Lidia Davis

Contributor​

Lidia is a former writer for Reviews.com. She’s researched and written extensively about home security, home automation, online privacy, and many other subjects at the intersection of technology and culture.

The Latest from Lidia Davis

How to Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

An empty home is a vulnerable home. In fact, most burglary-related crimes happen during the day when no one’s home, and according to Johnathan Frisk, an officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, you’re not the only one who doesn’t want a confrontation. Frisk says intruders typically don’t want resistance, either. Before leaving for an extended ...

The Best Nanny Cams

We’ve been testing home security cameras for three years now. They can be powerful tools, but if not used properly, they can also tread a thin line between safety and an invasion of privacy. These four cameras will allow you to check on your babysitter’s behavior without having the overbearing eyes of Big Brother on ...

Ackerman Security Review

You won’t find Ackerman Security on our roundup of the best home security systems because its residential systems are only offered in select regions across the country, like the Atlanta, GA., Philadelphia, PA, and Washington metro areas. But this doesn’t mean Ackerman isn’t worth considering in your search for a system, especially if you’re looking ...

Scout Alarm Review

In our review of the best DIY home security systems, we found Scout Alarm to be right on par with the biggest players in the game like SimpliSafe. Although it’s newer to the home security space, it fuses simple do-it-yourself methods and home automation opportunities with professional monitoring. In fact, Scout is keeping pace with ...

The Best Outdoor Security Cameras

We’ve spent many, many hours researching and testing home security cameras to bring you all the information on what will work as reliable sets of eyes on your home. Taking stock of technical specifications — like two-way talk, 1080p, weather durability ratings, as well as features like — interoperability with other third-party devices and ease ...

Abode Review

Abode Smart Home Security Review In our original assessment of the DIY home security space, we were impressed with the amount of integrations and monitoring autonomy Abode offered, especially without having to opt into a higher price tier. Today, Abode still seems to live up to these claims and continues to provide one of the ...

AT&T Digital Life Review

AT&T Digital Life Review You don’t have to be one of AT&T’s millions of wireless subscribers to opt into its home security system — AT&T Digital Life. The company’s home security branch claims to provide simple home automation features backed by professional monitoring and installation. To test this, we spent several hours digging through the ...

Protection One Review

Protection One, also branded as Protection 1, provides customizable, tiered monitoring packages for both residential and commercial spaces and has been in the home security industry since 1988. While it hasn’t been around for quite as long as former competitor ADT, Protection One merged with this home security giant in 2016 under Protection One’s parent ...

How a Home DNA Test Could Complicate Your Life Insurance Application

As morbid as it sounds, life insurance companies want to know how long you’ll be around, and figuring that out involves a complex underwriting assessment of your “risks” — physical health, genetic profile, and perhaps even your social media activity, all to assess whether you qualify and how much you end up paying for coverage. ...

Ring Alarm Review

Ring Alarm Review Deciding to protect your home with a security system could very well be one of the most valuable (and, perhaps, expensive) ventures you take on as a homeowner. We tested the Ring Alarm and pitted it against some of the biggest names in the home security industry — because we know how ...

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