This is a quick approach that will help you get started, it is not meant to replace common sense or the rational use of intelligent approaches in your daily life. There are a few simple realities that must be understood and accepted with regards to our modern lives and the ability to stalk, track and or find people in general.
- Everyone has an internet presence ¹ (some less than others, some slightly more secure)
- The United States, Great Britain, China, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Brasil, Chile, Columbia, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and most other nations all have active agencies that specifically filter, track and trace online activity as well as any and all use of signal based traffic from phones through Ham Radio. ² (the benefit is with over 5 billion people using any number of devices daily, it is physically impossible to direct action against everyone all the time)
- If you monitor current political, religious etc., trends and avoid causing waves in areas of current interest, most surveillance will simply roll right over and never see you. (every time I hear someone blame their self-importance for issues, I laugh, honestly unless you are a true mover and shaker in any arena no one cares what you do.)
So what habits can be adjusted, and which habits should be adjusted to better suit a life lived avoiding complications? This is the easy part, the hard part is continuing these beneficial habits and never countering them. Once you institute better life decisions specifically to optimize your safety as an individual and that of your attached family and friends it is absolutely essential to avoid changing back.
What habits/ behaviors do we change, here is a short list of habits/behaviors necessary to adjust, change or otherwise switch to ensure a safer tomorrow for yourself and those you care about.
- Physical awareness of our surroundings or our situational awareness³.
- Travel habits, eg., work commute, run/ walk route, school route, shopping route.
- Time management, how we approach our daily lives.
- Physical demeanor, how we present ourselves physically through our face and body. Dress habits, what we wear and how we wear it.
- Where we go, do you frequent clubs, bars and or restaurants?
The linked article for situational awareness goes into depth regarding what and how we should live to promote individual safety.
Travel habits are the next important behavior we need to look at. Every day we go to work, school or social engagements; if these are regular events in our lives it is almost certain we travel specific paths to get to each one. Change your travel approach every time you do anything. Be in the beneficial habit of constantly learning and taking new paths, routes, and approaches. This leads directly into time management.
Our time management is one of the simplest items to change while being one of the most beneficial for our overall safety. Consider what occurs when you are “in a hurry” how much do you miss and have you ever considered your route while in a hurry? Manage your time in a manner that will ensure you arrive early to engagements which by default helps you be more proactive in your approach to physical monitoring of your surroundings. And maintaining your situational awareness! This leads directly into your physical demeanor, you show stress with your face and nothing increases stress more than bad time management!
Physical demeanor, the goal here is simple, maintain an outward appearance that is relaxed and aware. This is done by following some extremely simple rules,
- Dress for the environment, this means you should understand your local culture, social norms, and dress habits and do your best to maintain a similar approach – standing out is bad for safety
- Maintain a calm, alert demeanor at all times, to do this you should practice calm speaking and AVOID getting excited when in public your demeanor is your safety.
- Colors of what you wear are almost as important or more so than what you wear. Red and other bright colors attract the eye, the spectrum that involves red is hardwired into our psyche as an alert.
- Size is everything, having clothing that fits is almost as important as color or type of clothing. Close fitting clothing ensures attention will be directed at you whether beneficial or not is your decision.
Physical demeanor as we see is more than just our face or body language it is how we dress, act and are perceived by others! This, of course, leads to what we do when we are out.
Where we go is as important as every other aspect discussed above. All of us have at some point in our lives gone bar hopping, to concerts and or festivals where our ability to monitor and control our individual environment is impossible to maintain. If you really want to maintain as safe a life as possible, avoid venues where you cannot control your environment or where you may be kept from the use of protective approaches. What I am saying is simple, in public places you are MORE likely to be engaged in a negative manner than you are at home. Simply be safe and smart in your approach!
That is it, for now, I plan on writing a few more articles with more in-depth approaches. I would like as much feedback as possible, what are you interested in? What would you like to read about? While I will not be able to give you instructions in some areas, in those I have experience in I will gladly share! Additionally, I can offer more links and information if you so desire.
Free the mind and the body will follow…
¹ Madden, M., Lenhart, A., Cortesi, S., Gasser, U., Duggan, M., Smith, A., & Beaton, M. (2013, May 21). Teens, Social Media, and Privacy. Retrieved April 11, 2018, from http://www.pewinternet.org/
Zomorodi, M. (2017, March 29). Internet Privacy: How Much Information Do You Give Away? Retrieved April 11, 2018, from http://time.com/4673602/terms-
² Aziz, Y. (2018, February 23). Mass Surveillance Program Around the World. Retrieved April 11, 2018, from https://www.privacyend.com/
Khazan, O. (2013, June 06). Actually, Most Countries Are Increasingly Spying on Their Citizens, the UN Says. Retrieved April 11, 2018, from https://www.theatlantic.com/
³ Mathewson, J. (2018, April 06). Training Your Situational Awareness or Dying: Which do you prefer? Retrieved April 17, 2018, from https://www.mdcreekmore.com/