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

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,…

Your Old Phone Might Be Your New Security Camera

Your Old Phone Might Be Your New Security Camera

Nov 25, 2019 | News

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

Black Friday 2019: Home Security Deals

Nov 22, 2019 | News

Your First Holiday Purchase Could Protect All the Others TVs and speakers, smart watches and laptops — electronics are high on everyone’s Black Friday shopping list. Of all the electronics you snap up this Black Friday, a home security system or security camera could be the most valuable. Whether a lone unit or part of…

Elf on the Shelf — Caught on Home Security Camera

Elf on the Shelf — Caught on Home Security Camera

Nov 11, 2019 | News

Use your home security camera to add extra magic to holiday tradition Home security cameras are a vital part of any home security system, allowing you to monitor visitors, field security alerts, and identify would-be burglars. Whether you have a smart surveillance camera or a video doorbell, capturing unexpected footage of household antics is a…

Keeping Your Home Secure on a Fixed Income

Keeping Your Home Secure on a Fixed Income

Oct 15, 2019 | News

Many people, including seniors and Social Security recipients, live on a fixed income. The monthly check in the mail has to cover all of life’s expenses until the next month, and the next check. When affording the essentials is your focus, making room in your budget for home security may seem impossible. But if you’re…

Smart Homes Aren’t Turning on Us, but Security Remains an Issue

Smart Homes Aren’t Turning on Us, but Security Remains an Issue

Oct 07, 2019 | News

In August, The Verge reported that smart ovens from home automation company June were turning on in the middle of the night, broiling empty air or abandoned potatoes at 400 degrees or higher. June insisted that user error was behind all the “accidental preheating.” One user admitted he might have turned the oven on by…

Halloween and Home Security: Protect Your Home from Real-Life Scares

Halloween and Home Security: Protect Your Home from Real-Life Scares

Oct 07, 2019 | News

Like the full moon and daylight savings time, Halloween is associated with a spike in abnormal behavior. Crime, both property and violent, track upwards on October 31st according to police data and criminologist studies.  “The evening violent crime count on October 31 is about 50 percent higher than on any other date during the year.”…

Privacy Concerns and High-Tech Airbnbs: What Renters Should Know

Privacy Concerns and High-Tech Airbnbs: What Renters Should Know

Sep 30, 2019 | News

In 2017, a young couple traveling Europe with their 10-month-old in tow let themselves in to a charming Parisian apartment booked through Airbnb. The smell hit them first. The curtains and blinds were covered in mildew. They called Airbnb and vacated the flat.  Suddenly without accommodations, they got back on Airbnb. They arrived at the…

How to Run an Airbnb with a Home Security System

How to Run an Airbnb with a Home Security System

Sep 30, 2019 | News

Responsible Airbnb hosting includes looking after your guests’ safety. That means having a working smoke detector, a stocked first-aid kit, and, potentially, a home security system in place. But some of the devices that make you feel safe can make your guests feel spied on. Balance security and privacy by placing recording devices only in…

How Good is Your Security Camera’s Night Vision?

How Good is Your Security Camera’s Night Vision?

Sep 27, 2019 | News

With so many new, sophisticated video capabilities out there, night vision can seem old-school. It calls to mind a ghostly green, pixelated image. Probably accompanied by a shaky voice coming through a Walkie Talkie. But night vision is still one of a security camera’s most important features. The technology behind your night vision security camera…