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Our mission is to conduct research that helps you live a safer life.

In order to accomplish that mission, we have relationships with partners that provide us with compensation when you use our reports to make a purchase decision.

We love tech, but we decided to focus our love on one specific area: smart homes and home security. In short, we review home security and smart home products, including home security cameras.

As a small site, we have the privilege of reviewing products without a deadline. Often we spend weeks or even months with a product before writing about it, which ensures that we can share our full experience. We also pride ourselves on our ethical standards. Recommendations are 100% up to the discretion of each editor who has complete autonomy over their articles and opinions.

Our commitment to you is that we will take the products we have and review them thoroughly and carefully. Our hope is that for the products we do test, we are able to understand the product at a deep level and then explain it to you in a manner that is both succinct and factual. Our goal, of course, is to do so better than anyone else. In the end, we’ll usually tell you if we think you should buy it or keep your money, and then we invite you to share your experiences.

How do you review home security companies?

The home security rankings are the opinion of HowSafe.org and could change at any time.

To rank them, we research and test. We have hands-on experience with a few companies including Frontpoint, Link, Armorax, LivSecure, SimpliSafe, Ring Alarm, abode, Nest Secure, GetSafe, and more, as well as experiences with Vivint, ADT, and XFINITY via CES. However, due to the typically contractual nature of home security providers, we can’t test them all. When we are unable to test a system in-home, we spend hours researching the company through secret shopping experiments, phone calls, user feedback, and more. Keep in mind that we update our home security reviews often. Most of them were originally written in 2014 and have been updated countless times over the years as companies change and as our understanding of the product changes. As an example, our Protect America review has been updated over thirty times.