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.

PureVPN Review: Is Your Online Activity Safer With PureVPN?

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Are you worried about your online security when you use the internet for work or personal purposes away from your secure home WiFi? If not, you should be! Whether you use your local coffee house or a remote airport to connect to the internet, you’re putting yourself and your data at risk. But a Virtual Protocol Network (VPN), like PureVPN (our top pick for the best VPN service), can give you the security you need. Read our PureVPN review to see how they can keep your internet connection secure and why we chose them as our number one winner…

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Best Satellite Internet Providers: Viasat vs HughesNet vs Frontier

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Are you among the millions of Americans who still don’t have access to DSL or cable where you live? Feel like you’re stuck in the dark ages using a dial-up internet connection? You likely have another option — satellite internet. And depending on where you live, you could get a speedy internet connection. Read our best satellite internet providers review to see how the top services compare…

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Identity Theft Insurance: Need Help Restoring Your Good Name?

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No one is immune to identity theft these days, with data breaches occurring at alarming rates. Preventing ID theft is a difficult task, even for professional ID theft experts. Monitoring your personal info and credit reports can help, but where you may need assistance the most is when your identity gets stolen. There are many insurance policies and services that can help you quickly and efficiently restore your identity with little out-of-pocket costs to you. Learn more about identity theft insurance, including our reviews of the best insurance available…

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IDShield Review: A Unique Approach To ID Theft Protection

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You try to open a new credit card only to discover that you’re declined because your credit isn’t worthy. What gives? Without your knowledge, someone has stolen your identity, taken credit out in your name, and ruined your credit record. Moving forward, how can you protect yourself? IDShield can help you dig yourself out of ID theft…

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Equifax Data Breach: What Should I Expect And How Can I Protect Myself?

Equifax Reviews: What to Expect After the Data Hack

Equifax, one of the three main credit bureaus in the U.S., was hit by a massive data security breach in the Summer of 2017 affecting an estimated 145.5 million U.S. consumers. Information hackers had access to includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, credit card numbers, addresses and driver’s license numbers. In our updated Equifax reviews, we’ll give you the lowdown on the breach and tell you how you can protect your credit now and in the future…

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Best Smoke Detector: Nest vs Kidde vs First Alert vs BRK & More

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Are your home’s smoke detectors up to snuff? Are you aware that you should replace your smoke detectors at least every ten years? Nearly 62% of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, reports the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). If your home doesn’t have smoke alarms — or you haven’t properly maintained your home’s smoke detector system — you’re putting your family in grave danger. Our smoke alarm reviews give you all the information you need to choose the best smoke detector for your home and our recommendations…

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WiFi Sprinkler Controllers Reviewed: Blossom vs SkyDrop vs Rachio vs RainMachine vs Hunter & More

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Have you soaked a ton of money and effort into your home’s lawn, flower beds and gardens only to have them dry up due to irregular watering? If you work all day and are on-the-go, how do you keep up with your yard’s irrigation needs? It’s especially daunting if you live in an area where you’re under strict watering restrictions. Thanks to modern technology, you can stay on top of your yard from anywhere and anytime. A WiFi sprinkler control and system could be the answer to your watering woes. Read our best WiFi sprinkler controller reviews to see how they work and which products we recommend…

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Ring Doorbell Review: The Best Way To Monitor Your Front Door?

Ring Doorbell camera: Ring Doorbell Reviews

“Who can it be knocking at my door?” Surely, when the popular 80’s band Men at Work wrote these lyrics, they couldn’t have imagined today’s high-tech doorbells. Now you can see who’s at your front door, even when you’re not at home. Ring, an all-in-one front door camera and doorbell that syncs with your Smartphone via WiFi, is the best-selling video doorbell on the market. What makes Ring so popular? And is it really the best or do you have better options? Read our review to find out…

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Best Smart Lock: Schlage vs Kwikset Kevo vs August vs Danalock

Smart lock on door: Best Smart Lock: Schlage vs Kwikset Kevo vs August

Now you no longer have to worry about those duplicate keys you gave to your sitter or house cleaner. You can say goodbye to leaving a key under the mat for guests. Smart locks are growing in popularity, thanks to the convenience and added security they give you. But how do they work? And what’s the best one for your home or business?…

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