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Can Home Security Cameras Be Hacked?

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Do you ever feel like someone’s watching you? In our technology-driven world, we use security cameras in our homes and businesses to help us maintain a proper level of security and keep an eye on what’s happening around the clock. At home, these cameras don’t just play an integral role in security; they also keep us connected to our family members and pets when we’re away. While security cameras make us feel connected and safe, what happens when we’re not the ones watching? What happens if a hacker gets into your system? It’s essential to understand how hackers can breach your cameras and how to protect yourself…

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Central Monitoring Stations: Why They Matter

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Did you know that the security company you buy your system from is most likely different from the company that monitors the system? That’s why it’s important to purchase a security system from a company with quality equipment as well as a responsive monitoring company…

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Best Home Security Systems For The Elderly

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A home security system tailored to a senior should be easy to use, reliable, and provide help when you need it most, whether it’s the threat of an intruder or because of a medical emergency. But can you get all of this from one company without draining your savings? Let’s find out…

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Best Floor Mopping Robot: Braava Jet vs bObsweep vs iLife

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If you’ve got pets, or kids, or you’re a human, you probably have dirty floors. I have to sweep multiple times a week to keep up with the pet hair, dirt, crumbs and other debris that clings to my floors. Let’s face it, none of us clean our floors as much as they need it. Mopping is a pain. It’s messy, takes time and strains the back. We avoid it at all costs. That’s why we put together a comprehensive comparison of robot mops, so you can “hire” one as your personal maid…

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Emergency Preparedness 101: Are You Ready For A Disaster?

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Emergencies can take place at any moment. That’s why it’s important that you’re prepared when the unexpected happens. Think hurricanes, tornadoes, zombies, or even the unthinkable – atomic bomb or nuclear war. We live in a fear-driven era and emergency preparedness kits are becoming more popular. We bring you the best kits, and have also put together some handy checklists for you to reference before, during and after natural disasters…

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Protect America App: What Can I Do With It?

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Protect America users can monitor their security system through the SMART Connect app while away from home. You can arm/disarm your system, adjust device settings and more. If a sensor triggers, you’ll receive an alert with the details. How does the Protect America app perform in real tests and what do we think of it compared to the competition? Find out in our review…

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Protect America Review: Is It The Best Home Security System?

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Protect America is a DIY-installation home security system that requires a 3-year contract for professional monitoring, but their equipment and monthly pricing blows many similar services out of the water. And it’s one of the few security companies to let you choose between landline, broadband and cellular monitoring for any package you want. While affordability is a major plus, is Protect America able to deliver dependable security at such a surprisingly reasonable cost? Our experts find out…

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