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.

Home Security Systems: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know (And Some Things You Didn’t)

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Home security has changed quite a bit since the old days of landline systems where burglars could cut the wire to sever communications between your home and a monitoring station. We’ve entered the era of smart technology, and home security is catching up to the times. Along with a plethora of DIY offerings (think easy self-install at your own convenience vs having a professional hardwire equipment on a scheduled installation day and time), home security has expanded from the typical motion and door/window sensors to smart home technology that integrates everything from your door locks and light switches to your thermostats. The technology and terminology can be overwhelming, so we put together a guide on home security systems to help…

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Frontpoint Review: Are They The Ones To Beat?

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Frontpoint has security and automation equipment to help protect your home. The service and equipment are top-notch, and the DIY setup is a breeze. And now, it offers month to month agreements which makes it convenient for both homeowners and renters. But the home security space is crowded, there are tons of options. Are you really getting the best value with Frontpoint?…

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Protect America Review: Is It The Best Home Security System?

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Protect America is a DIY-installation home security system that requires a three year contract for professional monitoring, but their equipment and monthly pricing blows many similar services out of the water. And it’s one of the few security companies to let you choose between landline, broadband and cellular monitoring for any package you want. While affordability is a major plus, is Protect America able to deliver dependable security at such a surprisingly reasonable cost? Our experts find out…

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Central Monitoring Stations: Why They Matter

Illustration of hand disarming alarm (caption: Guide To Central Monitoring Stations)

Did you know that the security company you buy your system from is most likely different from the company that monitors the system? That’s why it’s important to purchase a security system from a company with quality equipment as well as a responsive monitoring company…

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