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.

Best Self-Monitored Security System: Abode vs SimpliSafe vs Ring vs Nest Secure vs Canary vs iSmartAlarm

Security system on desk

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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Select Home Warranty Review: Are The Online Reviews Fake?

Tools: Select Home Warranty Reviews

We think you’ll be interested to read our Select Home Warranty Review. We’ve discovered some information that we believe you’ll want to know before signing up for their service. We’ve read through their Terms & Conditions and found limitations that gave us pause. We also uncovered a number of negative customer reviews. Although at the end of this article you may or may not choose to go with Select Home Warranty, it may help you determine what things to look for when buying a new home warranty policy…

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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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Identity Guard® Review: Fast Alerts From Watson AI

Woman cutting credit card in half: Identity Guard Review: Protection & Insurance in One

You’re buying a new TV for your house, but after swiping your credit card, the cashier tells you your card was declined. WHAT?! You check your recent transactions and see that someone’s been using your card for the past month. Your identity has been stolen, and you feel like your world has been flipped upside down. This is when having an identity theft protection service, like Identity Guard®, comes in handy. Not only do these services alert you when they detect potentially fraudulent activity, but some even help you recover after the damage is done. How does Identity Guard® protect your identity? With so many competing services, is it your best bet?…

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LifeLock Review: How Legitimate Is Their Service?

Uh oh, you’ve heard about the data hacks and credit card breaches – identity theft is serious business and a security threat for each and every one of us. But now it’s time for you to learn more. Our LifeLock review includes the pros, cons, key features, pricing, customer testimonials and more to help you decide if the cost of LifeLock is worth it…

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Geek Squad Review: Quality Service Or Total Ripoff?

Sick computer: Geek Squad Reviews

You grab your laptop to browse the web and realize it won’t boot up. You’ve got it hooked to the charger, and yet nothing happens. Great, something’s broken. Now you need to find someone to fix it. Should you go to Geek Squad at Best Buy or should you go elsewhere? Let’s dissect Geek Squad and see if they’ll fix your device, set up your equipment or cause you more pain…

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Stay Connected On The Go: Best WiFi Hotspot Devices

Person holding AT&T hotspot: Best Wifi Hotspot Device

Using your phone as a hotspot is draining your battery. So, you either choose to use unsecured public WiFi or have no phone battery the rest of the day. It’s a lose – lose situation. It doesn’t have to be this way. Having access to high-speed internet is easier than you think. There are plenty of 3G, 4G and LTE WiFi options that won’t cost a fortune and are small enough to fit in your pocket so you can take them with you on the go! We also review a speedy 5G option. But, which is the best WiFi hotspot device for your needs and money?

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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 Survival Kits: 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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