Big Brother: Your “Digital Footprint” and How It Can Hurt You

Digital Security and Your Digital Footprint: Protecting Yourself From Hacking, Spying, And Stalking
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

I value my privacy, and i know you do too.

The problem is, everyone from your government, to social media and “Big Tech,” to virtually every other company out there is spying on you.

A lot of the time, this is because they want to sell you things.

At the worst of times, though, this is because they want to control you.

And sometimes, the people spying on you are just other people, like stalkers and online predators.

The fact is, while you may not think about your “digital footprint,” what you don't know about it can hurt you – and that's a BIG problem!

Recently I talked to privacy expert Frank Ahearn about this important issue in our modern age.

Here's a summary of what he told me.

What You Don't Know About Your “Digital Footprint” Can Hurt You!

Digital Security and Your Digital Footprint: Protecting Yourself From Hacking, Spying, And Stalking
Digital Security and Your Digital Footprint: Protecting Yourself From Hacking, Spying, And Stalking
Frank Ahearn

Few people ever really realize just how easily they leave a digital footprint.

People use this term to refer to their whole online presence, but it can also refer to how you create a log of your actual physical location.

People create this log without even realizing it, through their phones and those other electronic monitoring systems that are out there.

They do it voluntarily through social media, too, “checking in” and telling their friends (and thus the entire world) exactly where they are, sometimes complete with longitude and latitude.

Every time you post a picture of where you are in the world (with or without the meta data attached to that photo), you are expanding that footprint… and making it easier for you to be tracked, stalked, and targeted.

Keep these 3 tips in mind when it comes to your footprint:

Don’t Focus Solely On Online And Digital Tracing

The biggest mistake people make when it comes to their footprint is that they focus too much on online and digital tracing.

We hear about cookies and Internet history and the NSA grabbing up phone records, but what we forget is that when we wake up in the morning to turn on the television, the cable company has access to that.

They know when we come and go.

  • The electric company knows when you use the most electricity.
  • When you leave the house in the morning, there are cameras on the street.
  • There are cameras at the tool booths you drive past.
  • There are cameras when you take a train, when you go through a bus station, when you walk through an airport.

Surveillance is everywhere, which is why you must keep in mind that…

Big Brother Is Always Watching

We have this weird thing going on now: When you go to London, they have street cameras.

These are like a foot long, and they move.

There is this amazingly thorough Big Brother presence in London, with those cameras moving around.

There are microphones on poles.

And in the US, there are cameras behind little black bubbles, discreetly placed on top of street lamps (often with blue lights and gunshot sensors attached).

People make a huge mistake when they ignore this surveillance state.

They’re just blind to it.

The number one rule you have to keep in mind, if you are concerned about your privacy, is that you are ALWAYS being watched, no matter what you do and no matter where you go.

But apart from being tracked in the physical world, you are also being watched online.

Every time you press enter, send, or download, you are creating a digital footprint.

It’s a connection to you no matter how you look at it.

You really need to THINK before you press that button.

Some people have never considered it.

What We Do Today Affects Us Years From Now

We don’t know how the information being collected and stored today will be utilized in the future.

Internet companies are created and go out of business.

They sell what is left over as far as the data.

Look at your privacy as connections.

Think from the perspective of how what you’re doing is connected to you.

Consciously work to reduce your footprint.

When you really think about it, the information you put out online, or that already exists in the digital and physical worlds, is your life, for all intents and purposes.

You need to safeguard your life, and you need to really think about the ways you share it and therefore endanger it by placing it among the networks of networks that connect us all.

Are You Worried About Being Stalked… Or Having Your Privacy Invaded By Big Brother?

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Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips For Surviving (And Escaping) A Hostage Situation!

Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips To Escape A Hostage Situation

Jeff Anderson

Getting captured isn't something most of us think about.

We just don't think we live in a world where someone might want to take us captive.

But it could happen to any of us, both at home and abroad.

Getting away before they can hurt or kill you would seem to be the highest priority in a hostage situation.

But how do you plan that escape so that it succeeds?

I spoke with my friend Reggie Bennett about this not long ago.

Here's a summary of what he had to tell me.

3 Tips For Escaping A Hostage Situation!

Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips To Escape A Hostage Situation
Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips To Escape A Hostage Situation
Reggie Bennett

It takes special skills to get out of  hostage scenario.

SERE programs teach their students survival, evasion, resistance, and escape.

You have to be mentally prepared for those things.

There will be both physical and mental stress involved.

You have to know yourself and know you're going to face these scenarios.

  • You could be kidnapped for ransom.
  • You could be held by terrorists.
  • You could be taken by people who are trying to make some kind of twisted statement.

Whatever the reason, you might find yourself taken captive and then have to figure out how to escape.

Sometimes, all it takes is being in the wrong place at the wrong time… so what do you do?

Here are three tips for how to plan your escape so that when the moment comes, you can seize it and get away.

1. Maintain Situational Awareness At All Times

The first thing you have to do is know your surroundings.

If you break out of a closet and find yourself staring at a room full of terrorists, you didn't escape anything at all.

You've just made your situation worse.

When they put you back, they're going to restrain you worse than before, and they're going to be looking for escape attempts.

Think of your surroundings in terms of layers:

  • What's immediately around you?
  • What comes after that?
  • Which of your captors is weakest?
  • Which is friendliest?
  • When are your captors least vigilant?
  • Is there any dissent among them?
  • Are there holes in their security?
  • Who is the weak link in the chain?

Gather as much information as you can in order to determine the best set of circumstances to make your break.

2. Gather An Escape Kit

The second thing you need to do is assemble a secret escape kit.

This isn't a whole backpack.

It's just little things that will help you survive.

This includes doing things like hoarding food and water for later.

It might also be rope, wire, thread, or anything else you can use to improvise.

Plastic and things you can use to protect you from the elements is another item you might assemble.

Be prepared to think outside the box in order to use whatever you can get your hands on to your advantage.

3. Have A Plan

The third thing to keep in mind is that you HAVE to have a plan.

Just escaping isn't enough.

Once you break out of your immediate confinement… then what?

Where are you going to go?

Let's say you're overseas.

You might find yourself in a desert, or a forest, or an unfamiliar city.

Where are you now, and where should you get to?

Is there a border you could slip past to safety, a church that could provide sanctuary, or an embassy that would take you in?

It won't do any good to just get out and wander.

You'll get caught again if you do that.

Figure out what your plan is… and then act on it.

Every little bit of information you assemble along the way is just another tool in your toolbox.

Keep these tips in mind if you ever do find yourself on the wrong end of a hostage situation or kidnapping.

What Would You Do If You Were Taken Hostage? How Would You Find Your Moment?

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