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.

Everything You Need To Know About Security Cameras

Man looking into security camera: Home Surveillance Cameras 101

Home surveillance systems have come a long way. They started with a licensed installer coming to your home with bulky equipment and endless strings of cords. High monthly bills and lousy image quality followed. Today, we have access to DIY solutions that you can install yourself and monitor from your phone. If you want to purchase your own home surveillance cameras but aren’t sure where to begin your search, you’ve come to the right place…

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Best Security Camera Systems (CCTV) Reviewed: Lorex vs Swann vs Q-See vs Annke vs Zosi

Outdoor camera up-close (Caption: Security Camera System Review)

Have there been a lot of burglaries in your neighborhood? Perhaps you just had a new baby and are looking for ways to protect your growing family? Protecting your property is essential, but you also want to keep your family safe so a camera may be the perfect solution for your needs. Take a look at our home security camera system reviews to find the best security camera system for your home or business…

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Cinch Home Services Review: Home Warranty Coverage But At What Cost?

Repair man working (caption: Cinch Home Services Review)

Is a home warranty just a waste of money? Some feel this way. But for others, it is a real budget-saver. Home warranties are meant to help you when an appliance or system (such as HVAC) breaks and you need it fixed. They are also useful when it’s beyond repair and you require a new one. But be careful! It’s extremely important that you read every part of your contract* so you know what is and isn’t covered. So let’s dig in and see how Cinch (formerly Total Protect) stacks up versus the other home warranty companies you may be considering…

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

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

With each online profile we create, every service we sign up for and all the smart gadgets we buy, we put our identities at risk. Technology is evolving, and with it, our personal information becomes more vulnerable. Protecting your identity isn’t an option; it’s a must. We bring you our expert reviews of the top ID theft protection services…

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Zero Knowledge Proof: Are Passwords Becoming Extinct?

Zero Knowledge Proof: Are Passwords Becoming Extinct?

Passwords are getting hacked at a rapid pace and our digital data isn’t as safe as we’d like it to be. It’s easy to hack a password, but can digital thieves hack our fingerprints and iris scans? Maybe we should use other criteria to login to our accounts. Criteria that cannot be duplicated by others. Criteria that is extremely unique to each individual. Perhaps iris scans and fingerprints are just what the digital world needs to unlock the online world. Thus, Zero Knowledge Proof is created…

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Best Cell Phone Carriers: T-Mobile vs Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint, US Cellular, Google Fi & More

Best Cell Phone Carriers

Looking to save money on your cell phone plan? We know how you feel! It’s not fair that cellphone providers take advantage of us and sell us overpriced phones and plans. We’re all tired of it, but unfortunately, we live in an age where we must be available 24/7. Read our cell phone plan comparison to find out who has the best reputation and if they are good in your area…

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Best WiFi Security Camera: Blink vs Arlo vs Nest Cam vs Canary vs Amcrest vs Foscam vs Zmodo & More

Man setting up an Arlo security camera outside (Caption: Best WiFi Security Camera)

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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