Does your church have a plan for security? This recent attack is prove again that a plan in place can save lives.
Having a plan is the first great step!
Two people dead, one wounded in shooting at Church of Christ in Texas
Gunfire occurred during the Lord’s Supper at the West Freeway congregation in White Settlement, near Fort Worth.
Tim had to set up a new web-service for KSWP. When he logged in, he was required to set a new password – 53 characters with at least 1 uppercase and 1 number.
Let’s talk passwords this morning!
How long is your password?
Do you use the same password over and over?
Can you come up with a good 53 character password?
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Online shoppers are expected to spend more than $54 billion this holiday season. That is a 17 percent increase from 2011. Heed this advice to have a safe online shopping experience during the holidays and into the new year.
- Protect yourself…Every computer in your home should be protected with anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. Make sure these are current.
- Shop securely…Only make purchases from secure websites. Avoid submitting your credit card or PayPal information online via public networks, like those at libraries or coffee shops. Before placing an order on the checkout page, look for “https” preceding the domain name in the status bar (the “s” stands for secure), or a padlock icon at the bottom right of the sign-in and checkout screens. Sites with secure connections are less likely to be hacked.
- Watch out for copycats… Copycat businesses slightly alter the Internet addresses of legitimate online retailers and then sell you shoddy goods or collect your credit card information for scammers. To avoid, carefully read the domain name or Internet address of every site you visit. Be wary of any site that has extra words or letters, misspellings, or anything but the usual .com or .org ending. Most legitimate retailers supply a phone number and a physical address. If you cannot locate this, or if you call the number and reach voicemail or a fax, shop elsewhere.
- Search for discounts and codes... During the holidays, many retailers offer free shipping or other deals, such as half-off sales and buy one/get one free sales. For many deals, the key is finding promotional codes to enter at checkout. Check sites including FatWallet and DiscountCodes, or comparison sites like Pronto and Shopping.
- Pay with the right plastic… Online shopping is one place where it makes sense to make a purchase on credit. When you pay with a debit card, you potentially open up your bank account to hackers. Credit card companies also offer more fraud protection. Before clicking the “buy now” icon, double-check your order to ensure you put the right item and quantity in your virtual shopping cart. Save emailed receipts. Carefully look over your credit card statements each month to verify amounts for online purchases and to make sure there are no fraudulent charges. Another option is to pay with PayPal, which keeps your information private from retailers, and allows shoppers to pay with a credit card or directly from a bank account.
- Read the return policy… Free shipping is a great buying incentive. However, you will likely have to pay charges for returns, if needed. Some retailers allow you to return online purchases to local stores. But before buying, make sure return fees are reasonable and the business doesn’t charge a restocking fee. Find out how long you have to return an item, especially if you are shopping early and the holidays are more than 30 days away.
Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You:
- Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
- Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
- Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
- If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
- I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
- Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet. Helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
- You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
- A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at faketv.com.)
- Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
- The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
- I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
- I love looking in your windows. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, Kentucky, security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs crimedoctor.com; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.
Protection for you and your home: If you don’t have a gun, here’s a way to wreck someone’s evil plans for you. -Wasp Spray
When asked by a concerned person about using pepper spray, the local police department recommended that she get a can of wasp spray instead. The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote.
The Good Friends Question of the Day: Do you ever wonder why the toilet paper can make it out from underneath the cabinet but not the actually roller thing – or the paper towels can make it to the counter top but never the holder? When your kids, husband or wife don’t do this ___________it makes you crazy?
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Secure Scriptures for Insecure Times: There’s a lot of uncertainty in our country, from issues with the economy, unemployment, and just a general uneasiness about the future. Good Friends Mornings will share scriptures that will provide hope and extra comfort for your day. It is our hope that God provides you with the extra comfort through these scriptures that point to the security that comes from a belief in the God of the Bible and His Son, Jesus Christ. Bless You!
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.” ~ Psalm 18:2-3
WHAT: Stop, Shop, & Adopt: Garage Sale, booth rentals benefit The Humane Society of Angelina County.
WHEN: This Saturday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
WHERE: 106 N. John Redditt, in the Etech parking lot, Lufkin