Tip of the Week Personal Safety

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The Information You Need to Survive an Active Shooter

30 November in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Corporate Security, Tip of the Week Crisis Response, Tip of the Week Personal Safety, Tip of the Week Travel Safety

The Department of Homeland Security defines an "active shooter" as an individual who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined or populated area. There is no real method to their selection of victims, but studies have shown that 45% of active shootings occur in a place of business followed by schools, government properties and open spaces. Your chances of surviving an active shooter situation are greatly enhanced by mental and physical preparation. Here's what you need to know to survive: 1. Run:...

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft – Reduce Your Chances of Becoming a Victim!

30 November in Tip of the Week Corporate Security, Tip of the Week Crisis Response, Tip of the Week Personal Safety

Did you know identity theft affects over 9 million persons per year? Information security and privacy laws refer to information that can be used to contact, identify, or locate a single person as Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or Sensitive Personal Identifying Information (SPII). Without question, SPII information if lost, compromised, or disclosed could result in substantial harm, embarrassment, inconvenience, and even financial loss. Your SPPI includes, but is not limited to: Social Security numbers Bank Account numbers Passport information Healthcare related information Medical insurance information Student information ...

Tip of the Week: Inside the Mind of a Burglar – Steps to Keep You Safe

26 May in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Corporate Security, Tip of the Week Personal Safety

A Video, ‘Inside the Mind of a Thief | Burglar Confessions’, was released by the Allen, Texas Police Department. It's an interview with a career burglar who spent over 20 years breaking into hundreds of homes and describes how he conducted his crimes. The following list emerges from the interview with important crime prevention tips to keep you from becoming a victim: 1. Alarm signs promoting a wireless capability would be a total deterrence. Warning signs for dogs and alarm systems would make him take notice but...

Tip of the Week: Repeal of Privacy Regulations for Internet Providers – How to protect yourself

14 April in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Corporate Security, Tip of the Week Personal Safety, Tip of the Week: Security Consulting

Recently repealed privacy regulations have stripped away some controls placed on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) governing their use of your search information. Your internet browsing habits reveal your interests, topics researched, and virtually everything you do on the internet including when you do it. The removal of privacy regulations make it legal for ISPs to “monetize” this information and sell it to marketing companies. Advertisers can then market specific products directly to you as you browse the web. Although annoying, discovery of your personal browsing habits...

Tip of the Week: Taxpayers Beware! Avoiding Online Scams When Filing Tax Returns

10 April in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Corporate Security, Tip of the Week Personal Safety

Tax season becomes a holiday of criminal mischief for cyber criminals and scammers who are seeking to steal your identity and hard earned cash. According to a recent IRS tax scams consumer alert, “The IRS saw an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents in the 2016 tax season.” The most important advice is to stay vigilant and remember that the IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information....

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Tip of the Week: Safety Tips for Holiday Air Travel

21 December in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Personal Safety, Tip of the Week Travel Safety

Air travel over the holidays can be challenging at best. Airports are crowded and delays are always a possibility. These simple tips will help ease your way and ensure you arrive safely: 1. Pre-plan your connections. When booking your flight, plan carefully for sufficient time during layovers to connecting flights. It is good to allow extra time for flight delays and weather issues. 2. Leave early. Holiday travel guarantees you will encounter congested traffic, full parking lots, crowded ticket counters...