Greetings fellow Street Survivors. Follow my train of thought for a second. Imagine you take all the right steps to protect yourself and your family from the evil-doers across the globe. You train together as a family, have developed an emergency plan for everything from hurricanes to terrorist attacks, have your bug-out-bag packed and ready, and carry a concealed weapon and know how to use it. In short, you’re better prepared than 95% of the planet, until you find out that major vendors that you buy goods and services from, are intentionally selling not only your personal info, they’re providing info that can be sold on the dark web that pinpoints your exact location in real-time! According to a recent report on FOX news, some of the major players are AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. For a few bucks they seem to be happy to provide you services, and then turn their back on you to make a few extra by disregarding your personal safety.
As technology continues to advance exponentially it seems, these threats to our financial and personal safety will also rapidly evolve. We must make every effort to stay ahead of these threats and eliminate them completely if we cannot secure a solution that all family members can easily perform. I’m not anxious to go back to a flip phone, but if the tech I carry with me everyday becomes a personal threat to me or my family, I will make that choice quickly and easily. Many of the technology gurus of today, are the hackers of tomorrow and can get access thru back-doors and other weaknesses in the system that they themselves have developed. It will take extra effort on your part but there are resources available to you like cyberguy.com and komando.com that can help navigate the maze. Also, many of the ‘free’ aps you download are also actively tracking your searches, purchases and online activity so they can sell your personal info. Google, Amazon and many others have been in the hot seat these past couple of years, as they push the envelope of privacy for the millions of clients they ‘serve’ across the globe. Make an informed decision to weigh the benefits of playing games on your phone and the convenience of easy access, to the possible threats and loss of privacy you may face. If you have tech security tips that you’d like to share, please forward those into my email and I’ll gladly add them to a follow up column. Stay safe my friends!
Don’t be a victim…be a Street Survivor !
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Rick ‘Pirate Hunter’ Grover strongly believes we’re all in this together, and the more we learn and train, the better we’ll be prepared for any eventuality. This makes all of us part of an amazing neighborhood team of American Patriots. God Bless America ! ♦