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From John M: I just read about three web browsers that are recommended for optimum security. It was stated two of the three browsers worked on a platform similar to Firefox. Well, I use Firefox. How does that compare with the three browsers mentioned in this message? If two of these browsers were mentioned as working like Firefox, why not critique Firefox also so we would know if we should switch from Firefox to one of the other two or stay with Firefox? What do you think about Opera?

Answer: The three web browsers mentioned all have enhanced security features compared to commonly used browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. Now, if you are looking for a more secure browser I would definitely consider one of the three mentioned as they may be similar to Firefox but have enhanced security features.
As for Opera, I haven’t personally used this browser, but I do know that this web browser has a built-in VPN for use when surfing the web, so that’s an added bonus. It also has an ad blocker and allows you to erase personal information that has been entered into websites using the browser.

From Darlene K: I don’t know how to protect my house should an event occur, where there would be roving gangs or whatever. I have a wood (cedar) house, several patio doors and 13 windows. It is a single story home. Anyone with an axe could get in if they wanted to. There are only two of us in the home, which I don’t think would be enough to prevent entry.

Answer: One of the first things I recommend doing is installing a security alarm system. While this may not stop someone from coming into your home it can at least alert you to the threat. The fact is, there are many different security measures you can put in place such as cameras, security doors, window screens and other features that will hopefully prevent someone from coming into your home. However, in the end, you need to have a plan in place to defend yourself. This should include a firearm or firearms. (A roving gang will think twice when you have an AR-15 with you to defend your life.) In addition, I recommend having a specific safe room set up in your home. For example, if social unrest was occurring outside you could hole up in this room with your survival gear and self-defense weapons.

From Greg C: Do you recommend any identity theft protection services?

Answer: I personally don’t recommend using an identity theft protection service because I believe you can do the same thing they do without having to pay a company. What I mean is I absolutely recommend placing a credit freeze on your credit report with the three major credit bureaus. In addition, I also advise people to monitor their credit report, bank statements, and credit card statements. You should be looking over your bank and credit card statements on a monthly basis so you can detect any signs of fraud. I realize a lot of people like the piece of mind offered by identity theft protection companies and I’m not saying they are a bad idea, but they do the same thing you can do on your own.

From Chuck B: Are there any extra EDC items you recommend carrying now that the weather has gotten warmer? Anything I can leave at home?

Answer: My EDC items stay pretty consistent throughout the year. The only difference is the fact that I might adjust my EDC gear depending on the clothes I’m wearing. For example, in the summer if I’m wearing shorts I may carry my .380 in my pocket instead of carrying a full size firearm that is easier to conceal in the winter. The same goes for the knives I carry, which I may switch around depending on the clothes I’m wearing. Overall, I typically carry the same gear all year round.

From Amy S: I keep getting scammy phone calls – sometimes up to 10 a day! How do I make it stop? Do I have to change my number?

A: I would contact your cell phone, or landline service provider and ask them if they have any way to block scam phone calls. Most cell phone carriers can provide some type of scam blocker but they may charge you a small fee to have this service. Also, if the calls are coming from the same number you could block that number from your phone.

From Marvin P: What’s the best way to carry cash when you travel? How much?

Answer: When traveling I would use a wallet that can be hidden inside your waistband such as the Shacke Travel Belt Wallet, which sells for about $20 on Amazon. This wallet attaches to your belt and can hang inside your pants so it’s nearly impossible for anyone to get to. Also, stay away from the wallets that you wear around your neck because these are easy for thieves to spot and they can simply cut them off your neck.

As for how much to carry I always recommend you carry at least $300 in cash on you. Have at least one $100 bill and have several $20 bills along with a few other denominations. Having cash on me has gotten me out of a lot of jams and made life much easier. (If you travel overseas, you’d be crazy not to carry cash on you for emergencies.) The fact is, if you are in a dire situation giving someone a $100 bill will certainly motivate them to help you out.

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