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Welcome to the January issue of Synergy Connect. As we enter into a new year, we as a company have much to look forward to. In this issue we round up 2019 - a year in which, we not only celebrated many professional achievements but also, a year that has seen the company enjoy continued growth and expansion on both home soil and further afield. 

Reading on, you will discover some of the key highlights from the year just gone, which should demonstrate  the extent of our passion and commitment to providing our clients with a service that is second to none. 

Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a healthy and happy 2020. 

Pendulum is the world’s leading business and self-empowerment summit - which every year attracts thousands of business leaders and entrepreneurs, to experience game-changing insights from the best business minds in the world. Speakers at this year’s event will include Lord Sugar, Stedman Graham, Bear Grylls to name but a few. We are proud to be partnering with Pendulum for the upcoming event in January and are keen advocates of all it stands for.

We look forward to seeing some of you there
November saw the prestigious and respected ISIA awards come around once again. Our team enjoyed a successful night in the luxurious setting of the Powerscourt Hotel, all topped off by our very own Paul Looney scooping the coveted award for Security Officer of the Year. Paul has been recognised for the exceptional contribution he makes in his role and his commitment and dedication to the Private Security Industry.

Congratulations to Paul and all the night's winners and to the team at the ISIA for another enjoyable event!
Synergy has been selected as a 'National Winner' in the 2019 European Business Awards, one of the world's largest business competitions. We were chosen from 2,753 businesses named as 'Ones to Watch' in a list of business excellence and selected as National Winner by a panel of independent judges including business leaders and politicians. We have been selected as the National Winner in the Award for Innovation with turnover of €26-150M and have recently represented the Republic of Ireland in the final stage of the competition in Poland. 
We are delighted to announce that Synergy has been shortlisted for the Specialist FM Service Provider of the Year category at the upcoming Facilities Management Awards in Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.
As a regular attendee and sponsor of the event, we are excited this year to also be shortlisted for an award and are very much looking forward to an enjoyable night at the Gala Award Ceremony in January.
2019 has seen Synergy Security Solutions expand further their operational capabilities across Europe, having won many significant contracts in Denmark, Spain, Germany and Italy bringing the current total of European countries to 22.

2020 is sure to see this growing further, just watch this space. 
Synergy continue to attract  the highest calibre Security Professionals in the industry. This month we welcome to the team, Alan, Sinead and Philip. We wish them every success in their new roles and are confident that their combined industry knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to both the wider team and Synergy clients.
We are now in the depths of the winter months, which means opportunistic crime is at a high, especially in residential areas throughout the country, but don’t worry – we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to maximise the security of your home.


1. Sensor Lighting

The first thing you can do is install security lighting in your home. Professionally installed security lighting can permanently light up a specific area and can be linked up to movement sensors to light up an area if movement is detected. This acts as a strong deterrent for would-be thieves.

2. Timed Lighting/Appliances

Make your home look occupied when you are out. This is by far the cheapest option to increase home security during winter. You can purchase electronic timers that plug in into the wall and will turn on the device that’s plugged in at a specified time. This is a big deterrent for opportunistic burglars and will increase the protection of your home without breaking the bank.

3. Home Alarm System

It's always best to have a home alarm system installed to protect your home. For added protection we recommend having your alarm linked to a Guarding company as this will alert them of any potential break-ins. The guarding company will respond to the incident and call the guards in your absence for added peace of mind. Synergy offers Keyholding & Alarm Response services for both commercial and residential properties. See for further details. 

4. Visible CCTV System

Having a CCTV system installed around the outside of your property can be an effective way of deterring opportunistic burglaries. No burglar wants to be caught on camera breaking into a property, and these days many camera systems are operated remotely (via smartphones and tablets) in real-time, enabling fast response times to catch a burglar in the act.

The more visual deterrents you have, the less likely you are to be burgled.

5. Lock Windows and Doors

One of the simplest things you can do is make sure all windows and doors are locked at all times, even when you are at home during the day. We also recommend that you make sure your locks are Anti-Bump, Anti-Snap, Anti-Pick and Anti-Drill for maximum protection.

Why Webcam Security Matters

Nowadays, webcams are standard equipment on most devices, including desktop and laptop PCs, tablets, and smartphones. A webcam allows you to send a picture in real time from one device to another through an Internet connection.

However this does not mean that we know what we are doing with them, and many people simply forget that they are vulnerable to being hacked.

Webcam hacking attacks are one of the most popular activities of malicious users and have been actively exploited by them for many years; for example, to obtain visual information about the details of your home.

In most cases, webcams have indicator lights that show when the webcam is in use. However, hackers and cybercriminals create malware that can turn off the activity indicator. If your webcam has been hacked, then even though the notification light is off, the webcam can capture video, and someone can spy on you.


Security Tips to Protect Yourself Against Webcam Hackers

1. Cover Up Your Webcam

The simplest solutions are the most effective. To be absolutely sure that no one is spying on you through your webcam and your webcam is protected from potential attacks, use some electrical tape or a webcam cover to physically cover up your webcam.

2. Unplug or Disable Your Webcam

The next best step to protect your webcam is to unplug or disable it. If you are using an external webcam connected via USB, just unplug it when not in use. If your laptop or desktop has a built-in webcam, disable it completely.

3. Scan Your Device for Webcam-Focused Malware

It is crucial to regularly run anti-malware scans to protect your webcam. But traditional antivirus software may not catch webcam-focused malware or spyware. Therefore, you should consider downloading a second opinion anti-malware scanner. 

4. Don't Open Email Attachments From Unknown Sources 

Often, scammers use phishing emails to trick users into opening harmful links or downloading malicious files from email attachments. If you receive an email from someone you don't know, don't open it, and don't click on attachments or any suspicious links.

In addition, many webcam hackers use shortened links on social media sites that will redirect you to a malicious website or automatically start downloading malware. Therefore, never open any unknown files, shortened URLs, or any links, unless you're sure that it's from someone you trust and know.

5. Keep Your Webcam Software Up-to-Date

To prevent your laptop or desktop computer from catching malware, it's important to keep your operating system, web browser and any other type of software up-to-date. If you use outdated vulnerable firmware, this could compromise your privacy, and cybercriminals can easily exploit these vulnerabilities and flaws.

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