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Best Cell Phone Carriers: T-Mobile vs Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint, US Cellular, Google Fi & More

Best Cell Phone Carriers

Looking to save money on your cell phone plan? We know how you feel! It’s not fair that cellphone providers take advantage of us and sell us overpriced phones and plans. We’re all tired of it, but unfortunately, we live in an age where we must be available 24/7. Read our cell phone plan comparison to find out who has the best reputation and if they are good in your area…

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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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Can (And Should) I Create My Will Online?

Person writing will: How to Create Wills Online

Who will take care of your children if you and your spouse meet an unexpected demise? What will happen to your assets, like your home, savings, family heirlooms and investments? No one wants to think about end-of-life issues, but it’s up to you to protect your family the way you see fit; otherwise you’re taking a huge risk. If you die without a will, the state will step in to settle everything from child custody to the distribution of your assets, and may do so in a way that’s not what you would have wanted. If you don’t have a will, you should — and it’s not as daunting a task as you might think…

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Light Up Your Home With Solar-Powered Motion Security Lights

Car parked next to garage at night with light on (Caption: Best Solar Powered Motion Security Lights)

Home outdoor lighting is instrumental in keeping intruders away, but they can increase your power bill costs. Using solar-powered motion security lights, however, can help you keep those ongoing costs at bay because they’re energy efficient, environmentally friendly and you can set them to only come on when they detect motion. There are many on the market, but which one is the best for your home’s needs?…

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History Of Major Data Breaches In The U.S. (Updated March 2020)

Person's hand with credit card: The Latest Data Breach News

Unfortunately the news is consistently full of headlines about security and data breaches. Major retailers, credit card companies and other organizations have all fallen victim to hackers, putting millions of consumers at risk. Trying to keep up with all the latest hacks and who’s affected can be overwhelming. So we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you stay on top of what’s happening in the world of data breaches…

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Wire Fraud: How It Works & Ways To Prevent It

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I’ve been hired as an investigator to dig into  cases involving wire fraud. The term “wire fraud” might conjure up images of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes being indicted by the federal government or lawyer Michael Avenatti receiving a ‘superseding’ indictment from a federal grand jury in the SDNY Nike extortion case. But day-to-day, garden-variety wire fraud affects the greater public to a much larger extent…

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Best Home Security System 2020: Frontpoint vs SimpliSafe vs Ring vs Nest vs Vivint vs ADT vs Brinks & More

Burglar prying door open with crowbar (caption: Guide to The Best Home Security Systems)

Do you need help finding the best home security system but are overwhelmed with your options? Our team of experts has over 55 years of combined experience researching, testing and using home security systems. We’ve reviewed the top professionally monitored security companies to help you choose the most reliable system at the best price…

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