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

Man holding cracked cell phone (caption: Best Cell Phone Insurance)

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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Private Internet Access Review: The Affordable Way To Stay Safe Online?

Back of laptop screen with stickers on it

Searching for the best Virtual Private Network (VPN) on the market that fits your budget? VPN’s like Private Internet Access (PIA) help keep your data and identity secure and protected from prying eyes when logging into unprotected Wi-Fi networks (such as those at airports or coffee shops). They can be applied to any connection, wether you’re on your laptop, home PC or smartphone — and all at a remarkably low monthly price. Private Internet Access also has one of the best reputations in the industry. Our Private Internet Access review gives you the lowdown on this top-ranking service and why we chose them as our number two best VPN provider…

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CyberGhost Review: Is This Formerly Free VPN Still Worth It?

CyberGhost on computer screen

What’s the key to safe, smart online use? Security, of course. And one of the best added security measures you can take is to invest in a Virtual Protocol Network (VPN). Don’t have the budget? Don’t worry. You can get VPN service at no cost through CyberGhost’s free plan! What’s the catch? CyberGhost is basic, but comes with a high encryption level to keep your online life where it belongs — for your eyes only. Read our CyberGhost review to see what they have to offer and why we chose them the best free VPN service…

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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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