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.

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 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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Personal Capital Review: Helping Or Hurting Your Retirement?

Personal Capital logo and graphic

Looking for a holistic view of your personal finances? Personal Capital gathers all of your finances into one easy to use service. Personal Capital specializes in two things: personal financial aggregating and advisory service to manage your money. The free service specializes in investment planning, which it does a great job at. With the ability to track every aspect of your finances you get (what Personal Capital calls) a 360° View of Your Financial Life…

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What Are The Best Home Warranty Companies In Texas?

Texas Flag: Best Home Warranty Companies in Texas

Perhaps you’re buying a house and your realtor told you about home warranties. Or maybe you’re selling a house and it was suggested that you offer a home warranty with the property. Either way, a home warranty can be beneficial. If you’re living in Texas, this article will be helpful in choosing your home warranty…

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