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What internet web browser do you recommend for the best security? Should I trust the web browser to save my passwords?

-From Yvonne T.

Answer: A few of the most secure web browsers are Tor, Brave, and Firefox. In addition to using a secure browser, you should consider a secure search engine such as Duck Duck Go.

You don’t want to save your passwords in any browser for two main reasons.

First, this means that your browser has a data log of your entire login information and if it were hacked, a criminal would easily have this access.

Second, the physical security risk of your computer being stolen means that a thief would have access to all your accounts and information in a heartbeat.

Don’t forget to also use a VPN (virtual private network) when surfing the internet.


I live in a small town. We had a scare where our water supply was contaminated. The town told us to boil our water before drinking it. Is this enough or should we also use a filter?

-From Eric D.

Answer: This is a great question that’s often confusing. The thing is, you’ve probably heard of cities where local authorities have issued a boil water notice but does it really make the water safe?

First, if you boil water for drinking you should bring the water to a full boil for about 10 minutes. Also, remember that it may take about 30 minutes for the water to cool down from the boiling point.

If you boil water this will kill viruses, parasites, and bacteria. However, it won’t remove lead, pesticides or any toxic chemicals.

In fact, boiling water that contains lead or chemicals can make the water more toxic because when boiling you actually remove water. But, the amount of lead or chemicals remains the same.

So, to be safe, I would purchase a quality water filter that removes bacteria as well as chemicals.


I’m a senior citizen and live alone. I added a professionally installed security system. But they left me window stickers and yard signs. Should I put these up? Or does it make me a target?

-From Kathleen V.

Answer: I’ve heard the argument that signs make your house a target. I disagree with this. I’ve had police friends who interviewed criminals who said when they were looking at houses, they wanted ones without any alarm.

Most burglars are looking for easy access and they don’t want to set off the alarm.

The fact is, if I am a burglar, I want the house with the easiest access, not the one that’s going to set off a loud alarm that notifies police.

This is why I have an alarm sign and stickers on my house.


I’ve added a two-way radio to my survival gear. Do I need an FCC license to use the radio? The instructions with my model don’t say anything.

-From Ruth A.

Answer: When it comes to these types of radios, license-requirements are based upon the band or frequency you wish to use, not the specific radio model.

An amateur radio license is required for transmitting in the amateur bands regardless of equipment used to do so.

With that being said, you can use a two-way radio using the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) on channels in the 151 – 154 MHz spectrum range. These channels are for short-distance, two-way communications using small, portable hand-held radios.


Because my family is so dependent on electronics, I’ve added multiple power banks to my survival gear. Do power banks lose power if they aren’t used frequently?

-From Vinny M.

Answer: A quality power bank can hold a charge for up to 6 months. The thing is, most power banks will slowly lose charge over time depending on the temperature the power bank is stored at.

In addition, lithium-ion, and lithium-polymer batteries used in power banks eventually lose their capacity over time (typically between 200 up to 1000 cycles depending on the battery cell quality.)

I would check your power banks at least every 6 months and recharge them.


Jason, I love your training videos. I’ve watched them many times to stay on top of my skills. In one video you showed having a gun at your chest and the tactics to move and grab the gun. However, if the gun is pointed at my chest, three feet away, how would I disarm them?

-From Kiernan B.

Answer: If someone has a gun or knife on you, they are typically wanting something in return. For example, maybe they are trying to rob you and take your cell phone or wallet.

In this case, they would need to move closer in order to physically take the item. When they move closer to you, that’s the moment you should consider making your move.

What I mean is, if you are going to attempt to disarm the bad guy you need to be in close quarters and able to control the weapon and you can do this by holding your wallet in your hand so he has to approach closer to come and take it.

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