We all want to keep certain parts of our lives away from prying eyes. If you’re a prepper, you definitely want to be careful about how much you share with the outside world about your stockpiles and preparations. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help make your world a little more secure and protected. Here are four things you can do right now to become a little more private:
One thing you can start with is shredding all documents you no longer need to keep. This would include old bank statements, canceled checks, medical papers that might contain your Social Security number or other info that could be bait for identity thieves. Some people also go as far as burning the shreds, but shredding them alone (and blacking out any ID numbers, etc.) should suffice most of the time, especially if you live in a rural area where the likelihood of someone going through your trash is small to non-existent.
Be Smart Online
If you want to keep your private life, and your preps under wraps, you need to be smart about your online activities. Opt for using PayPal to make online purchases. It is safe and secure, and protects you both as a buyer and a seller. Don’t use social media sites, because we all know they keep tabs on you, even going so far as to tag people in your photos automatically when you post them. Choose your search engine carefully, Sites like Google are great, but they also track your searches. For example, I was recently searching for a competition swimsuit for my daughter. I spent a couple of hours one afternoon looking at different sites, comparing suit styles. For several weeks afterward, every time I went to a site that had sidebar ads, there was one related to the swimwear I had been looking at. Crazy! Another thing to remember is to use care when choosing passwords. Don’t make your password something that is easy to guess. Don’t give out your online passwords to others.
I mentioned before about using PayPal to make online or electronic transactions, but what about if you have to make a transaction in person? Many people would just pull out their debit card or a check and pay, but if you want to keep things private, and less easy to track, use cash. Your checks will have your personal info on them, and debit and credit card numbers can be stolen by identity thieves. When you can, use cash!
Share Info Wisely
It’s always a good idea to be careful about how much personal info that you give out. Use caution when signing up for mailing lists, giveaways, and other promotional items. Sometimes your information can get sold to others for marketing purposes, and you will start to get unwanted mail and phone calls. Don’t brag about your stockpiles of supplies, or where you keep things around your property. Don’t broadcast it when you are going to be away from home. Sharing that kind of detail with anyone other than those close to you is a recipe for your privacy being a thing of the past.
You don’t have to be anti-social or a recluse to be private. You just have to be smart about what info you choose to share, and whom you choose to share it with. You can still interact with the public and keep your privacy intact. How do you guard your privacy as a prepper?