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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. What company offers the cheapest home security monitoring? There are many options for you to consider, but know that the best price will always be with self-monitored systems (systems you monitor yourself). We’ve made it easy for you to make the best choice by ranking the top 5 self-monitored home alarm systems by cost…

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Best Video Streaming Service: YouTube TV vs DIRECTV Now vs Hulu vs Netflix vs HBO Now vs Amazon vs Sling TV

You can watch practically anything cable and satellite TV offer without paying the high monthly price thanks to video streaming. You can treat video streaming as an a la carte subscription by signing up for as many services as you want. Are you a die-hard fan of The Handmaid’s Tale? Sign up for Hulu. Love Stranger Things? Get a Netflix subscription. Always quoting Game of Thrones? An HBO Now membership is perfect for you. Once you’re finished signing up for your video streaming services, you’ll probably be paying a drastically lower price than you would with cable/satellite TV…

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iSmartAlarm Review: A Smart Purchase For Your Home Security Needs?

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iSmartAlarm has created some buzz about self-monitored security systems (systems that you monitor yourself via notifications sent to you and using your network of contacts – no need to pay a monthly fee for a central monitoring station or enter into a multi-year contract). Not only does iSmartAlarm include multiple camera options, but it also has stellar customer service — two things often overlooked by companies providing home security. We’ve tested iSmartAlarm ourselves and take you through our installation experience. Read on to learn more about this DIY home security system…

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Interview With Amit Bareket CEO & Founder Of SaferVPN

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Amit Bareket, Co-Founder and CEO of personal VPN brand, SaferVPN, and business VPN brand, Perimeter 81 shares his professional journey to how got started in the VPN industry and what it’s like working for SaferVPN (one of our picks for VPN services). Get to know what sets them apart from other VPN products, how he stays up to date on the latest security news and what’s next for the company (and industry) in our interview with Amit…

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5 Smart Home Gadgets To Enhance Your Batcave

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Have you always dreamed of living in the Batcave? Surrounded by all the latest remotely operated, custom gadgets. Well, it’s possible today thanks to the ever-evolving capabilities of home automation and smart home technology. But if you want to deck out your entire house, prepare yourself for sticker shock…

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Foscam Review: Does This Security Camera Have Your Back?

Camera with security cameras: Foscam Review

Can Foscam help you feel safer while you’re away from home? Families use Foscam to provide them with a sense of security so they can check on their home and make sure everything is intact. Whether you are checking to make sure the kids got home safely or surveilling for unauthorized activity, Foscam provides various cameras to get the job done. Read our Foscam reviews to see if this company has what it takes to give you peace of mind…

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Best Smart Light Bulbs: Wink vs WeMo vs Hue vs Insteon vs Flux & More

Smart Light Bulbs

If you’re anything like my husband and me, we bicker about who has to get up and turn the lights off when watching a movie or going to bed. “You were the last one to sit down, so you have to go turn off the lights,” is a common argument for why I shouldn’t have to get up. We were both thrilled when we moved into our new home and saw that the master bedroom had a remote control for the ceiling fan. Now we can both get into bed without stubbing our toes. However, we still need to solve the “movie night” dilemma, which is where these WiFi light bulbs come into play. These smart light bulbs can be controlled via smartphones, so you can turn the lights on/off or dim them. Read our WiFi light bulb reviews to see which company we think offers the best lighting options…

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DIRECTV Has Joined Tivo To Bring A New Receiver To DIRECTV Users

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A few years ago, DIRECTV joined with TiVo to bring viewers the TiVo HD DVR. The TiVo HD DVR gives users the ability to customize their TV watching experience by controlling what family members watch and by allowing users to watch shows in high-definition. There are now other DVR options from DIRECTV and other cable/satellite TV providers but TiVo paved the way…

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