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Personal Safety Archive -

Internet Privacy Checklist

Internet Privacy Checklist

 The Target and Neiman Marcus credit card hacking scandal keeps growing: and got everyone thinking about internet privacy and security, something we should already be thinking about. You need to protect yourself from spammers, hackers, spybots and identity thieves on your home computer, your laptop, your mobile phone and your tablet. Following is a checklist of five actions you can take today to improve your internet privacy.

 Internet Privacy Checklist

 _____ Use Incognito Mode When Browsing: Control + Shift + P will bring up a private browsing window. “When surfing incognito, cache or cookies are not left behind to provide footprints of where the user has been,” according to WhatIsPrivacy.com. _____ Install 2-Two-Step Verification of your Password: According to USAToday 2-step verification sends a unique code to your phone which is required for you to login on all or occasional logins. _____ Download Free or Paid Security Software: Security software typically protects your computer against viruses and spyware that are installed on your computer without your knowledge. Some security software prevents viruses and spyware from being installed; others search for and remove spyware. Free security software includes:
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • AVG Free Antivirus Software
  • AVAST Free Antivirus Software
  • McAfee Free Virus Scan
_____ Protect Your Cloud Data: Many users now store their data in free and paid cloud-based data storage services, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or iCloud. To protect your cloud data from hackers encryption software provides an extra security layer. Encryption software can be installed by the user, but if you are considering a cloud based data storage system research their security strategy. _____ Update Your Password: Experts advise that hacking users’ password is the fastest and easiest way to access their accounts. Many users use the same password on multiple accounts, use easy to remember passwords (1234567890), and very seldom change their passwords. Google suggests strategies for choosing, storing and updating your passwords:
  • use a unique password for each account
  • store passwords in a secret location
  • create passwords make of letters, numbers, and symbols
  • find a secret phrase only you would know
 For more information the following articles are filled with steps and tips to protect your internet privacy:   

Stay Safe Online!  

Professionals Protecting Professionals

 Security Dynamics Corp Chicago Security Officers and Investigators are highly trained off-duty law enforcement professionals with practical experience in a wide variety of law enforcement functions. Many of our officers have additional qualifications, specialized education, and other certifications and training that prepare them to perform in stressful or dangerous situations. The protection of your people, property and assets are your #1 priority. Security officers act as both a deterrent to crime and the first response in case an emergency situation does arise. Our highly trained security officers have both the knowledge and experience to protect your people and property within the law and with a reduction in liabilities. 

Training, experience and qualifications separate premium security professionals and your average security guard.  Who do you want protecting you?

Airport Travel and Security Tips for Infrequent Flyers: Part 2

Many flight disruptions are beyond anyone’s control; however, every traveler can take actions to help make their flight as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Following are airport travel and security tips for after you arrive at the airport. Infrequent air travelers should take some steps before they leave for the airport to make their air travel as simple and hassle-free as possible. See pt1 for what to do before you arrive at the airport.  

Airport Travel and Security Tips for Infrequent Flyers: Part 1

During the next few weeks thousands of infrequent flyers will descend on airports across the country with a mixture of anticipation and dread over their upcoming holiday travel. Frequent, experienced travelers have their process down pat: they have a system that they use time and time again to make frequent air travel as bearable as possible. And even for these ‘road warriors’ unavoidable delays and travel disruptions occur. But for infrequent travelers the holiday airport hassles are so commonplace that the local media seems to be stationed at the airport 24/7 looking for stranded and frustrated passenger stories. Everyone wants to arrive at their destination on time and without incident. Many flight disruptions are beyond anyone’s control; however, every traveler can take actions to help make their flight as smooth and enjoyable as possible.  

Security Advice for Attending the Sochi Olympic Games

Tens of thousands of sports fans will begin arriving in Sochi, Russia, next month to attend the Sochi Winter Olympics. Due to Sochi’s location and history of terrorism the budget has risen to $50 billion for the security and surveillance systems being developed for these Games, the most hi-tech of any sports event. Russia is preparing to host the "safest Games ever," said Sochi organizing committee president Dmitry Chernyshenko.  

5 Online Shopping Security Tips for the Holidays

As winter weather sets in and the holiday season gets more and more hectic, online shopping has become a lifesaver for busy people trying to get all their shopping finished on time, and find the best deals possible. Online shopping has never been easier, and frequently the best prices can be found online. Free delivery is a popular offer from online stores, and the convenience of 24 hour access is attracting more and more shoppers to holiday online shopping. Whether you’re an experienced online shopper or just starting to shop online, here are 5 online shopping security tips for the holidays.  

Home Safety Tips for the Holidays

Turkeys roasting in the oven, candles flickering, twinkle lights decorating the tree: do those words evoke holiday celebrations with family and friends? Cozy afternoons spent decorating the halls, cooking family feasts, toasting the season? Magical times spent with those you care most about?  

WatchMe 911™: the Peace of Mind App Designed for Women

When the days get shorter, more of our time away from home is spent in the dark. And for women living in the Midwest, the shorter daylight hours coincide with the approaching holidays, and an increase in errands and activity:

  • rushing to the mall after work for Christmas shopping
  • late night grocery store runs for Thanksgiving preparations, holiday parties, and work and school pitch-ins
  • week night get-togethers with friends for cocktails, cookie parties, and gift exchanges  

Halloween Safety Tips for Kids and Parents

Halloween is an annual celebration that kids – and parents – spend weeks preparing for. Costumes, parties, door-to-door trick-or-treating, decorations, special candies and snacks: lots of fun? Absolutely! But every parent’s constant fear is that something will happen to their excited, happy and distracted child: something that could easily have been prevented. What can you do to prepare your child for a safe but still fun Halloween? These Halloween safety tips will help protect your child.  

Tips to Survive a Mass Shooting

The headline alone is enough to cause panic but the reality is there have been over 35 mass shootings since the Aurora movie theatre in July 2012, according to ABC News. Not only do you need to be prepared in case the unthinkable happens but you need to educate and prepare those who depend on you: your family, co-workers, and friends. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Houston Police Department have joined forces and released a video on YouTube to educate the average person on what to do if they are caught in a mass shooting. The Houston PD received a $200,000 grant from Homeland Security to demonstrate DHS’ Run. Hide. Fight guidance if confronted by an “active shooting.” Active shootings are unpredictable and quick: typically over in less than 15 minutes and before police or help can arrive. There’s virtually no time to make decisions: so preparation and training before a situation occurs is the smart path to follow. Think of an airplane flight: Thousands of flights take off daily, and many of us have flown hundreds of times. Yet each and every time the flight attendants demand our attention and try to prepare us for the unthinkable: an airline disaster.  

Pros and Cons: Installing Home Security Cameras

Homeowners concerned about neighborhood security frequently consider installing interior or exterior home security cameras. Security cameras offer the benefit of recording the activity that goes on in or around the home when the homeowner is not present. In many public areas we have become accustomed to security cameras monitoring our activity, so accustomed in fact that most of us forget cameras are there. If the added security benefit of home surveillance systems is so obvious, then why do so many homeowners decide against home security cameras?