How To Protect Yourself From Home Invasion or Burglary

Tweet Early Saturday morning I left home with my family. About 8-9 minutes later someone unknown to us tried to gain entry to our house. He or she opened a door we almost never use and was apparently frightened away by our alarm system responding. Some minutes later the police responded and secured our home. […]

The TSA’s Invasive Searching, Pat-Downs, and Backscatter X-Rays

Tweet There’s been a lot of buzz about the TSA’s screening procedures, which include the backscatter x-ray (apparently known by some TSA personnel as the “porno scanner”) and enhanced pat downs. Complaints are that the scanners are invasive, and the pat-downs amount to sexual assault. One of the best, and most detailed, takes on the […]

Prevention, Detection, Response

Tweet Last night I attended a talk on information security given by a representative of a major endpoint security company. They make antivirus software for those who aren’t fluent in geek. The presenter made an interesting point that I think is relevant to personal security and self defense. He showed an image of a house […]

Think Evil

Tweet “Think Evil” is at the heart of the Security Mindset… ~Patrick Heim, CISO of Kaiser Permanente from the preface to Hacking Exposed 6: Network Security Secrets & Solutions In my experience people are generally good. Most of us don’t want to believe we’re evil or that we do bad things. When we do “bad” […]

The Weakest Point in Every Security System

Tweet Growing up in Maine, we never locked our doors  (car or home) until the day we were burglarized. Now I live in a relatively crime-free area or rural Maine, yet I own a sophisticated alarm system and lock all my doors. I know people who do not and want to believe that there is […]