How to be Prepared, Not Scared

Bill Stanton is a security expert, private investigator and executive bodyguard and former safety and security contributor to NBC’s Today show and ABC’s Good Morning America. He is the author of Prepared Not Scared: Your Go-To Guide for Staying Safe in an Unsafe World. These are some of his tips: Think like a burglar. ToContinue reading “How to be Prepared, Not Scared”

8 Tips for Safeguarding Your Residence

According to the police of Tigard, Oregon, burglars tend to target homes where the resident does not appear to be home and their activities cannot be seen by neighbors. They generally do not want a confrontation or to risk being identified. Many burglaries happen during the day when residents are at work or school. TheseContinue reading “8 Tips for Safeguarding Your Residence”

Robbers Are Equal Opportunity Criminals: The National Crime Prevention Council

As a new series of posts, I am republishing key messages from some of the world’s leading organizations in personal safety and crime prevention. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is the nation’s leader in crime prevention. So, it is a fitting one to start with. As a private, nonprofit organization, NCPC helps millions of AmericansContinue reading “Robbers Are Equal Opportunity Criminals: The National Crime Prevention Council”

Halloween Safety Tips for Children and Their Parents from the L.A.P.D.

The Los Angeles Police Department has extensive crime prevention tips on its website and compiled the following Halloween safety tips for children and their parents. Wherever you live, these guidelines can help you have a safer, more enjoyable experience. Children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours. Children should never be allowed to go out alone onContinue reading “Halloween Safety Tips for Children and Their Parents from the L.A.P.D.”

Elder Fraud a Growing Problem, According to the FBI

Elder fraud is likely to be a growing problem, according to the FBI.  The elderly population is growing and seniors rack up more than $3 billion in losses annually due to fraud. “Seniors are often targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite. They also usually have financial savings, own a home, and haveContinue reading “Elder Fraud a Growing Problem, According to the FBI”

Intense ‘Solar Storms’ Could Bring About the ‘Internet Apocalypse’

Solar flares — eruptions from the sun that send ripples off toward the magnetic field of the Earth — conjure images of disaster and science fiction films. Coronal mass ejections are tied to solar flares, large solar eruptions that are said to fuel most weather events in outer space. Think of them as huge gaseousContinue reading “Intense ‘Solar Storms’ Could Bring About the ‘Internet Apocalypse’”

The Government Warns Against ‘Lonely Heart’ Scams

You might receive regular emails, texts, or social media interactions claiming to be from a dating app or service. As with any interaction online, you have to be vigilant in case it’s a scam. The FBI is currently sending out a warning to the public that scams posing as potential online romantic connections are askingContinue reading “The Government Warns Against ‘Lonely Heart’ Scams”

Is Your Baby Monitor Safe From Hackers?

When it comes to common household devices that one has to assess for cybersecurity risk, you might want to prioritize your baby monitor. Recent headlines shed light on the reality that more than 83 million Internet-connected devices like DVRs, security cameras and baby monitors possess a serious security flaw. The internal vulnerability is found inContinue reading “Is Your Baby Monitor Safe From Hackers?”

Should Your C-Suite Make Cybersecurity a Bigger Priority?

When it comes to the very pressing threat of cybersecurity attacks — everything from attacks on the electrical grid to hospital systems — building a strong defense against hackers is a major priority for any company or government entity. Using just one example, a recent study from IBM reveals the cost of major data breachContinue reading “Should Your C-Suite Make Cybersecurity a Bigger Priority?”

Cybersecurity Leaders on How They Protect Their Data

A new survey of 125 data, privacy, and cybersecurity leaders shows how some of the top companies are approaching data protection. The global COVID-19 pandemic as well as ever-shifting technological norms and practices have caused the world’s top firms to jump-start their approach to safeguarding sensitive data, at a rate perhaps never seen before. AmongContinue reading “Cybersecurity Leaders on How They Protect Their Data”