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This topic was started in August 2023.

July 22, 2023: The Smart Gadgets That Can Save Your Home - and Your Money by Julie Jargon for the Wall Street Journal. Quoting: "Is it worth giving up some privacy to make sure your home doesn't burn to the ground?" Insurance companies suggest technology that targets water leaks, house fires and burglaries. Some tech gadgets qualify you for insurance discounts. Some devices are sold or recommended by an insurance company. The article does not make specific product recommendations.

May 9, 2022 (last updated): 12 smart home gadgets to protect your home when you're away by Camryn Rabideau for USA Today. There is very little description of each recommended device, so this looks mostly like a money-grab article. That said, I was not aware of battery operated Wi-Fi devices that can alert your phone when a door or window is open.


September 8, 2023: Best Nanny Cams of 2023 by Daniel Wroclawski for Consumer Reports. Don't let the title fool you, the article is about home security cameras, specifically, those that did well in their data security tests. Also, those that include pan-and-tilt controls, intelligent alerts for crying and loud noises, and privacy shutters to disable the camera when you want to. They liked the Arlo Essential Indoor Security Wired VMC2040-100NAS, Cync by GE Lighting Indoor Smart Camera, Lorex 2K Pan-Tilt and others.

July 31, 2022: Why You Should - or Shouldn't - Buy a Home Security Camera by Nicole Nguyen for the Wall Street Journal.

June 12, 2023: The dos and don'ts of using home security cameras that see everything by Heather Kelly in the Washington Post. The article fails to take a big picture view of the pros and cons of various way to manage these cameras. Some tips: Monitor entrances and exits rather than enitre rooms. Beware of unknown hardware brands. How can you tell if a camera is on? Can you block a camera? The author puts too much trust in end-to-end encryption. There is nothing on using a router to block cameras from phoning home. Of course not. The Washington Post does not have techies write their technical articles.

March 24, 2023 (last update): Home Security Camera Buying Guide by Consumer Reports. An overview of the different tyupes of cameras.


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