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 No Monthly Fee Home Security System: DIY, Pro, Smartphone, Camera System, Wireless, And More

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If you want a home security system that truly has no contracts or monthly fees, your options are limited to a DIY system with self-monitoring. This means the home security company won’t install the system and won’t monitor it for you (professional monitoring always has a monthly fee). So of all the DIY home security solutions on the market, which ones have no monthly fees? Many DIY self-monitored companies find ways to introduce monthly fees, whether it’s to use the app, access cloud storage or to monitor the system yourself. But which ones really provide full home security functionality without a contract or monthly fee?

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Poison Prevention: Common Substances, Tips, Statistics & More

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March is Poison Prevention Month. If you are concerned that someone has been poisoned, you can call the poison emergency number at 1-800-222-1222. Poisoning in humans can cause serious injury and even death. The moment you think someone has suffered from poisoning, you should call for help. Many substances can be responsible for the poisoning, and getting assistance from a professional is the best way you can help save a life…

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Winter Safety Tips For At Home, Work & On The Road

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You already know if you live in an area that experiences extreme winters. But sometimes, it doesn’t have to be an extreme storm for you to wish you were more prepared. Snow and ice storms can sneak up on you, which is why you must prepare in advance. These tips can be used at home, work or while traveling…

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Altec Lansing Voice Activated Smart Security System Review: Affordable & Feature Rich, But Is It Any Good?

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The Altec Lansing Voice Activated Smart Security System includes a camera and a speaker with built-in Google Assistant. It brands itself as a security system, but we’d like to point out that it’s a camera and speaker only; there are no door/window sensors, environmental sensors, etc. You can control your Altec camera, play music, ask questions and more through the voice-activated speaker. It is WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled and delivers an immersive stereo sound. Can Altec compete with other WiFi cameras to secure your home from intruders while you’re away? Find out how affordable this system is and what its features are…

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Alarm.com Reviews: Thermostat, Image Sensor, App, Cameras, Doorbell, Customer Reviews, And More

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If you’re in the market for a home security system, by now you may have come across Alarm.com. But what do they do exactly? Do they provide a home security system, or just service, or possibly just equipment? We don’t blame you, as the company has evolved its worn many hats, which unfortunately have caused confusion for the average consumer. We’re here to clear all that up for you. Alarm.com is a smart home security and automation provider that helps integrate homes and businesses. Their products and services are only available through your home security provider – i.e., you cannot receive service from Alarm.com directly. What Alarm.com strives to offer via its licensing arrangement with your home security provider is a one-stop shop to control everything from one place. Instead of using one app for your home’s security, another app for your smart speakers and another app for your home automation, you can use Alarm.com for all three. Read on to find out more and how to locate a provider that offers their services.

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