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REDUCE, REUSE & RELAX
An ingenious answer to the decades-old question “What exactly do I do with my old smartphones and tablets?” Fast-growing and free
home security app Alfred has a very simple solution: Turn them into integral aspects of your home security system! That’s right, with only
a couple of old phones/tablets and their dedicated ware, you too can have an audio-transmitting, motion-sensing security system of your
own, all for the low price of FREE!; Alfred.Camera. — RYAN JAR R E LL
It’s perhaps the most annoying aspect of modern-day
domesticity. No, not rising property taxes and the death of
neighborly camaraderie in modern American culture. We are
speaking, of course, of that biting beep your smoke alarm
lets out when it’s running out of battery. State-of-the-art
security experts Roost have bit this problem in the bud with
their dedicated SmartBattery which allows a staggering
number of features, including linking your family to an
alarm to snoozing a false alarm generated from a burnt bit
of tostada; GetRoost.com. — RYAN JARRELL
SAFE & SECURE
Not all home security solutions
have to cost an arm and a leg.
Below are some simple (but
tech-tastic) techniques to help
protect your loved ones.
TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL
64 LET THERE BE LIGHT
Thousand-dollar laser detectors
are all well and good, but
what simple solution do many
security experts tout as #1?
Security lights, preferably with
motion sensors. The quick flash
of a light can deter even the
most devious of perps.
POP & LOCK
Perhaps slightly more expensive
than a classical deadbolt,
smartlocks by makers such
as Kwikset and August allow
you to not only track who’s
accessing your home, but to
turn off access to keyholders
you want to keep out.
cameras are a must-have for a
secure homestead, keep them
well out of the range of potential
intruders and remember that
cables will generally create a
more stable transmission system
in case your router goes down.