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DIRECTV or DISH? Quick Guide To Providers, Equipment, Promotions, & More

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Satellite TV is still a major player, providing live TV access in geographic areas that aren’t reachable yet by cable (or internet) connections. Satellite TV companies have also upped their game and are offering more channels, packages, programming, and perks to compete with the changing media landscape. Debating between DIRECTV vs Dish? We’ve got your back. In our satellite TV guide, we cover everything from providers to equipment and feature the most current promotions for you to take advantage of…

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Best Peer-To-Peer Lending Sites: Upstart vs Sofi vs Lending Club vs Prosper vs Funding Circle & More

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Has a bank turned you down for the loan you need? Or are you worried your credit score won’t cut it? Whether you need to consolidate debt, boost your small business, or want to make some home improvements, you’re still in luck. Peer-to-peer lending sites could be the answer to your financial needs. In many cases, peer-to-peer (P2P) loans are an excellent alternative to traditional loans…

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Home Security 101: Sensors, Cameras, Smart Home Integration & More

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There are many other elements to home security that you should consider besides installing a security system. Have you considered how to protect your family from items like carbon monoxide and fires? What about securing your home when you leave for vacation? Or how about how you can deter a burglar from targeting your home? These (and more) are all important aspects of securing your home that we can help you with. Our home security experts have spent countless hours researching, calling companies, and personally testing gear to bring you the latest accurate information and data on home security products and services…

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Best Glass Break Sensors: Are They Essential For Home Security?

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In some situations, window and door entry sensors and motion sensors won’t always suffice when an intruder is determined to access your home. But glass break sensors can add a crucial first layer of defense. How do they work? And when should you use them? We’ll give you the lowdown and tell you our picks for the best glass break sensors for various home security needs…

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LifeLock Review: How Legitimate Is Their Service?

Uh oh, you’ve heard about the data hacks and credit card breaches – identity theft is serious business and a security threat for each and every one of us. But now it’s time for you to learn more. Our LifeLock review includes the pros, cons, key features, pricing, customer testimonials and more to help you decide if the cost of LifeLock is worth it…

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Home Security Systems Reviews For 2020: Nest Secure vs Abode vs Scout Alarm vs AT&T Digital Life & More

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Do you need help finding a home security system but are overwhelmed with your options? Our team of experts has over 65 years of combined experience researching, testing, and using home security systems. We’ve reviewed 14 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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Best Self-Monitored Security System: Abode vs SimpliSafe vs Ring Alarm vs Nest Secure vs Canary vs Blue By ADT

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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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