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.

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Home Security Systems Reviews (2022): SimpliSafe vs Ring vs Vivint vs ADT vs Cove vs Frontpoint vs Brinks vs Kangaroo vs Nest & More

Do you need help finding a home security system but are overwhelmed with your options? Our team of experts has over 75 years of combined experience researching, testing, and using home security systems. We’ve reviewed 16 professionally monitored security companies. Our strict review protocol ensures our research is unbiased. We take into account customer service, equipment, technology, ease of use, and value to come up with a score for each company.

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Alarming Identity Theft Statistics In 2022 (& How To Protect Yourself)

Unfortunately, identity theft is happening more and more frequently in the modern, digital age. Before you know it, you might become one of the next identity theft cases. Below are 17 alarming statistics that will make you want to hide in a hole with all of your personal information! (Okay, maybe not that extreme.) But identity thieves are thrifty, and no one is exempt from their trickery. Read on to learn more id theft facts and what you can do about it.

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How To Check For, Avoid, Prevent, Monitor & Report Identity Theft

With each online profile we create, every service we sign up for and all the smart gadgets we buy we put our identities at risk. Technology is evolving, and with it, our personal information becomes more vulnerable. Protecting your identity isn’t an option; it’s a must.

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22 Smart Home Statistics & Predictions (2022): Ready To Live Like A Jetson?

From appliances to lighting to speakers, everything is connecting to the internet, and there’s no stopping it. Smart home equipment is becoming more affordable and less avoidable on the market. Everything from our dishwasher to our cars will be “on the grid”, ie. connected to the internet (and many devices and appliances already are!). Read some astonishing statistics about home automation as well as where the market is headed.

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15 Cyberbullying Facts And Statistics For 2022: On Social Media & Beyond

Cyberbullying takes place online and is a form of violence often against kids. It can cause lasting damage to victims, and should not be tolerated by anyone. It’s important to speak to children about cyberbullying and provide them a safe space to discuss openly any concerns they may have.

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How To Choose The Right Home Security System For Your Home

Home security has changed quite a bit since the old days of landline systems where burglars could cut the wire to sever communications between your home and a monitoring station. We’ve entered the era of smart technology, and home security is catching up to the times. Along with a plethora of DIY offerings (think easy self-install at your own convenience vs having a professional hardwire equipment on a scheduled installation day and time), home security has expanded from the typical motion and door/window sensors to smart home technology that integrates everything from your door locks and light switches to your thermostats. The technology and terminology can be overwhelming, so we put together a guide on home security systems to help.

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Poison Prevention: Common Substances, Tips, Statistics & More

March is Poison Prevention Month. If you are concerned that someone has been poisoned, you can call the poison emergency number at 1-800-222-1222. Poisoning in humans can cause serious injury and even death. The moment you think someone has suffered from poisoning, you should call for help. Many substances can be responsible for the poisoning, and getting assistance from a professional is the best way you can help save a life.

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Do I Really Need A Home Security System? Statistics, Permit Requirements & More

Home security systems are everywhere these days. If you haven’t seen the yard signs in a neighbor’s yard, you’ve probably seen an ad on TV for them or while surfing the web. Security systems can alert you of unexpected activity in your home, and they can give you peace of mind. But are they worth the cost? Let’s find out.

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Best Fire Extinguisher For Your Home In 2022: Kitchen, Car, Electrical Fires, All Purpose, And More Reviewed

Would you rather spend a little money on a fire extinguisher or spend a lot of time in a hotel and have all of your possessions burned? Probably the former, right? We can all be stingy at times, but the safety of our family is not an area to penny-pinch. Do yourself a favor and equip your home with the appropriate number of fire extinguishers. You’ll regret it if you don’t and a fire erupts in your home.

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