10 Not Obvious Security Tips


Think you know all the safety/security tips there are to know? I have 10 that some people never consider.

  1. GPS fake-out. Your GPS should be set with either a fictitious address or one near your home, maybe city hall. This way, a person who breaks into your car, doesn't know where you live, can't rob your house. Go one step further and carry your registration with you (which has your address) or use a PO box for your registration.
  1. Don't go to bed without them-your car keys, that is. Keep them on your nightstand. If you hear an intruder overnight, just hit the button on your key-fob that will sound your car horn and flash its lights. That'll sure put a jolt in an intruder.
  1. Lock up medications. You have no idea what visitor in your home might raid them out of addiction or whatever. Sad, but happens. This protects teens from engaging in "fruit salad" concoctions that can lead to death.
  1. Social media snare. Don't post where you are (if it's non-local) and where you'll be (if it's far from home) or any other information that could backfire. Don't say "Hey guys, my cute 11-year-old Aubree will be babysitting for the very first time this Friday night our little one!" You can just picture some pedophile rubbing his hands together as he reads that.
  1. Cover the keypad. Whenever you enter an ATM PIN, your car doors key code, passwords on a public computer, your mobiles password, cover the working hand with your other hand. These days there are cameras everywhere, including from a distance.
  1. Ball point pen protection. Have a thick ball point pen sticking between your knuckles wherever you are to serve as a ready weapon in case you're attacked.
  1. Plug your peephole. If your hotel room door's peephole has no cover, plug it with tissue paper to prevent snoops or worse from using a reverse peephole viewer.
  1. Suspect phone calls and door knocks. Wherever you are, if you ever receive a call or a knock on the door requesting personal information (e.g., credit card number) or risky behavior (e.g., letting a "repairman" into your hotel room), call the enterprise's number (e.g., number on the back of your credit card; hotel front desk, utility, service company, delivery compoany) to verify if the transaction is legitimate.
  1. Beware of keyloggers. These are hardware devices plugged into the back of a PC that your keyboard plug is piggybacked on. Keyloggers record all your keystrokes and are stored until the thief retrieves it.
  1. 10. Prepare for disaster. If the grid goes down, if the water supply is tampered with, if a dirty bomb goes off, if Mother Nature gets all PMS'y or if a virus like Ebola comes to town, have a plan. FEMA shows you how here: http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com discussingburglar proofing your home on Fox Boston. Disclosures.

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