Anne Dennon

Home Technology Writer​

Anne has covered home security and home automation for Reviews.com for two years. She's interested in human-computer interaction and tech ethics. She previously worked in education and information literacy.

The Latest from Anne Dennon

Ring Puts Key Security Settings Front and Center

At the end of January, Ring announced a privacy and security app update to make it easier for users to manage their cameras and footage. The update appears to be a two-pronged response to recent bad press for the home security company. In the past year, Ring came under fire for security camera hijackings and ...

What You Need to Know About False Alarms

Maybe the motion sensors mistake your dog for an intruder. Or you gave a neighbor the spare key but not the code. There are many harmless scenarios that your home security system can mistake for go-time. In some ways, it’s a modern retelling of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. Only the monitoring center that fields ...

What Works With What: Guide to Smart Home Tech

Like self-driving cars, smart home tech is exciting because it’s convenient. Video doorbells let you see who’s there from anywhere — be it the couch or the other side of the country. Automated commands allow you to come home to illuminated lights, a disabled alarm, and a thermostat set to the perfect temp, all because ...

You Can Use Your Home Security System To Prevent Teens From Sneaking Out, But Should You?

Teens are known to roam, but new threats in the digital age can make sneaking out feel riskier than ever to parents. One option is to fight fire with fire: Counter threats born of technology (like meeting up with online connections) with technological solutions. You can put smart home security devices to work monitoring your ...

The Best Wireless Home Security Systems

The Best Wireless Home Security Systems Today’s home security systems are wireless practically by default. Old-fashioned wired systems require costly professional installation and are vulnerable to being physically cut by intruders. What’s worse for today’s technological age: Wired systems are only good for professional monitoring. Wireless systems enable self-monitoring and provide a foundation to build ...

Is Ring's Retrofit Kit a Good Deal?

Wired Home Security Systems Can Get Smart for Around $400 and Up Ring is known for genre-redefining innovations, from multi-use home gadgets to the Ring Neighbors app, which brings the neighborhood watch into the digital age. Ring means smart home security, with all the automation features and smartphone control that entails. But what about regular, ...

ADT vs. Protection 1

ADT vs. Protection 1 Review ADT is synonymous with home security. Drive through any neighborhood and you’ll probably spot more ADT signs — those telltale blue octagons — than those of any other home security provider. ADT claims the lion’s share of the home security market partly because of its longevity (over 100 years and ...

Your Old Phone Might Be Your New Security Camera

That Retired Smartphone Still has Work to Do  The way we treat old smartphones is akin to how we treat old jewelry. Once we’ve moved on to newer, shinier options, we tend to hang on to the old. They gather dust in drawers and boxes marked “save.” We will probably never use them again, yet ...

Black Friday 2019: Home Security Deals

Video doorbells Google Nest Hello — $149 ($80 off) Nov. 28-30Ring Video Doorbell 2 — $129 ($70 off)Ring Video Doorbell Pro — $179 ($70 off) Also available with the Echo Show 5 for the same price. When does online Black Friday pricing start? Amazon — Friday, November 22Apple — Black Friday, Friday, November 29Best Buy ...

The Best Cheap Home Security Companies

An effective home security system is first and foremost affordable. Alarms you couldn’t afford don’t make a sound. New competition has performed its usual good in the home security space, driving innovation up and prices down. While legacy companies still require professional installation and levy $40+ monthly monitoring fees, newcomers offer concise device kits that ...

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