NEW: Multi-home security from Cocoon

Cocoon’s multi-home security makes it simple to protect the people, places and things you care about. For peace of mind that your home-away-from-home is safe, wherever you are. Check on your city pad, country escape, or the home of your extended family from within one beautifully designed Cocoon app.

Many of you would like to be able to use Cocoon to protect more than one place, and we wanted to make that happen. It wasn’t easy for our small team to bring multi-home security to life but, luckily, we have some brilliant technology and teams in Cocoon. Today all the hard work has paid off.

We’re proud to announce that multi-home Security from Cocoon is here!

A special shout out to Darren, one of our earliest supporters who wanted multi-home security in his Cocoon app to look after local family – We hope you like it, Darren!

What does multi-home do?

With multi-home security, you can be a part of multiple households, each protected by Cocoon. Particularly useful if there’s more than one place that you call home.

Trusted family and friends can invite you to their Cocoon Household. Once you’re a member you can come-and-go without triggering alerts and keep an eye on their home to check everything is as it should be. If you travel between homes in different places, multi-home security makes it simple to stay connected with those homes simultaneously from your Cocoon app.

Multi-home means knowing that Cocoon is looking after anywhere you call home, giving you peace of mind wherever you are.

How to use multi-home security from Cocoon

It’s easy to set up new Cocoon households and switch between them in your Cocoon app. The key is the household name at the top of your screen. Tap it to easily add more places that are protected by Cocoon smart home security and to switch between your Households.

Multi-home security from Cocoon on iOS and Android, showing the mobile app, for smart home security across properties and families

We’ve made it simple to name each household, so you can easily go between “Home Sweet Home” and “Mum and Dad’s” in your Cocoon app.

Adding someone to your household is as simple as ever. Tap the menu icon in the top right-hand corner of your screen. Then tap Your Household, open Members and you can easily Invite another member through any text, WhatsApp, Facebook or whatever messaging app you like to use.

What you’ve got to look forward to

As well as getting the features of multi-home security live, there’s lots more we’re working on. Including smarter app notifications and user management to do things like control what members can see in your app.

But there’s a big release for smart home fans first. Cocoon already works with Amazon Alexa, but for those of you with Google home – Cocoon will soon also work with Google Assistant. (Update July 2o18: You can now control Cocoon with your voice using Google Assistant and the Google Home range, as well as Amazon Alexa.)

We’d love to hear what you think of these updates, or of any ideas you have (we add all of them to our “future features” list). You can get in touch through the live-chat on our website, by emailing [email protected], on Twitter or on Facebook.

World Cup security tips for football fans

As the World Cup approaches, football fever is spreading with office sweepstakes and pub blackboards listing fixtures. The last thing you want while enjoying a kick-about in the park, or cheering on a game in the pub, is to be worrying about your home. Here are some simple things you can do to keep your home safe during football season.

No ticket, no entry.

  • Lock your windows and doors
    Sound obvious? With almost 30% of burglars entering homes through an unlocked door or window, and an astonishing 34% enter through the front door, it’s important to remember!

Turn on the floodlights

  • Install motion sensor lights outside your home
    Security lights that are triggered by movement near your property can deter burglars who would much rather who be hiding in dark corners. They also give you welcome illumination when you’re returning home after dark.
  • Install smart lights for unpredictable extra-time
    With smart lights, you can adjust the times when they illuminate your home, the fact the times aren’t predictable will make the illusion that there are people at home more realistic than more traditional lights on timers. Burglars will spot the routine of timed lights, so smart bulbs are a must.

Avoid showboating

  • Keep valuables out of sight
    Burglars will usually scout out properties before taking the risk of breaking and entering. The way they do this? Peering through windows. Avoid having valuables scattered visibly throughout your home.
  • Frost your windows: 

    Are you unlikely to remember to put your iPad away in a drawer or to hide your piggy-bank in the cupboard? Then make sure burglars can’t peep in through your windows and see them by applying privacy film to your windows.
  • Curtail their view with curtains and/or blinds
    One of the easiest things you can do to make your home burglar-unfriendly is to install curtains or blinds (go cordless if you have young children) – and then use them. If a thief can’t see in, they’ll likely move on to target a different house.

Support your local team

  • Join a neighbourhood watch:
    The UK’s largest voluntary movement, with similar schemes globally, is Neighbourhood Watch. Their mission is to “bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities” and with 2.3 million members in the UK, they play a huge role in crime prevention. Find out about and join your local Neighbourhood Watch here.
  • Make friends with your neighbours
    If your neighbours know who you are, they’ll also know if a stranger is poking around your house and be able to let you know.

Keep your garden football game ready

  • A well-kept lawn makes it clear that you are not away on holiday, that you take care of things so are unlikely to leave your valuables lying around in your home, ready to grab.
  • Well-pruned hedges are harder to hide behind.
  • If your tools and ladders are put away in a locked shed or garage, they can’t be used to aid a break in!

Get a season ticket to always see your team

  • Install a home security system to check in on your home from anywhere

    The most reliable way to deter burglars is a home security system. Most will know that dummy cameras are fake, but there are affordable and simple systems out there, like our very own Cocoon! Taking seconds to install and offering multi-room protection from one beautiful gadget, that connects to your phone so you receive smart alerts wherever you are.

For more tips to help you feel safe at home and away, visit the Cocoon blog.

10 Fathers Day gifts ideas for every sort of dad

Left it to the last minute to buy a Father’s Day gift? We’ve got you covered, with ideas for every budget and every sort of dad, to make sure you’re his favourite!

If you’ve left it too late to order in time for Father’s Day, we have a tactic. Order online today and print out a picture of the present to pop in his card. Then he’ll know more treats are coming, you don’t need to pay for speedy delivery and you still get brownie points.

1) For green-fingered dads

Whether their garden is a few plant pots or rolling fields, they’ll love sprout pencils. When your dad has finished writing very important things (doodling) they can plant their pencil and soon see flowers, herbs or vegetables sprouting. 100% organic and lead-free, Sprout pencils are made from natural and biodegradable components. Sprout Pencils are available from Amazon (prices vary).

2) For dads with a man cave

If your dad hides out in a man cave or has a prized garden shed, then the Noke smart padlock will keep it his domain. He’ll feel like a sci-fi hero as it unlocks automatically when he walks up to it, and he can share access with a chosen few – maybe his favourite kids! (And if you manage to hack the lock to his man cave, he’ll probably be proud of your tech skills!) Noke Smart Padlock is available from Tesco (49.99).

3) For dads who like getting muddy

If your dad is hands-on, loves a science experiment, and embraces his inner child, then he’ll love the MudWatt. This science kit harnesses electricity made by the micro-organisms naturally living in mud or old morsels from your fridge. MudWatt is available from Amazon (£34.90).

4) For hipster dads

This credit card sized gizmo will let your dad style and comb his hair and beard, before cracking open his favourite craft beer bottle. Go-Comb is available from Amazon (£15.31)

5) For dads who love a wee dram of whisky

A perfect treat for whisky loving dads to enjoy a sober evening at home with the wafting aromas of their favourite drink from a man candle. Let them play the gentleman with this Club Whisky Mac candle by Temerity Jones, Available on Amazon (£13.55)

6) For creative genius dads

Could your dad be the greatest living banana-pianist? Or might he finally become Mario-Kart champion by switching his controller for Play-Doh? With MaKey MaKey you can make anything into a key (get it?!) It’s easy to trick your computer into thinking whatever you attach it to is a keyboard, for endless creative fun. MakeyMakey kits are available on Amazon (Standard kit £47.93).

7) For talkative dads

Is your dad the sort who thinks out loud and tells long rambling stories? Give him the gift of someone who actually listens – Alexa will feign interest in his stories so you don’t have to! And there’s the bonus that Amazon Alexa works with Cocoon’s smart home security, so dad can look after the things he loves as easily as asking Alexa. Amazon Echo Dot is available from Amazon (£39.99)

8) For dads who think they’re a rock star

Does your dad play the guitar as though he thinks he’s dueting with Jimi Hendrix?! Give him this handy toy to make his own plectrums and pick his own rock and roll style. Pickmaster’s Plectrum Punch is available from Amazon (£14.99)

9) For dads who are cycling mad

If your dad’s bicycle is his pride and joy, this nifty gift will help him keep it safe. A high-tech anti-theft tracker that’s designed by cyclists, Sherlock fits invisibly to offer GPS to precisely locate and retrieve bikes. Sherlock Anti-Theft Tracker is available from (£149.99).

10) For golfing dads

If your dad likes nothing more than spending days on the golf course, perfecting his stance and swing, then Ojee is the gadget for him! This smart golf training device will gives him real-time feedback on his golf skills.  Available from (£149)

And last but not least, the gift of home security is a great present for every sort of dad. Give your dad Cocoon and he’ll have complete home security in one smart gadget, plus the peace of mind that his family are safe and sound. You can find out more about Cocoon here (£159).