Alarm Code Tips You Should Know
Have you ever thought about how many people may have your alarm code? You may have given it to a babysitter that one time six months ago . . . oh, and your friend who came to visit last month . . . After awhile, the amount of people who have your code may grow. This is especially true if you don't change your code on a regular basis. To be sure you are playing it safe, follow these 4 user code safety tips. Most of these tips don't just apply to your alarm code, but your phone password, ATM pin number, and any four digit number used as a protective code.
- Be Original
- Be Unique
- Be User Friendly
- Make a Change
Many of us are a bit more predictable than we'd like to admit. For instance, the most common user code is "1234." According to Nick Barry, the founder of Data Genetics, a Seattle consulting group, over 26% of 4 digit codes used are actually the same 20 numbers. Interested to see if your code is among them? See the chart from his blog below.
The other predictable codes are significant dates such as birthdays and anniversaries. Not just ours, but our loved ones as well. The internet and social media has made all of your personal dates pretty easy to find, so it's best to avoid using them as an alarm code at all. Your best bet is to create a completely random number.
Generally, its fine for the two adult partners in a household to share a code, but everyone else should have their own unique access code. This makes it easy to change a compromised code without affecting everyone in your home - and the easier it is, the more likely you are to do it. It is also quite an advantage to be able to track your kid's access times. If your teen is supposed to come home right after school but hasn't been disarming until 2 hours later, you'll be able to view this in the panel history.
If someone beyond your immediate family will be using your alarm system, be sure they get an individual code as well. In this way, if your housekeeper quits, you can simply delete her code with no added thought or affect on anyone else.
Another benefit to assigning individual codes is that you can easily track an individual's access history. For instance, if you are paying your dog walker to walk Buster for an hour, you may find it helpful to see he is arming your system after being out for only twenty minutes.
Have you been using the same code for over a year? It's time to change things up. For your security, you should assign new codes around 2 to 4 times a year. Make it a daylight savings routine when you reset your clocks, or when you regularly test your alarm system. If you aren't sure how to test your system, you can read our blog article, How to Test Your Security System.
Being the creatures of habit that we are, it's common to attempt to input your old code after you've made a recent change. For the first week or so, keep a reminder note on your panel to remind you to punch in the correct new code. Also, be sure all members of your family are home with you when you assign new codes. Taking the time to do things this way will limit your risk of setting off a false alarm.
If you can't find your user manual and don't know how to change your code, please feel free to call us here at Lake Arrowhead Security and we can walk you through the process over the phone.
We also have a YouTube Channel with many instructional videos to help aid our clients with some of our more popular systems. Not all of our alarm systems are available, but if you have one of the Honeywell systems listed below, you can click the link and it will direct you to a video that will walk you through the process of changing your code.
Following these 4 tips will keep your alarm codes safe and out of the wrong hands. Remember, your security system will work hard to protect you, but only you can protect your alarm code.
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