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Archive for April, 2017

Doors with access controls are supposed to make businesses more secure, but this isn’t always the case. In theory, these doors are designed to ensure only those with a code or card can get in. However, hacking such systems is often as easy as picking up a dropped ID card or watching an employee enter a code on the keypad. Knowing your system’s vulnerabilities is the first step to making it more secure. Here are three ways your system can be hacked:

Crimes Of Opportunity

Sometimes hacking a system is a matter of patience. A visitor can steal a card from a desk, and someone who wants to gain access to a building can slip in behind an authorized employee. People who want access to your business, or just the information within, are willing to bide their time and wait for that moment of vulnerability. Business owners can reduce the chance of these security breaches by upgrading systems or training employees on best practices, such as staying vigilant about letting others in behind them.

Interfering With The Physical System

Electronic security systems are better than a plain lock and key, but they also have a glaring vulnerability: they depend on power. Security cameras can be rendered useless with a snip of a wire. To guard against this, business owners can set systems to run with backup generators, but this is an extra expense and still leaves a few moments between the power shutting off and the backup generator coming online that hackers can exploit.

Remotely Hacking Into The Business’ Network

Businesses that deal with financial or personal information are potential targets for hackers who want to gain access to and sell or exploit data. Potential hackers can discover plenty about getting into Wi-Fi systems or secured servers by doing a quick search on the web, some of which provide step-by-step instructions on how to crack digital systems.

Hackers are always discovering new ways to gain access to buildings or networks, businesses should also have a plan in place to respond to a breach quickly.

For more information how to protect your business please contact us. As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you with a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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Cold weather can wreak havoc on exterior doors. The cold temperatures cause metal door components to contract, which can alter the way the door opens and closes or locks. Without proper door insulation, businesses can experience heat loss, resulting in increased energy costs. Here are some ways to prepare for unpredictable winter weather to ensure a business entrance remains secure:

Before The Storm

Door installers or maintenance specialists should check screws, hinges, and springs to ensure they are not loose.

Weather stripping should be tested to ensure the door remains properly insulated. Weather stripping can crack and warp from repeated exposure to cold weather.

A professional door technician can repair or replace existing weather stripping before a storm hits. They may also apply caulking to seal door frames to preserve the energy efficiency of the business.

Rolling or sliding doors depend on adequate lubrication for proper operation. Cold temperatures can dry out the lubrication, increasing friction during operation.

Some areas encounter excess rain in the winter, and entrances should be watertight to prevent interior flooding and water damage. Moisture can cause swelling of the door frame, which can cause the door to scrape as it opens and shuts.

After The Storm

Ensure pathways and driveways leading to entrances are clear of snow and that salt/sand is applied to the pavement to improve traction for customers and business owners.

Cold weather may be harsh, but taking preventative measures goes a long way toward preserving the security of a business entrance. Checking door hardware, insulation and seals helps prolong the life of the door and maintain its proper operation even in the face of unpredictable winter weather.

For more information on how to keep your property safe, please contact us. As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you with a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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All businesses, no matter the industry, are vulnerable to break-ins from intruders. Having a way to secure various building entrances keeps employees, inventory and other valuables safe from theft or harm. Here’s an overview on the most common types of locks and ways business owners can upgrade their existing security to a higher level of protection:

Types Of Locks

Traditional lock-and-key doors are inexpensive and easy to install, but they provide minimal security. Lockpickers and intruders can easily use small tools or brute force to break open a door, which puts businesses and employees at risk.

A step above these traditional barriers are electronic locks. Keypad controls, card readers, automatic timed locks and remote transmitters are a few examples of electronic locks that provide an extra level of security for a business. Most electronic locks fall under two categories:

• Fail-safe: the door automatically unlocks during power failures, allowing those inside to exit safely if necessary
• Fail-secure: the door automatically locks during power failures, which means people can’t enter or exit the building for added security

Entrances that have different types of electrical locks keep your business more secure. Any attempted forced entry requires a rewiring of the system, and this is too time consuming for most intruders.

Implementing Increased Door Security

Digital locks let business owners implement higher levels of security, keeping out both criminals and pedestrians. Card readers let employers limit building access to those who have been issued a card; because cards can be stolen or misplaced, a keypad entrance might be preferred.

Boosting Entrance Security With Lights & Cameras

Installing motion-detector lights can help increase visibility at entrance areas, perhaps deterring a potential intruder. Brightly lit entrances certainly don’t invite criminals to hang around trying to bypass challenging locks.
Security cameras can record footage of entrances and automatically store it on a hard drive. Business owners can later review and evaluate the footage or use it for investigation purposes should intruders get past door locks.

Having a multi-faceted security system helps keep commercial buildings safer. It ensures employees are safe and it keeps valuable items secure when the building is unoccupied.

For more information on different types of door locks please contact us. As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you with a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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