Kimberly Alt

Kimberly is our home security expert and has been 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. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

In 2018, she had her first child, which 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.

Best Survival Kits: Getting The Most Out Of Your Go Bag

Pills and medicines splayed out on table (caption: 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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Bug Out Bag CheckList: The Ultimate Take-It-With-You Survival Resource

Person on phone with bug out bag (caption: Bug Out Bag List: The Ultimate Bag For Survival)

Whether it’s a natural disaster, a war, zombie apocalypse, or some other dangerous situation, bug out gear can be essential for survival. We’ve come up with 13 key categories you’ll want to consider to make sure you have all the bug out bag essentials. That way you also know what to put into your bug out bag. Start with the items listed in this article and build on to customize it for your needs. Remember, the best bug out bags are filled with the necessities. So keep in mind that every items counts towards the weight you will carry but also may determine your survival…

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Best WiFi Routers, Mesh Systems, And Extenders: TP-Link vs Linksys vs Netgear Orbi vs Google WiFi vs Eero Pro

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There’s nothing worse than losing your WiFi connection. Whether you’re in the middle of a project or streaming your favorite TV show, when the WiFi stalls, the claws come out. (And by claws we mean a frustrated household.) Time to upgrade your home network? Whole-home WiFi is a must for many families, and these solutions deliver fantastic performance and peace-of-mind to your entire home… 

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First American Home Warranty vs American Home Shield: A Not So Close Race

Two wrenches on pipe: American Home Warranty vs American Home Shield

Home warranties can be difficult to compare since they can vary by city and state. The coverage and technicians’ work depends on your specific situation. When we compared First American Home Warranty vs American Home Shield we looked at them side by side and we think you’ll be surprised to read what our research uncovered. This is an ever evolving category and company reputations can change quickly, as we’ve learned in our research for this article. So make sure you re-evaluate your home warranty company regularly to make sure you are happy with your purchase…

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Amazon Echo Review: Alexa, What Can You Do For Me?

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Are you looking for a friend who can tell you the answer to anything? Maybe Alexa can help you out! Amazon Echo, aka Alexa, can answer questions you have by using a wake word. Most people use Alexa as their wake word, however, if someone in your household is named Alexa you may want to choose a different word! 😉 Alexa can also help you order things online, call your friends, play music and more. We review Alexa to see if she’s really as helpful as the hype suggests…

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Choice Home Warranty vs American Home Shield: The Showdown

Row of mailboxes: Choice Home Warranty vs American Home Shield

You want a home warranty you can count on, right? One that services your state, where the technicians do what they say they’ll do and cover what they say they’ll cover. Sounds easy, right? Believe it or not, home warranties can be complicated so it’s important that you do your research well and read every character of your contract or you may be signing for something you don’t want…

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20 Alarming Identity Theft Statistics 2020 (And How To Protect Yourself)

7 Identity Theft Statistics

Unfortunately, identity theft is happening more and more frequently in the modern, digital age. Before you know it, you might become one of the next identity theft cases. Below are 25 alarming statistics that will make you want to hide in a hole with all of your personal information! (Okay, maybe not that extreme.) But identity thieves are thrifty, and no one is exempt from their trickery. Read on to learn more id theft facts and what you can do about it…

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