Spokeo Review

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  • Accuracy
  • Support
  • Interface/Features

Summary

Spokeo is the “Glinda, the Good Witch” of background check sites, emphasizing all the positive reasons to research people and downplaying the Information Age’s darker sides.

4.3

Pros

  • Lean, clean, search machine
  • Great price
  • A snap to use

Cons

  • Weak on crime
  • Extra searches can lead you down a rabbit hole of info

Who is Spokeo?

What a couple Stanford grads started as a “social network aggregator” in a Silicon Valley basement in 2006 has morphed into one of the better means of mending your long neglected social ties. Sure, there’s some criminal info available on Spokeo, but the company’s website sends the clear message it would rather bring people together than keep them apart.

The customer testimonials shown below give you a good idea of the top uses promoted on the site:

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Spokeo Pricing and Available Plans

Straightforward price structure is among the lowest in the field – $13.95 for a month, $7.95 a month for 3 months and $4.95 a month for half the year. Your base subscription seems to get you enough reliable, current background info to help you reconnect with someone you’ve lost touch with for a very long time.

Base plan provides contact info, location history, relatives and some other bare bones personal info – enough to make certain you’ve located the right person.

Searching available court or historical records is $2.95 extra, each.

How to Use Spokeo?

Sign up

This portion of the process could be done in your sleep.

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Customer Service

Spokeo customer service could be among the most responsive in the industry. You can talk to a real person 24/7, unless you’d rather just handle things on your own easily online.

Spokeo’s standard search

Seems to work exactly as advertised. Simple search format is flexible enough you can include anything you happen to remember about the person you’re looking for, even if it’s incomplete, and returns a manageable list of possible matches. Once you select the most likely candidate, the extensive location history and list of relatives quickly confirms if you’ve got the right person.

Some contact info appears outdated, but the most recent available is clearly identified, which should take some of the hit and miss out of getting ahold of whomever you’re trying to connect with.

Spokeo also digs through more than 60 social networks, giving you another avenue for reestablishing those old ties.

Court and historical reports

Are fairly cheap, but still might not be worth the cost, returning a lot of US Census, marriage, death and court records on anyone sharing a name the least bit similar to your subject’s (though some of this could be helpful if you’re working on a family history).

Connections

Is a unique feature that allows you to import an address book, then performs searches to update the contact info it contains, filling in a name, perhaps, for that random phone number you once jotted down.

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Web design

Spokeo is tops among several sites I’ve used. The site is ridiculously easy to navigate and displays search results in a plain, uncluttered format with no distracting graphics or annoying pop-ups for “free credit reports!”

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How Good is Spokeo Data?

In keeping with Spokeo’s semiofficial mission of optimistic reconnection, I decided to dig up what I could on a once close friend who’d gone through some rough times before completely severing all connections with the circle of friends we shared. No one had heard from him in several years and all of us were concerned about his health and happiness.

I’d tried finding what I could on other websites with absolutely no success at all, excepting a list of literally hundreds of names scattered willy-nilly around the country without out any useful corroborating evidence. My first search on Spokeo returned a single unequivocally positive result, complete with age, names, dates and places that clinched the ID. What I did not expect was my reluctance to contact him.

Perhaps it was the subliminally gentle message that seems to permeate Spokeo’s website, but I was more inclined to respect my old friend’s apparent wish to start his life anew. Rather than startle him a phone call from a ghost from the past, I was content with the knowledge (supplied by Spokeo) that he seems surrounded by new friends and family, is living in a safe neighborhood and is, apparently, pursuing some of his favorite interests once again.

How do I Cancel Spokeo?

Cancellation was easy peasy. You can cancel anytime on website’s “Usage and Subscriptions” page, call (877) 913-3088, or send an email to CustomerCare@spokeo.com. If you used PayPal, it’s even easier: 1, Log in to your PayPal account; 2, Click “Profile” near the top of the page; 3, Click “My Money; 4,Click “Update” in the “My Preapproved Payments” section; and 5, Click “Cancel” or “Cancel Automatic Billing” and follow the instructions. That’s it!

Spokeo Final Thoughts

There are a lot better sites out there for digging up dirt on people, if that’s what you need in a background check. But, if you’re idly musing about what happened to an old and once dear friend or need to locate a family member you’ve lost touch with, Spokeo is perhaps the best, and cheapest, way to do it.

Without really meaning to, Spokeo tangentially touches on the issue of privacy in the information age: just because you can do an extensive background check, does it mean you should?

PeopleSmart Review

  • Price
  • Accuracy
  • Support
  • Interface/Features

Summary

PeopleSmart is a public records search that bridges the gap of the other search avenues and provides simple, direct, correct results. It’s easy-to-use interface can reconnect lost friends or help companies feel secure about people they trust.

4.3
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Pros

  • The information was straightforward and presented in a user-friendly manner.
  • When you search, it pulls up multiple people so that I could make sure I was selecting the correct person.
  • The site wasn’t inundated with banner ads and pop-ups.

Cons

  • The information presented was very basic and didn’t go into much detail.
  • To get any significant information on someone other than their basic contact required an upgrade in your account, which was confusing. Your account already has some credits (in my case, 75 credits) and a premium report cost 250 credits. To buy the outstanding 175 credits was going to cost me $35. It also gave me an option to spend $99 to get a PremiumPro membership or I could spend $119 and get 3 premium reports. It seemed to me to be excessive for my purposes and was an expensive upgrade.

Meh

  • There were a few discrepancies on the information provided but nothing major.

I stumbled across PeopleSmart completely by accident, or maybe it was a fortunate mistake. I was in charge of putting together the class reunion and had a handful of contacts I couldn’t reach. While looking for an old friend who I hadn’t spoken to in years I ended up on PeopleSmart. After searching other places unsuccessfully for a long time I was ready to give up but this was the breakthrough I needed.

Who is PeopleSmart?

Upon digging deeper, it turns out PeopleSmart is a side-project of a company called Inflection, based in Omaha, Nebraska, which is ultimately a resource for employers to verify and background-check their potential employees. As you know, technology never stops growing and changing. In a world of increasing connection over the web, the power of inquiry has become increasingly important. This applies both to small businesses and to large, established corporations. The internet lends many tools to not only learn and grow personally but also connect and build relationships across the globe. This can be a great opportunity to branch out and grow, unleashing the ability to link up with people that are well suited to your goals. Be it close to home or abroad, it is important to know who you are connecting with and trusting. Inflection offers a host of options, including CommunitySafety and Identity.com. CommunitySafety is geared toward non-profits and schools to make sure the people they are allowing in are trustworthy and identity.com gives you quick and reliable identification and background checks to make sure you know who you are speaking with and gives you that extra buffer against fraud and unnecessary risk.

PeopleSmart Pricing and Available Plans


Not only is the site easy to use but it is direct. It is a service you pay for, which might deter some people, but the fact that they outline exactly what you get for your money makes you realize the worth. I opted for the $19.99/month plan that gave me 10 searches by phone number, 10 by email, and even let me send emails and physical letters on my behalf through the company. Because I had more people on my list to contact, this was the best option.

How to Use PeopleSmart?

There are so many interesting facets to this service that I got hooked almost immediately. Unfortunately, the friend I was looking for has a rather generic name, which proved very frustrating. When other search queries amassed a blur of results, PeopleSmart allowed me to look deeper than just the name I was searching for and find the specific details that narrowed my search. Even though it returned 14 results the search provided things like estimated age, previous known cities, maiden name(s), and even relatives. Some of the entries also listed if the person had passed away and how long ago they passed. I was absolutely blown away by the accuracy and was very quickly able to find the specific person I was looking for.

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I wanted to check to make sure the site was legitimate so I looked online for reviews and was pleasantly surprised! When you see, “we found that PeopleSmart was very close to being 100 percent accurate” you know you’re onto something good.

How Good is PeopleSmart Data?

The report showed a map of where she lived but did not give a direct address. It offers you the option of upgrading your membership to reveal a direct address but by collaborating with different search avenues I was able to cross-search and find what I needed. It also provided me with her current phone number as well as her cell phone number and an alternative home number. I called the cell phone number and was successfully connected the first time!

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When you sign up, it offers you something called “IdentitySmart” which allows you to monitor your public records including credit accounts and email addresses which would be really helpful to potentially avoid credit card fraud and identity theft. This was an additional $14.95/month and I might do it someday but decided to skip it for now. It did, however, pique my interest. Of course, I had to look myself up; Curiosity is a powerful thing! I’m not sure if I am happy or disappointed but I did not find much about myself. It provided my name and birthday but did not have any contact information for me. It did, however, list relatives of mine which would probably get someone the information they needed to contact me if they really wanted to.

There was one person I looked up that did not give any phone contact but, instead, listed that they had an address and gave me the option to send a letter via the postal system. I opted to send a postcard and found it to be surprisingly simple! It opened up a dialogue box, I typed in my text, and I pressed send.

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I received a phone call 3 days later from the gentleman I sent the letter to confirming his reservation for the reunion. Though it did not give me a direct address, it got the job done and didn’t cost me anything extra. For the sake of full disclosure, there were a few addresses that were not current or correct within the results but the vast majority were correct.

Of course, no system is going to be perfect. The fact that it did not find any information on myself was a bit surprising because I do not go to any length to hide my contact information. My email and phone are both listed on my Facebook page and my LinkedIn. I am also a small-business owner which, I would think, would propagate my contact information throughout the internet. I had no problem finding information on the handful of other missing contacts I needed, which was nice. It saves you a significant amount of time and frustration because you’re not searching multiple locations for information.

The nice thing about PeopleSmart is that it gives you the flexibility you need to serve your personal needs. I only needed to search a handful of people so I was able to choose the less expensive monthly charge. Had I needed more, there was an option available for $49.99 which gave me 5x the search power and 10x the ability to contact people directly. If I only had to search for 1 person, there’s an option for that, too. You have the opportunity to pay a one-time charge of $4.99 and avoid costly subscriptions and the hassle of cancellation.

True, the business review ratings weren’t as high as their competitors but, for the price, it was absolutely worth it. On one review site, Intelius received a 90% accuracy rating, US Search received 85%, and PeopleSmart received 60%. It still gave me everything I needed, though. The review site stated that PeopleSmart, “offers a mostly accurate view of criminal and bankruptcy history on those we investigated. The complete reports offer more data than most, which can help you branch out your investigation if you choose”.

Upon looking into other services, Intelius offered searches for $14.95/month with one background check or discounted rates if you sign up for 3 or 6 months initially. If you only wanted one report, however, it would cost you $49.95! The other service, US Search, was much less appealing in my opinion as it came across as less user-friendly and much less personal. It gave a 1 person report for $2.45 which included just the basic contact information, a criminal check for $14.95, or a background check for $39.95. If you paid for a single report and it didn’t return any information you would be out of luck and would have paid to be told nothing at all. There really wasn’t an option to search multiple people without consenting to a $1.45 charge with a hidden $19.95/month subscription, which was only discussed deeper within the expandable details. It wasn’t exactly straightforward about the charges which might undermine your trust for the company.

How to Cancel PeopleSmart?

When I was done getting all of the names and contacts for my event I decided to cancel the subscription. It was surprisingly easy! I did not have to argue with customer service or go through any lengthy steps. It asked why I was canceling, I noted my reasons, it asked me to confirm and it was done. I got to continue my month of subscription and it would automatically terminate on the date requested.

As an added bonus, it offered me a lesser subscription where I could search name, address, email and work information for a discounted rate of $4.95/month.

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PeopleSmart Final Thoughts

Ultimately, I was very pleased with this service. Not only did it streamline my searching but it took only minutes to do what had taken me hours previous to subscribing for this service. I cannot even begin to tell you how valuable time is on this project and this service was a life saver! It was accurate for the most part and got the job done.

It wasn’t the least expensive option but it was the most appealing and seemed to have options that were best suited to my needs. For only $14.99 I was able to find everyone I needed with very minimal hassle. I was able to send a letter when no phone contact information was given, which is not something that was offered by other services. I could see it being very valuable in many different applications. I will absolutely be back in the future.

 

US Search Review

  • Price
  • Accuracy
  • Support
  • Interface/Features

Summary

Well established with a good track record, US Search is a reliable, if somewhat stodgy, middle of the road site.

3.8
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Pros

  • Well-established company
  • Low price for basic searches

Cons

  • Pricey for more detailed searches

Meh

  • Hasn’t kept pace with newer tech

Who is US Search?

Bellevue, Washington-based US Search was one of the first companies to provide information about people online and still occupies the comfortable niche it first carved out in 1994. From the beginning, US Search has been a reliable way to locate long, lost childhood friends or to verify your new neighbor’s backstory about having just relocated after living on a pineapple plantation in Hawaii for the last decade. From the start, this has been a company that seems to make certain that the information it does provide is both accurate and the most current available.

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US Search Pricing and Available Plans

You can get some peace of mind about that new neighbor or old flame for the modest a la carte price of $2.45 for the basic one-off “People Search” report that provides full name and any aliases, age, address and address history, publicly listed phone numbers plus relatives and associates. For a monthly fee of just under $20, you can perform an unlimited number of basic searches (minus relatives, but with social network info) with the company’s “OmniSearch” subscription. More detailed info, like that provided by the company’s top of the line “Background Check” comes at nearly $40 but adds real meat to the report including criminal records, social network information and financial information such bankruptcies and tax liens.

In between is the 1-State Criminal Records search for around $15.

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How to Use US Search?

Maybe not as cutting edge as it was when it pioneered the concept of supplying people’s info online, US Search remains a solid entry in the field, well-suited for those with an occasional need to search out basic contact information in order to reconnect with someone you’ve lost touch with over the years or double check a new acquaintance’s backstory.

Sign-up

Although the signup process is fairly straightforward, it wasn’t immediately clear I was signing up for the monthly OmniSearch subscription and that if I wanted to dig deeper into any subject’s info I was going to have to pay quite a bit more to do it.

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People Search/OmniSearch

This is where US Search really earns its keep. If you’re only occasionally in need of locating a shoestring relative’s phone number or feel moved to contact your best bud from PS 23, a one-time People Search is the way to go. For less than $3 you’ll get an extensive list of possible matches, allowing you to focus your efforts on the most likely subject without paying for multiple look-ups.

Both include an address history check and list of relatives/associates which can be a real help in helping narrow down where you need to look or help you connect with that hard to locate someone through a third party.

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An OmniSearch monthly membership gives you access to the same basic info for an unlimited number of searches with the flexibility to opt-out whenever you please, an arrangement perfect for putting together contact lists for a class reunion or similar events. Be aware, thought, that you’ll be charged automatically each month unless you cancel your subscription online or, more problematically, by phone. US Search’s customer service phone lines are open Monday through Friday only from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time (3 hours behind the east coast and some 7 ahead of Alaska and Hawaii.

One-State Criminal Check/Background Check

US Search’s pricier options provide more info, but, in many cases, from fewer sources. For instance, the company has access to marriage and divorce records from only 11 states and criminal records from 43 (excluding Colorado, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, North and South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming). So, if you want to check if that great new dude/dudette you just met at the Flax Festival is, in fact, a serial polygamist/bigamist chances are you’ll need to go another route. Likewise if you’d feel better about your second cousin’s nephew from Wyoming with the odd face tattoo dating your daughter after a criminal records check.

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The 1-State Criminal Check is a check of the records available from a selected state for specific person. If that person has a criminal record in another state it will not appear in the 1-State Criminal Check.

The full on, full-priced Background Check proves all available criminal and financial info in the form of property ownership details and info about civil judgments, bankruptcies and tax liens. In order to limit identify theft, US Search does not provide credit histories, dates of birth and other sensitive information.

Reverse phone lookup

US search can also tell you who belongs to that phone number that keeps mysteriously appearing on your caller id, a family member’s phone or on a phone bill.

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How Good is US Search Data?

As a testament to US Search’s accuracy, it remembered more about me than I did, digging up an address from two decades ago I lived at for about a year and a half. Even better when I did a little digging on a neighbor, not only did it corroborate facts I was already certain of, it filled in a few blanks besides and as an added bonus displayed a satellite photo of what I couldn’t see clearly over the fence from next door. And when curiosity got the better of me it located the current location of my first crush. Try as I might, I could not unearth any criminals or deadbeats in my circle of friends and acquaintances, confirming I must be running in the right circles.

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How do I Cancel US Search?

Pretty standard stuff here. To cancel, go to your account settings, scroll to “membership info” and choose “cancel service.” Or you can contact customer support by phone M-F from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PACIFIC TIME, or Email: cservice@ussearch.com. Service terminates at end of current billing term.

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US Search Final Thoughts

I’d say this is a perfect site for the occasional, largely benign searches or to follow up on strong evidence that someone is not who or what they are pretending to be. US Search could be problematic if you’re planning on using it frequently for your business or for more specific checks of employment or education histories.

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eVerify Review

  • Price
  • Accuracy
  • Support
  • Interface/Features

Summary

eVerify is singularly suited for deep research on a single subject and would be an expensive choice for someone looking to compile contact info on Riverdale High’s Class of 1979.

2.3
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Pros

  • Lots of info.

Cons

  • TMI – for casual searches
  • Funky web design
  • Pricey and cumbersome for multiple searches

Meh

  • Notable problems with accuracy.

Who is eVerify?

A background check on this background check website turns up very little information other than a Boston, Mass., mailing address. Further complicating matters is the fact the employment verification website shared by the Department of Homeland Security and US Citizenship and Immigration Service has a nearly identical name: E-Verify. (Make sure you’re using the right one!)

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eVerify Pricing and Available Plans

eVerify’s $19.95 Instant One Time Report could be the best bargain out there in terms of the amount of raw data it dredges up.

The $2.95 5-Day Trial, on the other hand, is kind of a tease, promising a lot, but frequently turning up just a long list of “no reports found” responses, which are suddenly filled with scads of data when you pay the $19.95 to tack on a “premium search.”

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How to Use eVerify?

Sign up

Is relatively quick and painless as is cancelling the service.

Ease of use

Not so much. Not only does this site have a name dangerously similar the government site it also shares the same kind of red-white-and-blue, stars-and-stripes-forever themed web design. And it can be difficult to separate search results from Great New Offers! However, once mastered the site could be very useful for professionals tasked with meticulously checking out every single detail of a subject’s past and present associates, dealings, finances and history.

Standard search

eVerify requires more patience to negotiate than many other sites. General searches turn up so many possible matches that it can be very difficult to home in on the one person you’re checking up on (which is probably why there’s an instructional video prominently displayed on the site’s homepage). You’re best off narrowing down your search however you can beforehand (like knowing middle initials, relatives or narrowing the geographic scope of your search as much as possible.)

The standard search offers a big bonus when it comes to checking out the bad guys in your neighborhood, however. A list of sex offenders, complete with mug shots when available, living in the vicinity of the person you’ve searched for is automatically tacked onto the end of eVerify’s standard search.

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Premium search

eVerify’s premium search seems better suited to professionals such as investigative reporters or private eyes than it is to soccer dads checking up on carpool drivers. This search returns long lists of financial information as well as sizable numbers of the subject’s associates and the current owners of homes they once owned.

If you’re looking to talk to someone’s former neighbors, employers and need a fairly detailed snapshot of their past and current financial situation, you’ll get it here. The premium search is so detailed it brings up the all subject’s neighbors’ phone numbers which is, somehow, a little creepy.

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Social media/emails

As much information as this site returns on friends, relatives and associates, it’s very weak where social media and emails are concerned, frequently returning nothing at or results that are very clearly incorrect.

Customer service

Online – all the time. Call center – 10 a.m.-8p.m. EST, M-F.

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How Good is eVerify Data?

A premium search of my neighbor turned up more info (38 pages) than I could ever possibly want, need or have the time to carefully read. An attempt to locate an old college buddy with a standard search, on the other hand, was an exercise in frustration – pretty much the only result was a list of hundreds of names of possible matches without much to help further narrow down the list. While thorough in some respects, the site returned some clearly inaccurate results, especially in the area of social media, attributing accounts in Texas to a friend located clear across the country who I know has never done business in the Lone Star State. Even more disturbing were the 14 non-existent criminal offenses that showed up when I ordered up a report on myself (which also included relatives who aren’t and, although I often have trouble nailing two boards together, listed my occupation as craftsman).

 

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How do I Cancel eVerify?

Cancellation for eVerify is a pretty straightforward process. Email them at https://members.everify.com/customer/help or hit them up on the phone at (800) 791-1427. That’s it! Just keep in mind that fees are billed monthly, so there are no refunds for any unused portion of the month you’ve got left.

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eVerify Final Thoughts

eVerify is just not for me. I can’t imagine needing this much info on anyone unless I was looking for a Russian mole deep inside my Silicon Valley server farm. eVerify provides far too much info, too much of it inaccurate, but will garner a good market among those looking to identify convicted sex offenders and other creeps in the neighborhood.

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PeopleFinders Review

  • Price
  • Accuracy
  • Support
  • Interface/features

Summary

PeopleFinders is a data service that allows you to simply and effectively search people with confidentiality and peace of mind. It is a cost-effective option that doesn’t skimp on quality or quantity of information and gives you the added bonus of unlimited background searches.

4.8
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Pros

  • The site was very easy to use and provided an easily understandable collection of data.
  • Considering other companies I looked into, the price for what you receive is fantastic.
  • The data returned proved to be very accurate and, though not perfect, it was better than I expected from an online aggregation of information.
  • Cancellation was simple and painless.

Cons

  • When searching myself, I found quite a few ‘relatives’ that were so distant that they would not even know who I was; a wife of a cousin of my brother’s first wife, for example. It was a stretch to label them as relatives.

Meh

  • Some of the relatives listed provided phone numbers and addresses despite having been deceased for over 25 years.

Recently, my teenage daughter was invited to join her best friend and her family on a weekend getaway up north to the family cabin. They talked about skiing and sledding and it all sounded really fun but I was still a little uneasy because I wasn’t that familiar with the family. I decided to put my fears to rest and just do a little searching to make sure that the parents were good people. Truth be told, we don’t know many people in that area and wanted to make sure that the surrounding neighborhood was safe, too.
I looked online for a background search company and was presented with a host of options. I dug a little deeper to find the highest rated research company and eventually landed on PeopleFinders.

Who is PeopleFinders?

Once I decided which company was most attractive, I looked a little more into who they are. PeopleFinders has been in business since 1998 and is stationed in Sacremento, California. They’re considered a DaaS, or a “Data as a Service”, company and the amount of information they have access to is a bit scary but can be very helpful. Their query of information goes back 40+ years, which is going to ensure very thorough results. I was very impressed to see that they have received a plethora of awards including, but not limited to, the “Top 10 Best: Top 10 People Search Sites” and the 3 from the WMA for “Best of Industry; Information Services Standard of Excellence; and Standard of Excellence Award”

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PeopleFinders Pricing and Available Plans

With PeopleFinders, I found the interface much more user-friendly than the others and it allowed me to do a simple search to get what I needed. I was a bit confused at first because it offered a 3 day trial for $2.95 with a $29.95 monthly charge if you kept the service but below that offer it also offered $7.95 for the report and trial together. Upon digging deeper, I realized that the $2.95 price was what would be charged if you ended up canceling within the 3 days. Otherwise, you’d pay the $7.95 each month you continued the service.

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In my opinion, that was a steal of a price so I continued. I noticed at the checkout that there was a spot for a promo code so I did a quick google search to see if I could find something to sweeten the deal and found a 50% off deal but upon continuing through the link it turned out to be more expensive than the price I had already. However, deals change quite often so you might be able to find a discount if you look.

I would caution you to pay attention when you sign up because it offers something called “Rewards” which allows you to do $1 background checks, assisted searches, reports on yourself, genealogy census searches, etc. It says in the fine print that you’ll be charged $24.99/mo for this service and if you aren’t careful you could click right through this without looking. I chose to not go this route and pressed the link below that says, “No thanks, complete my order without signing up for rewards”.

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How to Use PeopleFinders?

The simplicity of the process was very nice. All it required was for me to enter my friend’s first and last name and the city and it returned a few results with the information I needed to choose the correct person. I entered my financial information and submitted the form and within moments I was all set.

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I was absolutely astonished by the wealth of information presented to me as soon as I ran the report. There were no less than 50 relatives, all listing their addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and maiden name. No doubt, the long list included cousins and distant family. It listed her property ownership information and gave not only the location but also that she owned multiple properties. It showed no evictions or foreclosures, which showed me that she has maintained good financial standing.

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One thing that surprised me was that it gave me a list of their neighbors with the address and phone number. If I wanted to, I could have easily called the neighbors and asked them for their opinion of her. There are situations where I may have done that but in this instance I did not. Further down, it listed no criminal records, liens, judgements, bankruptcies etc. Essentially, it showed that they both had a clean slate, which gave me the reassurance I needed to trust her.

Because I’m a cynic and I didn’t find any criminal records on the report I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just left empty so I decided to do a little investigating. I looked up a well known criminal to see if he had anything listed and sure enough he had his criminal record posted on the background check along with a foreclosure. This bolstered my confidence in the accuracy of the information I was being given.

Taking it one step further, I wanted to look into the neighborhood surrounding the cabin. With the premium membership, it was as simple as plugging in the address!

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It immediately brought up a list of current and previous owners as well as allowed me to see who the neighbors were.

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I could do background checks on the neighbors that were closest if I wanted to. That, paired with a local sex-offender search, made me feel so much better about sending my daughter off for the weekend. I was confident that the people she was going with and the people she may meet there were all good people and it was very unlikely that she would find herself in a bad situation.

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How Good is PeopleFinders Data?

The membership came with unlimited background checks so I looked myself up. I was glad to see that the information presented was about 95% correct. I continued, almost with a guilty pleasure, looking up family members and other people I knew, just for fun.
Upon returning to the home page I noticed that I was offered a free reverse phone number look-up, so I gave that a shot. I began with myself and it showed me my address as well as who had previously owned my phone number. I ended up looking up a few phone numbers of people I had screened calls from because they had not been programmed into my phone. As it turns out, they were old friends and I was able to reconnect with them for drinks and to catch up. Had I not had this service I would have never known that they had called me and I would have missed this opportunity.

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How do I Cancel PeopleFinders?

It was actually rather difficult to make the decision to cancel my subscription to this site. I found myself intrigued by the endless background checks but eventually had to resign my curiosity and fight the urge to search everyone I knew. Still, some things are better left unknown. When I cut myself off, the cancellation process was very simple. There was a basic form to with a few questions asking you to explain why you were canceling your subscription.

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Scout Review

  • Ease of Installation
  • Customer Service And Monitoring
  • Cost
  • Equipment
  • Technology

Summary

Scout home security is a great solution for those looking to save money with DIY setup, optional monitoring, and an a la carte menu of features.

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We all know that purchasing a home security system is a monumental decision. Weighing the costs and benefits is more difficult than with normal products because the risks are far greater. We want to get the best product for our money, of course, but we want to know that we will be safe and secure for the foreseeable future, too.

We are taking a look at Scout home security systems to figure out what sets them apart from the competition, and what makes them a worthy choice when it comes to protecting your home and your family.

For those with a bit of technical know-how and a level of comfort when it comes to working with devices, this company might be a great choice. The tradeoff for a lower price in this market is a more DIY-oriented setup, which is exactly how Scout works.

Things to consider before buying a home security system

Everyone who’s owned and maintained a home security system knows that the long-term investment will easily justify its cost, as long as it works as advertised. Setups like those offered by Scout are designed to not only monitor and protect your home seamlessly; they are meant to notify the proper authorities in the case of an emergency via professional monitoring.

One of the key features of Scout is that the professional monitoring feature is optional, which means you can actually operate the technology without a monthly fee. However, this comes with a tradeoff of higher risk if your home is burglarized while you are away or otherwise unable to contact the police. Still, it makes for an intriguing spot between higher-cost solutions and, well, no security at all.

When selecting your own home security system, you’ll want to weigh the available options and decide what is most important to you. Many companies offer simple tiers of service, with accompanying hardware suits and feature levels, but Scout allows you to purchase the equipment a la carte and select only the features you want. This means you’ll want to be educated about the product and your own needs before you take the plunge.

What is Scout?

Scout is an a la carte security system, similar to competitors like SimpliSafe and Viper Home, with an extra helping of freedom of choice. That means you, the homeowner, get to pick and choose which components go into your own setup. You’ll be able to install all of the equipment you need and nothing more. This means that, in many cases, you’ll be saving money in comparison to other offerings.

With a focus on DIY installation and customization, Scout is nearly the polar opposite of brands like ADT that sell suites of devices that must be professionally installed in your home. This translates into savings in the long term, but naturally requires a bit of technical know-how on your part as the homeowner.

Let’s look at a list of the major pros and cons to Scout’s approach.

Pros:

  1. A la carte device selection – only get what you’ll use
  2. Optional service plan – zero monthly fees if you choose
  3. Live monitoring is optional and lower priced than competitors
  4. Smart device integration

Cons:

  • No Android support for smartphone app
  • Limited selection of devices
  • Initial costs can add up if all devices are purchased
  • DIY installation means problems are yours to fix

Features & Benefits

A La Carte Selection

Unlike almost every other option in home security, Scout is happy to let you pick and choose the components that you want, free of constricting service tiers. While that means that the initial selection process is more intensive, it also means that you only get the pieces that you need to secure your own home. Of course, the device selection means that the initial cost may be higher than other services, but you’ll own the components forever and will not necessarily have to pay a monthly fee if you don’t want to.

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Optional Monthly Monitoring

This brings us to the next standout feature: professional emergency monitoring is completely optional with Scout. While most systems are inextricably tied to an ongoing service, Scout allows you to set up an ad hoc security system of your choice and use it however you choose. Of course, professional monitoring is always the safest route and should be taken advantage of where possible, but it’s good to know that the option is there.

Smart Devices

The hardware Scout uses is some of the smartest around, with a central hub device that connects the whole ecosystem to each other and to your mobile device. This allows for integration with smart home products you may already own, from thermostats to light switches. Even better, it allows you to monitor and control every aspect of the system from your phone, tablet, or computer, no matter where you are. The built-in wireless chips mean that your security system is always connected, too.

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Always On Technology

Scout boasts about its always-on service because it’s one of the most reliable features of any home security setup out there. With battery backup and built-in wireless 3G chips, their components will stay alert and connected even when the power goes out. You’ll still be able to get alerts, check status, and do more with the remote mobile app no matter what. Also, if you spring for the 24/7 professional monitoring, you can rest assured that it will continue to function no matter what.

Scout Reviews by Real Users

We always make sure to check around the web to see what real customers think about a given home security product. In this case, we searched high and low to find a number of informative reviews for Scout. Here are a few good examples.

“I considered many of the different DIY home security/automation systems out there. I looked at SmartThings, Piper, Canary, Viper, Simplisafe, iSmartAlarm, etc. Each one of them had good and bad things and it was hard to find a company that had all of the things that I wanted. I was leaning towards Simplisafe because of the professional monitoring service, but I really, really hated that their system was closed and had no way of including a camera. I really wanted to have professional monitoring services. That, coupled with the cost and features of Scout, is what sold me.” – Jacob C.

“Setting up the alarm was extremely simple. You can do it from your phone or from a computer. I opted for my computer, but should have used my phone because every time I wanted to hook up a new window sensor I had to go all the way to my office to click the mouse a few times and then go back to the window to set it up. With the phone, you can do everything from wherever you’re standing and the interface is exactly the same as on a computer.” – OllieMcJeeves

“My final thoughts are that the wireless aspect of this system is a non-starter in it’s current form. Unfortunately, for ultimate reliability, a hard-wired system is going to be the best. I think Scout should keep trying – The app and all that stuff is great, and the infrastructure is there, but I just think the hardware isn’t reliable enough (or diagnosable enough) to really have it make the cut for anything serious. It’s better than nothing, but I’d definitely recommend having a camera system so you can verify false alarms remotely.” – Andy B.

Alternatives

Because we value a thorough comparison, we looked at how Scout compares with its biggest competitors in the home security industry. Here are the top three companies to consider:

Vivint

Vivint is a major player because of its focus on home automation, providing entirely wireless home security technology. Unlike Scout, Vivint offers a comprehensive installation and setup process in which techs come into your home to set the product up professionally. There are charges for equipment and installation, but this is a boon for anyone who wants to avoid working directly with the technology. If this sounds like you, it might be a better option, provided the costs are acceptable.

  • Price: Plans start at $39.99 a month
  • Features: Vivint boasts the same features, plus full home automation
  • Benefits: 24/7 customer service, professional installation
  • Contract: Vivint contracts stand at 42 months, while Scout requires no monthly contract

If you’re curious about the full benefits, check out Vivint right here.

ADT

ADT is the most popular name when it comes to home security in America. It’s been around for decades and has an according reputation. ADT’s standard service is known for its attention to detail, including full consultation and installation. This ease of use comes with a higher price.

  • Price: Plans run from $28.99 to $55.99 a month. The top tier plan includes remote secure video and smartphone control.
  • Features: Both companies offer remarkably similar features, but ADT includes video with its plans
  • Benefits: Professional installation, remote locking, ADT branded warning signs.
  • Contract: 36 month contracts here

If you’re curious about the full benefits, check out ADT right here.

Frontpoint

Frontpoint offers a similar suite of features, including DIY installation, wireless security, and smartphone access to your home security setup. They are also well known for their quality customer service, all-cellular monitoring, and lower costs.

  • Price: $34.99 to $49.99 a month. All plans include 100% wireless and cellular system with 24/7 professional monitoring but do not include all equipment.
  • Features: Outdoor camera, remote app, and top plan offers video streaming, automated door locks, and advanced thermostat control.
  • Benefits: Simple DIY installation, pet-friendly motion detectors, Z-Wave compatible
  • Contract: 36 months, with a 30 day trial period

If you’re curious about the full benefits, check out Frontpoint right here.

Conclusion

While Scout is one of the newest players in the home security game, they’ve stepped directly into the future with a new a la carte pricing model and completely modular setup. You only buy what you need, which means you could be looking at a much better price than the competition, provided your needs are met. Their newness brings with it a lack of long term experience, but user experience and professional reviews indicate that they’re off to a very promising start.

 

AT&T Digital Life Review

  • Ease of Installation
  • Customer Service And Monitoring
  • Cost
  • Equipment
  • Technology

Summary

AT&T Digital Life is one of the most feature-rich home security solutions, with a slick app interface, smart home automation options, and a sizeable cost to match.

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We know what it’s like to search high and low for a home security solution that won’t make us broke. That’s why we are now taking a look at the AT&T Digital Life, a relatively newer entry to the world of remote monitored home security.

We know it’s impossible to evaluate all options when it comes to a product like this, so we’re stepping in to do the hard work of figuring out which companies are worth your time and money. This is a product you’ll depend on to keep your family and your home safe, so we look at the aspects that really matter.

For anyone looking to secure their own home for the first time, the array of options might seem intimidating, but in the end the choice boils down to a balance of cost and effectiveness. Which features will serve your family best? How much will you pay? Most importantly, how well does it work?

We’re looking closely at AT&T Digital Life to share the features, reliability, cost, and overall effectiveness of the program so that you won’t risk your time or money.

Things to consider before buying a home security system.

If this is your first time buying a home security system, you’re going to be understandably wary of every claim that a company makes; after all, it’s your safety that’s at stake. Every customer wants to enjoy peace of mind and confidence that their home and family are safe whether they’re at home or traveling abroad.

If you’re looking to change home security services, you know where this is going. You’ll first want to consider the cost, remembering that it doesn’t always correlate directly with a certain level of service. A higher price tag often indicates better hardware or additional features, but a lower price doesn’t automatically translate into a poor product.

You’ll also want to consider the reputation of the company, because trust in the remote monitoring quality is the very foundation of owning a home security system. Without that foundation, it’s just a bunch of electronics in your home.

In the case of AT&T Digital Life, we are looking at a product that is aimed toward the higher end of the spectrum, with a host of smart home features and a hefty two-year contract to match. The value depends on what you need most in a home security setup.

What Is AT&T Digital Life?

AT&T Digital Life home security solution revolves around a slick app interface and smart home integration, making it one of the more notably forward-looking setups on the market. This product is definitely future-proofed, with a wealth of features that set it near the forefront of home security today.

While the comprehensive service and professional installation comes with an appropriately hefty price tag, the lack of DIY guesswork or home integration struggles might make it a very worthy purchase for you.

Let’s look at some pros and cons of the product.

Pros:

  • AT&T Digital Life includes solid security devices
  • Very solid home automation functionality, including making your ownautomation programs
  • All plans include remote smartphone, tablet, and computer access
  • Automation packages include keyless door lock and outdoor camera

Cons:

  • Mandatory 2-year contract, potential early cancellation fees
  • Some important pieces of equipment only available a la carte
  • Initial setup and installation fee
  • Customer service may not be up to par

Features & Benefits

Around-the-Clock Monitoring:

As with any worthwhile home security setup, AT&T Digital Life comes with a professional monitoring subscription that guarantees the most important part of the system: a real human being alerting the authorities when needed. When any of the door, window, or motion sensors goes off, someone is there to help you out and determine if it’s just your child who forgot the code, or if there’s a real emergency.

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Smart Home Integration:

We believe that smart homes are the way of the future, helping us live safer, more convenient, and more efficient lives. Smart home devices range from learning thermostats to lights that can be triggered remotely, and AT&T Digital Life is ready to integrate with all of it. Available on their second and third tiers of service, this includes lock control as well as monitoring and control of thermostat and other small appliances. The best part is that this integration works well with the next big feature.

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Remote Access and Control:

As with many of the best home security companies out there, AT&T Digital Life offers the ability to use your smartphone, tablet, or computer to control the system from anywhere on earth. This brings immense peace of mind, especially to those of us who are prone to wondering if we left the door unlocked or the lights on, right as we are boarding a plane. With the highest tier of service, you’ll be able to control all of this, in addition to smart enabled appliances, no matter where you are.

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Cost:

While not normally considered a feature, the cost of AT&T Digital Life needs to be addressed. This high level of technology and services comes at a premium. The three tiers of pricing are as follows: $39.99 for just the security equipment, $54.99 for security plus home automation, and $64.99 for the full suite of smart home automation features, including smart appliance integration. These prices aren’t bad at all, but they don’t account for any extra pieces of equipment you may need, or the fact that you’ll be locked into a two-year contract if you sign up.

AT&T reviews by Real Users

We took a look around the web to find out what real customers think about AT&T Digital Life, because if there’s anything we know to be 100% true in the home security market, long-term experience is valuable. Below we share a handful of reviews representing the opinions we found.

“We have had Digital life going on two years and have had no problems at all. The install went great and we are happy with everything. It would be nice if the outdoor camera could zoom in but it’s really a great view and clear picture so it’s fine for us.” – Cheryl Roberts

“Inherited the service and it seemed to work ok but if you need customer service be prepared for over an hour wait (literally, over 60 minutes!) to get through to (ironically named) retention department. And they won’t/can’t help you via online chat, online site or in store.” – SAEaffairs

“Went to AT&T Store.  Met with the Manager and explained my problem.  He indicated that it had to be the door lock and not the system.  He took ownership of the problem and contacted the Service Center to cancel my cancellation request and schedule a 3rd Tech to come out with the specific order to replace the door lock.  The Tech did and the system worked for a few minutes then the app timed out without completing the function selected on the IPhone.  The Tech relocated the system box to the forward part of my home and I am happy to report that the system has worked for 32 hours now.  Previously the problem surfaced within 3 hours after the tech left.  Thanks to the Manager – Paul and Tech that continued to think critically while at my residence to solve the problem.” – E. C. 

Alternatives

In our quest to get the whole picture, we always make sure to compare a product with its biggest competitors. This way we can contrast the features and costs. In this case, we’re showing the relative strengths of the AT&T Digital Life package versus the top three alternative companies you’ll want to consider:

Vivint

Vivint focuses big-time on home automation, providing entirely wireless home security technology with their selection. The company offers professional installation and setup, so you don’t have to lift a finger or worry about getting it right. This level of attention comes at a cost, which is why Vivint is aimed aimed at homeowners who want to avoid the risks that come with DIY installation.

  • Price: Vivint plans start at $39.99 a month
  • Features: Vivint boasts similar features, including smart home automation
  • Benefits: 24/7 customer service, professional installation
  • Contract: Vivint contracts stand at 42 months

If you’re curious about the full benefits, check out Vivint right here.

ADT

ADT is the most famous name in American home security. Their little blue signs have been seen around neighborhoods for decades. The company is known for its high level of service, including full consultation and installation. The price is accordingly higher than comparable DIY services.

  • Price: Plans go from $28.99 to $55.99 a month. The top tier plan includes remote secure video and smartphone control.
  • Features: Both companies offer similar monitoring features, but ADT includes video cameras standard with its plans
  • Benefits: Professional installation, remote locking, ADT branded warning signs.
  • Contract: 36 month contracts here

If you’re curious about the full benefits, check out ADT right here.

Frontpoint

Frontpoint has a different focus, with DIY installation, wireless security, and smartphone access as its central services. They have a reputation for quality customer service, all-cellular monitoring, and low costs.

  • Price: $34.99 to $49.99 a month. All plans include 100% wireless cellular system with 24/7 professional monitoring but do not include all equipment.
  • Features: Outdoor camera, remote app, and top plan offers video streaming, automated door locks, and advanced thermostat control.
  • Benefits: Simple DIY installation, pet-friendly motion detectors, Z-Wave compatible
  • Contract: 36 months, with a 30 day trial period

If you’re curious about the full benefits, check out Frontpoint right here.

Conclusion

Overall, AT&T Digital Life can be considered a solid home security effort that brings a hefty price with its high-quality equipment, round-the-clock monitoring, and mobile control app. With a two-year required contract and steep cancellation fee, you’ll want to be sure you are choosing the best option. The solid home security functions and array of home automation options are an important consideration. If you value your time and freedom more than money, it could be the best solution for your home.

LiveWatch Review

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  • Customer Service And Monitoring
  • Cost
  • Equipment
  • Technology

Summary

LiveWatch is a great home security system, especially for those with short-term needs. Their DIY approach and fast monitoring response make for a solid first choice.

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If you’re looking for a home security solution that won’t break the bank, it might seem like you’ve got a tough road ahead. But fear not, because we’re doing the hard work of figuring out which companies are worth your time and money. There’s a wide world of options out there, but only a select few belong in your home, protecting your possessions and loved ones.

When looking to secure your own home, your choice boils down to balancing cost and effectiveness. Which features will serve your family best? How much will it cost? Most importantly, how well does it work?

We’ve been in the exact same place, asking the same questions. We bring our experience to the table in hopes of sorting out the home security system that will serve you best. We’re taking a close look at LiveWatch security to let you know about the features, reliability, cost, and overall effectiveness of the program so that you don’t have to risk your own time and savings.

Things to consider before buying a home security system.

Everyone wants to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing their home and their loved ones are safe and secure at all times. Whether you’re just moving in, buying your first security system, or looking to make a change, we’re here to help guide the process.

The ideal customer for LiveWatch is going to be somewhat comfortable working with technology, because the company offers full DIY installation in order to save costs. Additionally, a level of familiarity with smartphones and computers is beneficial, because the best features on offer will fully integrate with these devices for more comprehensive coverage.

LiveWatch is also ready to embrace smart home automation. Its hardware integrates with any smart home devices you may already own, allowing you to achieve easy, comprehensive control of your home environment from anywhere with an internet connection.

What is LiveWatch?

LiveWatch entices with affordable rates and short contract time. Their plans start at $34.95 per month for the most basic level of protection and top out at $49.95 per month with full home automation and video monitoring. Of course, all plan levels come with full, round-the-clock wireless remote monitoring by professionals.

The free DIY installation is somewhat offset by an upfront equipment fee, usually between $200 – $300 but often lower thanks to discounts.

The most unique selling point for LiveWatch is that their contract is only for 1 year, which is surprisingly short compared to its peers. After that, your service continues on a month-by-month basis and you can cancel anytime. Even better, if you cancel before 1 year, you can even get a full equipment refund.

Let’s take a look at some pros and cons of the product.

Pros:

  • Short contract length
  • Decade-plus in business
  • DIY installation
  • Fast monitoring response
  • Touchscreen control available
  • A+ BBB rating

Cons:

  • High starting costs
  • No standout features
  • Average equipment
  • Basic home automation

Features & Benefits

ASAPer monitoring:

ASAPer is the name of the monitoring system that comes with LiveWatch Security systems. It aims to connect and respond faster in emergencies than the average competition. LiveWatch’s system sends you alerts instantly when an alarm has been triggered, allowing you to resolve the alarm from your smartphone or computer if there’s nothing to worry about. Of course, if you’re unavailable, the professional monitoring center dispatches the police to your home. As with any home security system, the reliability of the remote monitoring team is perhaps the single most important aspect. Reviews indicate that LiveWatch nails this feature.

No Early Termination Fees:

LiveWatch customers can cancel their service at any time with no early termination fees, although depending on your situation, you may still have to pay for your equipment. This feature stands in contrast with most of the competition, as many companies require their customers to pay the remaining balance of their contract. This fact alone makes them a great first choice for anyone looking for a home security solution because you won’t be stuck for years if you dislike the service. Even better, once the 1-year contract is done, you continue on a month-by-month basis without any further risk.

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Remote Control:

As with many of the top home security solutions available, LiveWatch offers a tier of service that includes instant, always-on remote control from your smartphone or computer. This is a serious boon for your peace of mind, allowing total command of the system from anywhere with an internet connection or a cellular signal. Of course, when at home the entire system is controlled by a central hub device mounted on your wall. Still, we know from experience how valuable it is to be able to check in on things while at work, out and about, or even on vacation. Their included smartphone app lets you know anytime a door has opened or an alarm has gone off, allowing you to reset status, turn alarms on and off, and even command your smart home devices.

Modular Hardware:

While LiveWatch offers a variable set of starting equipment to customers, selected based on your individual needs, they also offer the ability to add on more hardware as your home or your needs change. The system is designed to allow for expansion, with the central hub allowing up to 40 devices to be placed throughout the home, from motion detectors to window and door sensors, and even video surveillance with an additional monthly fee of $10. It’s reassuring to know that no matter what hardware package you begin with, you can expand components to make it more comprehensive. While installation is DIY, the equipment is mercifully easy to set up.

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LiveWatch Reviews by Real Users

“It hurts when you have to cancel service with a business you have zero complaints about.  After researching a number of home security systems last year, I chose LiveWatch Security b/c of their pricing and service options.  I haven’t been disappointed at all.  Their customer service is great (knowledgeable, prompt, professional and friendly) and I had zero problems with the security system – and cancellation happened without any hassle.  The only reason I’m canceling my service is because I’m moving to a new home that won’t require another layer of home security.  But, as I told the customer service guy today – if I require the service in the future, LiveWatch will be the first company I contact.” – Shikha B.

“We have had the system for about 2 months and we find it very easy to use and install. The sales team and technical support people were knowledgable, very helpful and responsive. We haven’t had much experience yet with the monitoring system response time.” – Michele G.

“You just pay for what you want to install and use. The system is pretty open and easy to configure. Have been adding new automation one by one and it make the alarm even smarter.” – Yann Mathieu

Alternatives

We wanted to show a well-rounded take, so here’s how LiveWatch compares with its most well-known competitors in the home security market. These are the top three alternative companies you’ll want to consider:

Vivint

Vivint offers a big focus on home automation, providing quality wireless home security technology with their packages. They offer a comprehensive installation and setup process, with professional techs coming into your home to set the product up. There is a charge for this level of attention, which is aimed at homeowners who want to avoid the risks that come with working directly with the hardware.

  • Price: Plans start at $39.99 a month
  • Features: Vivint boasts similar features, including smart home automation
  • Benefits: 24/7 customer service, professional installation
  • Contract: Vivint contracts stand at 42 months

If you’re curious about the full benefits, check out Vivint right here.

ADT

ADT is the most well-known name in home security. They’ve been around the longest and built up a solid reputation over the decades. ADT is known for its high level of service, including full consultation and installation. This comes with an accordingly higher price.

  • Price: Plans go from $28.99 to $55.99 a month. The top tier plan includes remote secure video and smartphone control.
  • Features: Both companies offer similar monitoring features, but ADT includes video cameras standard with its plans
  • Benefits: Professional installation, remote locking, ADT branded warning signs.
  • Contract: 36 month contracts here

If you’re curious about the full benefits, check out ADT right here.

Frontpoint

Frontpoint similarly focuses on DIY installation, wireless security, and smartphone access to your home security setup. They are well-known for quality customer service, all-cellular monitoring, and low costs.

  • Price: $34.99 to $49.99 a month. All plans include 100% wireless cellular system with 24/7 professional monitoring but do not include all equipment.
  • Features: Outdoor camera, remote app, and top plan offers video streaming, automated door locks, and advanced thermostat control.
  • Benefits: Simple DIY installation, pet-friendly motion detectors, Z-Wave compatible
  • Contract: 36 months, with a 30 day trial period

If you’re curious about the full benefits, check out Frontpoint right here.

Conclusion

LiveWatch fits into a unique space in the home security world, offering a comprehensive level of service along with cheaper DIY installation. Their focus on instant communication and control is refreshing, as is the ability to expand the hardware as your needs grow.

While plans are in the lower-middle of the pack, as far as pricing goes, the initial hardware costs could be off-putting. However, this is easily balanced by one of the most consumer-friendly contracts around, allowing you to cancel any time and to continue on a month-by-month basis once the short 1-year contract has completed.

LiveWatch is an especially attractive investment for those looking to install their first home security set up with as little risk as possible.