Redi-Shade blindsNeed shade in a hurry?

I don’t mean a way to escape the bright sun. I’m referring to window shades. Window blinds, curtains and shades help protect your home by keeping the valuable contents of your home (not to mention knowledge about whether someone is home) from prying eyes.

Shades, quickly

More often than not, installing window shades involves measurements, trips to a store,  waiting while they’re cut or custom made and then some installation work.

I recently came across a product that can be installed in about a minute with no tools! [Read more...]

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How to Figure Out What You Really Need In a Home Security SystemHow well will you get along with your new home security system?

This is the latest article in a series helping you figure out what you need in a home security system for your home or apartment.

In previous articles, we’ve looked at cameras, protecting your home’s entrances, detecting an intruder indoors, and assembling all the pieces into a system that’s right for you.

This time we’ll continue with a look at convenience in how you interact with the system—even in an emergency situation. [Read more...]

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Man’s Best Friend as a Security System?

In this episode, I take a deeper look at the many passionate arguments I found for and against the idea of a dog being the best home security system available.

In the Home Security Resources segment, I discuss a barking dog motion sensor for those of you without dogs.

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Download the episode here (MP3, 15:24)

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Doberman Door & Window AlarmHow good are standalone door and window alarms?

They’re a good intermediate step for those not ready for a home security system.

Here’s what I thought of two I tried out. Maybe it’ll help you know what to look for.

What I bought:

A couple of things you should know: [Read more...]

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Home Security System Alternatives

What if you want to improve your home security, but you don’t want to invest in a home security system right now? Here’s list of security system alternatives to help improve your home’s safety.

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Show 12 | Which Is Better? Two Home Security Systems Compared (Part 2)

In this podcast episode, two wireless, all-in-one home security systems, SimpliSafe and LifeShield are compared and contrasted to help you decide between the two, decide whether such a system is right for you, or even just to help you learn how to analyze other systems you’re looking at.

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How to Figure Out What You Really Need In a Home Security System (Part 4)

Cameras are an increasingly popular part of a home security system. But are they necessary? What value do they add? Are there issues with using them? Figure out what role cameras can play in your home’s security.

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Show 11 | Which Is Better? Two Home Security Systems Compared (Part 1)

In this podcast episode, two wireless, all-in-one home security systems, SimpliSafe and LifeShield are compared and contrasted to help you decide between the two, decide whether such a system is right for you, or even just to help you learn how to analyze other systems you’re looking at.

Read the full article →