October’s goal: Protect yourself.
They’re scary to think about, but they happen: break-ins, both the physical and the digital kind.
If you get a fancy new gadget or big electronic, don’t broadcast it to the whole neighborhood by leaving the box on the curb. break down your cardboard boxes and put them in your trash, or if you are recycling, turn them inside out or hide them between plain boxes.
I know it’s difficult, but try to resist posting publicly about your vacations on social media. Your attention should be on the experience, anyway, not getting lost in your phone! Potential burglars will look for signs that a home is unoccupied; if they get your name off a piece of mail, check your Facebook, and see that you’re posting about laying out on the beach, that’s definitive proof. Even if you aren’t posting about your vacation on social media, keep your house looking occupied: ask a friend to collect your mail and mow your lawn or shovel your driveway.
For your online security, it is important to learn how to make a strong password. Even better than that, though, is using a password manager like LastPass to remember and automatically generate your passwords for you. That way, you can use a different password for every site, but only have to remember one (your login to LastPass).
Love & Sparkle,