Warning: Arizona, If You Have These Bumper Stickers Remove Them Immediately!
Living near Fort Huachuca, most of the people I know are well-versed in some of the dangers most of us take for granted. The military intelligence school on the fort literally trains soldiers worldwide to detect the nuances of human behavior.
Even the soldiers and civilians who work less-intelligence-heavy jobs for the Army are well-versed on what to look for to avoid being a victim of any type of hack.
This extends beyond the myriad of computer-related crimes into the real-life social hack. It may sound like hyperbole, but experts warn that criminals and even terrorists could use this information against you and your family.
My Dog is Smarter Than Your Honor Roll Student
We've all seen those little stick-figure families on the back of a family SUV. Those cute little family car stickers have become popular, especially now that small vinyl printers are so available.
It's a way to express your family's pride and identity. But those stickers are increasingly being criticized because they could pose a risk to your family's safety.
These stickers can reveal far too much information about your family. Some of the stickers are even labeled with individual names, pet names, as well as the hobbies and interests of family members.
Can You Help Me Find My Dog?
Imagine someone approaching your child in a parking lot. You're busy loading the groceries into the car, but your children are old enough to get in by themselves. Your kids are on the other side of the car, about to get in, when a stranger approaches, just beyond your line of site.
"Oh, hey! Connor and Sophie! Remember me? My name is Jack. I know your dad, Mike. We work together." The kids are wary, but he knows their names, so they must have just forgotten. They must have met him before now.
He continues, "Can you help me find my dog, Clyde? He just ran off."
"Oh, hey! We have a dog named Clyde, too!" they both chime in. He knows. He read it off the back of your car. Now they have something in common, and they're eager to help.
A predator could use the information they read on the back of your vehicle in order to lure your children into a false sense of security. You've just supplied everything he needs to know.
What else are you telling the public? If you run a home-based business, for example, your telephone number may be visible. Did you have stickers showing your favorite sports teams, too? How about those "my honor student" stickers? Now everyone knows where your kids attend school, as well.
Play it safe and follow expert security advice: if you have those stickers on your car, take them off.
Bumper Stickers Can Pose Risks
- They can reveal personal information about the driver of a vehicle or their family.
- They can hint at what is inside of the car.
- They can pose a danger to children.
- College, team, or sorority stickers can endanger students.
- "Honor Roll" and other accolades can reveal the schools your children attend.
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