Facing the Consequences of Technology

This week’s rundown of must-read articles focuses on different aspects of personal protection. Whether you’re dabbling in the latest technology, going on an overseas business trip or looking to get a concealed carry permit you’ll want to read the following advice.

Discover the best way to “warrant-proof” your smartphone, the easiest way to keep your guns from jamming in a critical moment, six basic travel tips you should commit to memory and more.

Here we go…

1. Microsoft Wants Regulation of Facial Recognition Technology to Limit “Abuse”

Facial recognition software is all the rage now. But as with any new technology, until we get a handle on the full scope of its applications, it is ripe for abuse. That’s exactly what Microsoft is trying to prevent by calling for the government to pass laws restricting the sale and use of facial recognition technology.

The fact is a judge could sign a warrant forcing you to unlock your smartphone with your facial scan or fingerprints — something they cannot do with passcodes.

In addition, the police would simply have to hold your phone up to your face and the facial recognition software will start to work its magic, whether you’ve given permission for them to search your phone or not.

So if you have a device with this capability, hold off on enabling it. Stick with a numeric passcode or pattern lock. Because even though companies like Apple insist that this kind of technology makes their phones more secure, frankly, I don’t trust it.

2. Concealed Carry Firearms Laws for the 50 U.S. States (A Quick Overview)

As every avid gun owner knows, concealed carry laws vary wildly from state to state. Part of being a responsible gun owner is knowing (and following) the laws where you live.

M.D. Creekmore of TN Concealed Carry has put together a list of the concealed carry laws by state. Obviously, these are subject to (and will likely) change, but this article provides a good reference for now.

If you’re looking into getting a concealed carry permit, the first thing you’ll need to do is find out what the restrictions are in your state. Click on the link above and scroll down to see where you should start.

3. The Easiest Way to Keep Your Guns in Sharp-Shooting Shape

Another important part of being a responsible gun owner is taking care of your firearms. That’s why I only trust top-quality cleaning products like G96 Synthetic CLP Gun Oil.

This military-approved synthetic gun oil contains no harsh solvents whatsoever so you can clean your gun without stripping it or turning it into a sticky magnet for dust. Your guns will cock smoother, last longer, clean up easier and shoot more accurately — FOREVER.

Don’t believe me? Click on the link above to try a bottle of G96 Synthetic CLP Gun Oil for free.

4. Stay Safe While Traveling: Protect Your Personal Safety and Personal Information

You’re always more vulnerable when you’re out of your element, which makes you and your family especially susceptible to threats when traveling. Before you embark on your next vacation, be sure to check out this travel safety post from the folks over at The Prepping Guide.

It covers how to maintain your physical security and protect your personal information while en route to and from your destination. Click on the link above and learn how to be safer in an airport environment, the best way to avoid the risk of using public Wi-Fi and what NOT to post on social media.

This post also runs down six universal travel tips. It’s easy to get carried away in the excitement of sightseeing, but it’s important to keep these things in mind so as not to invite any additional risk along for the trip.

5. Chained and Afraid: “I Had to Make My Kidnapper Fall in Love With Me”

This dream-opportunity-turned-nightmare could have had a very different ending…

Luckily, model Chloe Ayling kept her wits about her and did what she had to do to convince her captor to let her go. It might seem crazy to fake feelings for your kidnapper, but if that’s what will keep you alive and relatively unharmed — well, there are worse things you could do.

Even though the abduction ordeal is over, the aftermath of such a traumatic event presents a unique mental challenge. Everyone processes trauma differently. What appears as cold detachment or lack of emotion may just be that person’s psychological defenses.

The fact is you never know how you’ll react in this kind of situation until you’re in it. That’s why it’s important to keep your head up and on a swivel and try to avoid being taken at all costs.

Stay safe,

Jason Hanson

Jason Hanson

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