This can be confusing but window shades are different from window blinds. They are different in several key aspects even though many people use these two terms interchangeably. It is important for homeowners to understand their differences so that when you go shopping for window shades, they will be able to get the right one that you need.
Window shades are often less focused in terms of security. What most homeowners know is that they are often the access point of intruders just like garage doors. Burglars can also get in a home through the garage. So, we really need to install good locks to these two areas of the house to protect your home against intruders.
An article posted at Electronic House talks about window shades and garage door security. The article features a new and advanced way of protecting such areas through automation.