Be Aware, Be Safe – protect against Theft, Burglary and Malware

Be aware, be safe - protect against theft, burglary and malwareYesterday, when both my husband and I were out of the house, we were burglarized in broad daylight.

We didn’t lose much, just my back-up laptop, a net book, a safe and a couple of watches.  But we did lose peace of mind. In fact, after two hours of adrenalin rush dealing with a very nice police woman and running around trying to figure out how much we lost, I felt like I had been beat up – physically.

However, I was very grateful for a couple of things;

  1. The safe didn’t have any money or anything of any value in it! In this economy nobody can afford lose anything.
  2. In the last couple of months I had changed a couple of very important passwords, so any passwords stored on my computer are no longer valid.
  3. We could have lost a lot more, and we didn’t.:-)

The experts say that we should be changing passwords at least 4 times a year, but being in the business of social networking and the need to remember so many passwords, the only reason I change a password is because I am forced to do so.

Recently Google put up a notice that advised us that if are using the same password for our Gmail account and our any other accounts, we should change that immediately. So I did.

All that being said, I am still using the same password for most of my social networking accounts that I have been using for 5 years – there are so many of them.  But I use a couple of new passwords for my checking accounts, Facebook and Gmail.

Overall, we got a wake-up call and now we will be taking some precautionary measures. We will be installing an alarm system, and we are getting another ‘barker’. A few months ago our ‘security dog’ died and we have been without a good barking dog, so now we will get one.

On another note, recently, my husband got up the morning of December 26th to a new computer virus – 2011 XP Antivirus. It took several days and some professional help to get rid of it.

Desperate times call for desperate measures… so we all have to be more aware of the potential dangers in order to guard ourselves against them.

So be aware, and be careful; change your major passwords often, don’t open attachments from email senders you don’t recognize, lock your windows and doors and get yourself a ‘barker’.

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