Archives: 'Security Threats'

Doug Bedell — June 13, 2018, 3:28 pm

Living Safely and Securely Takes 10 Steps to Everything

If you want to live and work securely, and are serious about those aims, we invite you to Johnathan Bancroft’s Security magazine post on “10 Hotel Safety Tips from a Former Intelligence Officer”. Bancroft is truly security conscious, just follow behind him as he checks into a hotel. He requests “a room between the second […]

Doug Bedell — June 11, 2018, 10:34 am

U.S. DHS Develops a Plan for Soft Targets and Crowded Places

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is getting personal in its approach to protecting people. DHS has released a “Soft Target and Crowded Places Security Plan Overview” that “describes how the Department is working to enhance and organize its efforts around the security and resilience of soft targets and crowded places across the United States.” […]

Doug Bedell — June 8, 2018, 7:26 am

National Guard’s Presence at the Mexican Border Not Unique to Trump

Homeland 411 provides a snapshot of the National Guard’s deployment to the U.S.–Mexican border, which isn’t unique to President Donald Trump. “In recent years,” writes Chrisopher Pawdzik, “Guard border deployment hasn’t necessarily become commonplace, but it’s also not unusual. From mid-2006 to mid-2008, President George W. Bush deployed about 6,000 National Guard troops to secure […]

Doug Bedell — June 4, 2018, 3:13 pm

Shoplifting a Huge Security Problem at Retail Stores

Here’s a security problem that you don’t hear much about but is a bane for retailers – shoplifting. Security InfoWatch reports that “According to the 30th Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, more than 432,000 shoplifters and dishonest employees were apprehended in 2017 by just 21 large retailers who recovered over […]

Doug Bedell — June 1, 2018, 10:47 am

Locksmiths Are Good Security Writers, Too

Where better to find a treatise on the basics of site security than the United Locksmith blog, Lock Blog? Here Lock Blog offers, “10 Things You Need to Consider About Perimeter Security.” Get the basics, from Locks to Access Control, in nicely condensed descriptions with Key Takeaways for each of the 10 items. Locksmiths need […]

Doug Bedell — May 30, 2018, 11:39 am

Social Media’s Links to Violence: Read Your Screens Warily

Risk seems to be closing in around us in security terms: Now the Security magazine blog is warning of “6 Links Between Social Media and Violence You Haven’t Thought About”. On its perverse side, social media posting is being linked to mental health, righteous indignation, long -term relationships, fixation and even attack planning. Says Security: […]

Doug Bedell — May 29, 2018, 1:01 pm

U.S. Homeland Security Updates Internet Safety Tips

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has updated its guidance from 2015 on home network security via the internet. “Home network security,” DHS explains, “refers to the protection of a network that connects devices to each other and to the internet within a home. Whether it’s staying in touch with friends and family, paying your […]

Doug Bedell — May 25, 2018, 10:26 am

Answers For Memorial Day: Not Just Barbecues

From In Homeland Security comes a reminder of what Memorial Day is all about. “Why we should remember Memorial Day may be a strange question to contemplate. But as we approach this most solemn of all American holidays, far too many of us will think only of barbecues and the kickoff to summer. How many […]

Doug Bedell — May 23, 2018, 12:56 pm

Internet Routers May Have Been Hacked En Masse

Wired magazine reports that some home and small business routers have become infested with intrusive code and thus a security menace: “Home routers have become the rats to hackers’ bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread. “Now security researchers are warning that one group of sophisticated […]

Doug Bedell — May 21, 2018, 3:21 pm

Tracking People Via the Location of Their Cell Phones

Anybody looking for you? Got a cellphone? Lisa Vaas on Naked Security reports how it’s now possible easily to “find the real-time location of nearly any US (cell)phone to as close as a few hundred yards.” Security blogger Brian Krebs broke this news earlier this month and it’s now being elaborated on somewhat. Krebs wrote […]