Kate Herrick

Kate Herrick

Kate is a seasoned writer who is enthusiastic about helping families stay safe. She is an expert on researching and writing about child safety, personal safety, and online security in the home, as well as home automation products that make life a little better. You can contact Kate at hello@asecurelife.com.

Canary Security Review: All-in-One, View, and Flex

Canary Security Review: All-in-One, View, and Flex

With Canary’s self-monitored home security cameras, you can receive motion alerts and monitor your home from the live video feed. The All-in-One camera also monitors the climate in your home to alert you to emergencies like fire—something we’ve not seen before.

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IDShield Review: Identity Monitoring and Protection

IDShield Review: Identity Monitoring and Protection

In addition to monitoring your personal and financial information for signs of identity theft, IDShield gives customers 24/7 access to private investigators to help out if identity theft does occur. This perk makes IDShield a good option if your information has been breached and you need personalized help getting back on track. The Individual and Family packages come with the same features, including mobile app access and a password manager. However, IDShield monitors only one of the three major credit bureaus, which keeps us from recommending it unconditionally.

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Best Smart Garage Door Openers and Controllers for Your Home

Best Smart Garage Door Openers and Controllers for Your Home

Adding a smart garage door controller to your garage is a great way to add security features to a key point of entry in your home. With a smart controller, you can always know when your garage door has been opened and make sure it stays closed while you’re away. Read on for our top best garage door openers to create your own smart garage.

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The 5 Best Smart Locks of 2019

The 5 Best Smart Locks of 2019

A reliable smart lock adds convenience and enhances security within your home. Read which smart locks we think are the best of 2019.

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Best Pepper Sprays: Reviews, Questions, Answers, and Top Picks

Best Pepper Sprays: Reviews, Questions, Answers, and Top Picks

When it comes to self-defense, pepper spray is one of the most effective, inexpensive, easy-to-use, and readily available weapons you can have. It is powerful enough to be used by law enforcement officers but is also widely available to civilians to ensure their own safety. When used correctly, pepper spray can be extremely effective against people and even attacking animals…

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2019’s Best Home Door Locks

2019’s Best Home Door Locks

The August Smart Lock Pro is our favorite smart lock—it integrates with most smart home hubs, gives you smartphone control, and installs easily. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly standard deadbolt, we like the Schlage B60N deadbolt with its reinforced strike plate and extra-long screws. Keep reading to see our top picks for every type of door lock to meet any need.

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Best & Safest Starter Cell Phones for Kids

Best & Safest Starter Cell Phones for Kids

Getting a phone for your kids involves a lot of decisions: When is the right time to give your kids a phone? How old should they be? What rules and guidelines will you set? Should you add a line to your family cell phone plan or use a prepaid service? What about parental controls? We’ve got info to help you make those decisions below, plus our recommendations for the best phones for kids at all different stages—read on to find out more.

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2019’s Best Smoke Detectors and Alarms For Home Protection

2019’s Best Smoke Detectors and Alarms For Home Protection

You probably don’t give your home smoke alarms much thought unless they go off, but a smoke detector is actually an essential part of your overall home security. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that between 2009 and 2013, three-fifths of home fire deaths took place in homes that had no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that didn’t work. While we hope you never have to test your smoke detectors in a real emergency situation, having a reliable and state-of-the art alarm can make all the difference in the world…

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IdentityForce vs LifeLock: Which is Better?

IdentityForce vs LifeLock: Which is Better?

IdentityForce and LifeLock both offer identity theft solutions and credit protection, but which is right for you? We compare prices, features, and coverage to answer that question.

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The Best Pet-Friendly Home Security Systems for 2019

The Best Pet-Friendly Home Security Systems for 2019

Need a dependable home security system that is also pet-friendly? We take a look at the top security brands that ensure your pets won’t set off the alarm.

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