As more products become connectable to the Internet, the universe of the so-called “Internet of things” continues to grow almost exponentially. The “Internet of things” refers to products and devices of all kinds that are connected to the Internet. Although computing devices like tablets and laptops are technically included as components of the Internet of things (or IoT), the term really refers to those goods that do not have Internet connectivity as a principal function of their overriding purpose, but which nevertheless have both the hardware and software installed that enables them to be connected for collateral purposes. For example,... Read more →


We have been talking a lot lately about the overall risk to the power grid posed by rogue states like North Korea, as well as by non-state actors like the Islamic State. Much of the discussion has centered on electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, attacks, as the source of perhaps the most dramatic form of a widespread compromise to the power grid, but the fact is that the grid is vulnerable from a wide variety of threats…and now we have learned of one more. According to two researchers who presented their findings recently at the Kapersky Security Analyst Summit, the energy-saving... Read more →


An increasing amount of attention is being paid to mindset when it comes to self-defense confrontations, particularly those involving the citizens’ use of firearms. As conditions around us become increasingly dangerous, and the prospect of having to draw one’s weapon in a real-life combat situation grows ever-likelier, professional firearms instructors are coming out and saying that basic downrange gun training is insufficient. Of course, it is always a good idea to stay sharp with your weapon through regular range training. However, according to the professionals, that is just not enough for most people, should an actual self-defense situation flare up.... Read more →


And so it continues; not only has the real-world narrative of the threat posed by an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, attack, begun to occupy considerable space in the realms of news and politics, but now comes a theatrical depiction, courtesy of Mike Norris, the son of martial arts and action-movie legend Chuck Norris, of an America in the wake of such an attack. Here is a peek at AmeriGEDDON: EMP attacks can be caused by solar storms and lightning bolts, as well as by a nuclear explosion. The detonation of such a weapon by a rogue nation or non-state group... Read more →


The importance of online privacy continues to become clearer to more and more folks…including those who have been, to some extent, non-believers in its real importance. Case in point: While traveling via American Airlines from Dallas, Texas to Raleigh, North Carolina, journalist Steven Petrow was working on his article about the current dispute between Apple and the FBI; as you surely know by now, the FBI is demanding that Apple create a backdoor that would allow the feds to go into the San Bernardino terrorists’ phones in order to extract more evidentiary information, while Apple has so far refused, citing... Read more →


We talk a lot about digital privacy in this space, and we often assume that real Internet safety and security is a genuine priority for just about all thinking people. That, however, may not be the case. A global private network provider, HMA, in conjunction with Morar Consulting, recently conducted a study that found, in their words, that “while two thirds of respondents say they would like extra layers of online privacy and security, their actions prove otherwise.” The study revealed that although 63 percent of respondents declared they had experienced issues with online security, and 67 percent said that... Read more →


While this should not come as a big surprise to anyone, it is nevertheless highly disquieting to learn that the Islamic State (ISIS) has been using chemical weapons in the Middle East. A representative with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that laboratory tests have revealed that, in at least one case, ISIS deployed mustard gas against three dozen or so Kurdish troops in Iraq last summer. Chemical weapons use is largely banned around the world, but it is no great shock that an outfit like ISIS would violate international laws in order to prosecute... Read more →


I have said several times before that a smart prepper will seek to immerse himself in information from a variety of sources. I do that constantly. Some people will have different ideas about how to approach a certain aspect of prepping, and exposure to these differing notions can lead you to cultivating the plan that best suits you. That’s why we like to discuss, with some frequency, the overall topic of survival, and, in particular, any survival information program that we see as having value. Moreover, the obvious deterioration in society, at multiple levels, makes this topic even more urgent.... Read more →


Here we go again. Another natural “disaster” of relatively modest proportions, and yet signs of panic quickly set in. While no one is doubting the potential of Winter Storm “Jonas” to prove highly problematic…even deadly…for some this weekend, a weather event such as this is generally not regarded by preppers as something that results in the lasting, highly-distressed conditions for which they typically prepare. That said, as “regular” people go into panic mode, and race down to the area grocery stores and gas stations to fill up on as much food and gas as they can carry, others who were... Read more →


John McAfee, developer of the first commercial anti-virus computer software, is running for president as a representative of the Libertarian Party, and in a recent op-ed piece he wrote that appeared at Business Insider, he took GOP candidate Jeb Bush to serious task for his expression of what McAfee sees as very misguided views on the subject of cybersecurity. In McAfee’s railing against Bush, he recalls Dr. Peter Vincent Pry’s testimony before congress a while back in which Pry testified that an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, attack would kill 90% of Americans within two years. Pry is no random alarmist;... Read more →


As greater numbers of people seek ways to push back against ever-complicated existences, one of the ways they are doing so is by dedicating themselves to living physically uncluttered lives, and, as a big part of that effort, downsizing their homes. To some people, downsizing a residence might mean moving from a 3,000 square foot house to an 1800 square foot house, but, to others, it is a more extreme jump…to a truly tiny house. Tiny houses are becoming all the rage as people seek to do what they can to regain control over their lives. If you, or someone... Read more →


I am crossing paths more frequently with those who have decided to adopt a bit of an “anti-Internet” posture in their own lives. I know several people, for example, who have begun to turn their backs on social media. For them, the novelty of platforms like Facebook has worn off, and they no longer feel the need to share so much of their private lives with everyone on a real-time basis. Most of these folks still use the Internet, of course, but the point is that when it comes to online safety, we are usually our own worst enemies. I... Read more →


By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large In light of all of the random, deadly violence about which we’ve been hearing more and more, I wanted to mention a great book I picked up the other day, and basically did not put down until I was finished reading it. It is called Counter Violence, and is written by E.J. Owens, the founder and president of Legally Concealed, the organizational “platform” from which Mr. Owens dispenses a wide variety of instruction in personal defense. Owens’ specialty as an instructor is in the area of concealed carry and home defense scenarios.... Read more →


By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were behind the deadly terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. One of the interesting details of Farook’s life that has managed to gather no more than an “oh, by the way” kind of mention in news outlets is his job and educational background: Farook was an environmental health specialist at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, and also had a degree in environmental health, which he earned from California State University in 2010. There has been apparently no evidence yet uncovered that Farook... Read more →


By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. As a gun owner, it is incumbent upon you to remain very aware of the laws that pertain to the possession of firearms in each state to which you travel. The simple fact is that gun laws are not the same from state to state…not even close; as a result, it is easy to be an unwitting law-breaker when you take your lawfully-owned and carried firearm from one state into another state. You may remember reading a while back about the case of Shaneen Allen, a Philadelphia mother of two who faced jail time in... Read more →