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.

Rachio Sprinkler Review: Is It The Best Smart Lawn Irrigation Solution?

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Can you imagine being able to water your lawn from your office or when you’re on vacation with total control? Welcome to the world of smart sprinklers. With the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, you can take command of your yard, no matter where you are. The technology may sound unbelievable, but it’s here and now. If you want a hand’s off way to keep your yard watered, read our Rachio Sprinkler review to see why we chose the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller as our number one pick for the best WiFi irrigation controller on the market…

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Republic Wireless Review: Is the Cheapest Alternative Worth It?

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Have you heard about the awesome savings you can enjoy from Republic Wireless, an alternative plan to the big cell service carriers? Republic Wireless is ideal for people who want super cheap unlimited talk and text with WiFi data, and they do also offer plans with cell data. But this service isn’t for everyone. Republic Wireless phones are all Android, so if you’re an iPhone fan, you’re out of luck. Still, if you’re looking to save a ton on your monthly cell phone bill, this service is worth consideration. Read our Republic Wireless reviews to learn more…

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Total Wireless Review: Coverage You Can Count On?

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Have you been looking at Total Wireless phones or thinking about making the switch over to help cut down on rising cell phone costs? With more than 100 alternative cell phone service providers on the market, you’ve got your work cut out for you when it comes to choices. The good news is, we’re here to give you the low down on not only Total Wireless, but it’s competing providers so you can make an informed decision that will also save you money…

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VPN 101: How To Setup A VPN Step By Step

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Are you looking for better methods to secure your online privacy? Have you read about virtual private networks (VPN) — one of the best ways to ensure your confidentiality online? Understanding VPNs, how they work and how to set them up is confusing, for sure. Here, we’ll give you a rundown of how to setup a VPN step by step, whether you’re using your PC, mobile device or your home server…

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Cujo Smart Firewall Review: The Best Guard Dog Against Home Hackers?

Cujo Smart Firewall in office

You likely heard the buzz earlier this year when WikiLeaks revealed that the CIA has been spying through Samsung smart TVs and other devices. While most of us don’t necessarily have to worry about the CIA, we do need protection from hackers looking to steal our identity or financial information. And this threat isn’t just to our laptops, PCs and smartphones. If you have smart devices connected to your home’s network, they’re all susceptible to hackers and malware. Yes, this includes everything from baby monitors and security cameras to smart dishwashers and microwaves. In fact, hackers look specifically for vulnerable devices — and every smart device is up for grabs. That’s why protecting your entire smart home network is invaluable. So, what can Cujo do for you? Keep reading to learn more…

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

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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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Best Smart Firewall: Bitdefender Box vs Cujo vs Dojo vs RATtrap vs Bitdefender vs Norton & More

Cujo at home on counter

Are you arming your home with smart gadgets but worried about hackers infiltrating your high-tech lifestyle? Would anyone really try to hack your smart washer or dryer? The unfortunate answer is yes. Any device connected to your home’s network can be vulnerable to an attack, and once hackers find a way in, your entire home network is up for grabs…

Fortunately, there’s a line of security devices is available to protect your home from intruders. We’ll give you our recommendations for the best smart home security devices to keep your information safe from prying eyes…

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How Does A Self-Driving Car Work?

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The future is close at hand, or rather, out of your hands, when it comes to self-driving cars. It’s both an exciting and daunting prospect. You may be wondering, how does a self-driving car work? And can you trust a self-driving car (also referred to as an autonomous car) to get you to your destination accident-free? Read on to find out about self-driving technology, which companies are on the move, and where the state of autonomous cars stands today and down the road…

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