Kimberly Alt

Kimberly is our home security expert, and has been researching and 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.

In 2018, she had her first child, and that 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.

Ring App Review: Personal Experience, Pros, Cons, Features & More

Ring App on iPhone and keypad (caption: Ring App)

You use the same Ring app whether you have a Ring Doorbell or Ring Alarm security system. The app lets you answer your doorbell, arm/disarm your system, adjust device settings and more. You’ll receive notifications when sensors trigger, so you can be kept in the loop. How does the Ring app perform for users, and is it better than the competition? Find out below…

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What’s The Best Security System For Renters?

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Home security is important whether you rent or own your home. As a renter, you most likely need a wireless security system that won’t damage the structure of the home but can also go with you when you move. The security systems we review in this article can work with various rentals and budgets to fit what you need. So whether you want the basics or something more extravagant with cameras and home automation equipment, you can learn more about your options here…

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Best Home Security Systems For The Elderly

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A home security system tailored to a senior should be easy to use, reliable, and provide help when you need it most, whether it’s the threat of an intruder or because of a medical emergency. But can you get all of this from one company without draining your savings? Let’s find out…

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Protect America App: What Can I Do With It?

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Protect America users can monitor their security system through the SMART Connect app while away from home. You can arm/disarm your system, adjust device settings and more. If a sensor triggers, you’ll receive an alert with the details. How does the Protect America app perform in real tests and what do we think of it compared to the competition? Find out in our review…

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Blue By ADT Review: Previously Known As LifeShield

Blue by ADT equipment (Caption: Blue By ADT Review)

ADT has finally embraced a DIY home security system. After being in business for almost 150 years, ADT acquired LifeShield in 2019 to offer a DIY system for those who don’t want to hassle with professional installation. Forget the installation fees, missing work to be home for the professional to arrive and welcoming a stranger into your home. The day your Blue by ADT system arrives at your doorstep is the same day you can set it up yourself. But is it as good as other DIY home security systems? And with the fairly new acquisition, is it still working out some of those hiccups that are to be expected during a big transition?…

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Best Home Security Systems With No Monthly Fees Or Contracts

Ring alarm on wall (caption: Best No Contract & No Monthly Fee Home Security System)

If you want a home security system that truly has no contracts or monthly fees, your options are limited to a DIY system with self-monitoring. This means the home security company won’t install the system and won’t monitor it for you (professional monitoring always has a monthly fee). So of all the DIY home security solutions on the market, which ones have no monthly fees? Many DIY self-monitored companies find ways to introduce monthly fees, whether it’s to use the app, access cloud storage or to monitor the system yourself. But which ones really provide full home security functionality without a contract or monthly fee?…

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