Sadie Cornelius

Sadie has a bachelor’s in communications and minor in business from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been writing about, researching and a user of security and smart home technology since 2012. As an early adapter and avid user of gadgets, she’s not only well-versed in how to use them but also passionate about helping others integrate them into their lives and homes. Having lived in various urban neighborhoods in major cities, she has experienced her share of property crimes over the years; from car break-ins to stolen bikes. As a result, she’s extra cautious when it comes to protecting herself and her property. Her expertise has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest, Apartment Therapy, and other regional news organizations.

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Halloween Safety Tips (2022): For Adults, For Pets, For Kids, Statistics, & More

All Hallows Eve is usually associated with fun things like candy, trick or treating, and pumpkin carving. But it can also be scary for children and adults alike. Not just from spooky costumes but other potential dangers for families. When planning for your festivities, be sure to keep these Halloween safety tips in mind (so you or your loved ones don’t end up in the graveyard).

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CIT Bank Reviews 2022: Mortgage, High Yield Savings, Money Market, Customer Reviews & More

Looking for a way to maximize your money without having to invest it in the stock market? Savings accounts are traditional a way to keep cash stashed away. However, most brick-and-mortar banks’ interest rates are so low (around .01%), that it’s not doing much for you. Thanks to online banks, you can earn up to 1-2% annual percentage yields (APY) while having access to liquid assets should you need it.

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Recent Data Breaches List (2022 – 2013): T-Mobile, Equifax, Facebook, Google, Target, Yahoo, And More

Unfortunately the news is consistently full of headlines about security and data breaches. Major retailers, credit card companies and other organizations have all fallen victim to hackers, putting millions of consumers at risk. Trying to keep up with all the latest hacks and who’s affected can be overwhelming. So we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you stay on top of what’s happening in the world of data breaches.

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Emergency Preparedness Checklist: Are You Ready For The Next Disaster?

Emergencies can take place at any moment. That’s why it’s important that you’re prepared when the unexpected happens. Think hurricanes, tornadoes, zombies, or even the unthinkable – atomic bomb or nuclear war. We live in a fear-driven era and emergency preparedness kits are becoming more popular. We bring you the best kits, and have also put together some handy checklists for you to reference before, during and after natural disasters.

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Summer Safety Tips For Stress-Free Fun In The Sun

Summer is typically synonymous with fun in the sun, backyard grilling and travel. But the warmer months are prime time for hurricanes, thunderstorms, wildfire and other deadly natural disasters. Combine that with potentially dangerous outdoor activities, and an increase of road traffic and drunk drivers means added opportunities for accidents. Luckily, our summer guide to safety is here to help you ensure you have a happy, healthy season for the whole family.

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What Is Credit Monitoring, And Is It Worth It?

In the digital age, your credit is more than just a powerful financial tool. It can become a dangerous liability as well. You work so hard building up your credit score to only have it stolen away by fraudulent attempts to use your identity. Since your credit is intimately attached to your personal identity, it’s critical that you protect yourself from a potential threat. Not only could a credit breach cause harm to your short term finances, but the work involved in repairing your credit reputation can be extensive. Luckily for you, our financial experts have decades of experience in this category, and bring you their expertise in easy to understand language.

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National Personal Security & Safety Holidays In The U.S. (2022 Update)

Here is a list of relevant personal security holidays throughout the year. We encourage you to take note on your calendar and help spread the word about these important topics to promote safety and security for all. We also linked to relevant corresponding articles so you can learn more.

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Interview With Amit Bareket: CEO Co-Founder Of Perimeter 81 And SaferVPN

Amit Bareket, Co-Founder and CEO of personal VPN brand, SaferVPN, and business VPN brand, Perimeter 81 shares his professional journey to how got started in the VPN industry and what it’s like working for SaferVPN (one of our picks for VPN services). Get to know what sets them apart from other VPN products, how he stays up to date on the latest security news and what’s next for the company (and industry) in our interview with Amit.

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Interview With Barry Kessel, CMO At Identity Guard®

Barry Kessel has quite the extensive history in marketing. He’s currently leveraging over three decades in experience to help lead the marketing efforts at Identity Guard®, one of the industry’s leading identity theft protection companies (and one of our top three picks for best ID Theft services). Read on to learn more about Barry and gain some valuable insights into the product he proudly stands behind.

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DISH Vs DIRECTV: Guide To Equipment, Channels, Promotions & More

Are you debating between DIRECTV vs Dish? We’ve got your back in our satellite TV guide. We cover everything from each provider, including equipment, channels, pricing, and more. We also feature the most current promotions available for you to save money on your new package.

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A Smart Guide To Personal Safety – Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes

Here at Safe Smart Living, it’s not just about protecting your home and belongings. An even more precious commodity is yourself and your loved ones. Our in-depth content on personal safety covers everything from situational awareness training and self-defense to emergency preparedness, internet safety, and even babies!

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How To Prevent Cybercrime: Types Of Crime, Examples, How To Report & More

With so many recent cyber security breaches (especially from reputable companies like Target and Equifax), it has become increasingly necessary to become secure online. With so many access points (via smart home devices, fitness trackers, etc.), it’s easier than ever to fall prey to a potential hack. Breaches can happen to the best of us, not just your vulnerable average Joe. Hackers have sophisticated ways of stealing your identity and could be accessing your accounts as we speak. Unlike a house break-in where there is often evidence of a crime, it is a lot easier for digital theft to go unnoticed. Are you leaving the front door wide open for these new-age criminals? Read on to learn some basic cyber security tips that could save you, before it’s too late.

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