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Best Password Managers: Dashlane vs LastPass

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Using a password manager is safer than not using one at all. If you aren’t using a password manager, you’re most likely guilty of using the same password for multiple accounts, and it’s probably the name of your pet or includes an important date. These types of passwords are easy to hack, which is why password managers are a must. Password managers can help create secure login credentials and keep them stored in a safe place. I’ve used both Dashlane and LastPass, and they both do a great job storing my credentials. But is there one I’d recommend over the other?…

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Security Camera Troubleshooting: DIY Ways To Fix Your Camera

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It can be incredibly frustrating when your security camera isn’t working. And if you aren’t tech-savvy, you might feel overwhelmed trying to get them working again. Well, have no fear. Getting most cameras working again is simpler than you might think. Our experts are here to help you with step-by-step guidance. You’ll be surprised how much time, money, and frustration you can save!

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Best Online Doctor Consultation: Amwell vs Doctor on Demand vs Teladoc vs Mdlive vs Healthtap & More

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You’re away on a work trip when you get strep throat, and you don’t have time to go to the doctor. Wouldn’t it be nice to get a prescription without finding a doctor’s office, trying to schedule an appointment and filling out all of that endless paperwork? This is where using a virtual doctor app can be handy. From the comfort of your bed, you can visit with a physician, get a diagnosis and have medication prescribed. Learn more about how these services work and if they really work as they’re advertised…

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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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What Are The Best Wired Home Security Cameras For A Reliable Connection?

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Security cameras can help you stay aware of your home and its surroundings while keeping your family safe. Do wired security cameras provide a more reliable connection than their wireless counterparts? We dive into these questions and more as we explain the ins and outs of wired cameras in easy to understand language. Additionally, our experts have reviewed and ranked the best wired cameras in several categories, and provide features, pricing, pros, cons, and user feedback…

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Top 6 Least Expensive Self-Monitored Home Security Systems

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You’re looking for some extra peace of mind but don’t want to throw all your hard-earned money toward a security company. Which self-monitored home security provider is the most affordable? There are many companies to consider, but with the rapid changes in technology, the value you get can differ vastly. In general, if you’re comfortable with monitoring your own system, you’ll save significantly over a professionally monitored system (one that uses human staffed stations to monitor your system and dispatch authorities on your behalf). However, we do feel a self-monitored system isn’t as secure as a professionally monitored system, but understand professionally monitored isn’t for everyone. We’ve made it easy for you to make the best choice by ranking the top 6 self-monitored home alarm systems by cost. Keep in mind that the cheapest are seldom the best performing systems, so be sure to read our review of the best self-monitored home security systems for a better value and performance perspective…

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Motley Fool Review: Is Their Stock Advisor Worth It?

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If you’re into DIY stock investing, you’ve likely heard of The Motley Fool. This company offers many services related to personal investing and financial planning, but here we’re focusing on its most popular product, The Motley Fool Stock Advisor. Is Stock Advisor worth the cost? Or are you better off going elsewhere?…

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What Is The Best Home Security System For Pet Owners?

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Indoor motion sensors are the biggest concern for pet owners looking for a pet-friendly security system. If you don’t want to sacrifice this important home security feature, you still have some great options. We’ve spent a lot of time researching equipment offered by all the top companies and have narrowed down the best systems for pet owners…

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The Motley Fool vs Seeking Alpha: Which Is Best For Investment Advice?

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The Motley Fool and Seeking Alpha are two popular websites offering a wealth of investment research and advice. While both have some solid free content and tools, serious investors likely will want to pay for a membership to get the most out of all the expert articles and robust features. But before you fork over your money, it helps to know which site best suits your investment goals and needs. We’ll tell you about the key differences between the two and which one we think comes out on top (in the event you decide not to get both, which is not a bad option considering the different features they cover)…

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