How to step up your home security

Help fortify your residence with these home security tips, apps and smart accessories so you can protect your family and your valuables.

 

We all want to protect our home and family. But what are the best ways to go about it?

Here are some smart accessories, apps and tips to help you protect what’s important to you

Canary All-in-One Home Security

The sleek, tiny cylinder is a plug-in-ready smart device that lets you monitor everything from possible break-ins to air quality, all from your smartphone.

Killer feature: After installing the Canary app (for Android™ and iOS), you can view streaming video and audio of what’s happening in your home and get notified about would-be intruders and harmful chemicals in the air.

Nest Cam™

The Nest Cam gives you a wide-angle view of your room in 1080p HD that you can watch on your phone or tablet. You can also zoom in to get a closer look.

Killer feature: A microphone and speaker let you be heard. Night vision LED lets you see in the dark.

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

Turn your lights on and off from your phone so potential burglars may think someone’s home.

Killer feature: You schedule when you want to turn on and off what you have plugged into the Insight Switch, so it’ll look like someone’s home even when you’re on vacation.

Kwikset® Kevo™ Bluetooth®-enabled Lock

Unlock your door simply by touching the lock with your hand—Kevo will sense your nearby compatible mobile device or the included Kevo fob.

Killer feature: Never leave spare keys hidden outdoors, like under the mat or in a planter. Instead, Kevo lets you send, delete and disable electronic keys using the Kevo app.

Philips Hue Ambiance Light Bulbs

Program your lights so it will always look like you’re home, and control or adjust your lighting from your device.

Killer feature: Not only can you switch your lights on and off with the Hue app, but you can also set geofencing marks so that your driveway and front door light up as soon as you pull in the driveway.

 

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