10 Tips For Staying Safe On and Offline

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In light of recent news events and general security threats with the evolvement of technology, VTS is here to provide you with some tips for staying as safe as possible.

  1. Be aware. Sounds simple right? But, believe it or not a lot of us are not aware of what is going on around us. We often are distracted by our phones or other smart devices causing our senses to be blocked of general awareness. Take out the headphones, especially when walking alone at night. Switch off and pay attention to the world. You might just see something spectacular!
  2. Be smart. Don’t take the shortcut through the un-lit park, take the long way round that is well-lit and easily accessed by the general public. Take the scenic route!
  3. Be intuitive. If you’re feeling uneasy about a situation, you probably have every reason to be. Walk away from the situation safely and don’t leave yourself in a vulnerable position.
  4. Be cyber-secure. Keep your passwords safe and unique. Be careful with what applications you share your location with and how private your social media accounts are. Not only this, but be aware of the accessibility given to other members of the public when you are connected to public WiFi. Follow these steps to avoid any hacking activity.
  5. Be on the ball. If you think you are being followed, do something abnormal; abruptly cross a street or turn around – if they follow you, proceed to the closest area with activity (a bar, cafe, heavily populated area) and call the police. If not, you may look a bit mad, but at least you know you’re safe!
  6. Be conscious. When driving for example, keep your windows up and doors locked in an unknown or unsafe area. Be conscious of your surroundings and you can avoid getting yourself into a tricky situation.
  7. Be responsible. If you’re out for a night on the town, and like to enjoy a few drinks like we do, always ensure your journey home has been arranged with friends prior.
  8. Be secretive. Keep your passwords, bank details, credit cards etc. secure. Don’t inform others of your passwords or pin codes. The more people that know, the more likely an incident may occur. (Now’s the time to change your password from ‘password’).
  9. Be suspicious. Don’t be sucked into a text or email scam by ‘clicking the link’ or responding with your details. The organisation will contact you directly via mail or phone call if they need these details.
  10. Be secure. We’re not telling you you need to be afraid and paranoid about your safety, but by being aware of your surroundings and taking measures such as these, you are doing your best to avoid getting yourself into risky situations.

Of course, if you are looking for further security measures around your home or business, don’t hesitate to contact VTS on (07) 3166 8978.

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