Tag Archive: Security


Nest Secure vs. Vivint home security: Which should you buy?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. We work from home and need to keep our belongings, both personal and work-related safe. We care about home security because we have to care about it.

Nest Secure

DIY and advanced

$ 399 at Best Buy

Pros No-tool installation. Tight Nest and Google Assistant integration. Modular. Nest Secure is optional. “Off-the-shelf” components. Cons Initial expense. Basic package is bare-bones.

The Nest  [Read More…]

Facebook October 2018 security breach: Everything you need to know

Around 30 million people had their information compromised.

Earlier this year, Facebook came under fire for sharing heaps of data for over 87 million users with Cambridge Analytica. As if the company wasn’t already having a tough time regaining the trust of its user base, Facebook’s now announced that information for around 30 million people was exposed during an attack it shut down in September.

Here’s everything you need to know.

What happened?

Between July 2017 and  [Read More…]

Does Nest Secure work with my existing home security system?

Best answer: No, the Nest Secure system doesn’t work with any existing security solutions. Nest Secure offers a comprehensive package for home security, but it uses Thread and Weave for communication instead of the more popular Zigbee or Z-Wave protocols. For the most interoperability with existing wireless security systems, we recommend Simplisafe.

Amazon: SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security ($ 274)

An awesome, but seemingly closed, ecosystem

There’s no denying that the Nest Secure, a system consisting of  [Read More…]

Facebook says nearly 50 million accounts impacted by security breach

Facebook has reset access tokens for around 90 million people in response to the breach.

Facebook today revealed that more nearly 50 million accounts have been affected by a “security issue.” Discovered by Facebook’s engineering team on September 25, the issue allowed attackers to take over people’s accounts by stealing Facebook access tokens.

From Facebook:

Our investigation is still in its early stages. But it’s clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted “View  [Read More…]

Xiaomi’s $40 security camera offers an easy way to keep an eye on your home

Xiaomi’s 360-degree security camera doesn’t cost a lot and comes packed with features.

There’s no shortage of affordable security cameras, but Xiaomi’s offering in this category stands out for the sheer number of features it packs in. Xiaomi’s smart home portfolio is diverse, with the manufacturer selling everything from scooters to robot vacuums, water and air purifiers, and smart kettles. Like the rest of the products in the smart home ecosystem, the Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera  [Read More…]

The Wisenet SmartCam N1 and N2 security cams have advanced face recognition

No surprises.

Hanwha Techwin America announced this week two new security cameras: the Wisenet SmartCam N1 and the SmartCam N2. These are very similar cameras, but the N1 is a Sam’s Club exclusive and costs just $ 149.99. The N2 will be $ 50 more, available at a variety of retailers like Amazon, Crutchfield, and more, and add a couple features like “Abnormal Sound Detection,” which alerts you to glass breaking, babies crying, and other unusual noises.

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Even renters can get great DIY security systems

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe and work from our homes. Keeping everything connected — and secure — is our specialty.

The Ring Alarm is the best DIY home security system for renters because it offers everything needed to keep your home safe at a competitive price and the optional $ 10 monthly monitoring is the best value.

Our Pick Ring Alarm

$ 199 from Amazon $ 199  [Read More…]

Canada Deal: The 1080p HD Arlo Q security camera is just $141 — today only

The Arlo Q is capable of recording when motion or sound is detected and is down to its best price ever right now.

Netgear’s Arlo Q 1080p HD Security Camera is on sale for just $ 141 at Amazon Canada for a limited time. This deal saves you almost $ 60 off its usual price and brings the camera down to the lowest its ever been.

This camera allows you to live stream 1080p HD video from  [Read More…]

How to set up priority notifications for your home security system

When your home security system needs to tell you something, chances are you’ll want to listen. Here’s how to make sure you get those critical notifications you need.

Products Used In This Guide Best Buy: Nest Secure ($ 399) Amazon: Ring Alarm ($ 199) Setting priority notifications

We’re using the Nest app and the Nest Secure for demonstration purposes, but the process is the same for the Ring Alarm. too. There may be slight variations in the settings  [Read More…]

September security patch now available for Android 9 Pie on Pixel devices

This patch improves Bluetooth car audio, charging in Retail Mode, and more.

If you’ve been enjoying Android 9 Pie on one of the Pixel or Pixel 2 devices, large or small, it’s about to get even better with its first security patch. Dated for September 5, the OTA files and firmware images are already available on Google’s site in case you don’t want to wait (as long as you’re comfortable with manually flashing software updates).

The September  [Read More…]