Protection for you, your family and your belongings!
These days we have to consider protection for so much, so have a look at the following, and make sure you and
your family are all covered.Protection for your home
Alarm systems, if installed and used properly, are very useful for providing peace of mind, both
when you are in your home and away. They can guard you over night while you are all sleeping, or they can be
comfort for older children when home by themselves. But make sure everyone old enough knows how to use it properly.
You don't want sirens going off all day!
Some alarm systems have a door chime which alerts you to someone opening a door. I always find that
useful for knowing whether my family are in the house or out. And you can turn it off if it annoys you!
Of course smoke alarms need to be installed and their batteries changed regularly, and a carbon
monoxide tester should be installed as well.
Protection for your children
It is a good idea to have a code word with your children, one that is used if someone other than
you is to pick them up from school. Use a word or phrase that is easily remembered by you all. This then means that
if you have to ask someone else to pick up your children, they must have that code word, otherwise your children
will not go with them. Make sure you give it to them!
Protection for your children online
Unfortunately, it is a fact of life that we have to be very careful when we
use the internet, and it is especially important for you to know what your children use the computer for.
With so many online chat rooms springing up, it is essential that you monitor who your children are talking to
online. Obviously, there is no way you can be standing over them all the time, but there is software that will
monitor your children's activities online, without them knowing.
By using this software, your are able to make sure that they are not giving away
personal information to strangers. It will give you piece of mind, and is quite inexpensive at $30. Surely it is
worth paying this to protect your children online?
Protection for who you are
It is sad that these days we need to protect who we are, as identity theft is becoming all too
common. Never put bank or credit card statements directly into the garbage or recycling. It is too easy for someone
to pick up. Instead invest in a shredding machine and use it for all your sensitive documents. You'll be surprised
how many you have. Another option would be to burn them, but this can be both messy and time consuming. There are
inexpensive shredders out there for the home, and they are well worth the investment.
With internet banking taking off too it is necessary to protect all PINs or Personal Identification
Numbers. Remember to change these numbers for maximum protection, but ensure you do not keep the new PIN with the
card itself. It is a good idea to copy the front and back of you credit cards so that you have all the information
on them, should they be stolen. But remember to keep the copies in a very safe place!
Make sure when you fill up with gas that you do not leave the credit card receipt in the glove
compartment of your car. These receipts often have your complete credit card number on them, and auto insurance
papers will give any thieves your address too.
Only carry the identification you need around with you every day. that way, if your wallet or purse
is stolen you will not lose everything.
Protection for your computer
Yes, it sounds strange, but your computer does need protection too. Make sure you have anti virus software,
and install a firewall, or get one installed for you, and remember to update your anti virus protection regularly.
Don't leave bank passwords on the computer, even at home. If it is stolen the thieves will have access to your
accounts. It does save time to have the computer remember all your passwords, but where security is concerned, it
makes no sense, and could cost you a lot more time to sort out your finances if your computer is stolen and your
Protection for your finances
Having looked at ways of protecting your home, and family, don't forget about protecting your
finances, and the house you live in. You can do this by taking out an insurance policy whereby you would get a
certain amount of money if you became ill and were unable to work for a period of time. For more information, go to