Welcome to your one-stop resource for keeping your family safe, your home smart, and your life fun! At Safe Smart Living® we demystify the confusing world of smart home living, personal finances, wearable tech, security and identity theft by getting you up-to-speed fast so you can make better decisions. All the tools you need to save time, money and headaches, together under one roof!

Home Security 101: From Systems To Components To Lingo Explained

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There are many other elements to home security that you should consider besides installing a security system. Have you considered how to protect your family from items like carbon monoxide and fires? What about securing your home when you leave for vacation? Or how about how you can deter a burglar from targeting your home? These (and more) are all parts of securing your home that we can help you with. We’ve spent countless hours learning about this topic and love sharing our knowledge with others in hopes they can make use of our extensive research…

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Best Identity Theft Protection: IDShield vs LifeLock vs Identity Guard® vs IdentityForce & More!

Man on computer in the dark: What is the Best Identity Theft Protection?

Jane bought a gift for her friend online. A week later that website was hacked, and her personal data was stolen. Random charges started appearing on her credit cards, and her bank account dwindled down to nothing. She was struggling to pay her bills, and it wasn’t her fault. She didn’t know what to do, how to get her money back or how to make it stop…

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Identity Guard® Review: Fast Alerts From Watson AI

Woman cutting credit card in half: Identity Guard Review: Protection & Insurance in One

You’re buying a new TV for your house, but after swiping your credit card, the cashier tells you your card was declined. WHAT?! You check your recent transactions and see that someone’s been using your card for the past month. Your identity has been stolen, and you feel like your world has been flipped upside down. This is when having an identity theft protection service, like Identity Guard®, comes in handy. Not only do these services alert you when they detect potentially fraudulent activity, but some even help you recover after the damage is done. How does Identity Guard® protect your identity? With so many competing services, is it your best bet?…

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Essential Cyber Security Tips And Tricks

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With so many recent cyber security breaches (especially from reputable companies like Target and Equifax), it has become increasingly necessary to become secure online. With so many access points (via smart home devices, fitness trackers, etc.), it’s easier than ever to fall prey to a potential hack. Breaches can happen to the best of us, not just your vulnerable average Joe. Hackers have sophisticated ways of stealing your identity and could be accessing your accounts as we speak. Unlike a house break-in where there is often evidence of a crime, it is a lot easier for digital theft to go unnoticed. Are you leaving the front door wide open for these new-age criminals? Read on to learn some basic cyber security tips that could save you, before it’s too late…

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History Of Major Data Breaches In The U.S. (Updated July 2019)

Person's hand with credit card: The Latest Data Breach News

Unfortunately the news is consistently full of headlines about security and data breaches. Major retailers, credit card companies and other organizations have all fallen victim to hackers, putting millions of consumers at risk. Trying to keep up with all the latest hacks and who’s affected can be overwhelming. So we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you stay on top of what’s happening in the world of data breaches…

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First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm Review

First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm (caption: First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm Review)

Did you know that every year, at least 430 people die in the U.S. and an estimated 50,000 people visit the emergency department due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning? If you don’t have CO alarms, you should. In fact, most states now require them in every residential home. First Alert, a national leader in home safety products, manufactures several different models that are rigorously tested, affordable and easy to install. See why we recommend their CO615 carbon monoxide alarm…

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Best Hidden Cameras: Home Security On The Down Low

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Do you need to keep your home security activity on the sly? Or want a discreet mini camera you can even wear while you’re out alone at night? These ultrasmart spy gadgets can be as small as a button, which would make Q (James Bond’s MI6 quartermaster) proud. Some are even disguised as everyday objects that double as working clocks, night lights, Bluetooth speakers and more…

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