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

Security system on desk

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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14 Cyberbullying Statistics Every Parent Should Know

Boy sitting with computer (caption: Cyberbullying Statistics)

Cyberbullying takes place online and is a form of violence often against kids. It can cause lasting damage to victims, and should not be tolerated by anyone. It’s important to speak to children about cyberbullying and provide them a safe space to discuss openly any concerns they may have…

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Gun Safety

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Amid the staggering numbers of gun-related fatalities that occur in the U.S. every year, there are many ways you can own guns and still maintain safe practices to protect you, your family and your community from these unnecessary incidents. Knowing how to practice gun safety is key, but it’s also important to know how having guns in your home that aren’t secure can affect all of us. We’ve compiled some shooting statistics and safety tips to help you make the smartest decisions when it comes to guns…

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CCTV Security Camera System Reviews: Lorex vs Swann vs Q-See vs Annke vs Zosi

Outdoor camera: Security Camera System Reviews

Have there been a lot of burglaries in your neighborhood? Perhaps you just had a new baby and are looking for ways to protect your growing family? Protecting your property is essential, but you also want to keep your family safe so a camera may be the perfect solution for your needs. Take a look at our home security camera system reviews to find the best security camera system for your home or business…

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How To Prevent School Shootings

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Parents and students alike are looking for ways that they can be a part of the solution to end gun violence in schools. There is a lot of great information available about how to make schools safer from shootings, but you might not know where to find it. Learn ways for your family to become a part of the solution to end gun violence in schools…

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Stay Connected On The Go: Best WiFi Hotspot Devices

Person holding AT&T hotspot: Best Wifi Hotspot Device

Using your phone as a hotspot is draining your battery. So, you either choose to use unsecured public WiFi or have no phone battery the rest of the day. It’s a lose – lose situation. It doesn’t have to be this way. Having access to high-speed internet is easier than you think. There are plenty of 3G, 4G and LTE WiFi options that won’t cost a fortune and are small enough to fit in your pocket so you can take them with you on the go! We also review a speedy 5G option. But, which is the best WiFi hotspot device for your needs and money?

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Frontpoint Security App: Review The Features & Functionality

Person holding iPhone with Frontpoint App on screen (caption: Frontpoint Security App)

The Frontpoint app allows users to monitor your security system while away from home. You can adjust device settings and turn equipment on and off all through the app. If a sensor is triggered, you’ll receive an alert specifying the details. The app averages 4.1/5.0 stars with more than 100,000 installs on devices, so users are generally pleased with the app…

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