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Your resource for all things security. From home alarm systems to firewalls & identity protection. Our team has helped you live a more secure life since 2008.
Your resource for all things security. From home alarm systems to firewalls & identity protection. Our team has helped you live a more secure life since 2008.

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Starting February 13, 2017, Vivint is rolling out a changed business model for new customers, releasing all new plans, pricing, and contracts. 

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Here’s the scenario: I hand over my phone to my kids with a kid-friendly game or video playing, only to realize a few minutes later that they are removing my apps, browsing unfamiliar YouTube videos, and trying to send emails and texts to everyone in my contact list. Does that sound familiar to anyone else? With even very young kids as tech-savvy as they are, finding a way to lock down my phone in order to protect my kids (and the phone itself) has been essential. With both iOS and Android phones in our family, I’ve researched and compiled the best ways to make both types of phones kid-safe.

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Think of all the things you’ve sent or received in your emails. Perhaps you’ve emailed a vacation itinerary, wedding photos, medical information, or tax documents. Now imagine if all that personal information were at the disposal of a criminal. With just a little work, the criminal could be able to piece your life together through your emails. Talk about a nightmare. Using safer passwords can help prevent criminals from obtaining your private information. By following our tips, you can keep your passwords safer and your life private.


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You don’t have to shell out half your paycheck to add a little security to your home. If you’re not in the market for a fully monitored security system, a cheap security camera could be just the thing to add some protection to your home without dipping too far into your budget. There are a lot of great options for under $150.

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Even if you have a concealed carry permit, many places prohibit guns, like federal buildings, churches, or private businesses. Installing a small, portable gun safe in your car can secure your gun while you run into the post office, pick up kids from school, or go anywhere else where keeping your gun with you is not an option.

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While Google and Apple—among other tech companies—duke it out in the realm of home automation and interconnectivity, Amazon has seemingly swept in under the radar with its own not-so-covert operation to connect your home. With the Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap, Amazon gives you the choice of three smart speakers that do pretty much the same thing with very subtle differences. Each can act as a digital assistant, play music, or help you control your smart home devices to varying degrees. I’ll give you the rundown on all three so you can decide which smart device speaks to you.

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A review of our top #2 and #3 recommended home security companies. 

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Wi-Fi thermostats are wired into your home’s HVAC system and can be controlled wirelessly from your smartphone. Many Wi-Fi thermostats also have “smart” features built in that learn from your habits and take into account the outside weather, whether you are home or away, and your HVAC system efficiency (which can help you save money on your heating/cooling costs). All these smart thermostats can be integrated into a larger home automation system. Whether you are putting together a home automation system or you just want to make your heating/cooling system a bit smarter, we’ve got our top five picks for the best Wi-Fi thermostats.

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Identity theft is an increasing crime in the United States. With everyone sharing information and purchasing products online, it’s easier than ever for criminals to obtain personal information. That’s why it’s important to be proactive and protect yourself as much as possible from becoming a victim of identity theft. We’ve gathered data from sources like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Census Bureau, and more to provide you with information about identity theft.
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