Kasey Tross

Kasey is a trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member and a freelance writer with expertise in emergency preparedness and security. As the mother of four kids, including two teens, Kasey knows the safety concerns parents face as they raise tech-savvy kids in a connected world, and she loves to research the latest security options for her own family and for SafeWise readers.

Posts by Kasey Tross

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Samsung SmartThings Hub Review

Kasey Tross | Oct 31, 2019 | Automation, Equipment Reviews

We took the Samsung SmartThings hub and its app for a spin to see how well they handled our smart home devices. Compatibility is the hub’s strong point, but its app is still less user-friendly than we’d like.

Wyze Sense Starter Kit Review

Kasey Tross | Apr 2, 2020 | Equipment Reviews

We were skeptical when we saw the low price on the Wyze Sense Starter Kit, but our skepticism turned to smiles when we started testing the $20 sensor setup.

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How to Talk to Your Parents about a Medical Alert System

Kasey Tross | Oct 31, 2019 | Editorials, Senior Safety

There’s no need to dread talking to your parents about a medical alert system. Our five easy steps can help you work with your parent to maintain their safety and dignity.

We tested the inexpensive YI Home Camera 3 to see how its motion detection, two-way audio, and sleek design compare to pricier competitors.

YI Home Camera 3 Review

Kasey Tross | May 15, 2020 | Equipment Reviews

We tested the inexpensive YI Home Camera 3 to see how its motion detection, two-way audio, and sleek design compared to pricier competitors.

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SimpliCam Review

Kasey Tross | Oct 22, 2019 | Equipment Reviews

We tested SimpliSafe’s SimpliCam to see if it holds up against both pricier and cheaper cameras when it comes to features and usability. Spoiler alert: it struggled.

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Net Nanny Parental Control Software Review

Kasey Tross | May 15, 2020 | Online Security

We checked out Net Nanny’s time limits and web filtering to see how well it worked on our kids’ phones. See how it compares to other leading parental control apps.

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Reolink Argus 2 Solar-Powered Camera Review

Kasey Tross | Oct 28, 2019 | Equipment Reviews, Home Security

If you’re looking for a solar-powered camera, the Reolink Argus 2 may work for you. It’s got a few bugs, but it’s affordable and easy to set up.

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How to Know If You Live in a Flood Zone

Kasey Tross | Oct 15, 2019 | Safety Tips

Learn the four steps to finding out if you live in a flood zone. SafeWise covers the basics of flood prevention, including where to find FEMA flood maps.

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Disney Circle Home Plus Review

Kasey Tross | May 27, 2020 | Online Security

Disney Circle Home Plus is great when it comes to internet safety for kids, but even its advanced features may not justify its high price tag. Read all about it in our hands-on review.

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Cheap Motion Detectors

Kasey Tross | May 15, 2020 | Home Security

Whether you need a motion detector to sound an alarm, alert your phone, turn on a light, or record video, these motion sensors get the job done for under $30.