January 29, 2011

January 29, 2011
GPS


Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you are having a safe and great weekend so far. Dab the AIDS Bear and I are busy at the Emergency ADAP Summit all weekend.

I have talked about safety in several blogs in the past couple of months and today will be another entry on safety that you might not have thought about yet.

So I will tell the story of a friend in hopes it will help you stay safe:

A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard.

When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen.

The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

Something to consider if you have a GPS - do not put your home address in it. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.

MOBILE PHONES

I never thought of this.......

This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet... Etc...was stolen.

20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says he had received your text asking about our Pin number and he replied a little while ago.

When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text hubby in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the lesson: Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list.

Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc.

And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

Also, when you are being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you do not reach them, be very careful about going places to meet family and friends who text you.

* I never thought about the above!

As of now, I no longer have home or personal relationships to folks listed on my cell phone or my home address on the GPS.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,



Daddy Dab