Enjoy a happy 2014 with our New Year’s Eve safety tips

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Typically, New Years Eve is a night to have fun and celebrate the coming year however it’s also known as one of the most dangerous nights on the calendar. Whether you’re staying in and celebrating with friends and family, or you’re travelling to a party or in the city, safety is a must. Follow these safety tips to ensure you and your family are safe and sound when the clock strikes midnight – Happy New Year! Continue reading

Tis’ the season for giving… and taking!

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For retailers, Christmas trading can be a time of mixed emotions.  On a positive note, Christmas represents a time when sales go through the roof and the spirits of staff and customers are generally high. Conversely, Christmas can (for many retailers) represent a time when the seasonal hustle and bustle sees stock walk out the door in the hands of those less honest shoppers!

A recent article in the Herald Sun discussed how supermarket giant, Coles is cracking down on sticky-fingered customers after noticing a rise in shoplifting following the introduction of self-service tills. To help retailers secure their stock and festive spirits this Christmas, Signal Security has put together a list of simple tips which are not only good in theory, but in practice too. Continue reading

Surviving the working-holiday safely and stress free!

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For those in the commercial sector, the notion of the Christmas Holidays can sometimes be just that…a notion, as production and distribution stops for no one! However, the festive spirit of the season is still undoubtedly in the air, so whilst business may be down to “skeleton staff” and the environment is a little more relaxed, it’s times like this where security and procedure are of great importance. Supporting our commercial customers through the working-holiday season, Signal Security has put together a list of considerations to ensure you maintain a stress free, enjoyable and safe work environment whilst others are off putting up their feet! Continue reading

Leaving the key out for burglars this Christmas?

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The advent of Social Media has been fantastic in so many ways – keeping people connected, enabling people to see what someone on the other side of the world is seeing, and making event organising just that little bit easier! But what Social Media has been- and will continue to be detrimental for exposing the every move of the tech-savvy individual.

With the top two most common forms of Facebook posts categorised by the following[1] – The Announcers (e.g. I’ve just been given a trip to Vanuatu for Christmas…woo hoo!) and The Status Reporters (e.g. at the airport on my way to Vanuatu) – Social Media for those with less honourable intentions has fast become like a candy store for a kid…heaven!

The question many don’t ask themselves when making harmless posts is: “Why would I willingly tell thieves what I’m doing this Christmas?”

To help overcome this evasion of privacy without being the Christmas Grinch, Signal Security have put together a list of things to be mindful of when exploiting your movements on Social Media these holidays.

  • Modesty is key: The fourth most common form of Facebook upload is what’s referred to as The Braggarts & Show-Offs. Although you might be having a great time on holidays, not everyone will be doing something as great as you or might not wish to have their newsfeed filled with your pictures. Therefore, choose your uploads wisely and distribute sparingly to ensure you keep your friends in favour and burglars at bay. 
  • Be social, not socially engineered: For the untrained eye, your profile data says nothing more than the basics about your life, personality and regular activity. For cybercriminals this information is used in what experts call social engineering schemes[2]. This information can be used for planning schemes as far out as two weeks before a big event or as quickly as three hours after it. Therefore, to ensure your data doesn’t let you down whilst your home is unattended, think about the finer details of the content you post and your timings. Bring back the old-fashioned photo viewing night, we say!
  • Public or Private? Although somewhat going against the grain of social networking, one of the easiest ways to minimise the risk of sharing too much information is to make your profile private. Make sure your settings give you full control over who sees your uploads, who can comment and who can make uploads about you because it can often be the best intentions of others that can undo all your good work!
  • Nobody likes a show-off! Christmas is a time for gifting – that includes giving and receiving! One of the biggest mistakes people make at times like Christmas is their urge to show the world what filled Santa’s stocking.  For those lucky few who receive gifts by the likes of jewellery, cash, art, golf clubs, motorbikes…we’re talking to you!  Therefore, to ensure that thieves aren’t waiting to have their own Christmas with your presents, remember, no one likes a show off!

And if that’s not enough, here are a few tips from Facebook themselves about controlling what you share on the social network.

  1. Check out who can see your past posts – and limit the audience if you’re not comfortable with anything.
  2. Consider who you’re sharing with today. Each time you post a new photo, status update, link or other content you can set the privacy for it. Just look for the audience selector and follow the prompts.
  3. To review or change who can see your stuff, visit your privacy shortcuts. Just click the lock at the top of any page on Facebook.

References

  1. http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/types-of-facebook-updates/
  2. http://socialbarrel.seermarketingpty.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/How-Too-Much-Information-Shared-Through-Social-Media-Can-Really-Hurt-You-Infographic.jpg

How safe is your suburb this holiday period?

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Think you live in the perfect neighbourhood? Sometimes it’s harder to judge than you think.  This Christmas, Signal Security is doing an east coast fly around to check out who’s saying what when it comes to suburb safety!

Putting VIC, NSW & QLD under the magnifying glass, we’ve checked out some of the most crime prone and quietest suburbs over the last two months…and are also giving you the tools to check out how safe your suburb is. Continue reading

Self-protection! Our tips on avoiding identity theft this Christmas!

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We expect your credit card will get a thrashing over the next few months with Christmas shopping and holidaying…this is prime time for fraudsters both here and abroad to tap into your activity and use your details to steal your heard earned money!

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Fraud Survey in 2010-2011 Australian’s lost $1.4 billion due to personal fraud. More alarmingly, the survey estimated a total of 1.2 million Australians aged 15 years and over were victim of at least one incident of identity fraud in the 12 months prior to the survey interview. This is an increase from 806,000 victims of personal fraud in 2007 (5 per cent). Continue reading