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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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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How To Choose The Right Home Security System For Your Home

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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Do I Really Need A Home Security System? Statistics, Permit Requirements & More

Home security systems are everywhere these days. If you haven’t seen the yard signs in a neighbor’s yard, you’ve probably seen an ad on TV for them or while surfing the web. Security systems can alert you of unexpected activity in your home, and they can give you peace of mind. But are they worth the cost? Let’s find out.

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Cove Security System Reviews: Smart Home Options, Promo Code, vs SimpliSafe, And More

Another new entrant into the now crowded home security space, Cove Security offers equipment and professional monitoring at mouth watering prices. But at the moment the equipment line-up is rather barebones. Can Cove provide the protection you need or are you better off going with an alternate provider? Our experts dive in and find out.

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ADT Home Security Apps Review: Control Vs Pulse

ADT has two apps that allow you to control and monitor your ADT security and automation system from anywhere. Depending on the system you have installed, you’ll be using either ADT Pulse or ADT Control as your app. Our experts show you everything you can do with the ADT app and home security system.

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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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