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Best WiFi Security Camera: Piper vs Canary vs Nest Cam vs Blink vs Arlo vs Amcrest vs Foscam vs Reolink Argus & More!

Man setting up Arlo outside

Plug-and-play cameras are versatile for many uses including home security, pet cams and more. These versatile WiFi security cameras are easy to relocate, and many have two-way voice so you can communicate with those at home while you are away. Find out which wireless security cameras make our top three and determine which is the best smartcam for your needs…

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5 Affordable Self-Monitored Home Security Systems

5 Affordable Self-Monitored Home Security Systems

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 Self-Monitored Security System: Canary vs Piper vs iSmartAlarm vs Novi vs Ring vs Nest Secure & More!

Piper camera on shelf

There are two types of home security systems prevalent on today’s market: those with professional monitoring (by a central monitoring station), and those that are self-monitored (by you and your network of contacts). The former typically includes a fairly steep ($30-$75) monthly fee to cover the cost of the monitoring station, while with the latter you typically only pay for the equipment. Don’t want this added expense of monthly monitoring? Worried about false alarms and getting fined by your city? We hear ya! These are a few of the reasons that self-monitored security systems have become so intriguing. They put you in control of your system, and you have access to cutting edge “smart” technology that you can control from your smartphone. With these DIY (do it yourself) security systems you’re in charge of when the authorities are called to your home and how you secure your home…

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We Answer 9 Burning Questions On DIY Home Security Systems

Security camera and iphone set up: DIY Home Security Systems Q&A

Got a smartphone and looking to add a higher level of security to your home? Today’s world of home security has evolved from simple entry and motion sensors to a smart collection of gadgets that can transform your home into a safe haven you can monitor and control from just about anywhere. You’ll be notified not only of intruders, but of fires, floods, carbon monoxide, and more, right as they happen. And in most cases it’s so easy to setup your kid can probably do it!…

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8 Real Life Identity Theft Stories (And How They Were Resolved)

Theif and shadow

In 2016, 399,225 complaints were filed with the FTC about identity theft. That’s equivalent to about half the population of South Dakota having their identities stolen. And that’s only complaints, aka, people who decided to contact the FTC about identity theft issues. Can you imagine what the number of people is per year who have their identities stolen? Companies can guess all they want on this number, but the reality is that we can’t truly determine how many victims there were because many people don’t realize their identity has been stolen until years later…

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Best Night Vision Security Camera Review

Two robbers in night vision camera

Afraid of what could be lurking in or outside of your house at night? Most security cameras advertise a night vision feature these days, but don’t let that simple claim keep you in the dark. Not all night vision is created equal, so if viewing and recording in the dark are top priorities for your security needs, you’ve come to the right place. Our best night vision security camera review will shed light on the top cameras you’ll want to consider…

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Is Amazon Prime Worth It? Be a Smart Shopper, Streamer and Reader

Warehouse with boxes

Is Amazon Prime worth it? What does Amazon Prime get you? To Prime or not to Prime? These are the questions many of us have grappled with before. Amazon Prime certainly has its devoted members for many reasons (many people on our team being some of them), and there are a ton of benefits that go beyond free shipping and video streaming. Here, we’ll help you work through Amazon Prime benefits and cost to see if the membership makes sense for your budget…

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