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From David T: What doorstopper do you recommend?

Answer: The doorstopper that I personally use is the GE Doorstopper Alarm. This is perfect for using in a hotel room, dorm, or basically anywhere that you don’t have an alarm system installed.

There are a lot of knockoff versions of these doorstopper alarms so don’t get a super-cheap one from a brand you’ve never heard of.

From John A: Does Missouri accept the Virginia concealed carry permit?

Answer: Yes, Missouri will accept the non-resident Virginia permit. In other words, if you reside in Missouri you can apply for a non-resident Virginia permit and then be able to legally carry concealed.

From Christy S: I’m looking for something that will detect listening devices. Can you recommend something?

Answer: There are a lot of different options online when you are looking to purchase these types of detectors. The thing is, high quality detectors are very expensive and will cost you thousands of dollars.

If you see something on Amazon selling for $50, that will not do the trick.

Truthfully, the best thing to do is to hire a local company (private investigator) to come and sweep for bugs and use their state-of-the-art equipment to make sure nobody is listening to you.

From Mike J: Oftentimes scammers social engineer and make the initial email appear to be from senior leadership or a company’s IT dept.

Answer: This is a very common scam where hackers will send you an e-mail that appears from a reputable company.

For instance, let’s say you have a Visa credit card. Oftentimes, the scammers will send an e-mail that claims there is something wrong with your account and you need to follow their link for instructions.

What this really means is once you click on the link you are redirected to a website controlled by the hackers, where they will probably ask for more personal information.

Ideally, anytime you receive an e-mail you should check the senders e-mail address and then pick up the phone and call the company directly to ask if there is something wrong with your account.

From Thomas H: What pistol do you recommend?

Answer: It’s difficult to recommend a single pistol since it really depends on the person and their needs.

The one thing I always tell folks who are looking to purchase a new gun is to go to their local shooting range and rent multiple different guns to try out.

After all, everyone has different hand sizes and different finger lengths so a gun that’s great for one person might not be great for another.

However, if you want a starting point, check out the Glock 19, Springfield XD, and Smith & Wesson M&P.

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