Home security signs
Home security signs are a strange beast. In a perfect world, they’d do exactly what they’re supposed to do – make burglars think twice before picking your house to rob. And sometimes they do, especially when it’s a less experienced, more spur-of-the-moment criminal. But not every burglar is like that. “Some smart criminals know how to tamper with and disarm security systems, so telling them the exact company [you have] can actually make them more informed,” warns Gabe Turner, Director of Content at Security Baron. A potential solution he offers is to get a sign – but for a system other than the one you have.
Charging your devices at charging stations
“Recently, charging stations have expanded more and more into the public sphere,” Turner told Reader’s Digest. And that’s not surprising – people constantly have their phones and other devices on them and are happy to have a convenient spot to charge them up. What is surprising, though, is the security risk these public stations can pose. “Many people don’t know that when you connect your phone to a USB port, not only are you charging your phone but you’re also transferring data, which transmits over a USB port,” Turner says. So beware – when you’re plugging your phone into one of those stations, there’s really no way to know who can then see the information on it.
Public WiFi networks
Public WiFi is very convenient, especially while travelling. But the convenience of hopping on a WiFi network wherever you are does come with a price. “Using public WiFi is a great way to save on your data plan when out and about, but it’s far from secure,” explains cybersecurity expert, Alec Ogden. “Unlike your network at home, public WiFi is unsecured and anyone with the right know-how can snoop on your activity.” You don’t need to swear off public WiFi completely, but be mindful of what you’re doing on it (don’t share any personal information, like a bank account number) and consider downloading a VPN (Virtual Private Network), which boosts your online privacy.