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.

SimpliSafe vs Vivint: Affordability Or High-Tech Equipment?

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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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Review Of Ring Indoor Home Security Cameras: Compare Your Options

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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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What Are The Cheapest Home Security Systems?

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Want a home security system that’s dependable but won’t break your bank? We’ve reviewed the cheapest, professionally monitored home security systems and give you the lowdown on what you get with each company. We’ve ranked the companies based on cost and performance to make it easy for you…

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Cove Security Review: Does It Offer The Best Value?

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Another new entrant into the now crowded home security space, Cove Security offers equipment and professional monitoring at mouth watering prices. But at the moment the equipment line-up is rather barebones. Can Cove provide the protection you need or are you better off going with an alternate provider? Our experts dive in and find out…

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Best Password Managers: Dashlane vs LastPass

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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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