Anne Dennon - Home Technology Writer at Reviews.com

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

What You Need to Know About Facial Recognition Home Security Cameras

What You Need to Know About Facial Recognition Home Security Cameras

Mar 03, 2020 | News

Convenience or privacy? Today’s technology frequently asks users to take their pick. Smart home security brings this uncomfortable choice home. After all, smart home devices need to collect and communicate data in order to offer value. But the practices and capabilities that make smart home security frictionless (like automatically syncing devices), also make them problematic….

Ring Puts Key Security Settings Front and Center

Ring Puts Key Security Settings Front and Center

Feb 11, 2020 | News

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

What You Need to Know About False Alarms

Jan 28, 2020 | News

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

What Works With What: Guide to Smart Home Tech

Jan 22, 2020 | News

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?

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

Dec 23, 2019 | News

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

Dec 23, 2019 | Review

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...

Setting up a Smart Display for Loved Ones

Setting up a Smart Display for Loved Ones

Dec 20, 2019 | News

Technology is for the young — that’s the commonly held assumption. Only the digitally native (that is, those who never lived in a world sans internet) can make use of digital tools. But as technology advances, it asks for fewer skills from general users. Case in point: voice control. Anyone can verbally ask a computer…

Big Tech, Zigbee Alliance to Bring Smart Home Standards Under One Roof

Big Tech, Zigbee Alliance to Bring Smart Home Standards Under One Roof

Dec 18, 2019 | News

Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance today announced plans to tackle smart home communication standards. Till now, the smart home industry has been stumped by a seemingly easy question: How to get devices from different companies to work together. The new working group, Project Connected Home over IP, aims to resolve this question by…

Keep Hackers Out of Your Wireless Home Security System

Keep Hackers Out of Your Wireless Home Security System

Dec 06, 2019 | News

Once, going online meant co-opting your home’s landline. Waiting for the crackle of the dial-up connection. Watching for the cursor to change from hourglass to arrow. Now, we are never offline. The internet surrounds us, no longer a digital destination but a physical reality. Thanks to smart lightbulbs, app-controlled garage doors, and robot vacuums, we…

Is Ring’s Retrofit Kit a Good Deal?

Is Ring’s Retrofit Kit a Good Deal?

Nov 27, 2019 | News

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,…