Sally Jones

While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduate school for journalism and public relations, Sally began a long career researching and writing about hard-to-understand topics, such as insurance and finance. Her additional experience in marketing, fundraising, public relations and financial planning at various foundations and nonprofit organizations over the years has given her the practical tools to inform consumers about making the smartest business and personal financial decisions. Speaking of smart living — growing up in the (at-the-time) per-capita murder capital of the U.S. (Richmond, VA) taught her a thing or two about the need for personal and home safety. Sally stays on top of all the latest gadgets and services to protect her and her teenage daughters from potential predators and thieves. And she brings this knowledge to every article she writes.

Best VPN Service: Torguard vs PIA vs ExpressVPN vs IPVanish vs PureVPN vs NordVPN vs CyberGhost & More!

Up Close View Of A Keyboard, Caption: Best VPN Service

Who’s really watching you when you’re online? These days, it’s virtually impossible to know. Advertisers, marketers, cyber stalkers, potential employers, even your own neighbors could be tracking your online behavior. And until our lawmakers pass more specific cybersecurity legislation, we’re all at risk. What can you do to protect your privacy and identity? Consider installing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service on your computer and mobile devices, especially when you are traveling. For a low monthly fee and easy installation you can protect yourself from Big Brother…

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Do RFID Wallets Work? Blocking 21st Century Pickpocketing

Man with empty wallet: Do RFID Wallets Work? Blocking 21st Century Pickpocketing

Did you know your credit card information can be stolen out of thin air when you’re doing something as simple as waiting in line at the grocery store? Today’s thieves do, and they have an alarmingly easy way to electronically pickpocket you without you ever knowing. What makes this possible is RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, which is embedded in millions upon millions of credit cards. Fortunately, there are products called RFID wallets than you can use to help protect your credit or debit cards from being remotely read, but do RFID wallets work? First, we’ll explain the basics behind the technology so you can understand how you’re at risk…

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Cars

Unlike many forms of insurance, car insurance is required in most places for you to validly operate your vehicle. It’s also a good idea, given the propensity to get in an accident, however, minor, at some stage over your driving career. Our insurance expert breaks the lingo down to layman’s terms for you, and gives …

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What Is The Best Home Robot? Zenbo vs Jibo vs Buddy vs Pepper vs Lynx vs Kuri vs Hub & More

Couple with smart robot on counter

Are you a smart-home tech junkie just waiting for your next fix? Can’t wait to kick up your Alexa-enabled home a notch? Well, this could be a jackpot year, when the promise of home robots finally hits the market. We’re not there just yet, but the market’s closing in quickly. Read our take on the best home robot products, some of which will be consumer-ready any day now…

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Can (And Should) I Create My Will Online?

Person writing will: How to Create Wills Online

Who will take care of your children if you and your spouse meet an unexpected demise? What will happen to your assets, like your home, savings, family heirlooms and investments? No one wants to think about end-of-life issues, but it’s up to you to protect your family the way you see fit; otherwise you’re taking a huge risk. If you die without a will, the state will step in to settle everything from child custody to the distribution of your assets, and may do so in a way that’s not what you would have wanted. If you don’t have a will, you should — and it’s not as daunting a task as you might think…

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