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 Encrypted Messaging App: Signal vs Telegram vs WhatsApp vs iMessage vs Viber vs Wire vs Wickr & More

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We’ve all seen it happen to politicians and celebrities: texting and social media posts can wreak havoc on your life if your “private” messages, photos or other shared content fall into the wrong hands. If you want to message without it coming back to haunt you — or you need to share totally confidential info — it’s a no brainer to use an encrypted messaging app…

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How To Fully Delete A VPN On Any Device

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Deleting a VPN is a pretty straightforward process like with any app or software, especially on smartphones and tablets. But completely removing a VPN from your PC or Mac can get a little more tricky because the uninstall process doesn’t always delete all the files associated with that VPN. It’s always a good idea to make sure there’s no trace left behind. Why?

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Term vs Whole Life Insurance: Which Type Is Best For You?

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The first decision you need to make when shopping for life insurance is which type to purchase: term or whole life. What’s the difference? The short answer — term life insurance is much cheaper but only gives you a finite policy period, while whole life covers your entire lifetime. But there are many other differences you should be aware of to make the best choice for you and your family…

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Best Cell Phone Insurance: Upsie vs SquareTrade vs AppleCare vs Asurion vs Geek Squad vs Assurant & More

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Cell phones aren’t a cheap purchase, and for many of us, they’re an invaluable part of our daily lives. Unfortunately, they’re also easily damaged. Drop your smartphone on a sidewalk, and you pray for no cracks. Drop it in water, and it’s often toast. Mobile phone insurance and extended protection plans can help ease that financial blow — especially if you have carefree kids with pricey smartphones. After all, a cracked screen alone can run you $200+ to repair without insurance…

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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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DISH Network Review: Is It More Affordable Than Streaming Or Cable?

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Trying to decide if you should go with DISH Network over cable, another satellite service, or cutting the cord altogether? DISH offers more extensive programming options than cable, including productions from other countries and programming in other languages. It also offers more than 290 channels, multiple language options and HD quality local channels. But is DISH worth making the switch?…

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