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House Of Locks

April 29, 2021

It sort of happened by accident. Well, not accident. No one accidentally installs multiple layers of security in their house. But, I’m sometimes surprised it got this extensive. My house is a house of locks.

You probably have a lock on your front door. Of course you do. You probably can lock your garage door. And you most likely have a lock on the door that goes from your garage to your house. So far, we are on the same page.

We’ve taken it a step further. Every bedroom in our house has a lock on the door. Yours probably do too. But, mine have keys.

Each one different. I have locked closets.

Again with keys. I have a locked storeroom.

And the storeroom off my storeroom has a lock.

I have a locking cupboard.

I have a locking mailbox.

I have a locking freezer.

I have a locking thermostat.

You might wonder how I keep track of all those keys. Well, I have a locking box to keep track of the keys.

I have two separate camera systems. A Ring system

backed up by a hardwired system.

I have two separate internet service providers.

I have more firewalls than I’m going to admit to on a public post.

I don’t think I’m paranoid. But, then, what paranoid person EVER thinks they are paranoid?

While raising our 13 children, we’ve at times had trouble kids in our home. We’ve dealt with kids who were abused who needed to to feel safe. They needed separate rooms. WE needed to prevent opportunities for people to be tempted, or to hurt themselves.

Over the years, the precautions made sense. And they worked. We kept our kids and others safe. But, our kids aren’t really kids anymore. There are three left at home. Two are 21 years old; a service missionary and a college sophomore. The other is a high school senior who will graduate and head out on a mission for the Mormon church shortly after graduation.

So, here I sit in my nine bedroom house, with cameras inside and out, locks outside and in. Even locks on mail, food and thermostat. I almost wish I were a prepper.

We remodeled the backyard last summer. This summer we planned to install a parking strip and finish a bathroom. I’m thinking it might be time to remodel some of our security features. As in, maybe we should lighten up just a bit.

Of course, I’m still not going to tell you how many firewalls I have.

Stay safe

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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  1. “Just because I’m paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get me”

    counting firewalls can be challenging, especially given the range of definitions.
    I’m just going to assume you are like me and don’t really know how many we’ve managed to layer in.

    • Actually, I have a pretty good idea of how many are there. But, nothing else in this post compromises my home security. Tell someone how many firewalls exist gives them a roadmap to my home network security.

      That’s not paranoid. . .oh, wait.

      • I guess it is my lab boxes that really mess my count up. And I was thinking, does a honeypot or two count as a firewall even though it is part of the defense systems? Keeping those trying to get in confused and guessing is just a part of any defense. It always amazes me those places that make a big thing of what systems they have, not realizing that bit of a roadmap they’ve handed out.
        I view paranoia as a spectrum, not just a binary. Some are that ‘sucker born every minute’, some of us make sure we have good locks and that they are secured all the time, and then there are those with so many more layers of defense that either of us have. Paranoia is also a fun RPG to twist the mind with.

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