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ALOA Weekly Update
March 26, 2009
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Update on ALOA’s efforts to combat "Scammers"
from ALOA
There are a number of blogs, postings and general online chatter lately about the continued threat of “phony locksmiths”otherwise known as “scammers” degrading our industry. Many locksmiths have come up with ways to combat the problem. ALOA has also taken steps to help raise the issue before the public and proper authorities. More

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Smart Grid Lacks Smart Security
from InformationWeek
Smart Grid technology, which aims to make the nation's power grid more efficient and interactive, may not be the bright idea its backers suggest unless it can be made more secure. Without some thought given to security as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Smart Meter devices are developed and deployed, we risk repeating the same dumb mistakes leave networked computers open to attack. More

There's a Specific Purpose to Every Lock and Key, Locksmith says
from The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Dave Kaiser, a keeper of keys and local locksmith in Grand Junction, Colo., for more than 25 years, knows that a key is not just a key and a lock is not just a lock. Each lock and key has a specific purpose. Kaiser said it would be difficult to identify what a random key might open, unless it’s something obvious, such as a key for a mailbox or car. He said he usually isn’t asked much about what a specific key might open. More

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Improved Surveillance Camera Technology Helps Police Solve Robberies
from KAKE
The technology of video surveillance systems available to banks and other businesses has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Just yesterday, the crystal clear surveillance video of a bank robbery suspect gave Wichita Police a jumpstart on tracking him down. More

A Safe can Protect Valuables from Fire, Thieves
from Enterprise
As the stock market plummets, you may be inclined to stuff your money under your mattress. A mattress may not be such a good idea, but a safe can protect your valuables from burglars and fire. A good burglary-resistant safe will have strong hinges and a strong door, and construction that will resist a physical attack, he said. Some customers “get overly consumed about the locking device,” he said, which can be either mechanical or electronic. “(But) it’s the physical aspect of the manufactured container that really makes it secure,” he said. More

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Strategies: Start Spring with Small-business Savings
from USA TODAY
Want to save money? Need to watch every dollar? Give me half a day, I'll give you more money in your bank account. It's time for my annual ritual of "Spring Clean Your Small Business Expenses." More

Flexing Your Digital Muscles can Pump up Business
from USA Today
Not having a great website, not having a robust Internet presence, and not marketing and selling online constitutes business malpractice in the 21st Century. Beefing up your online presence is like getting in shape. What you must do today is flex your digital muscles. This article explains how. More

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