Are You Being Safe With Your User Code?

How long have you been using your current alarm code?  How many people are sharing that same code?  These are questions that many alarm owners don't even think about, but should.  Your alarm system will work hard to protect you in the event of an intrusion but it can't protect against your user code getting into the wrong hands. Follow these 4 user code safety tips to keep your security system even more secure.

It may be easier to remember your user number when you use birthdays or anniversary dates, but you're making it easier for outsiders to guess at your code as well.  Seasoned burglars know that many alarm owners gravitate to these types of dates for their security code and also know how easy it is to find this information on the internet and social media.

It's pretty common for everyone in the family to share the same code.  Common, but certainly not more secure.  For better security, give everyone their own code.  That way, if Junior gives his code to a friend, you only have to change his code, which disrupts him, but not everyone else as well. Giving out individual user codes will also help you to keep an eye on when your kids arrive home and when they leave.  

1) Be Original

2) Be Unique

It may be easier to create a "Guest" user code for all guests or a "General Use" access code for housekeepers and babysitters to share. However, the same rule applies here as well:  for better security, everyone should have their own access code.  Provide each guest an alarm user code that will be easy for them to remember.  Delete this code once your guest leaves.

3) Be User Friendly

Take the time to practice these user code safety tips and you'll greatly reduce the risks of someone else having a code to your alarm system.

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Create codes that are random and take the time to memorize them.  If you're worried you may forget it, set up a back up system to help you to remember.  As an example, you could create a pretend contact in your cell phone, inputting your alarm code as the last four digits of their phone number.

You may have a dog walker, house sitter, babysitter, or housekeeper that needs access to your home when you aren't there.  In each case provide them each with their own user code.  This way, if your housekeeper quits, you can simply delete her access code, keeping your alarm system security in place.

Personalized user codes are not just more secure, they are more convenient as well. For instance, if you pay your dog walker to walk Fido for a full hour and you see he returned and entered his code after only 20 minutes of walking, this would be helpful for you to know.

4) Make a Change

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.

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.

Not sure how to change your user code?  Your alarm manual has easy to follow instructions. However, you are also welcome to call us and we'll help you over the phone and walk you through the process.

Tucson Alarm has a YouTube channel which lists many instructional videos for alarm users on our most popular alarm systems.  Although not every alarm system we carry is on our YouTube channel, you may link to one of our instructional videos if you have one of these Honeywell security systems listed below:

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