The Happy Start
Mags and Derek met when they were in their early twenties and married soon afterwards. Mags had 2 young daughters from a relationship she had in her teens, but the father of the girls left her as he couldn’t deal with the responsibility at such a young age and she never saw him again. Derek was very supportive and Mags felt that getting together with him was a dream come true. They settled in Cornwall; Derek working as a teacher and Mags a yoga and meditation instructor, which she could fit round looking after the girls. They weren’t rich but were happy.
Temptation At Work
Everything seemed perfect until one day Derek was late in from work telling Mags he had things to finish off. But it didn’t end there. His behavior was different somehow and he was late in more frequently. As Mags instructed yoga in a small studio at home, which Derek had sorted out for her, she really looked forward to him coming home as the house was fairly isolated and she spent a lot of time alone. Getting more and more concerned Mags decided to confront Derek and ask him what was going on. At first he denied anything was wrong but when Mags wouldn’t let it go he broke down and told her that the pressure of work had become more difficult to deal with and a colleague at work had been a shoulder to take some of the burden. One thing led to another and sadly for Mags Derek had started an affair. Affairs often start at work, as any private investigator will confirm as they deal with such cases every day of the week. People tend to work closely together on an even footing and the opportunities are there even if they aren’t planned.
Obviously Mags was devastated but having been let down before she reluctantly accepted the situation and found some solace in her yoga and meditation. She moved into a small bungalow which was just right for her and the girls and inevitably the divorce came through. Living in a small community she saw Derek occasionally with his new partner Clare and it wasn’t long before they had a baby daughter, Tanya. Many years went by and the children grew up but then out of the blue Derek contacted Mags and told her that he still had strong feelings for her and was divorcing Clare; they were now in their fifties.
Derek persuaded Mags to move back in with him after the divorce was finalised; Clare moved to London to look after her elderly mother. A quiet marriage ceremony in front of only two close friends followed; Mags had given Derek a second chance. They started a new type of life; living in Cornwall for 6 months then India the rest of the year. It was perfect for about 5 years until last year when Derek told Mags out of the blue that he wanted a divorce. He told her there was no one else involved but Mags didn’t trust him. She decided to have him put under surveillance and hired a professional private investigator to do the work. The private investigator worked promptly and discovered that Clare had moved back to Cornwall as her mother had died, leaving her a substantial inheritance. She had contacted Derek and they began a relationship again. Was he tempted by the money?
Will There Be A Happy Ever After?
Mags vowed never to speak to Derek again as he had betrayed her once more and even blamed her for the breakdown of their marriage, citing her unreasonable behavior as grounds for divorce which was nonsense. She suspects that as Clare had come into a large amount of money Derek was tempted back to her, but she can’t be certain. All she knows is that she found the truth and can hold her head up high knowing she’d done nothing wrong. Whether Derek will be happy ever after she’ll never know but she doesn’t care.
An idyllic new start with Derek seemed perfect for Mags but temptation got in the way. When they got remarried it all seemed so right but Mags didn’t consider the return of Clare. A private investigator proved the truth giving Mags the dignity to move on.
Matrimonial Private Detective Charlie Hodgson has been working in the industry for many years. He has carried out many matrimonial investigations and surveillance operations with a great deal of success. For more blogs like this please visit privatedetective-leicester.co.uk.
You’re at your favorite local coffee shop and everybody else around you is on their laptop or Internet-connected device. Have you thought about protecting your personal information before you order that mocha latte? While there are advantages accessing a free wireless connection, there are inherent dangers that come with the ability to browse and make purchases through a public Internet connection. Public wifi security in most public wifi hotspots such as airports, hotels, and cafes is non-existent. If you are going to enjoy the convenience of accessing public wifi, protection needs to be a priority.
Why Public Wifi Users Are A Target
While many banks and other locations where security is an obvious concern have made efforts to secure or encrypt their wireless Internet connections, the same isn’t true for many coffee shops, cafes, and other popular gathering spots. The main reason why public wifi users are a target is because the same customers hanging out at places with public wifi happen to be the same demographics frequently targeted by criminals. Individuals targeting these users also happen to be well aware that places like banks, financial institutions, and upscale restaurants are likely to be secure so they scope out wifi hotspots not likely to be all that secure.
How Vulnerable Are You?
All it takes is someone with a keen eye to spot you at a cafe while you intently look at your screen. With a little casual over-the-shoulder peeking, a thief can tell that you are on a site where you are likely to make a purchase involving the need to provide your credit card number or other personal information. Criminals preying on public wifi users are more savvy than you might think. It is often very difficult or impossible to track who took your information until you notice issues with your bank account. Even then, the criminal has likely moved on to other targets by the time you get wise to their scheme. Vulnerable information includes:
• Credit card numbers
• Social network logins
• Bank account information
• Social Security numbers and other identifying numbers
Encryption Is the Key To Security
You can’t rely on public wifi hotspots to protect your personal information. Even though you may be perfectly safe accessing a public wife nine times out of ten, it’s that one time that you have to prepare for. The key to security at wifi hotspots is OpenVPN SSL based encryption layers, which is a type of encryption that covers all tunneled connections. What this means for you is that your data is always encrypted. Even if a criminal accesses your data, they won’t be able to decipher it. Additional security precautions you should consider include:
• Turning off sharing to prevent others from accessing the info on your laptop or device
• Getting a virtual private network (VPN), which routes traffic through a secure network
• Changing your laptop or smartphone settings to prevent automatic wifi connections
• Keeping track of passwords by using a password manager such as KeePass or LastPass
Mobile Security an Increasing Concern
It wasn’t that long ago that most people in wifi hotspots brought their laptops with them. Today, smartphones and other mobile devices are just as prevalent as laptops once were at cafes and coffee shops. Such devices are also susceptible to criminals looking to quickly capture any information you may store on your device. This often includes contact lists, which could give a thief information on other possible targets such as email addresses and phone numbers. The key to securing mobile devices is to use passwords as much as possible and be careful with the info you access in public.
Protecting yourself at public wifi hotspots is all about common sense. Regardless of how safe you feel, you should never check your email or log into social networks at a wifi hotspot since it takes very little effort for a keen criminal to get your password info. The same goes for your bank account and financial accounts such as PayPal. Be alert and shield your screen from prying eyes as much as possible. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the benefits of public wifi, as long as you make security a top priority too.
Sarah Hendricks who is a security expert on protecting users and businesses from hackers and data leakage. Users in the office, at home, or working remotely are all subject to attack. Sarah has teamed up with mobile antivirus software leader NQ Mobile security to keep mobile devices protected nation wide!
Living in an apartment provides little to no options when it comes to safety and security. Utilize what you have and plan well in the event of a break in with these helpful solutions.
1. Front Room Lighting- When going to sleep close your bedroom door, but leave a light on in the front room. This will show through the windows and under the door and be evidence of activity if someone is looking to break in.
2. Window Treatments- Have your windows covered if you’re on the first or third floor of your building. Any large items such as TVs or desktop computers need to be protected from peepers.
3. Secure Locks- If there’s ever an issue with the locks alert the maintenance. Check that your door opens and closes, locks, and unlocks properly.
4. Keep Top Lock Locked- When home, keep the top lock and any other locking mechanisms secured. These typically are not able to be unlocked from the outside of the door.
5. Be Aware of the Surroundings- Know the familiar cars and faces that frequent your building. If anyone seems suspicious or unmarked maintence type vans start showing up let the apartment managers know.
6. Know Your Neighbors- Take time to know the people that live around you. They could be key witnesses if any break ins do happen and it’s best that you know who they are. Also be aware that many apartment break ins are neighbors or people who live in close proximity. If more than one person around you thinks a particular tenant is a little suspicious, it’s best to be aware.
7. Window Safety- Just like with the doors, be sure that the windows open and close properly. During the day leave the shades or blinds drawn, and the windows locked.
8. Security System- Some apartment buildings offer security systems to renters. Check with your building to see if this is an option. It can help reduce your renters insurance to know that your unit is protected.
9. Gated Communities- When you choose a community and they advertise that the complex is “gated” as a safety feature, make sure that they’re following through. Many places charge extra for gate maintenance when the gate remains non functioning and broken. Before signing the lease check that the gates work to provide the most security.
10. Low Crime- If you haven’t moved yet, or are looking for a new place to live, check the crime rates for surrounding areas. Know the neighborhood, if it’s residential or urban, and if schools are around. All of these can play a factor into the likeness of your place getting broken into.
About the Author: Michelle is a blog writer for a Dallas based home security company. She loves writing about DIY projects, green living, and family safety.
When it comes to sharing personal things on social media, there are many things that shouldn’t be posted to attract negative attention. However, there are also things that shouldn’t be shared for legitimate safety concerns. How can a status update on Facebook put anyone’s safety in jeopardy? Whenever “checking in” somewhere or counting down to a vacation, people that you don’t know are made aware of your whereabouts and if your home is unsupervised. This not only puts you, but your entire family and home in trouble.
Here are 10 things you shouldn’t share on your social page to stay safe.
1. Location- Geo tagging is what lets the statuses you post be marked with what city you’re nearest to. This will alert an intruder if you’re away from home and how far away you are.
2. Vacation Details- Wait until the trip is complete and pictures are uploaded before sharing vacation details. Make your break from social media quiet to avoid the chance that someone is waiting for you to go out of town.
3. Job Location and Details- It’s best not to include your employment location. If it’s a long distance from home, intruders can learn your schedule, and time or arrival and departure based off how much you share.
4. Photos of Electronics- Did you get a new iPad for your birthday? Don’t share this. When you post pictures of expensive items it allows potential intruders to know what to look for and make a quick exit.
5. Home Renovation Projects- Use caution when sharing information about projects going on at your home. Whether it’s already built or under construction, the team working might not notice someone different walking through the debris.
6. Address of Home- Be careful when taking photos outside. Make sure address numbers and mailbox numbers are blurred out of any pictures that you post.
7. Checking In- Avoid “checking in” when out and about. This lets others know where you are, what you’re doing, if you’re alone, and that your home is possibly unsupervised.
8. Details of Home Security- It’s safe to assume that most home are equipped with home security system. If you’re between home monitoring services, or are experiencing issues with one that leaves your home vulnerable, don’t talk about it until the issue is resolved and your home is secure.
9. Jewelry- Announce the engagement or anniversary without the new sparkly ring attached. This will not only show others that expensive jewels reside in your home, but also that you wear valuable pieces.
10. Landmarks Near Home- If your home resides near a large landmark such as a high school stadium, water tower, or in a particular neighborhood, avoid mentioning them.
About the Author: Michelle is a blog writer for a Dallas based home security company. She loves writing about DIY projects, green living, and family safety.
The image of a tough, black-suited agent with shades on usually comes to mind when people think about bodyguards. However, the security industry is constantly striving to change this stereotype, and the reality of what bodyguards look like may surprise you in many cases. Bodyguards, although traditionally large and intimidating, are now people of all different shapes and sizes who are dedicated to protecting their client but also in charge of strategic security. In fact today, many companies are providing female bodyguards for some of the world’s biggest stars.
Female bodyguards are becoming popular because they offer a more discreet level of protection. Amongst a celebrity’s entourage, a female bodyguard can blend into the crowd and assess any potential risks in an area without it being entirely obvious who is providing the security. This prevents the bodyguard being targeted and thus they are more able to keep an eye on everything going on around their client.
Similarly, female bodyguards are less prone to resorting to violence instantly, offering a more calm, sensible guard. They also can accompany female clients to toilets and private changing areas, as well as sympathize with their needs and worries. This bond that can be created with the client is a huge reason that female bodyguards are becoming more popular.
However, the debate that is often raised with regard to female bodyguards is about the protection they can provide when presented with a physical conflict. Obviously, larger stronger men are better prepared to wrestle off an attack on a famous client, but this is part of the largely untrue image of a bodyguard constantly fighting away assaults.
The main job of a bodyguard is to secure an area and prevent such attacks at a low level, by keeping their client in safe areas and identify threats, alleviating such threats several stages before they become physical. Female bodyguards are in a good position to provide such security given that they are often overlooked, so can carry out their job outside of the focus of those surrounding their client.
Indeed one of the biggest problems in the industry is sexism and people looking down on female bodyguards, imagining they are incapable of carrying out their job because of their sex. But of course a key asset a bodyguard of either gender needs to have is a thick skin to not take abuse, verbal or physical, personally so such jeers are not stopping the numbers of female bodyguards undertaking training currently.
Specialists protection companies are now providing some of the world’s biggest celebrities with female bodyguards who prefer the discreet, sensible security they offer. Examples including Kate Middleton and Prince William, Justin Bieber, Nicole Kidman, Beyonce, Rhianna, and JK Rowling to name but a few. All of these stars have a huge following, and it is a credit that female bodyguards are chosen to protect them.
What do you think about the idea of female bodyguards? Can they offer the protection and security as their male counterparts?
Author Byline: Victoria Gray is a graduate of the University of Leeds with an English degree and is currently working as a freelance writer in London.
I’ve lived in many high-income neighborhoods. The median income is usually over $100,000. Home prices range from $400,000 to well over $1 million. These are neighborhoods where many feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked. Garages are open and unattended for hours. Neighbors walk their dogs daily. Kids run around freely. The schools are highly-rated, and lawns are perfectly manicured.
Even in these neighborhoods, I’ve experienced theft and known neighbors who have suffered the misfortune of a burglary. A few years ago, someone entered my garage in the middle of the night and stole expensive sports equipment. Then, a few days later, someone entered a neighbor’s home during the day and took jewelry and electronics.
I live in a different neighborhood now. But after less than a year of living in my new house, a burglary occurred across the street. Unfortunately, when you get comfortable and let your guard down, a burglary incident can happen easily. It’s shocking. I’ve learned, however, that you can greatly minimize the chances of burglary by understanding how a thief targets a home and what preventive steps are most effective.
Thieves that strike in high-income neighborhoods are usually very sophisticated. They are familiar with area. They pass through regularly because they know someone socially, or they are doing odd jobs in the area. As a result, they usually know the quickest escape routes and how to blend in while in the neighborhood.
Thieves tend to strike houses that are on quiet streets and not too far from a major street or highway. They are looking for unoccupied homes or an unattended part of a house where the thief can quickly enter and exit without being visible from the street. Houses on corner lots or next to open spaces are particularly vulnerable.
The easiest way to deter a thief is to take preventative measures that the thief can see from the street. For example, you should give the impression that someone is home at all times. While gone, keep a car in the driveway. Keep a light on or a television. Install automatic outdoor lights. If you are going on vacation, you should suspend mail and newspaper services or arrange to have a neighbor pick it up daily.
Another highly effective way to deter thieves is to install a home security system. You may also receive a discount from your homeowner’s insurance for installing one. It’s worth investigating the best home security systems. When thieves are scouting the neighborhood for targets, they will look for evidence of a security system and avoid a home they think has one. So you should put up a sign visible from the street showing that you have a security system.
If you take a few preventative steps, the chances that a thief will target your home are slim to none. I use most of these measures now and haven’t had a problem since.
This article is written by an author who researches and reviews home security systems.