It can mean a few extra seconds or minutes difference and whether or not you survive. Some simple body movements can tip you off and keep you safe.
It just takes one of your accounts to be compromised for you to realize just how frustrating and invasive it can be. Couple that with a stalking case and you could be in a very dangerous situation. Think about it…
What information is in your email account right now? Bank statements, reservations for dinner or a vacation, police reports,…?
What text messages are on your phone?
Instant Messages? Facebook? Twitter?
The list goes on and on with a lot of very personal information in each platform. Our lives are digital now. There really is no way around it, but you can make yourself safer!
1. Build a solid password!
This means no dog names, street names, maiden names and absolutely do not use the word “password.”
A combination of symbols (^,$,*,@,!), numbers and upper and lower case letters will work best.
Never use a password from a “worst password” list.
2. Don’t store the passwords on your computer.
Just don’t. If you are hacked, you do not want the hacker to have instant access to every account you have.
3. Password protect your devices too.
Whether it is a code, password or symbol just do it right now! Your phone/tablet goes everywhere with you and it only takes a moment out of your presence for it to be hacked.
4. Use a different password for everything.
Sure you might need to reset passwords you do not use often, but one compromised account does not turn into a domino effect that consumes your life.
5. Use a password management system.
PC Magazine reviewed several here.
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As internet users, we need to take an active role in protecting our privacy and safety, and to help our children do the same by teaching them about appropriate online behavior and how to be responsible digital citizens.Always connected through various…
Skip the first floor. First floor hotel rooms are easier to break in.
When you leave the room leave your lights and television turned on and put the “Do Not Disturb” hanger on the door. This makes people think someone is in the room.
Don’t look lost (even if you are). Walk with purpose while you find your way.
Ask for help! If you notice something strange bring it to someone’s attention (hotel front desk, airport security, etc)
Don’t display your hotel key. These often have the names of the hotel printed largely on the card. Keep where you are staying and what room number private.
Keep the information on your luggage tag covered. Buy a tag with a cover or keep it turned in whenever possible. You never want to open your home door to a stranger from the airport.
Suggested Reading: Gavin De Becker’s The Gift of Fear True fear is a gift. Unwarranted fear is a curse. Learn how to tell the difference.