Kimberly Alt

Kimberly is our home security expert and has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems, and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what’s happening behind the scenes. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

In 2018, she had her first child, which opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing products and services.

DIY vs Professional Security System: Cameras, Monitoring, Cost, Wireless, And More Compared

Man installing home security camera (caption: DIY Home Security vs Professional Installation)

Before you purchase a home security system, you want to decide what type of installation you’re comfortable with. Many home security systems on the market today have DIY (do-it-yourself) setups. However, some require a professional’s assistance. Which type of installation is right for you, and does the installation type affect the way the system performs?

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SimpliSafe vs Vivint Security Systems Compared: Cost, Monitoring, Installation, Customer Service, And More

SimpliSafe vs Vivint doorbells side by side (caption: SimpliSafe vs Vivint)

Are you looking for a basic or more elaborate home security system? Both SimpliSafe and Vivint can provide security for your home, but the two have vastly different offerings. SimpliSafe offers a more simple security system at a lower cost. Meanwhile, Vivint has added features, like home automation, that you may be willing to pay extra for. Compare the two head-to-head and decide which aligns more closely with what you want.

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Ring Indoor Camera And Stick Up Cam Reviews: Wireless, Lights, Mounts, Installation & More

Ring stick up camera on table (caption: Ring Indoor Camera Review)

Ring Alarm is a popular home security solution for many households, and it has many cameras to choose from. The Ring cameras can integrate with the security system, or you can use them independently. Ring has two indoor camera models, Indoor Cam and Stick Up Cam. Our review covers both devices’ details, so you can decide which is best for your home.

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Dashlane vs LastPass: Who’s Got The Better Password Manager?

Person entering username and password on login screen (caption: Best Password Managers)

Using a password manager is safer than not using one at all. If you aren’t using a password manager, you’re most likely guilty of using the same password for multiple accounts, and it’s probably the name of your pet or includes an important date. These types of passwords are easy to hack, which is why password managers are a must. Password managers can help create secure login credentials and keep them stored in a safe place. I’ve used both Dashlane and LastPass, and they both do a great job storing my credentials. But is there one I’d recommend over the other?

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