Being safe is a full-time job in today’s world. Whether you are online or making your way IRL, there are precautions to take. By being diligent and thoughtful about your actions wherever you interact and engage with the world and content, you will be better prepared to avoid problems or deal with them should they arise. Keep reading to learn more.
Be Safe Online
You probably live quite a bit of your life online. That is why enacting cybersecurity habits is essential for your physical, personal, and financial safety. Pay close attention to the websites you visit. Double-check the URL to ensure it is legitimate. Remove the geotag from your photos before you post them, and never post any information about an upcoming vacation beforehand. You can wait to share the photos and videos until you return home. That way, no one will know your house is unoccupied.
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Be Wary of Who You Let Into Your Home
When packages are delivered, and a signature is required, or utility workers come into your home, it can be worrying, especially when you are alone. But how should you handle these situations to ensure your safety and that of those in your home?
- Only open the door for people you expect, such as a previously scheduled HVAC worker.
- Always ask for identification before letting them in.
- If a signature is required, you can feel more comfortable if the paperwork is slid through a mailslot in the door, placed through a gap in a locked door, or left at your door for a later pick-up, if appropriate.
- Always trust your gut. If you feel something is off, you do not have to be nice and let someone into your home. Call the company, confirm the employee’s credentials, or reschedule with another employee or a new company.
- Ask a friend to be at your home during the entirety of the service call.
Request an Escort
If you are out with friends and plan on going home alone, it is ok to ask two of those friends to safely accompany you to your car. If that is not an option, ask an employee to do so. Sometimes, walking alone to your vehicle at night is not a good idea. Safety in numbers is a better choice.
Share Your Location
It is a good idea to share your location with trusted friends and family members. If you go out for a hike alone, always let someone know when you leave your home, when you will return, and where you are going. Be very specific with your details. This way, if you fall and get hurt or something nefarious occurs, someone will be aware of your location. Make it a mutual endeavor and offer to be their accountability buddy when they are in similar situations.
While you should not be in a constant state of worry about what goes on in the world or with your personal interactions, wherever they may occur, you should pay attention to what you are doing. Use caution when online, take steps to protect yourself, and take control of your cybersecurity. Pay attention in the real world to maintain safety. By doing a few small things, you will worry less.