Would you like to add more security to your home? If so, a great place to start is with a new garage door opener.

The holidays are well on their way, and although many of us wait all year for the homemade cookies, peppermint mocha lattes and holiday lights, it can be a difficult time for a lot of people as well. Money is something that everyone could use a little more of during the holidays, and that may be why shoplifting, scams, robberies and home burglaries are all up this time of the year.

Burglars have gotten more creative in recent years.

It used to be that most burglars would simply break a window or jimmy a door to get into a home, but as home security has gotten more advanced, burglars have started to get more creative. One common way that burglars now break into homes is through the garage. Using a simple child’s toy, like an IM-me, a burglar can hack into the radio signals of some garage door openers.

Some garage door openers, usually older models, utilize fixed code transmitters. These transmitters use between eight and 12-bit codes, which adds up to around 4,096 possibilities. While this many seem like a lot of possibilities, in terms of modern technology, it’s actually a very insignificant level of security and all too easy to hack into.

New technology makes garage doors secure from hackers and burglars.

Now, garage door openers are often made to utilize rolling code systems. Advanced technology is featured in these systems to prevent the radio signal that opens the garage door from being hacked. Instead of just the 4,096 possibilities that you get with a fixed code transmitter, a rolling code transmitter will select a new, single code from billions of codes each and every time you open your garage door.

In addition to rolling code systems, there are several other technological advancements that have made LiftMaster garage door openers safer and more secure, including:

  • PosiLock® – This is designed to monitor electrically against forced openings and will lock down the door when anything is detected.
  • Timer-to-Close – If you’ve ever accidentally left your garage door open all day or all night, then you need Timer-to-Close. This will automatically close your garage door after the number of minutes that you have pre-programmed.
  • Motion Detector – With Motion Detector, you’ll get rapid detection, plus immediate illumination of the interior of your garage.
  • Alert-2-Close Warning System – This accompanies Timer-to-Close and gives you both audio and visual warnings when your garage door is about to close.

As you can see, garage door openers have come a long way as far as safety and security are concerned. Don’t let an old, outdated garage door opener make you susceptible to robbery this holiday season. If your garage door opener doesn’t have the security features you need, it’s time to look into getting a new one. At Garage Door Service, we specialize in garage door and garage door opener installation in Windsor and all over Northern Colorado. Let our experts help you determine which garage door opener is the best option for you! Contact us today to get started.