Alex Schenker

Alex holds BS degrees in Management Science from the University of California at San Diego, and Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is honored to share his nearly two decades of experience in home security and automation, cybersecurity and identity theft protection with our readers. He realized it was time for a home security system when his neighbor’s house got broken into. He has tried to stay ahead of the curve by proactively applying security technologies and software that protect not only his home and family but his personal identity, sensitive information and finances. In his spare time, Alex enjoys playing tennis, going on hikes with his wife and dogs and surfing.

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Who Invented The Home Security System (And Why)?

In the modern age we live in, it may feel as though most pieces of essential technology like home security systems have always existed. But, just like any other technological advancement, the home security system as we know it had to be imagined and subsequently engineered. In this article, we will take you through a brief but fascinating history of how the very systems that keep us safe each and every night came to be.

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Is Travel Insurance Worth It? Flights, Cruises, Cancel For Any Reason Coverage, & More

With COVID-19 restrictions lifting and life returning to normal, it’s finally time to start planning your next vacation. But flights, hotels and other travel expenses can add up, and no one wants to lose money if plans fall through. This begs the question: should you purchase travel insurance? The answer is not so clear-cut. Sometimes travel insurance is a smart investment, and other times it’s a waste of money. Read on to find out if travel insurance is really worth it for your next trip.

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Are You Allowed To Bring A Taser On An Airplane?

Navigating the airport and following all regulations is stressful enough, especially when you aren’t sure what you can and can’t bring on a plane. Last thing you want to worry about is whether personal items will be removed from your luggage at the last minute. Self-defense devices like tasers are helpful for anyone that wants an extra layer of security. But can you bring a taser on a plane, or will you have to get rid of it before you board?

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Locked Out Of Your House? Here’s What You Can Do

Getting locked out of the house can be the cherry on top to an already stressful day. You walk up to your door and realize you do not have your keys, and your door is locked. What can you do to get back inside?

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Ring Doorbell Won’t Connect To WiFi? Here’s How To Reconnect

If you’re struggling with this for the first time, or your Ring doorbell just refuses to cooperate for the nth time, this troubleshooting article is for you. We’ll not only walk you through how to reconnect your Ring doorbell to WiFi, we’ll dig into why your doorbell may be having trouble connecting in the first place so you can prevent it from happening again.

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Security Cameras With Bulletproof Glass

If you live in a high-crime area, a security camera is essential. But they are not a foolproof deterrent to crime. This is where security cameras with bulletproof glass come in. They provide protection against almost any kind of aggression.

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Can My Neighbor Record Me On My Property?

Maybe your neighbor has a habit of videotaping everything they or their family members do, and sometimes this includes you, your home, or your family. Or maybe your neighbor has security cameras on their property that constantly point towards your home. If this is the case, you may be wondering if you can legally be recorded on your own property, and if it’s within your rights to ask them to stop.

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How To Catch Someone Sneaking Around Your House

‘Home is a safe haven from the worries of the world.’ Is this true for you? Sadly, too many people have been affected by crime or are deeply anxious about the security of their homes. Are you most worried about waking up to an intruder or coming home to find that your personal space has been violated? We show you how to catch someone snooping around your house without confrontation.

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The 7 Best Retirement Planning Books For 2023

Having a successful career is a dream for many. Everyone wants to retrospect with a grin over their accomplishments throughout their careers. But one thing that should not escape your mind when you are still working is that retirement is inevitable. You’re going to be best off if you take the time to plan for your retirement from an early stage in your career. But how do you know what is required to prepare for your retirement? These books will provide insights into much of what you need to know to be able to retire in comfort and with peace of mind.

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Step-By-Step Guide To Setting Up And Troubleshooting Your Wireless Repeater

A wireless repeater can help extend the range of your wireless network. Typically, if you’re in a large house or office complex, you can use wireless repeaters to extend the reach of your wireless signal without buying expensive new routers. In this particular example, we will be using the Engenius ERB9250.

Can Security Cameras See Inside Cars?

Can security cameras see inside cars? Whether you’re a shop owner concerned with security, or a consumer concerned with privacy, there isn’t a simple answer. Security cameras come in all different shapes and sizes, and lighting conditions vary widely. So in this article, we’ll discuss all the factors that play a role in car interior visibility.

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