Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How Founders Can Stay Safe Financially & Physically - Founders Under 40™ Group Shares
The world around us is changing. There are tension and violence almost on every corner of the world. As a founder(s) your responsibility are to constantly assess the risks around you from online, neighborhood, community, regionally, nationally, and globally because your ability to stay alive depends on it. And from personal experience and observation it is never to easy to fully cope with change. I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring but I do know some education is better than none.

***Manny & the Founders Under 40 Group team hope this quick guide begins the process of educating oneself about keeping oneself safe. Note this is not an official advice. These are general tips so seek resources that apply to you and your circumstances.

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Founder(s) the threats to your well being could be in your home, outside your home, your journey from home to work, your journey from work to recreation / home, who you engage with, whose online, etc. So why not improve your safety iQ.

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Home & General Safety Tips

Everything about your founder life begins at a point. A point where you plan your day, prep for it, etc and that usually means some kind of home of some form. Anyway stopping to think about it, I just realized that with all the recent natural disaster in the world a lot of people have lost their homes. Our prayers go out to you and for those who can help, please give to your local Red Cross.

The Fundamental of Safety
  • Determining what assets (I wouldn’t technically call your wife/husband & children assets to their faces) you need to secure.
  • Identifying the threats and risks that could affect those assets or your business assets overall.
  • Identifying what safeguards you should put in place to deal with threats and secure assets.
  • Monitoring your safeguards and assets to prevent or manage security breaches.
  • Responding to security issues as they occur
  • Updating and adjusting to safeguards as needed

Offline Home Security:

***Source: Unknown
While it's difficult to protect your home from professional thieves, most home burglaries are done by amateurs. These thieves are more easily thwarted if you employ some of these simple security precautions:

  • Plan to "burglarize" yourself. You'll discover any weaknesses in your security system that may have previously escaped your notice.
  • Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars just walk in through an unlocked door or window.
  • Change all the locks and tumblers when you move into a new house.
  • For the most effective alarm system, conceal all wiring. A professional burglar looks for places where he or she can disconnect the security system.
  • Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're not at home.
  • If you have a faulty alarm that frequently goes off, get it fixed immediately and tell your neighbors that it's been repaired. Many people ignore an alarm that goes off periodically.
  • A spring-latch lock is easy prey for burglars who are "loiding" experts. Loiding is the method of slipping a plastic credit card against the latch tongue to depress it and unlock the door. A deadbolt defies any such attack. It is only vulnerable when there is enough space between the door and its frame to allow an intruder to use power tools or a hacksaw.
  • If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately.
  • Before turning your house key over to a professional house cleaner for several hours, make sure the person is honest and reputable as well as hardworking. Check all references thoroughly. If the house cleaner is from a firm, call your local Better Business Bureau to check on the firm's reputation.
  • Instead of keeping a spare key in a mailbox, under the doormat, or on a nail behind the garage, wrap the key in foil -- or put it in a 35mm film can -- and bury it where you can easily find it if you need it.
  • Don't leave notes for service people or family members on the door. These act as a welcome mat for a burglar.
  • If the entrances to your home are dark, consider installing lighting with an infrared detector. Most thieves don't want to be observed trying to get in a door.
  • Talk to your neighbors about any suspicious people or strange cars you notice lurking about.
  • To keep your tools from being stolen, paint the handles. Thieves avoid items that are easy to identify.
  • Trees located near windows or shrubbery that might shield a burglar from view can be major flaws in your home-protection plan. Consider your landscaping plan in light of your protection needs.
  • Ask for credentials from any sales-person who requests entry to your home. Ask that their ID be pushed under the door. Many professional burglars use this cover to check out homes. If you're doubtful, check with the person's office before letting him or her in.
  • Do not list your full name on your mailbox or your entry in the telephone book. Use only your initial and your last name.
  • If someone comes to your door asking to use the phone to call a mechanic or the police, keep the door locked and make the call yourself.
  • Dogs are good deterrents to burglars. Even a small, noisy dog can be effective -- burglars do not like to have attention drawn to their presence. Be aware, however, that trained guard dogs do not make good pets. Obedience training and attack training are entirely different, and only the former is appropriate for a house pet.
  • Dogs are good deterrent to burglars. Even a small, noisy dog can be effective.
  • Dogs are a good deterrent to burglars

Securing doors

  • To help burglar-proof your home, install 1-inch throw deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
  • A door with too much space between the door and the frame is an invitation for the burglar to use a jimmy. Reinforce the door with a panel of 3/4-inch plywood or a piece of sheet metal.
  • If there are door hinges on the outside of your house, take down the door and reset the hinges inside. Otherwise all a thief has to do to gain entry to your home is knock out the hinge pin.
  • You can burglar-proof your glass patio doors by setting a pipe or metal bar in the middle bottom track of the door slide. The pipe should be the same length as the track. A pipe or metal bar can be used to burglar-proof a patio door.
  • It's easy for a burglar to pry through rot. Replace rotted door frames with new, solid wood.
  • It's simple for a thief to break glass panels and then reach in and open a doorknob from the inside. A door with glass panels should be either fortified, replaced, or secured with deadbolts that can only be opened with a key.

Securing windows

  • Protect your windows with one or more good locks, an alarm system, burglar-resistant glass, or many small panes instead of one large area of glass.
  • When installing a window lock, drip some solder on the screw heads. It will stop a burglar from unscrewing the lock after cutting a small hole in the windowpane.
  • In the next section, we'll focus on the special steps to take to keep your home secure while you're away.

Garage Security
  • Garages present special challenges for security. Here are some tips for keeping your garage secure.
  • If you frost or cover your garage windows, burglars won't be able to tell if your car is gone.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked even when your car is not in the garage.
  • Install a peephole in the door separating the house from the garage. If you hear suspicious sounds, you can check without opening the door.
  • Are you worried about someone entering your house through your attached garage? If the garage door lifts on a track, a C-clamp can provide extra security since the door cannot be opened if you tighten the C-clamp on the track next to the roller.

Online Security Fundamentals:
***Source: Unknown. Modified for relevance.

  • Restricting the types of websites that family members are allowed to visit can help you exclude
  • the sites that could compromise your network.
  • Advise family on what software is safe to install on their computers, and to seek
  • permission when downloading new programs (if on a shared computerand too young to understand the nature of software).
  • When someone outside of your home requests any personal or business information,
  • verify that they are a safe person to send the information to.
  • Write an Internet Usage Guide for family members to follow and post it in an accessible place
  • for all to see and refer to.
  • Set rules on what kinds of information your friends and family can share online,
  • and where.
  • Update all of your software when you receive notifications to do so, so that all
  • security fixes are up to date. (however if possible read up on the reviews for the new update because the update could have new bugs)
  • Require all of your family members to have complex passwords that have letters, numbers and
  • symbols so they are harder for cyber criminals to steal.
  • Always be suspicious of phone calls, emails or other communications from an unknown source. (For a example if someone calls you from your bank branch with an unrecognized number, simply tell them you will call their publicly listed number and ask to be connected to them)

How to identify suspicious links on Web pages

  • Hovering your cursor over a link will display the actual destination URL either in a small text
  • box that appears temporarily over the link, or at the bottom of the browser window. Try this
  • before clicking on a link and check for the following:
  • If the linked text is a URL, compare it with the actual destination. Cyber criminals often
  • use text like “Log in to to update your account information,” but the
  • actual destination is a lookalike site at another location such as
  • Check for URLs that are similar to sites you know, but are slightly different (such as
  • or instead of This technique is commonly used
  • to trick people into false confidence when visiting sites. In many cases, the fake sites are
  • made to look almost identical to the original it is copying.
  • Always be suspicious of URLs you don’t recognize.
  • Remember that images as well as text can be linked, so use the same caution clicking on
  • images as you would with text.
  • When in doubt, copy and paste the URL into a search engine to identify the site without
  • visiting it.
  • [Plus if available enable HTTPS, which encrypts data and essentially makes it impossible for cyber criminals to access the information in your browser. If not provided by the website, either avoid it completely or minimize sharing sensitive personal information with the site. ]

How to identify potential spam

  • If you don’t recognize the sender, treat it with caution.
  • Look for misspelled words in the body of the email. This is a trick fraudsters use to bypass spam filters (see the explanation to follow).
  • Look for unusual phrasing in the message, which may suggest that the author
    is not legitimate.
  • Always be suspicious of emails that contain the following:
    • Offers that sound too good to be true.
    • Requests that you click on a link in the message.

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