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Free Cyber Attack Checklist

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In this day and age, every prepper needs to abide by this cyber attack checklist if they expect to protect their laptop, home computer, and cell phone safe from threat.

If you’ve seen the movie Live Free or Die Hard, you know it involves cyber criminals trying to wreak havoc on America’s transportation, financial, and power infrastructure. When the movie came out, the plot was a little hard to believe. However, in this day and age the chances of that happening seem much, much higher.

Cyber attacks are, unfortunately, becoming much more of a norm. Just look at companies like Target and Equifax, whose valuable information became stolen practically overnight. This was a massive breach that puts millions of Americans’ personal information in danger.

However, the scary thing is cyber attacks can do more than just steal your social security and credit card numbers. Power plants, stoplights, airplanes, and many more modern devices are all connected to and controlled by the Internet. If the Internet goes down life as you know it will come to a sudden stop.

That’s why you need to not only protect your financial info, but also to prepare your home and office in the event of a major emergency like this. After all, if things come crashing down, you’ll still need to be able to eat, drink, and have your preps in order.

Now keep in mind that cyber attacks aren’t always this extreme. Many times, the attacks are much more localized and are smaller in scale. Regardless, you need to know the steps necessary to protect your technological devices from these threats.

I want to do my part to help protect you in the event of a major (or minor) cyber attack. That’s why I’m preparing you with this…

Free Cyber Attack Checklist

Protecting Your Finances

Use Cash

I know it’s 2017 and cash is basically nonexistent – however, it’s necessary to use if you want to protect your information and your finances. Using cash prevents cyber attack breaches, and it prevents someone from being able to trace your expenses back to you. Not to mention, on a personal note, carrying cash (and only spending the cash you have) automatically helps prevent you from overspending – and that’s a habit we can all stand to get into.

Don’t Give Your Social Or Phone Number

Many places you visit – like doctors’ offices, for example – will ask for your social security number. However, these places often don’t need the number to get the information they need. For instance, most health plans have group number and policy numbers that can lead the staff to your information. Next time you visit the doctor, politely decline when they ask for your social, and press them to use the numbers on your insurance card.

Meanwhile, if you’ve been in a clothing store lately it seems as though every cashier asks for your phone number and/or email address to “add you to their system.” Politely decline.

Use An RFID Blocker

Computer hackers are getting crafty; they can now digitally pickpocket you and steal your credit card information and driver’s license number using their RFID readers. And, scarily enough, they can do this without getting into your purse or wallet – they could just be standing right next to you, stealing your personal info without you knowing. Protect your cards by putting each of them in an RFID blocking shield.

When In Doubt, Don’t Click

Email scammers are on the prowl hoping you’ll click on their bad links. If an unknown person emails you, or if your gut tells you it’s suspicious, don’t click it. If you receive an email from someone claiming to be your bank, don’t open it. Instead, call the bank and see what the issue is. Better safe than sorry.

Use Credit When Shopping Online

When buying things off Amazon or other sites, opt for using your credit card over your debit. In case your info is stolen and you have to renounce any fraudulent charges,, credit cards generally offer more protection than debit ones do.

Switch Up Your Passwords

Though it’s tempting to use the same password(s) for everything and to save them all on your computer, don’t do it. This can be a computer hacker’s dream. Instead, change your passwords every few months, and make sure they’re complex – use numbers, symbols, and capitalization to confuse anyone trying to get your info. Also, don’t use consecutive numbers (123) or letters (abc); it’s also a bad idea to make your password “password.”

Stock Up The Cash Fund

It’s always a good idea to store away a stash of money in case of emergencies. However, it’s safer to do so in cash, and to go “old-school” and to place the money in a safe hiding spot. This will ensure you still have the money in case a hacker compromises your bank information.

Mail Checks

Checks are also a useful commodity when you want to get around cyber attacks. Use either checks or cash to pay for things whenever possible.

Pay Bills The Old-Fashioned Way

Seems every company is moving to a “paperless” system, and is encouraging (or forcing) everyone to pay their bills electronically. However, if they’ll allow you to write a check, this may be your best bet at keeping cyber hackers away.

If you must pay your bills online, go in a couple days later and make sure the payments went through. If not, double-checking will help you catch the error faster. In any case, set aside cash or check just in case this happens so you can get the money out immediately.

Preparing Your Office

Know How To Get Out

In case the power goes out, you’ll need to know how to get out of your building. When in doubt, use the stairs – elevators may not be working, may be moving slowly, and will definitely be subject to crowds.

Know Your Alternate Routes

In the case of a major cyber attack, the traffic will be horrendous and it’s likely accidents will be happening left and right. Have a few alternate routes in mind to help avoid these as much as possible.

Backup Your Projects

There are few things more frustrating than giving your all on a work project, and then losing everything to a computer failure. Back up your projects and documents to an external drive frequently to help avoid this.

Get An Office Emergency Kit (And Know Where It Is)

Every office needs an emergency kit in case of…well…you know. The kit must include non-perishable foods, water, first-aid kit, and cash.

Talk To Your IT Department

Every company has (or needs to have) certain protocols when it comes to internet security and confidentiality. Know these protocols to stay on the safe side – and to ensure you don’t accidentally contribute to the breach.

Prepare Your Home

Store Food And Water

It’s important to have non-perishable food and emergency water at home at all times. This way, in case you lose everything in a financial crisis, you and your family will still have food and water to survive.

Get Ready For A Power Outage

Prepare your home with flashlights, extra batteries, candles, blankets, and other necessities to outlast a power outage. You’ll also need a backup power source (like a generator), and some solar chargers.

Backup Your Personal Documents

Have favorite family photos? Have important and/or confidential documents on your computer? Store these on an external drive so that you can access them if the internet and/or power goes down.

Have A Hard Copy Cell Phone List

Technology is a wonderful thing, since it allows you to access phone contacts, set numbers on speed dial, and call anyone at the touch of a button. The bad part is that this allows us to forget our loved ones’ phone numbers – crucial information to have in an emergency. Make a hard copy of the important phone numbers you’ll need in an emergency in case you can no longer access them on your computer.

Know The Ways To Get In Your Apartment

If you live in an apartment and your electronic garage door opener/gate opener goes down, you’ll need to have a plan of how to get into your unit.

Be Aware Of The Dark Side Of Technology

Most computers these days have little cameras that are useful for video chatting with friends and family. However, a computer hacker can easily watch YOU through this camera as well. My advice? Stick a piece of colored tape over the camera until you need to use it.

Computers and televisions also collect data about you through the shows you watch, the sites you visit and the products you buy online. Be aware that someone may use these to gain knowledge about you without your knowledge and/or consent.

Have A Backup Communication Plan

If you can’t use your cell phone, you’ll need another way to get in touch with friends and family. Consider walkie talkies and HAM radios to help keep the lines of communication open. Radios also offer news and weather reports, which can be crucial if you’re stuck at home (or out) and waiting for the disaster to be over.

 

The truth is we can never know when a cyber attack (or any other emergency) will occur. Prepare Now and Survive Later with this free cyber attack checklist!

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Former Democrat Tops NH Trump VP Poll

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In an electrifying and unexpected development, a new poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center reveals that former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii tops the list of preferred running mates for former President Donald Trump. This strategic choice underscores Trump’s commitment to broadening his appeal and strengthening his base with an unconventional but highly effective candidate.

Tulsi Gabbard, who initially ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, courageously left her party two years later to become an independent. Now, she emerges as the favorite among nearly a quarter (24%) of New Hampshire voters who are not supporting President Biden. Gabbard’s ability to connect with a diverse electorate and her staunch opposition to the far-left agenda make her a powerful ally for Trump.

Gabbard’s support stands seven points ahead of biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, indicating a strong preference for Gabbard’s unique blend of political independence and principled leadership. This shows that voters are looking for leaders who are willing to stand up against the establishment and fight for American values.

Ramaswamy, along with other notable figures like Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have endorsed Trump, yet Gabbard’s lead suggests a deeper resonance with voters seeking a fresh and unifying voice. Her conservative principles, military background, and dedication to freedom and the Constitution make her an ideal running mate for Trump.

Trump’s consideration of Gabbard is a testament to his strategic thinking and commitment to broadening his appeal. Gabbard, a veteran of the Iraq War and an officer in the Hawaii National Guard, brings a wealth of experience and a compelling personal story as the first Samoan-American elected to Congress. Her transition from a progressive Democrat to an independent has been marked by her steadfast dedication to fundamental freedoms, resonating with many conservatives who feel disenfranchised by the current political climate.

In a Fox News town hall in February, Trump hinted that Gabbard was on his short list for running mates. Her praise for Trump, acknowledging his resilience and willingness to fight against the Washington establishment, underscores a shared commitment to challenging the status quo and defending American values against the encroachment of socialism and government overreach.

Gabbard’s familiarity with New Hampshire, a crucial swing state, adds another layer of strategic advantage. Her presence in the state during her 2020 presidential run and her support for Republican candidates in 2022 have cemented her popularity among voters who are tired of the same old politics and crave genuine change.

By considering Gabbard as a running mate, Trump demonstrates his ability to think outside traditional party lines and appeal to a broader coalition. This bold move could be the key to uniting the nation behind his campaign, bringing together a diverse group of voters eager for a leader who prioritizes American values and freedoms.

As the 2024 election approaches, the prospect of a Trump-Gabbard ticket promises an exciting and dynamic campaign. This powerful combination of leadership, experience, and dedication to conservative principles is poised to capture the imagination and support of Americans from all walks of life, ensuring a strong and united front against the progressive agenda threatening our nation’s future.

 

POLL: Would you support Tulsi Gabbard for VP?

 

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SCOTUS Sides With “Three Strikes” Laws in Support of Second Amendment

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In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled 6–3 on May 23 in favor of the federal government in a case pivotal to the enforcement of a federal three-strikes gun law aimed at ensuring repeat offenders are appropriately penalized. This ruling reinforces the principle that those who repeatedly break the law, particularly with violent felonies or major drug offenses, should face stringent consequences, thereby protecting law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

Justice Samuel Alito, a stalwart defender of constitutional principles, authored the majority opinion in Brown v. United States, consolidated with Jackson v. United States. In a remarkable alignment, the decision saw a blending of ideologies, with one liberal justice joining the majority and a conservative justice siding with the dissenters. This highlights the importance and clarity of the case beyond traditional ideological divides.

Federal law rightly prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms, and the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) of 1984 was a significant step to address the disproportionate number of crimes committed by repeat offenders. The ACCA mandates a 15-year minimum sentence for individuals found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm if they have three or more prior convictions for serious drug offenses or violent felonies committed on separate occasions.

The recent Supreme Court ruling ensures that the severity of the law remains intact. It emphasizes that sentences under the ACCA should be based on the laws in effect at the time of the original convictions, maintaining the law’s integrity and original intent to deter habitual criminals. This is a win for those who believe in the Second Amendment and the rule of law, ensuring that dangerous individuals are kept from undermining our right to bear arms.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett stood firm in the majority, reflecting their commitment to upholding strict penalties for career criminals. Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joined parts of the dissent, showcasing the robust debate within the court. Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, known for their liberal leanings, also contributed to the discourse.

Justice Alito’s opinion clarified that the ACCA’s requirement for a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence remains for those convicted of illegal firearm possession if they have a history of serious drug offenses or violent felonies. The definition of a “serious drug offense” includes state crimes that carry a maximum sentence of at least 10 years and involve a controlled substance as defined by the Controlled Substances Act.

Alito highlighted that state crimes qualify as serious drug offenses if they involved a drug listed on federal schedules at the time of the original conviction, not based on any subsequent changes to those schedules. This prevents loopholes that could otherwise allow habitual offenders to evade justice based on technicalities, thus preserving the stringent measures intended by the ACCA.

The government’s interpretation aligns with the ACCA’s objectives, focusing on the inherent risk and seriousness of certain offenses likely committed by career criminals. This approach ensures that those with a history of significant drug or violent offenses face enhanced penalties, protecting society and upholding the sanctity of the Second Amendment by ensuring firearms do not end up in the hands of dangerous individuals.

Justice Jackson’s dissent argued for applying the drug schedules in effect at the time of the federal firearms offense, a perspective that the majority rightly found unconvincing given the ACCA’s clear intent and context.

This ruling follows the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in March 2022’s Wooden v. United States, affirming that multiple convictions from a single criminal episode do not count as multiple under the ACCA. The current deliberations on Erlinger v. United States, which question whether a judge or jury should decide on the application of enhanced sentencing, continue to underscore the Court’s dedication to ensuring fair yet firm justice.

In summary, the Supreme Court’s decision is a significant victory for the pro-Second Amendment community, reinforcing the importance of strict penalties for repeat offenders. This decision ensures that the rights of law-abiding citizens to bear arms are protected by keeping firearms out of the hands of those who pose a danger to society.

 

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HILARIOUS: Biden Not On the Ballot in Ohio… Yet

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In a delicious twist of irony, President Biden—who has tried to block former President Trump from appearing on ballots in several states—might himself be excluded from the Ohio ballot come Election Day. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose issued this hilarious warning on Tuesday, showcasing yet another instance of Democratic incompetence and hypocrisy.

Despite receiving weeks of warnings from LaRose’s office and the state legislature, the Ohio Democratic Party has hilariously bungled their way into potentially disqualifying Biden from the ballot. LaRose, a Republican, pointed out that the Democratic Party has yet to offer any solution that complies with existing law.

Ohio’s election law requires parties to certify their presidential candidates at least 90 days before Election Day. But in a move that screams “amateur hour,” the Democratic Party plans to certify Biden at its national convention in Wisconsin on August 19, just 75 days before the election—blatantly flouting the law.

“I’ve said from here to Colorado that it’s in the best interest of voters to have a choice in the race for president. I’m also duty-bound to follow the law as Ohio’s chief elections officer,” LaRose stated, barely containing his exasperation.

“As it stands today, the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee will not be on the Ohio ballot. That is not my choice. It’s due to a conflict in the law created by the party, and the party has so far offered no legally acceptable remedy,” he continued, likely shaking his head in disbelief.

“The Ohio House speaker said today there won’t be a legislative solution, so I’ve sent a letter to Ohio Democrats’ chair seeking (again) a solution that upholds the law and respects the voters. I trust they’ll act quickly,” he finished, probably chuckling at the absurdity of it all.

Ohio Democrats previously floated the idea that Ohio could accept a “provisional certification” for Biden’s candidacy, but LaRose quickly shut down this laughable suggestion, pointing out that state law makes no such allowances.

LaRose emphasized that either the state legislature must change the law to allow Biden’s certification, or the Democratic Party must get its act together. Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens, another Republican, bluntly stated that lawmakers won’t bail Biden out. “There’s just not the will to do that from the legislature,” Stephens told reporters, likely with a smirk.

Even Democratic Ohio House Minority Leader Allison Russo couldn’t hide her frustration with her own party’s ineptitude, stating, “We’ve seen the dysfunction here in this place. And I think we’ve seen that folks have not been able to put aside partisanship and hyper-partisanship and infighting.… I think at this point, you’re probably going to see either, you know, some sort of inner party effects or perhaps court action.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine assured voters that Biden would be on the ballot come November, arguing that if the legislature doesn’t act, then it’s “going to be done by the court.”

Ohio Democrats have yet to respond to LaRose’s Tuesday letter. The irony of Biden’s predicament—potentially being excluded from the ballot while having sought to exclude Trump—is nothing short of poetic justice. This fiasco is a fitting testament to the chaos and mismanagement that has become the hallmark of the Democratic Party.

 

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POLL: Will Biden be the Democrat nominee in November?

 

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