Holiday Season Safety and Security

During this time of year it is especially important to be more aware of our safety due to the increased danger. Holiday decorations, lights, plants, food and drink are all beautiful and common sights this time of year, but unfortunately also pose a risk to ourselves and our families.

Be sure your decorations are kept out of the reach of small children and pets. Small parts or tinsel can be a choking hazard to them. Cats especially enjoy playing with the tinsel! Candles can cause serious burns. Glass ornaments, if broken, can cause cuts.

Decorative lights are also a potential hazard to children and the family pet. Strangulation and electrocution are severe consequences of unsafe decorating and inattentiveness. Fires and burns are also unfortunate possibilities.

Many of our holiday plants present a danger to us if we are not careful. Poinsettias and holly berries are tempting to both small children and pets but the berries are highly toxic and the poinsettias, poisonous. Live trees become dry if not properly cared for and become a fire hazard.

Even our holiday food and drink can become a menace to our safety. Foods that are improperly prepared or improperly stored can cause food poisoning. Eggnog, for example, if not prepared with pasteurized eggs can cause salmonella; not a pleasant end to our holiday festivities! Alcoholic beverages, aside from the known risks to adults, can be poisonous to children who may accidentally ingest someone’s unattended beverage.

To prevent these unfortunate situations, we need to remain aware and be vigilant in our efforts to keep everyone safe this holiday season.

Holiday Season Security

Vigilance must also be maintained in our holiday security. There are those who would not think twice about taking everything we have. The criminal element love the holidays! They love them because we let our guard down and they know they can take advantage of that.

Home security depends on developing habits that become second nature for each member of your family. You don’t need to make drastic changes, just remain aware and use common sense. Use timers on your lights to deter prowlers. The strongest dead-bolt lock won’t protect your home if you leave home and don’t engage it. And alarm systems are useless if you don’t arm them even on a “quick trip” to the store.

Keep packages in the trunk of your car rather than in the passenger area. Items left out in the open are an invitation to a thief to break your car window and help himself. And, of course, lock your doors while driving and after you exit your vehicle.

Park in well lit parking areas only! When possible, walk to your vehicle with another person. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you see anything or anyone suspicious, turn around and go back the way you came. Contact security or the police as soon as you can safely do so.

Enjoy the Holiday Season but stay Safe & Secure

Browsing Safety and Security

Do you know that some ISP’s and search engines keep a record of the sites you visit and use? Because of that, hackers can find a way to gather your personal sensitive data thereby exposing you to malwares and spywares which will damage your files and computer.

Here’s how you can stop and/or prevent that:

1. Never put your full name and passwords on search engines.
2. Don’t use just one engine for searching -using different engines will make it harder for hackers to profile you.
3. Use different e-mail servers on different search engines for the same reason.
4. Request for a new IP address if you sense or suffer a malware infection.
5. Use these programs and apps for infection remedy and/or prevention:

a. Trusteer Rapport
b. Spam Poison
c. AVG Link Scanner
d. Anonymouse.org
e. TorProject.org

Reference: WorldPrivacyForum.org

If you browse with Google Chrome, you can use McAfee SiteAdvisor as a scanner for unsafe sights.

Now Google has a feature called Web History that automatically saves all of your Internet searches when logged onto any of their services -Gmail, Calendar, Reader, Docs, etc. It’s retained forever unless you turn it off or manually delete the contents. And if you want to do that, here’s how:

‘To do this simply head to the Web History s option, click “Remove items” on the left pane and then “Clear entire Web History” on the right. You can also choose to remove individual items. If you aren’t signed in to a Google Account, your search experience will still be customized based on past search information linked to a cookie on your browser. To disable this you have to search for something first, click “Web History” in the top right corner of the results page, and choose to disable customizations. You might also want to clear your browser’s cookies (more on that later). – http://www.techspot.com/guides/281-manage-search-engine-privacy/

If that didn’t work, you may need to clear your browser’s cache and cookies before you can see your changes. But keep in mind that, while deleting your cookies may resolve the problem, it will also remove your saved settings for sites you’ve previously visited.

If that still didn’t work (which would be unusual), try this:

1. Delete your history again.
2. Click the Sign out link in the top right corner of the page.
3. Sign in again at https://www.google.com/accounts/

The Ignored and Dangerous Flash Cookies

Flash cookies could be used by hackers to track what you do on-line, access your personal data, and worse, bring malware and havoc to your computers.

Here are some cookie facts:

1. They never expire
2. Your browsers are not aware of these cookies.
3. Super cookies or LSO’s usually cannot be removed by browsers.
4. There is no easy way to tell which flash-cookie sites are tracking you.

Controlling Your Cookies

Here’s how to control cookies manually:

Click the Tools menu then Options.
Click the Under the Hood tab then in the “Privacy” section, click Content settings.
On the “Cookies” tab, click Show cookies and other site data.

You can now decide which cookies you should delete. Click Close for the Cookies and Other Data dialog when you’re done. You should also use Clear Browsing Data or History after using your computer for the day. If you still want more safety, here is a small tool you can use:

FlashCookiesView is a small utility that displays the list of cookie files created by Flash component (Local Shared Object) in your Web browser. For each cookie file, the lower pane of FlashCookiesView displays the content of the file in readable format or as Hex dump. You can also select one or more cookie files, and then copy them to the clipboard, save them to text/html/xml file or delete them.

A Gun Vault For Safety, Convenience and Security

In today’s world, it is absolutely imperative that gun owners have a strong, secure easy-to-access gun safe. Not only does a safe keep your precious firearms safe and secure, they also provide a peace of mind. Knowing your firearms are safe at your home or work place is the first step to owning a gun collection of any kind. Vaults give you the versatility of keeping your firearms ready to go, when you need them.

Organization is key when it comes to fast deployment of firearms – the only way to achieve this is with a safe. Do not compromise the safety and security of your firearms, invest in a gun vault that will last you a life time. Remember, Gun safes are not only for firearms. They can also store other precious goods and valuables such as jewelry, passports, money, important documents and more.

Vaults or safes are extremely high and durable, making them thief proof. If you have kids, you need a gun vault. The only way to ensure your children’s safety is to store your firearms properly. You can achieve this goal with buying a safe, secure, reliable gun vault. For hunters, keep your valuables stored at your hunt camp while you’re away. Don’t be vulnerable to theft use a solid and secure vault.

The investment in a gun vault will pay for itself, knowing your valuables are safe and secure is a priceless commodity. Home, cottage, work there is NO excuse for not having a gun safe. A little investment for a lifetime of security. Don’t be a victim, buy a gun safe.