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. Her work has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, People, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more.

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 Hidden Cameras: Home Security On The Down Low

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Do you need to keep your home security activity on the sly? Or want a discreet mini camera you can wear while you’re out alone at night? These James Bond Style spy gadgets can be as small as a button, which would make Q (James Bond’s MI6 quartermaster) proud. Some are even disguised as everyday objects that double as working clocks, night lights, Bluetooth speakers and more. We bring you our top picks with pros, cons, and user feedback…

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Alfred Home Security Camera App Review

Alfred Home Security Camera App

Can’t afford a home security system? The Alfred app can take care of that. This wildly popular app can trasform your old smartphones or tablets into home security cameras with live-streaming video that you can view remotely — all for free. Sound too good to be true? Find out what we’ve uncovered in our Alfred home security camera review…

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First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm Review

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Did you know that every year, at least 430 people die in the U.S. and an estimated 50,000 people visit the emergency department due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning? If you don’t have CO alarms, you should. In fact, most states now require them in every residential home. First Alert, a national leader in home safety products, manufactures several different models that are rigorously tested, affordable and easy to install. See why we recommend their CO615 carbon monoxide alarm…

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Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance & Final Expense Insurance

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Are you worried that you won’t qualify for life insurance because of your age and less-than-stellar health status? You still have options, thanks to a product called guaranteed issue life insurance. You can even qualify for this type of life insurance without a medical exam and minimal (if any) health questions…

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Estate Planning Checklist, Basics & Costs

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Estate planning sounds like something only rich people should do, but that’s not the case at all. You don’t have to own a ton of assets to consider estate planning, and there are many other elements to a comprehensive estate plan other than just making sure your assets pass on to your beneficiaries. Our experts have compiled a beginner’s guide to help you determine everything you should be considering for you and your family’s future.

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Event Insurance: Yes, You Can Cover Weddings, Retirement Parties & More

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While hosting a large event, like a wedding or corporate party, is a fun celebration for you and your guests, it’s also a stressful and expensive undertaking — and things can go wrong. What if you have to cancel your event due to unforeseen circumstances? What if one of your guests gets seriously injured and holds you liable? Having event insurance can protect you. The relative cost of this type of specialty insurance is minimal compared to the financial blow you could face if something unexpected occurs…

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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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