Sadie Cornelius

As a homeowner Sadie understands the importance of keeping her property, and all that's in it (including her and her family) safe. She's passionate about smart home technology and the latest and greatest gadgets to live life to the fullest. When not doing marketing for Safe Smart Living, she enjoys decorating on a budget, small DIY improvement projects and all things HGTV.

Basic Cyber Security Tips And Tricks For Cyber Security Month

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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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The Latest Data Breach News (Updated July 2018)

Person's hand with credit card: The Latest Data Breach News

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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Are You Prepared For A Sudden Financial Need?

Man fixing car: How to Prepare for Sudden Financial Need

A 2016 study from the Gallop Poll reports that nearly half of the U.S. population couldn’t afford a major purchase (including home repairs) if they needed to. The struggle is real, my friends. Of the 44,500+ people who responded to the survey, 51% said they weren’t prepared to pay for a large purchase, like an appliance, should it break down…

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Best and Worst Charities to Donate To

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Looking to make a charity tax deduction? How do you know which are the best and worst charities to donate to? It’s not so much which are the best causes (as that could be highly debatable and subjective), but rather what’s the best use of your hard-earned money and return on your dollar? Is your money going to have a large impact and make a difference in the cause or will it go to waste on expensive overhead or unnecessary spending? We’ll share with you a little more about charitable donations tax deductions and our top picks for best charities to give to (as well as those not to give to)…

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5 Identity Theft Tips for College Students

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Identity theft can happen to anyone, but college students are especially vulnerable. Student identity theft is happening on campuses across the country. Whether it be a credit card or student loan application, students are willingly giving out personal financial information in order to meet their needs. Often they’re doing so without knowing what the consequences are. We’re here to help parents and students keep their identity safe and financial accounts protected…

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Holiday Safety Tips For You & Your Home

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The holidays can be particularly stressful with last minute shopping, hosting family from out of town and traveling. So there’s nothing you need more than peace of mind at home while celebrating peace on earth. Whether you’re entertaining friends or out and about attending holiday parties, households are more vulnerable to break-ins in the winter months. That’s why it’s important to set yourself up for success by following these holiday season safety tips to keep your home protected…

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The Ultimate Tech Gift Guide

Looking for the the latest and greatest gadgets for everyone on your shopping list this holiday season? We’ve got 8 items in our Tech Gift Guide this year that your techie is bound to love. We’ve handpicked some of the most popular items on the market today that we think will make great gifts! And the best part?!? All of these items are available online to ship directly to you or the recipient without leaving the comfort of your home or tablet…

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The Ultimate Cord Cutting Guide and Best Cable Alternatives

So you’re ready to cut the cord from Comcast and AT&T Uverse and unbundle unnecessary services. Well, you’re in luck because there are plenty of “cord cutting” options now. We’ve got the ultimate guide that will help you remove the cable handcuffs and break free from the contracts. The best part? You don’t have to give up your latest shows, phone number, or speedy WiFi to save money. So, are you ready to learn how to how to get rid of cable and put hundreds of dollars back in your pocket? Get those scissors out!…

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SJ Res 34 Internet Privacy Bill and How to Stay Protected

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How would you feel if a stranger was in your home while you weren’t there and looked through all your belongings without your knowing? Sure you might invite a friend over for dinner, and they might see photos of your family on the fridge, but only because you were aware of them being there and doing so because they had your permission. That’s the best way to summarize what is happening at the moment with SJ Res 34, a highly-debated bill that became law in April 2017. It’s likely to affect internet users across the country, so we’ll explain what it means to you and how you can prevent corporations from peeking inside your computer and mobile devices just because the government gave them the authority…

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