Author: Emily Ferron

News, Smart Home

15 Pet Gifts For Pet Owners This Christmas

Many pet owners are delighted to receive gifts that help keep their furry family members happy, safe and maybe even a little spoiled.

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8 Ways To Keep Your Home Safe & Secure This Holiday Season

Keep your days merry and bright with these holiday home security tips.

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Best Smart Home Gifts for 2020

This year’s lineup of smart home gifts offers something for everyone. Use this gift guide to learn about the kinds of high-tech gifts that add security, comfort, fun and convenience to everyday life.

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Digital Safety

The Top Internet Safety Tips for Kids & Parents, From Today’s Cybersecurity Experts

The best cybersecurity and online safety tips for parents raising digital natives.

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Home Safety

Fire Safety Timeline

Would your household know how to react in the crucial moments following a fire? Use this timeline to assess your readiness level and address weak points in your home safety plan.

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All The Security & Privacy Updates From Amazon’s Latest Product Launches

Amazon just released its annual batch of Echo and Ring devices – and they’ll all be ready to ship for the holidays.

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First Look: New Arlo Pro 3 Wireless Camera

Get the details on Arlo’s latest wireless home security camera. The Pro 3 boasts 2K resolution, 160-degree angle of view, color night vision, and other top features.

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First Look At SimpliSafe’s Sleek New Smart Lock

SimpliSafe is a leader in the do-it-yourself (DIY) home security space. The company offers affordable, flexible home security systems featuring wireless technology that’s easy to install yourself. However, one of the company’s downsides is that it doesn’t offer as wide of an array of smart home accessories and automation appliances as some of its competitors. […]

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More Inclined Sleepers Recalled Due to Infant Safety Concerns

Millions of infant sleepers recalled If you have an inclined sleeper for your baby, make sure it hasn’t been the subject of any recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Even if it’s not among the millions of products that have been recalled this year, there are serious questions being raised about whether […]

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New Wyze Plug Represents an Easy, Affordable Way to Start a Smart Home

The Newest Smart Home Device from Wyze Wyze, a relative newcomer to the home security industry, is making waves in smart home circles with its dramatically low prices and generally good product reviews. The latest addition to its lineup is an inexpensive smart plug with all of the features you’d expect from a home automation […]

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Capital One Data Breach Affects Over 106 Million People

Approximately 100 million American customers and 6 million Canadian customers were affected The largest category of leaked data was garnered from credit card applications submitted between 2015 and early 2019, including names, addresses, self-reported income, birthdates, phone numbers and email addresses The majority of social security numbers and bank account numbers were not leaked, except […]

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Home Security

Home Security Survey: Only 38% of Americans Own A Home Security Product – and Maybe Not for the Reasons You Think

Only 38% of Americans own a home security product – and maybe not for the reasons you think. When you think of home security systems, what kind of household comes to mind? Many of us operate under the assumption that home security is more popular among certain demographics, and that there are a few key […]

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The Most Underutilized Personal Safety Features Built Into Your Phone

  Most of us have our phones within an arm’s reach at all times. Apart from using it to call 911, do you know about its built-in safety features? What about the settings that keep you, your property and your data secure? Read on to find out the best practices for both iPhones and Androids. […]

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Is It Safe To Use FaceApp?

What is FaceApp? If you haven’t used FaceApp, you’ve probably seen images generated by its users. It’s a mobile app (available for iOS and Android) that transforms photos of faces. It includes the usual slew of filters and effects typical of photo editing apps, but the reason it’s gone viral is its uncanny ability to […]

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LifeShield Adds a Video Doorbell to its DIY Home Security Line

LifeShield, the do-it-yourself home security company owned by industry leader ADT, just added a new product to its lineup of smart home security devices. The new HD Video Doorbell gives LifeShield customers a new way to keep an eye on their front door and it should help the company hold its own against increasingly well-known […]

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How To Get The Best Home Security & Smart Home Deals on Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day is like a modern version of those Christmas in July promotions that used to be popular before online shopping. During this annual sales event, Amazon offers steep discounts for Prime members on thousands of items. This year, Prime Day will be a two day event spanning July 15-16, 2019. Here’s what to […]

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Home Security

Should You Give The Police Access To Your Home Security Camera?

How Police Collect Security Footage For as long as there have been surveillance cameras, it’s been standard practice for law enforcement to ask homes and businesses for footage in the event of a nearby crime. In fact, Ring, the makers of an increasingly popular doorbell camera, currently has relationships with over 1300 law enforcement agencies […]

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Nanit’s New Smart Swaddle Monitors Baby’s Breathing

  What Does Nanit Breathing Wear Do?   Nanit Breathing Wear comes in two soft fabric options – a swaddle and a breathing band – for infants up to 24 months old, or up to 30 lbs. Each one is specially printed with a simple geometric pattern. Once your baby’s wrapped up and placed inside […]

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Samsung Expands Its SmartThings Line With A Camera, Light Bulbs & An Outlet

3 New Samsung SmartThings Products The technology giant Samsung, known for everything from smartphones to home appliances, recently announced a few fairly affordable new additions to its SmartThings line of home automation accessories: a security camera, a wall outlet and light bulbs. Safety.com has the scoop on what’s new. SmartThings Cam The Samsung SmartThings cam […]

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Family Safety

Enjoy Safe Travels With These Expert Vacation Safety Tips

To compile this guide, we consulted safety expert Kevin Coffey, a career detective with extensive firsthand knowledge of travelers’ travails. During his decades-long tenure in the Los Angeles Police Department, he was a highly decorated officer who founded the Crimes Against Travelers Investigation Detail. Beyond speaking with Safety.com, he’s appeared on or been featured in […]

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Family Safety

Uber & Lyft Safety Tips That You Haven’t Already Heard

Is It Safe To User Uber & Lyft in 2019? There’s no unified source of data detailing the exact rate or nature of accidents and crimes that occur during rideshares, but nearly all of us have heard (or lived) news stories, personal anecdotes, and statistics that attest to danger, criminal activity or accidents that arise […]

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New Google Maps Features Will Help You Evacuate During Natural Disasters

What’s New: Hurricane Forecast Cones & Earthquake Shakemaps Over the next few weeks, Google Maps users will receive automatic app updates that will allow them to see detailed visual representations of hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. This information will be included in “crisis cards” that appear in Google Maps leading up to, during and in the […]

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Ecobee Just Upgraded One Of Our Favorite Smart Thermostats

Ecobee may not be as much of a household name as some other companies in the home automation industry, but its smart thermostats have garnered a solid reputation for their looks, functionality and ease of use. The company just released an upgraded model of one of our favorite voice-controlled smart thermostats, 2017’s Ecobee4. Here’s a […]

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Encrypted Security Footage, A Smoother Talking Siri & Other Apple HomeKit Updates

Apple’s annual worldwide developer conference (WWDC2019) is underway in San Jose, California this week. Thousands of software developers are following along in person and remotely to learn the new operating system features to harness for future app development. Yesterday, CEO Tim Cook gave a keynote address that illuminated the upcoming software updates for phones, watches, […]

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Medication Reminders & More: New Ways That Apple Watch Will Help Keep You Safe

 Apple holds its annual developer’s conference (WWDC 2019) in San Jose, California this week, when the tech giant reveals the year’s latest and greatest software updates for its suite of products, from iPhone and iPads to desktop computers. At Safety.com, we’re especially interested in the newly announced updates to the Apple Watch because of its […]

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Report: Hundreds of Millions of Title Insurance Records Leaked

Just before Memorial Day weekend, security watchdog investigators Krebs On Security reported that First American Financial Corp. leaked 885 million files related to mortgage deals going back to 2003. These digital records, available unprotected via any web browser, were found to include personally identifying information including bank account numbers, statements, tax records, social security numbers, […]

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Smart Home

Best Smart Home Devices For Saving Money & Energy

Smart home accessories like thermostats and lighting make many promises, with money and energy savings at the top of the list. Which devices measure up to the cost-savings expectations? If frugality is your priority, which limitations should you be aware of? Let’s take a look at which smart home devices can save money and how […]

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Digital Safety

How to Protect Seniors From Scams, Fraud and Identity Theft

Who is Targeting Seniors? “Everyone and his puppy,” answers Neal O’Farrell, Executive Director of the Identity Theft Council. O’Farrell spoke to Safety.com about the landscape of fraud and his top-level experience, including personal interviews with thieves in prison and in the Witness Protection Program. You don’t need a big investment to be a cybercrook, he […]

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Family Safety

Ask An Expert: How Do You Prevent Childhood Drownings?

  Why Do You Need To Know About Drowning Prevention? Drowning is one of the leading causes of childhood deaths. In children under the age of four, only birth defects claim more lives. In accidental deaths of children under the age of 15, it’s second only to car accidents. We share these sobering statistics because […]

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Get the Facts on Amazon’s New Blink XT2 Indoor/Outdoor Security Camera

Google revealed the new Nest Hub Max at its annual developers conference this week, but Amazon isn’t about to let its competitor dominate smart home security headlines. Amazon just announced the Blink XT2, an affordable and low-maintenance indoor/outdoor security camera. The Blink XT2 is an update on the Blink XT, a battery-operated wireless camera with […]

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Google Announces the Nest Hub Max

Google’s Latest and Greatest: An All-in-One Display, Smart Home Hub and Security Camera The Google I/O Conference kicked off today, which is the tech giant’s annual meeting for software developers working with its ever-increasing suite of hardware and software products. In the keynote address, Google leadership announced a slew of exciting developments, including a product […]

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