of your current remote and your new remote match.