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Home Security

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Having a home security system is more affordable and easier than ever. Long gone are the days of calling a company to come punch holes in your walls for wires and keypads. You can install wireless systems yourself for a fraction of the price….

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Stay Connected On The Go: Best WiFi Hotspot Devices

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Using your phone as a hotspot is draining your battery. So, you either choose to use unsecured public WiFi or have no phone battery the rest of the day. It’s a lose – lose situation. It doesn’t have to be this way. Having access to high-speed internet is easier than you think. There are plenty of 3G and 4G WiFi options that won’t cost a fortune and are small enough to fit in your pocket so you can take them with you on the go! But, which is the best WiFi hotspot device for your needs and money?…

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Mobile

Most of us want the best cell phone service for the least amount of money. Other factors you may consider are contract length, amount of data, type of device and if there’s a plan that fits your needs. We’ve got articles to help you find a cell phone carrier for you (and your family)…

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Interview: Barry Kessel, CMO Identity Guard™

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Barry Kessel has quite the extensive history in marketing. He’s currently leveraging over three decades in experience to help lead the marketing efforts at Identity Guard™, one of the industry’s leading identity theft protection companies (and one of our top three picks for best ID Theft services). Read on to learn more about Barry and gain some valuable insights into the product he proudly stands behind.

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Best Satellite Internet Providers: Viasat vs HughesNet vs DishNet vs Frontier

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Are you among the millions of Americans who still don’t have access to DSL or cable where you live? Feel like you’re stuck in the dark ages using a dial-up internet connection? You likely have another option — satellite internet. And depending on where you live, you could get a speedy internet connection. Read our best satellite internet providers review to see how the top services compare…

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VPN

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A VPN (Virtual Private Network) service secures your WiFi connection and protects your online activity from prying eyes. These are important to use when you are on public WiFi where you are more vulnerable to be hacked…

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Robots

You watched the Jetsons as a kid, right? Or maybe your parents did. Either way, you’ve probably figured out that your smart home isn’t complete without a robot. They’re available to take over just about any chore you’d rather exchange for another pastime. We review robots that will mop your floor, keep an eye on …

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Best Smoke Detector: Nest vs Kidde vs First Alert vs BRK

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Are your home’s smoke detectors up to snuff? Are you aware that you should replace your smoke detectors at least every ten years? Nearly 62% of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, reports the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). If your home doesn’t have smoke alarms — or you haven’t properly maintained your home’s smoke detector system — you’re putting your family in grave danger. Our smoke alarm reviews give you all the information you need to choose the best smoke detector for your home and our recommendations…

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Best Personal Finance Software: Personal Capital vs Mint vs Quicken vs You Need A Budget vs MoneyDance & More

Calculator and finances: What's the Best Personal Finance Software?

Deciding which personal finance software to use can be a difficult and confusing task. Just as your personal finance needs vary, so too do the individual features offered by each company. When managing your money and family budgets, it is essential to have the right tool to help you understand where personal spending is occurring and how you can adjust your budget to live a better life. We’ve researched the most popular solutions and selected our best personal finance software winner. We also share the pros and cons of the other players in the market so that you can make the best choice for you…

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