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Best Self-Monitored Security System: Abode vs SimpliSafe vs Ring vs Nest Secure vs Canary vs iSmartAlarm

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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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Which States Are The Most Dangerous For Holiday Drunk Driving?

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Despite the increased use of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft and marketing efforts by alcohol brands to ensure you have a designated driver, fatal car crashes caused by drunk driving still occur at high rates. This is especially true during the holidays. But which states have the highest rates, and how can you lower your chance of getting hurt?

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August Smart Lock Review: No Need For Keys

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Home smart locks help eliminate security woes about multiple house keys falling into the wrong hands. August Home carries some of the most popular smart locks on the market, but do they work as promised? And what added security and home automation features do they offer?… 

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Fitbit vs Jawbone: Who Wins The Race?

Fitbit vs Jawbone

Looking for a convenient and cost-effective way to reach your fitness goals without the expenses of a personal trainer? Enter Jawbone and Fitbit! It’s easy, just set goals for yourself and meet (or exceed) them. Your friends can hold you accountable as well because you can share your data with them. Track your progress including distance, calories burned, steps taken and more. But which one is best?…

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Best Credit Monitoring Service: Transunion vs Equifax vs Experian vs Credit Sesame vs Credit Karma & More

Do you know with full certainty what your credit score is? Have you recently checked your credit report? What you don’t know could hurt you, especially if you’re dreaming of buying a house or a new car, taking out student loans — or even if you’re looking for a new job. Your ability to do all these things hinges on how creditworthy you are in the eyes of lenders and even potential employers…

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Best Carbon Monoxide Detectors For Cars

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In 2017, Ford warned owners of certain Explorer SUV models that carbon monoxide (CO) could be leaking into their vehicles’ cabins. The danger is that CO is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause serious impairment in drivers and even death. The company took charge of righting the problem, but for many people, this issue highlighted a safety concern most of us probably never even consider with our cars. Is your vehicle leaking CO? It’s worth your safety (and that of your passengers) to find out by investing in a reliable vehicle carbon monoxide detector…

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LifeShield Review: Affordable, But Is It Also Reputable?

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LifeShield is one of the few home security companies to have IFTTT (If This Then That) integration, but it only offers a one year warranty, which is not up to par with what its competitors offer. Does the warranty matter to you if you’re saving money on LifeShield’s low monthly monitoring fee? And is its customer service reputation good enough for your service? We dive into the details and help you decide…

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