How To Stay Safe: An Overview of Personal Security

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In my short time writing for my various websites, I’ve covered a fair amount of news and trends in the personal security sector. It only makes sense, seeing as how I am a personal security professional. And while I’ve offered several blogs that discuss new gadgets and devices to aid in personal security, I’ve never actually given advice or tips and tricks for general personal security. And with that said, I figured I should take this moment to do so.


Don’t Travel Alone

One of the most common threats to personal security is a mugging. Simply walking the streets of your city can lead to an unwanted assault. This can happen at night or even in broad daylight. In order to decrease your chances of an assault, walk with at least another person. Whether you are walking to the store or your neighbor’s place a few houses down, try to walk with someone else. The more people in your group, the better. Assailants are looking for quick and easy targets; the more people in a group, the harder the target. And this isn’t restricted to walking. Driving or flying to other places can be just as dangerous, so it’s best to travel with a friend.


I realize that this is not possible for everybody, so if you can not find someone to travel with, let someone you trust know that you are traveling or going somewhere. This way, at least someone will know of your last whereabouts.


Be confident

If you can not find someone to travel with and you have no one to tell of your whereabouts, you can also detract assailants by traveling with confidence. Even if you are lost and have no clue where you are going, traveling with confidence and acting as though you know what you are doing can stop would-be assailants.

Be Prepared

If you know that you will be traveling to an unfamiliar territory, make sure to bring a personal security device of some kind. Your smartphone is a great start, but there are other devices that can help fend off assailants. Pepper spray or a whistle are two really great options. Depending on your personal views, sometimes small firearms or weapons will certainly stop attackers (if you do not feel comfortable with a weapon, it should be noted that you do not necessarily need to even load your firearm as the mere sight of a weapon can stop attackers). If carrying a weapon doesn’t work for you, you can also take self-protection classes like karate or taekwondo. This way, if you are attacked, you can easily defeat the assailant.


This is only a small number of ways that you can protect yourself in the future. I will continue to offer suggestions and tips in future blogs. Make sure to stay safe and stay tuned.


How to Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief Safely

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One of the worst hurricanes to hit America’s shores has brought devastation and pain to an entire state. Families have been displaced, buildings destroyed and injuries and casualties are starting to make headlines. The shores of Texas are hurting right now. And, as a society, it is our duty to come together, help one another and to persevere through these dark times. We’ve done it before in the face of adversity, and yet we still manage to rise above. I am always in support of charitable efforts, and right now, I cannot think of a better time than to be your most charitable. There are dozens of ways to donate or volunteer your time and money to help the citizens of Texas, which I wholeheartedly encourage you to do so.


That being said, however, there are multiple thieves and miscreants who like to take advantage of situations such as these. They look for ways to steal money from kind-hearted people. And so, in an effort to avoid this, here are a few tips to ensuring that your donations are being sent to the proper organizations.


Beware Your Emails

One of the most popular ways that these fake charitable organizations make money is through fake emails. If your inbox is flooded with unsolicited emails requesting money and relief, do not read them. Do not click on any links or open any attachments. Don’t even open the email. It is more than likely a malicious website looking to install malware on your computer.


Instead, be proactive about the situation and visit the official site of a trusted charitable organization.


Do Some Research

If you are considering donating to a charity that you’ve never heard of, then it would be in your best interests to do a bit of background research into the organization. It’s amazing what a quick Google search can reveal. In addition to a Google search, you can also use sites like in order to determine the legitimacy of an organization.


Volunteer Personally

This is a bit tougher for those of you who want to help, but are too far away to do so. But for those who live within a few hours of the affected area, one of the most secure ways to donate is by personally visiting the flooded areas and assisting shelters or in rescue efforts. Again, this is a bit harder to do for most of you, but thieves can’t steal your volunteered time.


The events unfolding in Texas are an absolute tragedy and we need to assist in any way that we can. But we must also stay vigilant so that others are not taken advantage of while trying to do the right thing.