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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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Nest Protect Review (Expensive, Is It Worth It?)

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The Nest Protect 2nd Generation is one of the best smart smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms on the market. Nest Protect is WiFi enabled, so you can receive notifications to your phone. It includes photoelectric and ionization sensors (called the split-spectrum sensor), which detects both fast-burning and smoldering fires. It’s a bit expensive, but with its dual sensor, carbon monoxide detection and smart technology, is it worth the steep price?…

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What Are The Best And Worst Charities To Donate To?

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Looking to make a charity tax deduction? How do you know which are the best and worst charities to donate to? It’s not so much which are the best causes (as that could be highly debatable and subjective), but rather what’s the best use of your hard-earned money and return on your dollar? Is your money going to have a large impact and make a difference in the cause or will it go to waste on expensive overhead or unnecessary spending? We’ll share with you a little more about charitable donations tax deductions and our top picks for best charities to give to (as well as those not to give to)…

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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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Bug Out Bag CheckList: The Ultimate Take-It-With-You Survival Resource

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Whether it’s a natural disaster, a war, zombie apocalypse, or some other dangerous situation, bug out gear can be essential for survival. We’ve come up with 13 key categories you’ll want to consider to make sure you have all the bug out bag essentials. That way you also know what to put into your bug out bag. Start with the items listed in this article and build on to customize it for your needs. Remember, the best bug out bags are filled with the necessities. So keep in mind that every items counts towards the weight you will carry but also may determine your survival…

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Amazon Echo Review: Alexa, What Can You Do For Me?

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Are you looking for a friend who can tell you the answer to anything? Maybe Alexa can help you out! Amazon Echo, aka Alexa, can answer questions you have by using a wake word. Most people use Alexa as their wake word, however, if someone in your household is named Alexa you may want to choose a different word! 😉 Alexa can also help you order things online, call your friends, play music and more. We review Alexa to see if she’s really as helpful as the hype suggests…

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Nest Thermostat Review: Is It Too Smart For Its Own Good?

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Nest is one of the best Wifi thermostat products on the market. It continuously learns about your heating and cooling preferences, so you don’t have to worry about adjusting the thermostat multiple times throughout the day. After one to two weeks of use, the thermostat will remember your habits and begin to set the temperature automatically. You also have the ability to make changes from the Nest app, so if you want to make any adjustments when you’re away from home, you can. Read the rest of our Nest learning thermostat review to see if it’s a good fit for your household…

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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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