security

What can a Billy Joel concert teach us about situational awareness?

My husband (Jim) surprised me with tickets to the Billy Joel concert in North Carolina last fall. Not only was I looking forward to the concert, but this also allowed me the perfect opportunity to put my situational awareness skills to the test. Situational awareness for women is both a science and an art, and over the years I’ve had plenty of time to put it to use. We often think of situational awareness and connect it to a James …

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5 Reasons Why Bugging IN is Smart

I have seen many articles and posts about bugging out should some major disaster happen. These writers go on and on about having Bug Out Bags (BOBs) and heading to their Bug Out Location (BOL) to hide away until it is safe. I can imagine several reasons why having a bug out plan is a good idea but honestly, it should be a last resort. If your immediate home is not threatened, staying put and “bugging in” should be the …

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OpSec lessons from a military wife (and brat)

It only takes putting a few pieces of a puzzle together to start seeing a clear picture when it comes to OpSec and keeping quiet about certain bits of information. Lessons learned from Wartime I was 10 and living overseas on a military base when the Gulf War happened. Suddenly, OpSec (Operational Security) became the name of the game and more important than ever. All the building signs that could be seen from outside the fence were covered in black …

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How to Create Absolutely Foolproof Passwords

In addition to being a disaster readiness consultant and author, I’m also a licensed private investigator. I’ve been working in the security and investigation fields for over twenty years now. I’ve had to learn how to create foolproof passwords. My specialty is with computer-based investigations, such as e-mail tracing and deep background checks. Many of us spend hours each day working with computers. With that comes the requisite passwords we need to create on a regular basis. The problem is, …

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