Security on the Road
Many business owners and their employees must spend a
portion of the year travelling-whether to meet new clients, attend
conferences, or perform contract jobs. It can be easy to feel less vigilant
about security when you are far from home, but you may be
liable if something happens to your staff while they are away on a
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you or
an employee have to leave town:
Get to know the area where you will be staying. You
can do research by checking local blogs, getting statistics from
crime watch websites, or taking a look at recent news. Make sure
that the neighborhood of the hotel you choose is safe. It's a good
idea to find a hotel with restaurants in the building or next door,
so that the need to walk the streets after dark is minimized.
Recommend strict limits on alcohol consumption for
employees who are away. A few drinks at the networking mixer is one
thing, but getting drunk will make your staff members vulnerable to
criminals, who could even be after your company's information.
Only use secure wifi
networks on any device which contains corporate information. This
should be a rule at all times, but there is much stronger temptation
to break this rule on the road.
Watch your luggage carefully. Some thieves can
detect a corporate employee a mile away, and they will be
looking for an opportunity to get into your briefcase or computer
If you must travel to volatile countries, where there
are no truly safe hotels, hire an outside security firm to accompany
your employees. It may seem expensive, but the risks are much more
for the Single Woman
A single woman who lives alone is statistically more
likely to be watched and targeted than a woman who lives with a
roommate or a family member. She is also less likely to be reported
missing to authorities. In this case, prevention is paramount.
Here are a few suggestions to keep you safer at home:
Use a front door intercom. Opening the door to a
stranger determined to gain entrance, is essentially the same as
inviting him in. Once the door is ajar, he can try to strong arm
right past you. Keep an intercom, preferably with video, so that you
can ascertain who is on your front porch without touching the door.
Get a panic button. These come with or without GPS,
and can be used in any room of your home, or kept on your body. That
way help is only a click away.
Schedule service calls strategically. Make sure that
when strangers must come in to work on your home, there is a trusted
neighbor or friend close enough to hear you shout.
Don't date at home. If you wish to try a new
relationship with someone you don't know, never let them pick you up
at your address on the first date. Find public places to meet and get
to know one another, and drive yourself home. Keep this up until you
are sure your new partner can be trusted.
Lastly, keep personal protection items accessible,
especially in your bedroom and near the front door. If you have
pepper spray or a firearm, know how to use it, and keep it in good
working order. If possible, take a self
defense or martial arts course. It will make you feel
empowered, and it could save your life.
Microsoft's New Kinect Sees Everything
The future of video games just got a whole lot
creepier. Microsoft's first iterations of the Kinect could sense
movement, and the general orientation of the user's body. But the new
Kinect uses a just-developed technology called "time of
flight" to sense depth.
It releases photons from a sensor, and measures how
they bounce back, to 'see' your body in a whole new way. It can
recognize facial features, a favorite accessory, pick out your
gestures and postures and involuntary jerks during gameplay, and in
the future, change the game to adapt to your expressions.
This is wonderful news for gamers everywhere,
but the question remains to be answered whether consumers will be
happy to invite an internet-ready spy into their living rooms.
ROCK & ROLL TRIVIA
Sonny and Cher's first stage name was...
A. Bonnie and Clyde
B. Sultan and Sheherezade
C. Caesar and Cleo
D. Sunny and Cherie
PREVIOUS MONTHS ROCK & ROLL TRIVIA
The famous line, "I really love your peaches,
want to shake your tree," was from which Steve Miller Band song?
A. "Some call me the
gangster of love"
C. "Some people call me
D. "Cause I speak of the pompitous of love"
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