Jen Stroh

Jen Stroh

Jen is a researcher and writer who enjoys plumbing the depths of her subject matter and finding out as much about something as she can. She’s fascinated by emerging smart home devices and the security challenges that arise with new developments in technology. Passionate about consumer education, Jen wants to help people make informed decisions about the things they buy.

Instant Checkmate Review 2019: Cost, Pros, and Cons

Instant Checkmate Review 2019: Cost, Pros, and Cons

Have a first date coming up? Looking for an estranged relative? Instant Checkmate is a background check service that aggregates into a single report all the information about a person available in public records—email addresses, phone numbers, mailing addresses, social media profiles, criminal records, and more. Any of this information could be found by searching individual databases, but Instant Checkmate takes out all the tedious legwork and does it all for you in a single, simple search…

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PeopleFinders Review 2019

PeopleFinders Review 2019

See how PeopleFinders stacks up against other background check services with our in-depth review of features, pricing, and more.

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20 Tips for Protecting Your Home While on Vacation

20 Tips for Protecting Your Home While on Vacation

We’ve all heard at least one horror story about a family returning home from a long vacation only to find that their house has been broken into or a pipe has burst in their absence. Problems like these can cost hundreds of dollars to fix and are guaranteed to cause a lot of stress. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to help prevent security breaches while you’re off on a family adventure…

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Best Intercom Systems for Your Smart Home: Revolutionize Your Connected Home

Best Intercom Systems for Your Smart Home: Revolutionize Your Connected Home

When I was a kid, a whole-house intercom system was something that only existed in my most elaborate fantasies. I dreamed of the day that I’d no longer have to scream, “Dinner’s ready!” up the stairs to my siblings, but instead simply push a button to accomplish my assigned task.

My childhood fantasies aside, whole-house intercom systems can be a great help to multiple types of households. People who have limited mobility, for example, can use voice-activated intercoms to easily communicate with a family member in another room.

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2019’s Best Fire Escape Ladder For Emergency Evacuation

2019’s Best Fire Escape Ladder For Emergency Evacuation

We’ve reviewed the best emergency escape ladders for upper-level windows and for basement windows (sometimes called egress windows). Read on to learn more about these ladders and how you can incorporate them into your family’s fire escape plan…

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Arlo Q vs Canary: What’s the Difference between These Motion-Activated Cameras?

Arlo Q vs Canary: What’s the Difference between These Motion-Activated Cameras?

If you’re an ASecureLife regular, you’ve probably seen us mention the Arlo Q, our number-three best HD security camera, and Canary, our number-three best home security kit, before. Both Arlo Q and Canary are, at their most basic level, motion-activated, app-monitored cameras with nearly identical pricing. The Canary has some additional features, such as environmental monitoring, and is more of a security kit that is ideal for a dorm or small apartment…

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Nest Protect Review: Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alerts Delivered to Your Smartphone

Nest Protect Review: Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alerts Delivered to Your Smartphone

Nest Protect, one of the few combination CO/smoke detectors on the market, takes the guesswork out of smoke and CO detection in your home. The app and even the devices themselves tell you what’s wrong and where, and the Protect can integrate with other Nest devices, as well as a few other smart home devices. With its second generation, Nest has rectified many of the issues of the first-generation Protect, and we love its many features that give you an insight into what’s happening in your home…

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Haven Mech and Haven Connect Smart Lock Review

Haven Mech and Haven Connect Smart Lock Review

While recently there have been significant improvements in smart door locks with keypad entry and wireless connection capabilities, little has been done to strengthen the locking mechanism itself. A smart deadbolt can still be broken with three to four kicks, just like a traditional keyed deadbolt and front door break-ins still account for a large number of home invasions. That’s how the Haven locks are different…

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Security on a Budget: 6 RFID Blocking Wallets Under $50

Security on a Budget: 6 RFID Blocking Wallets Under $50

If you’re looking to keep all your personal information under wraps without sacrificing convenience, there are several products out there to help you do that. Our favorite method is simply to protect the thing that holds all your cards anyway—your wallet. RFID wallets are outfitted with a thin layer of metal mesh stitched between the inner and outer shells of the wallet. This mesh blocks the incoming radio signals before they can get to your information…

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Arlo Go Review: Remote Mobile Monitoring Without Wi-Fi

Arlo Go Review: Remote Mobile Monitoring Without Wi-Fi

The Arlo Go security camera is equipped with an LTE SIM card, much like the one your cellphone uses. It sends alerts and video clips to an app on your mobile device. (It also works on your desktop computer and Amazon Fire TV.) Like other Arlo cameras, the Arlo Go is a beautifully designed, high-performance camera that’s supported by one of the best home security apps out there. This all comes at a price, but to protect your home and valuables, it’s well worth it…

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