About Our Company & Editorial Standards
It’s no secret that we face security concerns in the 21st century. From home burglaries to cyberattacks, identity theft, gun violence, the safety hazards that come with aging, and everything in-between. There is a range of threats to consider and prepare for. Unfortunately, it can be overwhelming trying to find quality information. The truth is, reliable research is hard to come by. And most information that is available is dry and downright confusing. Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom.
We created Security.org to educate people on how to remain safe in an increasingly threatening world. And we do it in a way that’s enjoyable and inspiring. Our team of security experts conducts extensive research on home and personal security topics. We then publish comprehensive studies and rich resources — complete with interactive visuals and other engaging imagery — all backed by hard data that you can trust.
Everything we do stems from a desire to educate, inform, and empower. Maybe you’re looking for the right home security system for you and your family. Or perhaps you want to stay safe with the latest industry information on cyber-crimes and identity theft. Whatever concerns you, our security experts put the facts on the table so that you can explore your options and find real solutions, without falling asleep from boredom. The bottom line is that finding expert information on security topics doesn’t have to be complicated or daunting.
For Humans, by Humans: Why We Never Use AI Robots to Generate Content
Here at Security.org, real humans write all of our articles. While other players in the industry are publishing articles generated by AI robots, we are committed to providing the most trustworthy product reviews and guides available. That can only happen when humans research and hand-test the products we review, and then write the articles and personal recommendations for our audience to read.
We believe in technology, and AI is certainly powerful. However, we see glaring limitations when it is used as a writing tool — especially when it comes to educating readers on the ins and outs and the particular nuances of product testing. Robots simply can’t compete with humans here. In fact, we believe there are grave implications for otherwise reputable websites using robot-written content.
Here is why we have real experts write 100 percent of the content on our site:
- Our subject matter experts have a depth of industry experience and are capable of comparing and contrasting options like no robot ever could.
- We personally order the products and sign up with the services we write about, allowing our readers to get a 360-degree look at whether or not it’s the right match for them.
- We share our nuanced experience with products and services, which robots are incapable of providing.
- We maintain the highest standard of editorial integrity, which means we never regurgitate existing online information (which is often misleading or inaccurate).
- Our research is original and often comes from surveying hundreds or thousands of real people living in real communities like yours.
- We invite our readers into an engaging narrative around a given topic, which is to say our writing is infused with color, life, and personality! (Sorry robots.)
Our promise to you, our reader, is that every word you read on our website has come from a real human sitting at a keyboard, after they’ve spent years — sometimes decades! — researching and testing in their respective fields. Your security and safety are much too important to allow impersonal machines to guide you.
You deserve a better experience, an authentic experience. And it’s our promise to give that to you.
Here at Security.org, our mission is to create reliable resources that people can reference to protect themselves and their loved ones from local, national, and worldwide security threats. We do this by digging deep into industry reports, crime statistics and trends, and by conducting our own in-house research to make sense of the data. We then create practical tools, guides, product comparisons, and other helpful resources that our readers can rely on. The best part, everything we create is fun to read and easy to digest.
Code of Ethics
Our company is guided by a strong code of ethics. As we continue to offer high-quality resources on safety and security, the eight ethical principles outlined below inform all that we do.
Our Code of Ethics:
- Open Access
Our editorial efforts are supported by a highly-qualified team of industry experts. Our team has a combined 96+ years of experience in law enforcement and security. And our security experts and editorial team are committed to conducting rigorous research — we aggregate studies from credible sources, reference vetted user submissions, and dig into the data ourselves.
Our in-house research remains on the cutting-edge. This commitment to research allows us to deliver the most up-to-date and accurate information to our readers. We pride ourselves on providing the most comprehensive and exciting information on home security, personal security, and cyber-security. However, there is always room for improvement. So we are constantly raising our research and editorial standards to better serve our audience.
Examples of Our Research:
- The Dangers of Digital Banking
- Raising Awareness on Major Data Breaches
- The Rising Threat of Package Theft
- Common Types of Fraud by State
- The Most Dangerous U.S. Cities
- How to Secure Personal Data
- And more
Explore and Compare Options
Among the various resources we make available are product comparisons and reviews. Similar to our comprehensive guides and research studies, these product- or service-focused resources are aimed at educating readers. We believe that people can make wise decisions when choosing home and personal security products and services, but only if they’re equipped with accurate and honest information. So our security experts and editorial team go to great lengths to ensure readers can truly explore their options — without being influenced by reviewer bias. Our company is committed to creating fact-based resources that our readers can count on.
We have developed a unique methodology that we use to research and create our studies. At the core of our methodology is new, innovative technology. That is, our experts have access to cutting-edge software and tools that allow them to dive deeper into a given subject. They are then able to communicate the full story to our audience, and not just part of a larger picture.
By leveraging new technologies, we are able to conduct better research — research that is often developed around countless data points, compared to only 3-5 data points that many other companies use.
Our editorial efforts are also backed by credible resources. Whenever necessary, we reference professional studies and other peer-reviewed research, and we always cite our sources. We believe that it is incumbent on our research team to give our readers real, fact-based research before offering anecdotal information.
Our expert team then distills their findings into a cohesive story. When doing so, they draw from decades of on-the-ground experience. After all, our experts have all served successful careers in the law enforcement and security industries, so they have real-life experience to support their research. This also means they can better interpret the hard data to tell an accurate and engaging story.
Finally, we make it fun to learn about home and personal security. Here at Security.org, our editorial staff and team of experts constantly put themselves in our readers’ shoes. We know what resonates and what doesn’t. And we understand the difference between lifeless research and research that inspires. So our team is always communicating their research to make an impact on the world, one person at a time. With this in mind, we try to make all of our research and resources interactive and enjoyable.
The types of professional sources we use and trust may vary, but they often include:
- Security industry news and trends sites
- Expert insight from security industry reports
- FBI crime statistic reports
- Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
- Pew Research Center Studies
- And others
We never paint with a broad stroke. Rather, our advice and recommendations are always specific to the individual reader. The tools we have to help readers find a home security system, for example, take into account things like your personal living situation, home size, your wants and needs, and the level of security you wish to have. This allows us to identify an ideal security solution that works for you. Our readers are grateful that we can make customized recommendations like this. It eliminates the guesswork, and it makes finding the right solution much easier.
Fact Checking and Updates
Our security experts and editorial team adhere to our high standards for fact-checking and updating research with new discoveries. And while we try to remain 100% free of inaccuracies and errors, mistakes can happen. That’s why we also have a dedicated senior editor on our team. This person gives each and every resource an extra set of eyes and a rigorous edit before it ever goes live.
Also, if a fact is misrepresented, we immediately update our site with the correct information. Here at Security.org, we value accuracy and timeliness of edits. This means our readers can trust they’re receiving the most credible research from real industry experts, studies, sources, etc.
In our editorial efforts, the things we keep a close watch for include:
- Up-to-date information, never referencing outdated sources
- Hyperbolic claims such as “X product will keep you 100% safe”
- Contextualized information throughout research and studies
- Misrepresentation or misinterpretation of raw data and/or statistics
- Factual and current information on plans, pricing, packages, etc.
- Consistent information when referencing multiple sources
- Credible and reliable sources being used in all research
- Typos, spelling and grammatical errors, formatting, etc.
How We Keep Security.org Free for You
We believe that everyone deserves free access to the information and resources that help to keep them safe. With this in mind, we do not charge a fee to access our research. We provide it free of charge, without asking for anything in return. We also do not have any advertisements on our site. Unsightly and annoying ads only serve to frustrate readers and detract from their overall experience.
So while we don’t employ obtrusive methods to make money, our site does have to earn revenue if we’re to continue offering best-in-class research to our audience. So at times, we do post affiliate links to products and/or phone numbers that, when clicked or called, will earn us a small commission. This is outlined in our earnings disclosure.
We believe this is the best method to monetize our site, with the least amount of impact on our readers. Even though we do earn affiliate revenue, this never compromises our editorial efforts. We are committed to transparency and we would never jeopardize reader trust and loyalty by publishing biased or inaccurate research.
Responding to Readers
We try our best to respond to reader inquiries in a timely manner. If you leave a comment on one of our resource pages, or you have a specific question that requires our immediate attention, we will respond as quickly as possible. We value our readers, and we know that it’s important to have open communication. Our company is not a large corporate conglomerate. Rather, we are real people who truly care about audience feedback and concerns. So you can expect that we’ll be here for you if/when you need us.
How to Contact Us
We hope that reading our editorial guidelines has answered any questions about our approach, process, team, and editorial standards. And we are delighted that you have chosen our company to inform and educate you on all things home and personal security.
The best way to contact us is to fill out this form. This form goes directly to our customer service team, and we will reply to your inquiry as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can mail a letter to:
55 Washington Street, #322
Brooklyn, NY 11201