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Being Out Of Harm’s Way: Cautiousness Of Your Own Welfare

Guest post by FATJOE Publishing

Photo by Edward Jenner: https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-wearing-a-face-mask-having-a-video-call-4031817/

 


Are you taking enough measures to keep yourself safe? Although you might know to lock your doors at night and know how to avoid insecurities in a relationship, there are plenty of other things you need to consider. What about online security? What about the safety of your assets?

Using this guide, you can become a more secure human and be able to protect everything from your online life to your home.

Online safety

Scams are everywhere

Scams are everywhere. They are increasingly common online, especially on social apps. For example, there are plenty of whatsapp scams going on, so it’s best to be cautious when using this app to socialize with friends and family. When you know these scams, you can lead a safer life, as you’ll know to ignore them and go about your day.

Software updates

Another way to be more secure is to keep your software updated. Regularly update your operating system, internet browser, and apps to fix security flaws and protect against viruses, malware, and other digital hazards.

Securing your Wi-Fi

Protect your residential internet connection using a long password and encrypted signal to keep outsiders from logging in. Maybe shut off your visitor network and give your network a new name to ramp up security. 

Disclosing personal information: should you do it? 

You should think before posting personal information on the internet. Sites like Facebook and local folks’ forums might be great for keeping in touch, but revealing a home address, phone number, birth date, and some financial information could lead to later trouble.

Home safety

Invest in good locks

Lock up your home really well and fit high-quality locks, which consist of a deadbolt system that is difficult to pick for potential burglars to see. Install smart home security devices, including cameras, alarms, motion sensors, and any other gadget that can be used as a security system.

You can make your windows and doors more secure by

  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked when you leave your home
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked when you are sleeping
  • Using reinforcing devices to strengthen doors (e.g., deadbolt locks with a minimum 1″ throw, strike plates with 3″ screws)

Secure storage 

Put things in secure spaces. For example, always store your valuables, important documents, passports, sensitive information, or anything irreplaceable in a secure lockbox or a safe. Avoid keeping valuables in plain sight, and don’t boast about any recent big purchases or improvements to your home.

Think about your curb appeal

Keep your property well-maintained and the exterior looking tidy to deter burglars and signal that the home is occupied. Keep the shrubs and bushes trimmed, mow the lawn, and put out the trash on the appropriate day. If you are considering—but have not yet installed—a security system (or let your plates or cans fill up), consider displaying a sign or decals indicating your home is protected.

Emotional safety

Honest communication

Foster open, honest communication with your partner, friends, and family members to build trust and strengthen your relationships. Express your thoughts, feelings, and concerns openly and respectfully, and encourage the other person to do the same.

Boundaries are wise

Establish clear boundaries to define appropriate behavior and expectations in your relationships. Communicate your boundaries assertively and respectfully; be willing to enforce them if they get crossed.

Knowing your worth

Develop your self-compassion and self-esteem by learning your worth and treating yourself in a way you would like to be treated. Step out of the box with affirmations and positive self-talk, and go a little beyond taking care of your body, mind, and soul.

Support and guidance can help

Reach out to close friends, family members, or mental health professionals when encountering problems making decisions or certain life changes. Openly communicating your thoughts, feelings, and concerns with someone who can understand them by relating them to their own situation or experiences through showing empathy or confirming your thoughts can greatly help you seek the right path by just gaining another perspective.

Cultivate healthy relationships

Surround yourself with positive, supportive, and nurturing relationships. Spend time with those people that you love and that make you feel good about yourself. Show yourself love and respect by limiting or distancing yourself from anyone who hurts you or makes you feel bad about yourself.

When you take better care of yourself and protect your safety, you will always be out of harm’s way. You will be more cautious and lead a happier and safer life, which is something we can all benefit from. 

 

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