Lidia Davis

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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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Why Insurance Companies Might Not Renew Your Coverage

It’s often referred to as being “dropped” by your insurer. But that isn’t actually what happens, although it might feel like you’ve been tossed to the curb. There’s a clear distinction between a non-renewal and a cancellation of your insurance policy; the former refers to an insurance company’s decision not to assume your ongoing “risks” ...

Nest Secure Review

Nest Secure Review Our time testing this product came on the heels of news reports that Google hadn’t been upfront about a microphone feature embedded within the Nest Guard on the product’s spec sheet. Yes — it’s there, but the Assistant technically doesn’t work until you enable it on the app. Members of Congress have ...

Nest Thermostat Review

Nest Thermostat E vs. Other Smart Thermostats Getting to know the Nest Thermostat E Part of what makes this thermostat so attractive is the price tag — it runs about $80 cheaper than the Nest Learning Thermostat, its more advanced sibling. Functionality-wise, you’ll be forfeiting a high-resolution display with the date and time, and a ...