Kimberly Alt

Kimberly researches everything before she buys. She wants to make sure she is getting the best bang for her buck by purchasing the best product/service, which is why she loves her work. She has a degree in Multimedia Journalism and has been researching and writing professionally since 2013 to help consumers make more educated decisions.

Best Identity Theft Protection 2018: IDShield vs LifeLock vs Identity Guard vs IdentityForce & More!

Man on computer in the dark: What is the Best Identity Theft Protection?

Jane bought a gift for her friend online. A week later that website was hacked, and her personal data was stolen. Random charges started appearing on her credit cards, and her bank account dwindled down to nothing. She was struggling to pay her bills, and it wasn’t her fault. She didn’t know what to do, how to get her money back or how to make it stop…

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Best Smart Home Hub: Insteon vs SmartThings vs Wink vs WeMo & More!

Wink smart hub: Best Smart Home Hub

You wake up to start your day and the lights automatically dim on, the window blinds open, the coffee pot starts brewing and the thermostat is adjusted — all before getting out of bed. Is this heaven? No, it’s just a smart home. Wouldn’t it be nice to have certain aspects of your life automated? Thanks to smart home hubs you can do so affordably and easily. What is a hub exactly? Read on to learn more about how they can be the brains of your home and work with a growing list of products within each room…

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Best Emergency Preparedness Kit: Getting The Most Out Of Your Go Bag

Pills and meds: Best Emergency Preparedness Kit

Natural disasters often happen suddenly and without warning. And man-made emergencies can be terrifying. Quickly gathering up your family and getting to a safe place should be your #1 priority, not searching for emergency preparedness supplies. That’s why we think these emergency kits can be life savers. We suggest having one at home, work and in each vehicle. Checkout some of the best emergency kits that we’ve reviewed in this article…

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Best WiFi Security Camera: Piper vs Canary vs Nest Cam vs Blink vs Arlo vs Amcrest vs Foscam vs Reolink Argus & More!

Man setting up Arlo outside

Plug-and-play cameras are versatile for many uses including home security, pet cams and more. These versatile WiFi security cameras are easy to relocate, and many have two-way voice so you can communicate with those at home while you are away. Find out which wireless security cameras make our top three and determine which is the best smartcam for your needs…

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5 Affordable Self-Monitored Home Security Systems

5 Affordable Self-Monitored Home Security Systems

You’re looking for some extra peace of mind but don’t want to throw all your hard earned money toward a security company. What company offers the cheapest home security monitoring? There are many options for you to consider, but know that the best price will always be with self-monitored systems (systems you monitor yourself). We’ve made it easy for you to make the best choice by ranking the top 5 self-monitored home alarm systems by cost…

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Best Self-Monitored Security System: Canary vs Piper vs iSmartAlarm vs Novi vs Ring vs Nest Secure & More!

Piper camera on shelf

There are two types of home security systems prevalent on today’s market: those with professional monitoring (by a central monitoring station), and those that are self-monitored (by you and your network of contacts). The former typically includes a fairly steep ($30-$75) monthly fee to cover the cost of the monitoring station, while with the latter you typically only pay for the equipment. Don’t want this added expense of monthly monitoring? Worried about false alarms and getting fined by your city? We hear ya! These are a few of the reasons that self-monitored security systems have become so intriguing. They put you in control of your system, and you have access to cutting edge “smart” technology that you can control from your smartphone. With these DIY (do it yourself) security systems you’re in charge of when the authorities are called to your home and how you secure your home…

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We Answer 9 Burning Questions On DIY Home Security Systems

Security camera and iphone set up: DIY Home Security Systems Q&A

Got a smartphone and looking to add a higher level of security to your home? Today’s world of home security has evolved from simple entry and motion sensors to a smart collection of gadgets that can transform your home into a safe haven you can monitor and control from just about anywhere. You’ll be notified not only of intruders, but of fires, floods, carbon monoxide, and more, right as they happen. And in most cases it’s so easy to setup your kid can probably do it!…

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