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Security and Privacy Tag Archive

November 14, 2016 • Reviews

Logitech’s Logi Cam Keeps My Smart Home More Secure

If you’ve been looking for a great home security camera that not only allows you to monitor what’s going on when you are not there but that doesn’t need to be attached to a wall outlet like most on the market, you really need to check out Logitech’s Logi Circle Cam.

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November 12, 2016 • News

Elgato’s New HomeKit Accessory Senses Motion in Your Home

If you are a fan of Apple’s HomeKit, you might have heard a thing or two about a company by the name of Elgato. Well, now the popular smart home product maker announces their Eve Motion wireless motion sensor, and it’s worth checking out.

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November 3, 2016 • News

TCL Xess Tablet: The 17″ Amazon Alexa Connected Home Hub

We’ve got two TCL 4K Roku-enabled televisions in our house, and I feel like TCL is one of those brands that isn’t yet well-known, but they should be. TCL products are extremely well made, they work exactly as promised, and they are generally well priced.

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October 10, 2016 • Reviews

The Home8 Twist HD Camera Review: Night Mode and 180º Viewing

Monitoring your home when you are away is something that can end up being very costly. If you have small children or a pet, you may want to monitor them while you are gone and there is a home security camera called the Home8 Twist HD Camera that you should check out.

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October 3, 2016 • News

Facebook Marketplace Debuts As a Bazaar for Bizarre and Illicit Sales

With its latest iOS app update, Facebook has brought their new Marketplace to the masses, allowing users to swap and sell products and services as if it were Craigslist. Just one problem: Facebook’s moderation of these posts is severely lacking. I’ve seen a number of “items” for sale that appear to be illegal, including apparent …

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September 22, 2016 • Rants and Raves

The Onee Is a Terrible Solution to a Serious Problem

Look, it’s an unfortunate reality that the world can be quite unsafe. If you’re a woman out in a situation where you’re drinking, you need to worry about drugs in your drinks, assaults from your Uber driver, and what seems like a million other threats.

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May 19, 2016 • Reviews

Netgear’s Arlo Wire-Free Home Security System Is Almost Flawless

One thing that frustrates a lot of people about home security systems is the fact that many still need to be plugged into a physical outlet in order to actually work, at all times. This could be troublesome if you don’t have a furniture to hide the cables, or if you’re outlets are already full.

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May 5, 2016 • News

Vimtag Looks to Take on Nest Head-On with Their Home Monitoring Kit

Your home can never really be too secure, and it seems like the smart home market doesn’t ever get enough of home monitoring cameras with such brands as the Nest. But there is actually a product that recently launched with features promising to be better than the competition.

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April 23, 2016 • News

Monitor Your Home with the Ring Video Doorbell App for Mac

If you’ve got a Ring Video Doorbell installed, then you already know how convenient it is to monitor your visitors from your Android or iOS device. Now you can get that same convenience from your Mac.

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March 13, 2016 • Reviews

The EZVIZ Mini Indoor WiFi Camera is Huge on Value!

The EZVIZ Mini is an affordable mini camera that streams audio and 720p video over your home’s WiFi network. This tiny HD camera packs a great set of features, including a 130-degree diagonal wide-angle lens, night vision, low 3.5W power consumption, motion sensing ability, and cloud/microSD video storage. The impressive EZVIZ Mini can be purchased …

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January 7, 2016 • News

Have a Choice in What You Share with Privoro

Have you ever wanted more privacy for your smartphone and desktop computers? Well you’re in luck, because this week at Pepcom I found a new tech privacy company that surprised me in a major way! Privoro is a new tech company that’s entire premise is giving the consumer the ability to take their security into …

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January 5, 2016 • News

Reclaim Your Privacy with the eBlocker

Announced today at CES, the eBlocker is a completely new and innovative way to reclaim your internet privacy! The eBlocker and eBlocker Pro are two products now being featured on Kickstarter that allow you to combat unauthorized consumer data collection and ad blocking while browsing online. “The internet has evolved into mass surveillance, and most …

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November 5, 2015 • Sponsored

3M Privacy Filters Are the Antidote to Prying Eyes #ad #privacymatters

This post brought to you by 3M. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Gear Diary. Your information belongs to you. It’s more valuable than just about anything else you own and yet, when working in a public place it it open and available to anyone passing by your device’s screen.

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October 20, 2015 • News

Upgrade Your Home Security with a Light Bulb? Sure!

If your house has a power outage at night, you probably won’t have a backup power solution in place. I ran into this a few weeks ago when our power was out from 6:30pm to 9:30 the next morning. Ugh. BeON Bulbs not only solve this problem, they also handle security and safety lighting duties …

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October 17, 2015 • Reviews

Piper is Packed with Features, Provides Home Security and Automation

Piper isn’t just a video monitor for your home; it’s a total home automation hub and security system as well. Combining a 180-degree high-quality camera with night vision, microphone, and home automation, Piper can alert you to unexpected activity and even turn on your lights or emit a siren automatically. Starting at $199, Piper is …

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September 23, 2015 • Reviews

SwannOne’s Smart Home Control Kit Is a Way to Keep Tabs on Your Home from Afar

With plenty of options out there on the market for home security, Swann Communications decided to take it upon themselves to create the do-it-yourself way with their Swann One Smart Home Equipment, and gave us the opportunity to review it!

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July 28, 2015 • Reviews

The PebbleBee Honey Review: An Item Tracker That Even Your Dog Would Love

There are two things that I always have on me: My wallet and my keys. With technology catching up fast, I’m finding less and less use for my wallet, but one thing that I know I will need for at least the next 4-5 years are house keys. And there’s nothing worse than losing those.

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July 24, 2015 • Crowdfunding, News

Thanks to Westinghouse, Who Needs a Spare Key These Days?

As a teenager I had a friend named Nick who was infamous for losing his house keys and as a result would have to crash at my house until his parents got home. Eventually they installed a garage door code that he could input to let himself in without using a key.

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July 9, 2015 • News

Google Opinion Rewards Lets You Get Paid for Allowing Google to Track You

Google tracks everything we do. It’s common knowledge that they use web search, emails, and general use patterns to tailor advertising to their users. But Google is always looking for ways to gather even more data, and if you’re an Android user one of those tools is Google Opinion Rewards, an app that pays you …

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July 2, 2015 • Reviews, Travel

HomingPIN: Keep Honest People Honest by Identifying Your Gear

Most smartphones include a way for owners to send a message to anyone who might find their device when it’s lost, but there are plenty of items that don’t have that capability. Let’s say you left your laptop bag in a cab, could an honest person figure out an easy way to return it to you? With …

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July 1, 2015 • Crowdfunding

Make the Content Your Kids View Safer with Smartfeed!

Let’s be honest, your kids are learning at a pace that you cannot keep up with. Technology is forever changing and media is one of the quickest ways to get information to kids. But sometimes too much can be a bad thing. Luckily there’s a Kickstarter program that might help you as the parent better …

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