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Altec Lansing Voice Activated Smart Security System Review: Affordable & Feature Rich, But Is It Any Good?

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The Altec Lansing Voice Activated Smart Security System includes a camera and a speaker with built-in Google Assistant. It brands itself as a security system, but we’d like to point out that it’s a camera and speaker only; there are no door/window sensors, environmental sensors, etc. You can control your Altec camera, play music, ask questions and more through the voice-activated speaker. It is WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled and delivers an immersive stereo sound. Can Altec compete with other WiFi cameras to secure your home from intruders while you’re away? Find out how affordable this system is and what its features are…

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Do It Yourself: Appliance Repair Tips And Safety

Tools on a table: Appliance Repair Tips

Is your dishwasher in dis-repair? Have a wobbly washer? Or maybe your microwave is waving goodbye. Not to worry, we’re here to help with some useful and cost-effective ways to repair your home appliances, no tools (or experience) required. Avoid spending hundreds of dollars to hire a repair person or purchase a new appliance and learn how to fix it yourself with our tips…

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How Much Does A Home Security System Cost? Affordable Options

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A dependable security system doesn’t have to cost you over a thousand dollars in equipment, installation and monitoring fees. There are many more affordable options today. You can choose between DIY and professional installation as well as professional or self-monitored systems to find the right security system for your budget. We’ll help you understand all of the costs (and savings) you’ll incur with these systems…

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Ring Doorbell Review: The Best Way To Monitor Your Front Door?

Ring Doorbell camera: Ring Doorbell Reviews

“Who can it be knocking at my door?” Surely, when the popular 80’s band Men at Work wrote these lyrics, they couldn’t have imagined today’s high-tech doorbells. Now you can see who’s at your front door, even when you’re not at home. Ring, an all-in-one front door camera and doorbell that syncs with your Smartphone via WiFi, is the best-selling video doorbell on the market. What makes Ring so popular? And is it really the best or do you have better options? Read our review to find out…

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What’s The Best Night Vision Security Camera?

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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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Best Hidden Cameras: Home Security On The Down Low

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Do you need to keep your home security activity on the sly? Or want a discreet mini camera you can wear while you’re out alone at night? These James Bond Style spy gadgets can be as small as a button, which would make Q (James Bond’s MI6 quartermaster) proud. Some are even disguised as everyday objects that double as working clocks, night lights, Bluetooth speakers and more. We bring you our top picks with pros, cons, and user feedback…

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Everything You Need To Know About Security Cameras

Man looking into security camera: Home Surveillance Cameras 101

Home surveillance systems have come a long way. They started with a licensed installer coming to your home with bulky equipment and endless strings of cords. High monthly bills and lousy image quality followed. Today, we have access to DIY solutions that you can install yourself and monitor from your phone. If you want to purchase your own home surveillance cameras but aren’t sure where to begin your search, you’ve come to the right place…

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Don’t Be A Victim of Cybercrime: What You Need To Know

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With so many recent cyber security breaches (especially from reputable companies like Target and Equifax), it has become increasingly necessary to become secure online. With so many access points (via smart home devices, fitness trackers, etc.), it’s easier than ever to fall prey to a potential hack. Breaches can happen to the best of us, not just your vulnerable average Joe. Hackers have sophisticated ways of stealing your identity and could be accessing your accounts as we speak. Unlike a house break-in where there is often evidence of a crime, it is a lot easier for digital theft to go unnoticed. Are you leaving the front door wide open for these new-age criminals? Read on to learn some basic cyber security tips that could save you, before it’s too late…

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