Combating Paranoia: What we really need to protect ourselves from

You go online to check your twitter and your Facebook and to update yourself whether the person you’ve been stalking has done something different since the last time you checked on him 30 minutes ago. Hey, a lot can happen in 30 minutes right?  You enjoy the fact that he has no way of finding out that you’ve been stalking him. And yet you feel bad that the “Big brother era” is here and now. You worry that the government is trying to keep an eye on your activities online because you think your privacy is being put at stake.

Based on a research by the University of Southern California, an increasing number of internet users are concerned about what seems to be internet spies of the government. In addition to their opinions on confidentiality, the latest report also found that 86 percent of Americans are online, from 82 percent in 2010. This is the highest level in the study’s history and auxiliary proof of how fundamental the Internet has become in American’s lives, especially in the age of mobile devices. Who doesn’t have a phone nowadays? Everybody is online. Even those who we thought despised technology are now embracing it fully.  One of the reasons the typical American is worried about their online activity being spied on is the fact they do not feel comfortable knowing that some agencies are collecting their information. Online activity is one way of understanding the behavior and interests of people. However, the government has for so many times reassured that what they do is to protect ad not invade our privacy.

Allow me to make sense of what this is about. This isn’t also about me telling you that it’s acceptable that the government wants to spy on you online because who are you anyway? What harm could you cause America?  I would probably feel the same if I find out that some CIA emissaries are lurking online to see what emails I have been sending another person or what YouTube videos I’ve been watching. For all we know it could be and mean something else. However, I’d like you to take yourself out of the misery of worrying about your online freedom because certain statistics show that there are way more serious problems that you should worry about other than wasting your time fretting over unseen enemies.

Have you ever thought about how safe your house is from burglars? Do you get to sleep peacefully at night not worrying that some people just might force themselves in? These and more are the things that most of us fail to mull simply because we are too busy fighting for online freedom. I don’t want to sound so slack but you can worry about your online freedom later. For now, let’s analyze the one fear which should be of your immediate concern.

With the fast paced world and the pile of things we need to do we very seldom get to check how our own household is going. It is but weird that we have the time to check our social networking accounts but we rarely have time to check our home security. Of course we make assumptions that our home is our safe place. While this may be true, we have to be reminded of how tricky and smart home burglars can get and how they could actually get in our house in 5 minutes and steal away everything we’ve worked hard for.

According to studies by a number of home security companies, 88% of Americans worry about their homes getting burglarized, yet only 22% have a home alarm system. This is due to the awareness of most Americans that a home security system may easily be paralyzed by cutting the phone line. It is for this reason that companies came up with wireless alarm systems that cannot easily be defeated by burglars. This home security basic may just save you from losing everything that you have. What’s more interesting is that this security system is meant for non-experts. They are simple and may be assembled at the comfort of your own home.

Want another interesting idea to protect your home from burglars? How about trying to burglarize your own home? This may sound ridiculous but the only way to finds out the strengths and weaknesses of your home security is by trying to think and act like a burglar. Consider locking your home even when you’re going out for just a short while. Many burglars can just walk inside a house and do their jobs spot on. Change all your locks if you just moved in to your new home. I know that you have to leave home almost every day but you don’t have to announce it to the world. It’s better if you leave it looking occupied all the time. We can go on with a longer list of home security basics but if you do not keep it in your head and act haphazardly all the time all these things will just be put to waste. What I’m trying to say really, more than these no nonsense tips is that you have to worry where it counts. You can worry about your online freedom, but worry about your home and family safety first.

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Roger Gallager is a communications Specialist with expertise in marketing.  He is also a freelance writer. He has written about a range of topics including saving, money tips, home improvement, and the construction industry. He has been writing articles advising homeowners on how to secure homes, and deal with home-related problems that will inevitably arise. His expertise in the field is balanced by his liking on aviation, and music.

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