Security Systems

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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How To Cancel ADT Home Security: Cancellation Policy, Fee, Contract, Monitoring, Form, And More

ADT is one of the most prominent names in home security. Unfortunately, as some frustrated consumers discover, that doesn’t always mean you’re the best. ADT uses an authorized reseller model to distribute and install its systems, so your experience in one city could vastly differ from another location. If you’re fed up with ADT and want to cancel, here’s how you do it.

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How To Cancel Brinks Home Security: Cancellation Policy, Fee, Contract, Monitoring, Form, And More

Brinks, the armored car transportation service that is known to transport money from location to location in its armored trucks, has also entered the lucrative home security market. Unfortunately, just because they’re good at protecting your hard-earned dollars on their way to the bank, doesn’t mean they’re good at protecting your valuables at home. If you’re fed up with Brinks’ home security and want to cancel, here’s how you do it.

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Home Security System Guide: Best Overall, Camera System, Wireless, Outdoor, DIY, Installation, Discounts, And More

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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Home Security Systems Reviews (2022): SimpliSafe vs Ring vs Vivint vs ADT vs Cove vs Frontpoint vs Brinks vs Kangaroo vs Nest & More

Do you need help finding a home security system but are overwhelmed with your options? Our team of experts has over 75 years of combined experience researching, testing, and using home security systems. We’ve reviewed 16 professionally monitored security companies. Our strict review protocol ensures our research is unbiased. We take into account customer service, equipment, technology, ease of use, and value to come up with a score for each company.

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SimpliSafe Reviews (2022): Camera, Doorbell, Smart Lock, Smoke Detector, Customer Reviews, And More

You’ve seen the SimpliSafe commercials — low cost, no commitment, etc. — too good to be true? There’s no long-term contract, and you can easily relocate the system if you move homes. While the equipment itself costs more than competitors, you’ll save on monthly monitoring fees, which are some of the most competitive in the industry. We’ll help you decide if SimpliSafe can help keep your family and property safe from break-ins.

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Best Self-Monitored Security System: Abode vs SimpliSafe vs Ring Alarm vs Nest Secure vs Canary vs Blue By ADT & More

There are two types of home security systems prevalent on today’s market: those with professional monitoring and those that are self-monitored (by you and your network of contacts). The former typically includes a monthly fee ($20-$70) to cover the cost of the monitoring station, while with the latter you typically only pay for the equipment. Self-monitored systems put you in control, and with many providers you still have access to cutting-edge “smart” technology that you can control from your smartphone. Our experts review the top providers with features, pricing, pros, cons, real user feedback and more.

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