SimpliSafe Not So Safe? Alarm Seemingly Bypassed With $2 Device [Updated]

Android Headlines / Tech News / Home Automation News / SimpliSafe Not So Safe? Alarm Seemingly Bypassed With $2 Device [Updated] Hearing that your home alarm system is less-than-stellar isn’t exactly a comforting measure, but that’s exactly what a video uploaded to YouTube seems to suggest about SimpliSafe’s alarm system design. For background, SimpliSafe is one of the largest self-install monitoring systems in the US and includes the ability to have your home centrally monitored by a professional monitoring company. Let’s also get this out of the way before continuing: the test performed in this video is very specific, and it requires knowledge that the common criminal would likely not have. The issue at hand here is that all the information needed to bypass the alarm mechanism in the video was obtained via public FCC filing info that anyone can look up. It also costs less than the price of a Whopper to perform this trick, but since it’s a very specific method, you might not have to worry about it actually taking place if you use SimpliSafe in your home. Someone staking out your neighborhood notices your SimpliSafe sign in the yard and the accompan...

Video shows how a wireless transmitter can jam a Simplisafe alarm

SimpliSafe’s home security system could be prone to being fooled by a cheap trick, a new video has revealed, but it’s probably not a reason to be alarmed. A video posted by LockPickingLawyer on YouTube demonstrates a potential vulnerability in SimpliSafe’s home security system, which could also apply to a number of wireless alarm systems. The video shows how by using a 433 MHz remote, easily purchased online for around $2, the signal from wireless security devices to a security base station can be jammed. This could let someone open and close a door or window with a wireless contact sensor on it without triggering the alarm. As noted in the video, the SimpliSafe system is capable of detecting this type of wireless interference and will notify you with a voice alert on the base station and a text message to your phone. However, as non-nefarious wireless interference is very common, it won’t trigger the alarm or alert the monitoring station. If you have cameras in your monitored SimpliSafe system, interference will trigger video recording. This means it’s important to check on your home if you receive one of these wireless interference text message alerts. Simpli...