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The Weekly Roundup 9.25 Edition

by Amy September 25, 2015

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How to Deal with a Burglar While You’re Home

With a burglary occurring every 15 seconds in the US, it’s important to plan for any situation. This includes the possibility that you could be in your house while it is being broken into. First, establish a safe place in your home that locks from the inside and has access to a phone. In the event of a burglary, you don’t want to waste time trying to find a good place to hide. You should also pick a safe word that alerts your family to the situation and prompts them to go to the safe room. Always try to avoid contact with the burglar- your safety is far more important than any possessions you have in your house. If you have a security system installed, and can get to it, sound the alarm. Burglars will often flee if they hear an alarm go off. With security systems and other new technology, there are plenty of other steps you can take to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.

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New Cars May Have Auto-braking Standard

Auto-braking, an expensive add-on feature in many cars, could be an industry standard in the near future. Ten prominent automakers, including BMW and Ford, have announced that they will be making auto-braking part of all of their vehicles in the coming years. Technology has already drastically changed the auto industry with the introduction of self-driving vehicles by companies like Tesla and Google. Now, the laser powered sensors used in those vehicles will help to ensure that every driver on the road is safer in his or her own car. While older safety measures sought to prevent injury in the event of a crash, new safety measures aim to take human error out of the equation and eliminate crashes altogether. Given the current trajectory of safety technology, one day all drivers will own fully autonomous vehicles.

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Disaster Preparedness Tips

September is National Preparedness month. Use these tips to help prepare yourself and your family for potential disasters.

  • Apply a plastic film to glass mirrors and pictures to avoid shattering in the event of an earthquake
  • Use furniture straps to secure bookshelves to walls
  • Clear any items that could fall and block your main entrance
  • Lock cabinets to prevent them from flying open during an earthquake
  • Keep provisions to last at least a week if you live in more disaster-prone areas

It is extremely difficult to predict when a natural disaster will occur, which is why it’s important to take the necessary safety precautions.

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Upgrade to iOS 9 To Avoid Bluetooth Hack

All iPhone iOS releases are eagerly awaited by owners of the popular device, and iOS 9 is no exception. Most people, however, don’t update their phone to the latest iOS for security reasons. With news of a new Bluetooth hack, it’s more important than ever to update to the latest iOS. The Bluetooth hack uses Apple’s airdrop technology to drop malware onto any devices that are within Bluetooth range. Macs that have earlier versions of OSX Yosemite are also vulnerable to this hack. If you do not want to upgrade your OSX, you can turn off Airdrop on your Mac to prevent your computer from being hacked via Bluetooth. For iPhone users, though, you not only have to turn off Airdrop, but also the ability to access the Control Center from your lock screen. Your best bet is to update your devices to Apple’s newest operating systems instead of trying to work around them.

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