Although many seniors can take care of themselves in their old age, limited mobility can mean that previously innocuous home features, such as stairs and tiled floors, become serious hazards. Falls, sudden illness, and other problems can quickly become life-threatening if safety precautions aren’t in place. Seniors may also struggle to deal with emergencies like fires or break-ins. Carers and family members can reduce the overall amount of furniture in rooms where older adults frequently…

A home break-in is a frightening experience. Finding intruders in your house can cause people to freeze in the situation. It’s essential you can react to minimize the trespassers’ risk of realizing you are on the property. Burglars are usually there to steal expensive possessions, and no jewelry or electronic device is worth risking your life. If you react swiftly, you can protect yourself, your family and alert law enforcement. Follow some simple tips to…

A safe is an excellent way of securing legal documents, firearms, jewelry, and other sensitive or valuable possessions. However, if a safe is not bolted to your home in some way, it can be vulnerable to theft. Unfortunately, bolting a safe to the floor is not an option for every homeowner or tenant, so it’s important to explore alternatives to keep your property safe from burglars. Whatever security measure you choose has to cost the…

You have the right to feel safe and secure in your home and on your property, but the world can be a dangerous place. Fortunately, there are several ways you can deter potential burglars, vandals, and other criminals from trespassing on your property. However, a trespasser may not be criminally inclined. So, it’s crucial to exercise sound judgment and restraint when choosing suitable security measures — since the trespasser could be a neighbor. While many…

Your Social Security Number or SSN is your tax identification number, helping federal tax agencies and the Social Security Authority monitor and adjust your wages, earning statements, tax refunds, and retirement savings. Your SSN is the most critical piece of information you have in your online, financial, and medical portfolios. If thieves can steal this essential number, they can do a lot of damage to your finances, credit rating, or medical and employee benefits. If…

In today’s world, your mobile phone is an essential part of your life. Given the number of applications they have today for communication, internet, banking, and entertainment, it seems hard to imagine modern life without a mobile phone. These activities are all tied to online accounts, passwords, bank and credit card information, and other vital data. This sheer quantity of personal data means that hackers have a vested interest in targeting them. One critical element…

Identity theft occurs when thieves get personal or financial data by fraud or deception to achieve financial gain. Unfortunately, once criminals have this information, they can rapidly gain access to your finances, often with devastating effects. A perpetrator of identity theft can transfer money from your bank account, take out a credit card in your name, or even obtain medical care using your health insurance. Criminals can use various offline and online methods to steal…

In the modern, digital world, protecting your online identity and personal information is a crucial step in safeguarding your life against thieves. Identity thieves can strike from any angle – through your email, phone, or even posing as a repair or inspection person. You need to protect yourself and your family from criminals who want access to your SSN, address, birth date, and other personal information to take over your identity. With a reliable online…

Many people’s worst nightmare is having their identity stolen and used for any number of illegal acts. There are some telltale signs, like a sudden decrease in your credit score or anomalies on your bank records, that can let you know whether someone has taken advantage of you by stealing your Social Security Number or other personal information. Once you’re sure your identity is being used fraudulently, notify the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and file…

Identity theft is a prevalent issue in the United States. In 2019, over 14 million Americans — 1 in 15 people — became victims of identity fraud. On average, there is one new identity theft victim every 2 seconds. One of the biggest treasure troves of personal data is the information contained on your driver’s license. Although many businesses and entities routinely ask you to show your license for various reasons, you are not legally…