Dave Hakes' – Island Mode

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Needs (from the Lahaina Devastation)

Posted by delta on August 10th, 2023

Here’s the thing. We are on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. EVERYTHING is flown or otherwise shipped in. If we have 10,000 to 50,000 displaced folks (no one knows actual numbers) all heading to Kahului as I write this, the stores will be empty in a few hours. These folks have nothing but what they were able to grab and throw in their car – so when they go shopping, they’re going to need “a few” things…

There is no where to go – there’s no supplies “in the next town” – we can not drive away from this…

If you drive around “town” (Central Maui), you see many people are “in place” in the store parking lots. I asked a few folks earlier why they decided to stay in the parking lot and they responded that it was the only real way they could get fresh food (and they are cooking it on their grill they brought over with them)…

That’s a great plan – as long as supplies keep coming…

It appears as though more than a few folks are going to be “camping” because supplies are low and they don’t trust there will be any supplies “tomorrow” – most are thinking the event will be over and they will have a plan before the red cross “gets it together” – so tents of all sizes and types will probably be helpful…

Many do not know about family members because (along with most of front street) everything else is down in Lahaina – they have no running water, no electricity and no cell phone service… We do not have enough emergency service personnel to deal with the situation. As such, many civilians – in the hopes of finding loved ones, supplying family and friends who will not leave or getting family and friends out – are “going back in”.

We also need to support the emergency personnel – who will probably be out there for weeks with the cleanup effort…

Throwing money at this will do nothing – we have finite supplies to buy. If you truly want to help send stuff to a few local churches and they can distribute them as needed. The two I recommend are in the last post.
The team at “In His House of Restoration” is onsite 24/7 and they have had donations of food and clothing – they also have a sizable sanctuary. Many from the Lahaina side have family and friends who go to this church and it is an easy drive back into Lahaina from their location (with supplies). We (my family) have been using “In His House” as a hub (dropping off stuff) for people we know who are coming out of Lahaina to get supplies and going back in…
The Team at Calvary Chapel South Maui run a Food Bank, have a team of folks making bagged lunches upstairs in the sanctuary (to take to whoever calls for some) and have an input center to separate and distribute donated items. Just this evening as we were closing up a few folks came by and said they had a boat and were going to take stuff from Maalaea Harbor to the “other side” (Lahaina) – we were able to load them up, follow them to the harbor, load up the boats, throw a few of our people onboard and get them out of there within 45 minutes…

We need a way to get fresh water to these folks – it isn’t coming fast enough – so “Rainman Desalination Kits” would be great for that. We are surrounded by ocean, so…

Maui is like Mexico – “Don’t Drink The Water” – Berkey Water Filters, The Water Machine, Sawyer Water Filtration Systems or LifeStraw Peak Series Water Filters would be great to clean ALL water before folks drank it…

Advanced Elements Summer Showers or RinseKits would be great for taking showers – many of our beaches on the south side of the island have showers (in case you’re displaced and looking for one)…

Being able to cook without starting a fire would be great right now – and we have plenty of sun – so Go Sun Fusions and All American Sun Ovens would be great

Meals Ready To Eat (MRE’s) would be incredible at this point – just add hot water, mix, wait a few minutes and eat – Ready Wise and Patriot Supply is where I get mine.
If you have MRE’s you will also want to have a Sun Kettle® Solar Cooker – which will use the sun to boil (clean) your water for the MRE’s and you can put it in your backpack for transport…

People want to charge their cellphones and peripherals and keep the lights on so Portable Power Stations with Portable Solar Panels would be great for that: Inergytek, RockPals and EcoFlow are good places to start…

Like I said, we have plenty of sun here…. Any flashlights that can be charged with the sun (or hand cranked), any flashlights and AA or AAA batteries would be great! My “go to” has been the The PUC Expandable Lantern / Charger for a few years now. I love these things – and I can charge my cell phone from them. This company makes other flashlights and lanterns (all solar), but I love the PUC…

Toilet paper, shaving kits, towels, slippers – the small things really count right now because many people have lost everything and are going to literally be on an empty lot in a few days… and, of course, you can make direct monetary donations – but there may be no supplies to buy shortly – so if you can, please send them…

5 gallon gas jugs are needed BADLY – and everyone on the island is sold out right now. There are folks on the Lahaina side who just need a few gallons of gas to get Central. Gas pumps don’t work without electricity – and there are no gas stations left in Lahaina – and there are no 5 gallon jugs in Lahaina – we have to take full jugs in and give them gas so they can get out…

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Lahaina Displacement

Posted by delta on August 10th, 2023

To all who are displaced from the fires:

In His House of Restoration
63 La’a St in Kahului

Calvary Chapel South Maui
320 Ohukai Rd in Kihei

Calvary is also a “Food Bank” – if you’d like to donate to assure we can run down to get more food when all the donated food runs out, please go to: Calvary Chapel South Maui Donations to donate and then email office@calvarymaui.com to let them know you just donated for “Displacement Efforts” or the “Emergency Fund” 

Anyone who has my direct line and needs a shower, phone charge and/or crashpad away from everything (Makawao) – text me…

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They work for us, Remember…?

Posted by delta on August 5th, 2023

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

When “September 11th” happened, “we the people” reacted without any real data and any real thought for the first year or two. “We the people” gave our elected officials (and those who work for them) permission to take our Fourth Amendment rights before any data or thought took hold – and “we the people” never got them back. The U.S. Government, which works for us, has been directly spying on our “persons, houses, papers and effects” without “probable cause” and without a “warrant” for more than 20 years.
I’ve already written about this in detail and don’t want to repeat myself if I can help it:
History of Modern “Assimilation”
Social Media Perception Management

Anyone born after September 11th, 2001 (or was younger than 12 at the time) has no idea of the rights that have been taken away… of course, that is what they are counting on… they want THIS to be normal – not a new normal, but the norm

They work for us, remember?

Evidently we forgot, because…

When lockdown happened we gave them permission to take away our Fifth Amendment rights. We did nothing as they deprived thousands of “life, liberty or property, without due process of law…”
Due process can be one of two things. Either Congress can make a law or the process has to go through the court system… Due Process is NOT a decree or a mandate…

  • They did not allow doctors to treat patients (life).
  • They locked down and/or restricted movement of the population for almost two years – many could not work (liberty).
  • They told everyone they did not have to pay rent to their landlords (so the landlords lost their property).

We gave them permission to do these things by doing nothing to stop it. We may have disagreed, we may still disagree, with it – but we’re not doing anything to stop it from happening again…

Pretending it didn’t happen, assuming it can’t happen again, or thinking “it’ll get back to normal” simply because you made it to the other side relatively unfazed is almost the American way isn’t it?
Think “Trail of Tears”, “Slavery” or “Hollywood Blacklist” – didn’t touch most people in their time and place but they did happen, they were terrible and we did nothing to stop it…
There are still Native Americans living in complete poverty in the middle of no where with no hope – today – in America.
There is still slavery – today – in America.
Every time someone is “cancelled” the Blacklist survives another day…

We’ve done nothing to stop it – we simply decided not to think of it – and these things still exist – today…

The people who are making these decisions ARE people AND they work for us – we put them in their positions of power (with our vote), we pay their salary (with our taxes), we pay for their programs (with our taxes), we pay for their decisions (sometimes with our blood) and they are answerable to “we the people” (with our next vote or lawsuit)…

People tend to think we live in a democracy – we actually don’t. We live in a republic. We vote people into power – and they make the decrees, mandates and laws with their vote/s or decisions.
If we actually had a democracy – if we all truly voted on everything – there would be no social welfare programs, there would be no bailouts, no company would be immune from prosecution and “the market” would rule – it would be a true capitalistic society in that the market would rule based on OUR power to choose and buy the best products with the best customer service with the best warrantee for the best prices… They would not be predetermined for us and presented as “this” option or “that” option.
A true democracy with the number of voters we have would also be complete anarchy and totally impossible to “call for a vote” – but I don’t want to go too far off topic here…

When lockdowns happened we gave them permission to take away our First Amendment rights…

  • We gave them permission to interfere with our church services
  • We gave them permission to abridge our freedom of speech every time they “canceled” someone, deleted a post or otherwise limited our ability to see “all sides/angles/data” of an event
  • We gave them permission to abridge the freedom of the press by allowing them to collude with and otherwise control the press – also limiting our ability to see “all sides/angles/data” to assure we would not have the ability to think for ourselves
  • We gave them permission to lock us down so we could not assemble (gather together and share information) – also limiting our ability to see “all sides/angles/data” of an event
  • We gave them permission to do what they needed to do (such as hide data or simply making the process too arduous in time and money – think FOIA requests and/or lawsuits) to assure we could not petition the government for redress of grievances…

Not making a choice IS making a choice – doing nothing gives them permission. Doesn’t matter what you thought (to yourself) or said (to a few friends or family members) about it. Did you vote? Did I see you at the marches? Did you keep your business open? Did you help the local community keep the local businesses open? Did you pay your rent so your landlord could keep the house?

There’s no such thing as a temporary security measure – once we give up a right, for a little temporary security, it is gone – we have now given them permission to take it away any time they need “based on the needs of…”. Sooner or later, they won’t even ask permission – at that point, when they feel they have the power to take it from us without asking, we no longer have that right… It is no longer a right we were born with, it is now a privilege they can give and take as their needs see fit…

Maybe you trust “this” Governor or “this” Mayor to make these decisions for you, but what about the next one? What about the one after that? You’ve already given “the office” of Governor or Mayor permission to control these privileges at their discretion – are you going to trust every person who holds the office from this point forward to delegate your privileges to you, your children and their children as they see fit…?

To those of us old enough to remember – it was a right that we allowed them to take from us – it becomes our “new normal” – it is new simply because we remember what was lost.
Those too young to remember do not have a point of reference for what was lost – it is now a privilege that the powers that be can give and take at their discretion – it is what the next generation knows – it is their “standard” – it is their “norm”…

Ever let someone borrow your car to the point where they no longer ask permission? The car is under your name, you are making the payments on it, you are paying for insurance on it, you are paying to fill up the gas tank everyday but the car is simply not available to you at your discretion anymore. The worst part is, once you put your foot down you are the “bad guy” for even bringing it up and you are most likely forced to negotiate the use of your own car – if your find yourself negotiating for the use of your own car, guess what? It is no longer your car. On paper it is and in your brain it is (due to that paperwork) but in reality it is simply not available to you AT YOUR DISCRETION…

Do not let them take what is yours… Do not negotiate… IT IS YOURS… Take it back… and don’t ever give them the keys again… Don’t even let them think it’s an option…

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Urban Heat Islands

Posted by delta on July 29th, 2023

I’m not going to write anything – just turn off the TV – read… Think… Read… Think… Repeat… Notice how long it’s been a thing and don’t forget to breath every once in a while… Take notes as you read – you’ll find that it’s all connected…

What Is an Urban Heat Island?
What Is An Urban Heat Island And How Does It Affect The Weather?
Causes, Effects and Solutions To Urban Heat Island
2014/11/01 – EPA, Heat Island
2017 – Reducing Urban Heat Islands, Ch 1 – Urban Heat Island Basics
2017 – Reducing Urban Heat Islands, Ch 2 – Trees and Vegetation
2017 – Reducing Urban Heat Islands, Ch 3 – Green Roofs
2017 – Reducing Urban Heat Islands, Ch 4 – Cool Roof
2017 – Reducing Urban Heat Islands, Ch 5 – Cool Pavements
2017 – Reducing Urban Heat Islands, Ch 6 – Heat Island Reduction Activities
2021/04/16 – Urban Heat Islands
2021/06/18 – The Dark Side of Solar Power
2021/06/19 – Drought-stricken communities push back against data centers
2021/07/03 – Recent heat waves show the US power grid is not ready for climate change
2021/12/01 – Q&A: Can ‘nature-based solutions’ help address climate change?
2021/12/10 – More companies are moving to areas less prone to climate extremes
2021/12/22 – A visual guide to 2021’s heat domes, hurricanes, and wildfires
2022/01/04 – Corporations are consolidating water and land rights in the West
2020/03/17 – How Much Energy Do Data Centers Really Use?
2022/06/02 – Are Electric Cars Really Better for the Environment?
2022/07/13 – Electric Cars Aren’t Guilt-Free Yet
2022/07/22 – Biden’s Manufactured Climate Emergency
2022/08/07 – What’s the environmental impact of EV battery manufacturing and recycling?
2022/08/07 – Who will pay for all the electric car chargers?
2022/08/08 – It’s possible no electric vehicles will qualify for the new tax credit
2022/08/15 – Uh, we don’t even have enough resources to replace the batteries we’re running now…
2022/08/24 – 5 Things You Should Know About EV Batteries
2022/08/24 – New Study Reveals How Crucial Urban Farming Is To Food Security
2022/09/03 – This city has around 20 days of fresh water left
2022/09/13 – Making Batteries for All These EVs Will Require Over 300 New Mines
2022/09/22 – Climate Change and Heat Islands
2022/09/22 – Heat Island Impacts
2022/09/22 – Learn About Heat Islands
2022/09/29 – Measuring Heat Islands
2022/10/06 – Leveraging Lithium, The Future of the Electric Vehicle Market
2022/10/09 – We’ve been greenwashed out of our senses. It’s time to stand our ground
2022/11/11 – Electrical vehicles aren’t as eco-friendly as you think
2022/11/16 – To help fight the climate crisis, we should plant more trees
2022/11/19 – The road to low-carbon concrete
2022/11/25 – Humans v nature, our long and destructive journey to the age of extinction
2022/12/06 – Will widespread adoption of EVs crash the power grid?
2022/12/13 – Midwest Soil Is Eroding Faster Than Ever. Modern Farming Could Be to Blame
2022/12/15 – Don’t let Natives end up paying the cost of Biden’s EV goals
2023/01/30 – California’s plan to power EVs has one glaring shortcoming
2023/01/24 – US transition to electric cars threatens environmental havoc
2023/02/14 – Just how good were Exxon’s climate projections?
2023/03/11 – U.S. Senate panel probes how crypto mining increases energy consumption
2023/03/14 – Urban Heat Island 101
2023/03/07 – Pastor draws praise after finding an unexpected solution to his town’s clean water crisis
2023/03/16 – This neighborhood used revolutionary ‘heat-reflective’ paint to cool its temperatures by over 10 degrees
2023/04/12 – Most Americans say climate change is real, they just won’t even pay $1 per month to tackle it
2023/04/13 – Biden electric vehicle quotas would take away Americans’ freedom of choice and enrich China
2023/04/13 – Why Electric Car Batteries Are a Problem In More Ways Than One
2023/04/14 – Why cities are so hot
2023/04/18 – Urban heat island effect ‘the silent killer’ has major impact on Las Vegas
2023/04/19 – Why parts of America are ‘certainly in a water crisis’
2023/04/20 – Heat Island or Oasis
2023/04/21 – How Racist Housing Policies Created Urban Heat Islands
2023/04/30 – Humidity increases urban heat stress
2023/05/14 – We can’t solve the climate crisis by causing extinction
2023/05/16 – Houston is one of the worst cities for urban heat islands
2023/05/26 – A detailed map of Urban Heat Islands
2023/06/02 – What Is Global Warming?
2023/06/03 – I love electric vehicles – and was an early adopter. But increasingly I feel duped
2023/06/03 – It Will Cost Up to $21.5 Billion to Clean Up California’s Oil Sites. The Industry Won’t Make Enough Money to Pay for It.
2023/06/03 – Solar panels – an eco-disaster waiting to happen?
2023/06/08 – GAF applies solar-reflective coating to mitigate Los Angeles heat islands
2023/06/09 – Can aging grid handle new green power?
2023/06/12 – The planet has 8 measures of stability—and we’re pushing past most of them
2023/06/14 – The 15-minute city: Urban planning epiphany or ‘climate change lockdown’ conspiracy?
2023/07/12 – Dallas in need of urban heat island mapping volunteers
2023/07/16 – Dirty secret of electric vehicles: TIRES produce 20% more pollution than gas equivalents
2023/07/19 – Extreme urban heat? These innovations help us out
2023/07/21 – California wants nation to start pondering climate lockdowns
2023/07/26 – More than 40 million people in the U.S. live in urban heat islands, climate group finds
2023/07/26 – More than 40M Americans living in cities experience ‘heat islands’
2023/07/26 – World’s scientists warn of massive impacts to billions if we pass critical threshold: ‘A serious toll on people’s lives’
2023/07/27 – 41 Million Americans Are Simmering on Urban Heat Islands
2023/07/27 – How urban heat islands make the impacts of excessive heat worse
2023/07/28 – Chief heat officers want to help cities adapt to scorching heatwaves
2023/07/28 – From heat czars to tree planting, relief for urban heat islands
2023/07/28 – Kansas City’s heat islands make these dangerous temperatures even worse for some residents

It is ALL connected…

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Your Digital Profile

Posted by delta on December 31st, 2022

You’ll want to start from the beginning and read this (but do not do anything yet, just read it) before continuing:

Advice for Home Admins

A lot of people are being scammed right now. Some online (via text, email or website) and some with a simple phone call – let’s stop the madness! Securing your digital profile will take about twice as long as you have been online – meaning those who have been online for 5 years can expect it to take 10 years to see their digital profiles flicker out. To be “real”, there will always be a remnant – it will never really disappear – depends on how long you’ve been online, what you did online, how many social media sites you frequent and who bought that information/data/photos/etc from the sites you originally put it on – they’ve been selling your data since the day you signed on with them and it will be impossible to delete that data because you will never know who they sold it to…

The only thing you can do is try to undo what you have already done at locations you have done it to break the links from that direct data to you. This is a long process, and most folks won’t do it. All I’m gonna say is don’t call me when someone scams you or steals your identity. I’m putting it all out here – do it or don’t do it – it’s on you now:

1. Get a pen and paper and in 10 minutes (without your phone in the same room – just you, a pen and a piece of paper) write the name of individuals you regularly talk to on the phone (or text) – also write down any family or friends you would need to contact if there was an emergency. If you can not think of them in 10 minutes they do not belong on the list.

2. Turn that piece of paper over after the initial ten minutes is up and gather your monthly bills and write the contact number from that paperwork for those companies. Do the same with your quarterly, semi-annually and annual bills. Don’t forget the local DMV, doctors office, bank branch and all those companies – just the ones you deal with.

3. Go get an old fashioned phone book (small enough to fit in your back pocket would be great) and write down all names, addresses and phone numbers of the family and friends from the list your wrote above (#1) in the this book (use pencil for everything – things do change over time).

4. Then do the same for all the companies and agencies you deal with regularly (from #2 above) such as banks, electric company, water, gas, phone, social security admin, hospital, doctor – all of them – write the “main number” in your book for the local branch (the branch you use most often).

5. Change Your Phone Number and Main Personal Email Address – not joking – this is probably the single best way to protect yourself. People who have the money to hire their own security experts do this often – they’ll never get a call, text or email from someone they did not specifically give their info to…. If you do this it will be rare you have to deal with points #9 and #10 below for a good 12-18 months simply because all the databases out there (that you do not update yourself) will have your old info…
I grew up with the sons and daughters of a few very high end doctors, lawyers, actors, movie producers/directors and professional athletes in Orange County California in the 80’s – even in the 80’s, these folks changed their phone number every 12-18 months. We had to remember our friends numbers back then, so it was always “a thing” for us kids – this was before cell phones, everyone shared the phone line in their house…. Their office number never changed, but they changed their personal number often…

6. Walk in to the local branches of as many of the companies/agencies in Steps #2 and #4 as possible and give them your new number – talk to a few folks who work there, get the card of the folks you get along with so you can call them directly – this is how we use to do things, face to face…

7. Go back to your original list in point #1 of folks you regularly talk to (as well as friends and family) – now, delete anyone from your phone’s address book who is not on that list

8. You can do one of two things now.
A) As you need to contact people, do so and then let them know your new info. This is the smartest thing to do because fewer people will have your info.
B) Contact all the people in your analog phone book (it won’t be nearly as many as you think there will be) and let them know that you changed your phone number and that you no longer have email or texting capability (whether you do or not) and if they want to contact you immediately it needs to be with a phone call.
There will come a time when one of your friends wants to email something to you. That’s fine – the thing is, you are controlling who has that information…. Tell them not to pass it around and not to group email with your address in the mix – if they want to email you they can do it directly. You can control who has this information – and if it’s someone who you don’t think can follow your rules then give them your “other” email address (the old one that gets all the spam)…


Here comes the hard part,

9. Keep your phone in “Airport Mode” if you are not using it (such as when you are asleep, taking a shower, in church, in class, doing chores, etc…)

10. Do not connect to wireless networks – your carrier signal is much more secure – not completely secure by any standard, but much more secure than the wireless network in your home, coffee shop or office.

11. Don’t answer your phone unless a familiar name pops up (in other words, only answer the phone when someone from your address book is calling) – if it is not them on the line then hang up and call their significant other, their kid or their neighbor to find out why someone else was using their phone.

12. If anyone else calls, listen to the message and do not ever call the number they leave on the message – always call the “main line” to the company or agency and tell them you were “called pertaining to…”. If the call was real then they will put you through to the right person or be able to help you themselves – if the call was bogus then they will have no idea what you’re talking about. If it is a call from an individual or company you never heard of, consider it spam – you know who you deal with, who they work for and what their voice sounds like, so only deal with them.

13. “Block” numbers of bogus calls and texts in your phone settings and you’ll never see that number again…


I know you’re going to text – but be cognizant of just texting with folks you know. Do not respond to someone whose name does not appear – don’t even ask “who is this?” – do not respond at all…. Swipe left and delete the text – DONE…

Now, the harder part. I call this the “harder part” because it’s really hard for people to give up convenience:

1st, you have to have an Apple Device

2nd, do not download an app which has it’s own website – use the website

3rd, do not download an app you do not need – don’t download something just to try it, you are not a beta tester with the pay and all the layers of security that comes with that

4th, do not download any app made by Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft or is home based in another country – if you have them, delete them and use the website (if you really need to use them)

5th, turn off all “Location Services” – “Find My” and “Maps” are the only thing you really need Location Services for anyway

6th, turn off all “Tracking”

7th, turn off “Siri”

8th, turn off “Airdrop”

9th, turn off “Background App Refresh”

10th, turn off “Automatic Updates” – do them manually a week or two after you have read how it may effect your device (which is usually a week or two after the initial update) – so, yes, wait 4-6 weeks

11th, turn off “Bluetooth”

12th, turn off access to all “Privacy” settings within each Apple app so no other app can access any of your personal data, microphone or camera

13th, take all pics offline – out of the cloud. You probably don’t have space for this on your device so on your computer, or an external HD, is probably going to work best

14th, take all data offline – out of the cloud. You probably don’t have space for this on your device so on your computer, or an external HD, is probably going to work best

15th, “close” all your social media accounts – there’s a trick to this, first thing you want to do is get in there and delete pics and data. Then don’t do anything for 3-6 months – do not login at all. To simplify, this “breaks” the links associated with meta-data related to your data and pics from your account. The meta-data links have to be broken for a few months so that web-spiders can properly kill those links.
After 3 months start searching for yourself (and your family members you may have posted pics or info about) on the Internet and see if anything pops up.
If nothing pops up – do nothing. Keep the account (so no one can open an account in your name and pretend they are you), just don’t login.
If something you don’t like pops up in your search after six months, then you have to contact the company directly to delete your digital profile – some may do it, some will not do it.
Just so you’re aware of it, if you do have to contact the company to delete your digital profile and they agree to it, they will most likely simply delete your account (so whatever data and pics you left in there will still be on their server/s)

16th, do not save any usernames, passwords or payment information within any app or device – we weren’t always so lazy, we use to memorize this stuff all the time – here’s the “funny” thing, people always tell you not to write it down, but if you’re saving them to your device, or allowing your device to save them, then that is actually more dangerous. If you need to, go old school. Get an old pocket phone book and write all the usernames, password and (oh yeah) phone numbers in there – and keep it on you just like we use to. If you must, make a code that only you and a few family members understand in case you lose it – and write in pencil so you can easily edit when needed. Once you have them in your book, delete them from your device.

17th, encrypt as much as possible

18th, I actually put a piece of electrical tape over the camera of my devices (just in case) – take it off and put it back on as needed

19th, Don’t forget to turn off “cookies” within Safari itself – you can turn them back on (and off) as needed – the cool thing about this is, if a website won’t work without cookies, once you turn them on to use the site you know the entire time you are on that website that everything you’re doing is being tracked – knowing when you’re being tracked and by whom is a good thing

20th, use “DuckDuckGo” as your default search engine – I really don’t trust DuckDuckGo either, but they feign to be secure. I personally use old school search engines because no one else does (so they’re faster), they tend to produce better results and I can use them with “cookies” turned off

21st, Always clear history, cache and cookies at the end of each session in Safari – just in case

The less interaction your device has online the less data there will be on you out there in the wild – if you need to interact, do not let it be something happening in the background (within an app) that you are not directly interacting with – shut all that down immediately. Basically, you want to make yourself a hard target so the bad guys will move on to a softer target – there’s 5 billion active internet users – they’ll move on to someone else pretty quick…

Now, unless your kid is driving and you need them to be able to call for help if/when they get stuck on the side of the road, there’s no reason for a kid to have a cell phone. PERIOD. For all the more daring parents out there, secure your children’s phone – the school will provide the un-secure device they need for school work – there is no reason their phone should be anything other than a phone. PLEASE. If they want to screw it all up when they turn 18 and move out, fine…. But, while they’re under your roof, keep them safe. At the very least they’ll know what to do the first time someone scams or hacks them.
For those looking after their elderly parents I’d give the same advice. They will fight you tooth and nail, but secure their lives for them – over 60 and under 20 are the targets the bad guys are going for.

To take ALL OF THE ABOVE further, if you have an iPhone and absolutely want to have the most secure phone possible, do the above and then:
In “Settings” go to “Privacy & Security” and then scroll all the way down to the bottom of that page.
You’ll find “Lockdown Mode”, click on that and then click on “Turn On Lockdown Mode”.
“Lockdown Mode” will NOT allow your phone to do anything stupid – which means a lot of stuff you typically do (and think nothing of it) suddenly isn’t going to work – it will definitely help you to realize what you’ve been doing wrong because it won’t allow you to do it…
If you want your iPhone to simply be a phone with with iCloud interoperability, “Lockdown Mode” is definitely for you…

Now, I said “Do The Above” before considering lockdown mode because lockdown mode may not allow you do get into your Amazon, Google, Microsoft or Social Media Accounts to do what you need to do to secure yourself…. So you need to do Steps 1 through 15 in the box above before you look into “Lockdown Mode”…. The last few steps (16 through 21) in the box above are daily things you’ll have to pay attention to and do…

Apple’s website has more specific info on what “Lockdown Mode” will do – click here for Apple’s “Lockdown Mode” page

To summarize:
“When Lockdown Mode is enabled, your device won’t function like it typically does. To reduce the attack surface that potentially could be exploited by highly targeted mercenary spyware, certain apps, websites, and features are strictly limited for security and some experiences might not be available at all.”

“ When Lockdown Mode is enabled, some apps and features will function differently, including:

  • Messages – Most message attachment types are blocked, other than certain images, video, and audio. Some features, such as links and link previews, are unavailable.
  • Web browsing – Certain complex web technologies are blocked, which might cause some websites to load more slowly or not operate correctly. In addition, web fonts might not be displayed, and images might be replaced with a missing image icon.
  • FaceTime – Incoming FaceTime calls are blocked unless you have previously called that person or contact.
  • Apple services – Incoming invitations for Apple services, such as invitations to manage a home in the Home app, are blocked unless you have previously invited that person.
  • Shared Albums – Shared albums are removed from the Photos app, and new Shared Album invitations are blocked. You can still view these shared albums on other devices that don’t have Lockdown Mode enabled. When you turn off Lockdown Mode, you need to turn Shared Albums on again in your device settings.
  • Device connections – To connect your iPhone or iPad to an accessory or another computer, the device needs to be unlocked. To connect your Mac laptop with Apple silicon to an accessory, your Mac needs to be unlocked and explicit approval provided.
  • Configuration profiles – Configuration profiles can’t be installed, and the device can’t be enrolled in Mobile Device Management or device supervision while in Lockdown Mode.

Phone calls and plain text messages continue to work while Lockdown Mode is enabled. Emergency features, such as SOS emergency calls, are not affected. ”

Oh, almost the most important point here, when you have these phone conversations (or any conversation really) be in a room with no smart devices (none, zero, nada) – nothing like being recorded while you’re changing passwords or account numbers…

…and… finally… put that analog phone book in a safe place… Do not carry it with you… Do not leave it out at your house… Put it somewhere safe…

If you want to make sure you can be reached even if electrical goes down, get a landline in your house – do not allow the phone company to digitize this line, keep it POTS (Plain Old Telephone System). Of course, if no one else has one it will do you no good for reaching out – but if one of your friends or family can find a pay phone they can call you (even if there is no electricity). The moment you get an unsolicited call, change the number and alert all your family and friends of the new number. I say “the moment” because once you get one of those calls that means the number is now on a list and the calls will not stop…

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