Tools I No Longer Recommend: Ring Doorbell

There was a time, not too long ago, that I really liked the Ring Doorbell. I’m pretty sure I spoke positively about it on the podcast I used to do, and I may have even written about it. The device was a doorbell that alerted your smartphone. It had a built-in camera, allowing you to answer your door from anywhere you had an internet connection. Whether at the office, across the country, or in another country, when your doorbell rang you could answer it. Continue reading “Tools I No Longer Recommend: Ring Doorbell”

Columbia SC Surveillance Safari

I used to spend a lot of time in South Carolina’s capital city. I had regular work trips to Columbia, usually lasting two to three weeks at a time. I hadn’t been back in several years, but recently I had the opportunity to spend a weekend there, and something has changed. Columbia has implemented a very broad public surveillance system. This post will touch on the Columbia SC surveillance system and discuss some of the implications this raises. Continue reading “Columbia SC Surveillance Safari”

Encryption Versus Physical Security

Encryption is a hot topic these days. I write about both encryption and physical security on this blog, and some people find this curious. I believe there is a good deal of overlap in these two topics, however. This post will discuss encryption versus physical security, and why each matters in protecting data. Continue reading “Encryption Versus Physical Security”

Suitcase Setup for Securing Firearms

I recently wrote a piece for the Lucky Gunner Lounge about air travel with firearms. It was a general article, mostly concerning the legalities of transporting firearms by air. In it I mentioned a couple different ways to secure your stuff: a big, locked case holding everything, or a small pistol case inside a regular suitcase. I use both methods, depending on where I’m traveling and what and how much stuff I’m bringing. Today I do want to go into detail about my secure suitcase setup for a smaller handgun case. Continue reading “Suitcase Setup for Securing Firearms”

Hotel Room Security Tip

I haven’t written about physical security in some time, but recently I was in a hotel in San Francisco and experienced a very small physical security issue. This is an issue that you have probably confronted at some point, unawares. Fortunately, it is easily correctable if you follow my one simple hotel room security tip: Continue reading “Hotel Room Security Tip”

How to Choose a Locksmith

You stopped on the way home to grab a gallon of milk. You get to the car and pull the handle but the door remains stubbornly closed. You fish in your pocket for keys while your mind is still processing the fact that they’re sitting on the driver’s seat. You’d call your wife but she’s still at work all the way across town. Grudingly you pull out your phone and search “locksmith near me”.  This probably isn’t you, but this is how a lot of people choose a locksmith.

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Blink: Get Notified When Your Mac Wakes

Chances are good that most – if not all – of us leave our computers unattended somewhere, sometime. For me this is at home. Though I generally abide by best practices and shut down before leaving my computer, occasionally I don’t. I can be caught close my MacBook’s lid and heading out the door to run an errand, walk the dog, whatever. I do have some peace of mind that no one is messing with my computer, however. This is because of an app called Blink.

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Vehicle Privacy and Security

After hearing my recent interview with Aaron on the In the Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast a couple weeks ago, I realized that I’ve yet to talk about vehicle privacy and security. For those of us in North America, vehicles are a way of life. Vehicles present some unique privacy and security challenges. In this post I’m going to talk about a few things you can do to improve vehicle privacy and security. Most requires some minor behavioral modification. Continue reading “Vehicle Privacy and Security”

ITRH Interview on Physical Security

Quick announcement: I was recently interviewed for the In the Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast. This time Aaron and I talked about physical security. We had time to delve pretty deeply into some good topics including general security considerations, deadbolts, padlocks, and safes (a lot of stuff about safes). If you’re interested check it out at If you like it, feel free to let Aaron know. Continue reading “ITRH Interview on Physical Security”

Enhancing Deadbolt Security

In my last post I recommended some specific locks. This week’s post will cover improving the security of existing locks, or the Grade 1 hardware I recommended. The goal is to create a “Grade 1+” lock, by adding some additional security measures. Enhancing deadbolt security very achievable with just a little spare time, access to a locksmith, and some basic hand tools. Continue reading “Enhancing Deadbolt Security”