Kimberly Alt

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.

Kimberly has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering subjects such as home security and automation, identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems and more. 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.

Security is a passion of hers, and she knows it isn’t a one size fits all category. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

Alarm.com Review: What Is It & How Does It Work?

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If you’re in the market for a home security system, by now you may have come across Alarm.com. But what do they do exactly? Do they provide a home security system, or just service, or possibly just equipment? We don’t blame you, as the company has evolved its worn many hats, which unfortunately have caused confusion for the average consumer. We’re here to clear all that up for you. Alarm.com is a smart home security and automation provider that helps integrate homes and businesses. Their products and services are only available through your home security provider – i.e., you cannot receive service from Alarm.com directly. What Alarm.com strives to offer via its licensing arrangement with your home security provider is a one-stop shop to control everything from one place. Instead of using one app for your home’s security, another app for your smart speakers and another app for your home automation, you can use Alarm.com for all three. Read on to find out more and how to locate a provider that offers their services…

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ADT Outdoor Cameras Review: What Are Your Options?

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ADT offers two outdoor cameras for your home security needs. Depending on your home’s specs and your preferences, you may opt for one model over the other. The key deciding factor is the strength of your WiFi signal or whether you prefer hardwired cameras. We’ll help you decide between the two and learn more about their features and how they’re installed…

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Frontpoint Security App: Review The Features & Functionality

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The Frontpoint app allows users to monitor your security system while away from home. You can adjust device settings and turn equipment on and off all through the app. If a sensor is triggered, you’ll receive an alert specifying the details. The app averages 4.1/5.0 stars with more than 100,000 installs on devices, so users are generally pleased with the app…

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Review Of ADT Cameras: Prices, Installation, Pros, Cons & More

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After you have your ADT security system installed, you may be interested in adding another camera or two to your system setup. Don’t worry, this doesn’t require a visit from a professional installer. We’ve got instructions on how to install the camera yourself as well as other detailed information regarding the specs of this device…

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Scout Alarm Review: Basic Equipment Options With Low Monthly Fees

Scout motion sensor: Scout Alarm Reviews

On the hunt for a security system that doesn’t look like it’s from the 1960s? Scout home security systems have aesthetically pleasing equipment and perform well. You have the option of white, black or walnut colored equipment, which is pretty cool since most security companies don’t offer color options. However, there are some things that Scout could improve on…

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Protection One Review: Outdated Equipment At A High Price?

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Protection One (also known as Protection 1) provides home security and automation equipment to help secure your home. The equipment isn’t as up-to-date looking as its competitors, but it gets the job done. Protection One isn’t as well-known as other home security companies, but does that mean you shouldn’t choose them?…

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LifeShield Review: Affordable, But Is It Also Reputable?

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LifeShield is one of the few home security companies to have IFTTT (If This Then That) integration, but it only offers a one year warranty, which is not up to par with what its competitors offer. Does the warranty matter to you if you’re saving money on LifeShield’s low monthly monitoring fee? And is its customer service reputation good enough for your service? We dive into the details and help you decide…

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