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Personal Security: How to be a Hard Target

Many of the practiced skills for survivalists, preppers, etc… revolve around winning a fight. These skills cover unarmed combatives, shooting, knife fighting, and other such points of confrontation. These are great skills to have and, should they be needed, can mean the difference between life and death. They do not guarantee you will win the fight, but they do increase the odds.

There is one sure way to win the fight though: avoid confrontation in the first place. One of the ways to avoid a fight is to not advertise that you are a person who is worth attacking. Oftentimes, criminals will attempt to gain information on a potential target so that they can create a more effective attack. By using personal security measures, or PERSEC, attackers can be left in the dark and choose to attack a different target. If the attacker still chooses you, despite having good PERSEC measures, it is even more likely now that your combat related skills will see you to the other side alive.

Safe SECSIn today’s world, limiting the amount of personal information available is hard. Social media, cell phones, navigation programs, and many other social conveniences are successful due to their information-sharing aspects. Even with all these modern leaks for our personal data, we can protect ourselves and our families.

Things to remember:

  • Once information makes it way to the internet, it is there to stay. If information is on the internet, anybody with enough determination can find it, regardless of security features.
  • Different sources of information need to have different passwords and security questions. Once one password is compromised, it should be assumed that all other passwords are compromised and they should be changed. Having different ones for different sites should only be viewed as being able to buy you more time to change your passwords. A password should be more than ten characters, have at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number, and one symbol (!@#$%^&*?<>) .
  • If you use social media, adding pictures can be a risk. You need to ensure that pictures you take do not have the location added to them. Many sites will tag a restaurant, a GPS location, or other information that could lead an attacker to you. Also, photo backgrounds can give away the location. Worse, if the GPS function is left intact and you take a picture in your home, people know where you live and can get an idea on the layout of your house. Make sure location functions are disabled. Also, adding a picture of your child in her costume for the play she will be in and captioning the title with the school she is doing the play for is a bad idea. You gave a potential kidnapper a photo of a child in the clothes she will be wearing and a time and a location to attack.

By reducing the amount of information available to the public, you increase your personal security and make yourself and your family a harder target. Enjoy modern conveniences, but remember their risks and minimize “target specific” data.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Seth Belt

Seth grew up in Southern Arizona before joining the U.S. Navy. While serving in the Navy, Seth was an anti-narcotics operator and an anti-submarine operator for 5 years. He was lucky enough to travel to many of the Central and South American countries, as well as visiting many South East Asian nations and islands. One of Seth’s greatest joys from his time in the Navy was teaching new Sailors firearms education and safety. After leaving the Navy in 2010, Seth returned to Arizona and had a rough time learning how to be a civilian again, often working jobs that could barely pay the bills. After going to school, Seth became an Emergency Medical Technician in the Phoenix Valley, where he now lives with his wife and son.His areas of knowledge cover military, firearms, and emergency medicine.
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