Protect your home before it’s too late with this DIY security system


SimpliSafe wants to help keep this guy out of your house.
Don't let this guy into your house.
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We live in a world where cars can drive themselves and your phone can recognize your face, but most home security systems still require a physical phone line. Yes, we’re talking about that ancient form of communication used before the iPhone graced this earth.

Luckily, a few companies are pushing the status quo on home security and producing products worth a second look. At the forefront of the industry is SimpliSafe, a top-rated performer that took the book on home security and essentially threw it out the window. SimpliSafe’s 24/7 monitoring comes without long-term contracts. Plus, you can quickly set up the system yourself without drilling as much as a single hole in a wall.

We’re not talking “Ikea DIY” — SimpliSafe makes it actually simple to set up a system and start protecting your home. And it’s actually affordable, too.

In an era where we constantly worry about protecting our data and our identities, the SimpliSafe security system serves as a welcome reminder that we shouldn’t forget about our homes. Here’s how it works:

SimpliSafe security system hardware

A range of SimpliSafe sensors can tackle all your home security challenges.
A range of SimpliSafe sensors can tackle all your home security challenges.
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Every home is different, which is why SimpliSafe offers a variety of hardware packages. If you live in a custom home modeled after the Death Star, you can create your own package.

To set up your system, simply place SimpliSafe sensors around your home to detect intruders in every nook and cranny. The sensors communicate wirelessly with your SimpliSafe base station (which you should set up in a central area of your home). One base station can pair with up to 40 sensors.

Should anyone trigger a sensor, it will alert the base station, which in turn contacts the human-staffed 24/7 security monitoring center. Yes, if there’s an emergency at your house, a real-life human from SimpliSafe will handle the situation directly with the police.

The final essential component of the SimpliSafe hardware set is the keypad. It is battery-powered and lasts 8 to 12 months.

All of this security hardware can be easily installed by you — no matter your level of technical know-how. And, if you’re thinking about relocating anytime soon, rest easy. You can easily move your SimpliSafe system wherever life takes you (and purchase extra sensors as needed).

Arm and disarm SimpliSafe from anywhere with your iPhone

The keypad will be your main hub for arming and disarming your security system on a daily basis. However, SimpliSafe knows alternative means may occasionally come in handy. The included keychain remote is a super-portable way to arm and disarm your alarm system without actually being in your home. Hopefully, you will never need it — but it’s better to be prepared.

Travel often? This one’s for you. With SimpliSafe’s Interactive Plan, you can control your system from anywhere in the world. Download the SimpliSafe app on iOS or Android, or use the online dashboard, to access your command center no matter where you are. Simply tap to arm or disarm remotely.

SimpliCam gives you an extra pair of eyes

The SimpliCam is the "eyes" of the SimpliSafe security system. Get a SimpliSafe discount now.
The SimpliCam is the “eyes” of the SimpliSafe system.
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If an actual intruder breaks into your home, an alert may not be enough. That’s where SimpliCam comes in. This high-quality, 720p camera will record actual footage of the scene for you to revisit as an eyewitness.

Get a limited-time SimpliSafe discount

One of the best parts about SimpliSafe is that the company doesn’t ask for a lifelong commitment, as most security companies do. SimpliSafe believes in its product and is confident you’ll stick around, so the company doesn’t issue long-term contracts. Add in other features — no extra fees, no middlemen, no outrageous costs — and SimpliSafe easily surpasses what other home-security companies offer.

If you’re ready to give DIY home security a try, you’re in luck. SimpliSafe is offering Cult of Mac readers 10 percent off any order through the end of November. Click here to get your 10 percent SimpliSafe discount today.



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