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Wishing you a very Happy New Year

Everyone at Pye’s Safety Spot would like to wish you a very Happy New Year 2017! We hope that you succeed and grow and become the best you have ever been.

One other thought… Be kind Man kind =

With the new year upon us , I have hope everyone in this world will learn and practice acceptance, forgiveness by understanding how our own actions affect those around us. When you are able to understand where your own anger and hate are created, how it’s trigger, then we may be at a point to understand why we choose to lash out or decide to be cruel to someone. If you don’t know why then you can’t change the how! Stand outside of yourself and see the ugliness anger creates and how it hurts never helps. Only you can make a change in you and how you treat others. Let’s be kind and understanding and helpful so we can create a great world where we can live in harmony and peacefulness together ! Humankind is Man Kind

The colors of the rainbow is the only colors that we need to be concerned with not the color of someones skin! Thank you for your time and effort




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Getting tracked online even after you try to stop it

December 20, 2016

Amy Hebert
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

How do you feel about being tracked online? Maybe you’re ok with cookies that let websites remember your preferences — like what’s in your shopping cart — from visit-to-visit or across different devices. But how about companies that use cookies and other online tracking methods to send you targeted ads?

To control this kind of targeted advertising, you might take steps like deleting cookies, limiting ads through your device settings, or downloading different ad networks’ opt-out cookies. But what if an advertising company kept tracking you anyway — despite the steps you took to control it?

That’s what happened with digital advertising company Turn, the FTC says. Today the FTC announced that Turn has agreed to settle charges it misled people about their ability to stop it from tracking them online and in mobile apps.

Turn uses cookies, web beacons, and unique device identifiers to track people online and in mobile apps. Based on the information the company gathers, it helps its clients targets ads to people based on their tastes and interests.

In its privacy policy, Turn said people could opt out of tracking by deleting cookies and using the opt-out mechanism on its site. But for people who were Verizon Wireless customers from early 2013 to early 2015, it didn’t always work. Verizon attached a unique header to each customer’s web traffic. Using that header, Turn could recognize and track people even if they took steps to avoid it. Sometimes, Turn even used the header to recreate cookies people had deleted.

And what about the opt-out on Turn’s website? It turns out it only worked for browsers — not mobile apps. Turn has agreed to place clear disclosures about what information it collects and how to opt out on its website, and to respect device settings to opt out.

Read Online Tracking to learn how online tracking works, and what you can do about it.6yhyn

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Personal Safety and Security is a Mindset

Personal Safety and Security is a Mindset

A lot of people leave their personal security up to chance.  Believing that a break-in, natural catastrophe, or other safety crisis could not possibly happen to them.  By taking a proactive strategy to your own personal protection, you may better affect what happens to you, your home, as well as your family.   A residential security plan is important to protect your home, family, and possessions from intruders.  In an efficient residential security plan, all entries may have top quality locks, including doors, garage doors, as well as gates. Try by making a habit to keep the doors and windows secured at all times, even though you are at home, if you have more than one story be sure that all levels have locks on the windows.
Do not make keys to be hidden outside of your home, instead give an extra copy to a reliable relative or friend, if possible someone who lives close. Residential security plans will also be needed to help keep your valuables and property safe from natural along with other calamities. Occasionally (Annually) check your smoke detectors to ensure they’re in proper working order, and keep Candles / Safety indoor torches stored in convenient places through your home. Your behaviors are also an essential part of a home alarm system. Establish safe living practices, and vary your daily habits to prevent predictability. Get acquainted with your neighbors, and if any unusual action is spotted through your neighborhood, report it quickly to law enforcement.


One of the first steps to take is to get aquatinted with your neighbors and get involved community events, if you can. That is a good place to get to know who lives around you.
The protection of your home is particularly important whenever you plan to be away, no matter if it is just for the night or for any length of time. Arrange to have a friend or family member to pick up your mail and newspapers so it looks as if someone is at home or has been lately. Criminals frequently target houses which have papers piling up on the front step. Make sure that your home is securely locked. Close and lock all your doors, and windows. A few extra steps to take is to purchase timers or dusk sensors which will turn on automatically through the night. Consider investing in home surveillance camera systems to be able to properly monitor your residence while you’re away, as well as research smartphone controlled system that will assist you to keep an eye on the protection of the home while you’re away. When creating any personal safety plan, it’s essential that you properly educate your kids in order that they know how to keep yourself safe when you’re not around.


Here are a few things you might want to think about when looking for a Home Security System.

If you have a monthly fee for being monitored by a central station, where they would call the police if an alarm were to go off. You may be required to apply for an Alarm Permit. In most areas, your city or county government will require, the end user(you) to obtain and maintain an Alarm permit, it is a good idea to check with your local authorities before you have one installed. Alarm permits are an extra cost but they are a necessity. They are required to help control false alarms and to correctly identify the installing and service company. If the false alarms are due to faulty installation or faulty repair work, then those will be held accountable When it is the end user, is careless and makes multiple mistake, due to not learning how to use their Security System. They will end up fining you, if you have multiple false alarms you will start racking up fines usually after the 2nd or 3rd. False alarms are a waste of taxpayer money and Law Enforcement resources.

After you have a Security System that has been installed by a professional alarm company, they will show you how to properly use it. Make sure you know how before they leave, they don’t mind helping you learn just say so. Something else you need to think about is how someone could get in when you are there and when you are away, the burglar won’t just try one way they most likely try all. When you can’t stop, them detour them with hedges, lighting, or Alarm decals on the lawn or on the windows. Just a few things to think about.<

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The FTC fights international scams

October 27, 2016

If you have a phone, you’ve probably heard from an IRS imposter — someone claiming you owe thousands of dollars and better pay up immediately, or else terrible things will happen. In the last nine months, more than 111,000 of you reported calls like that to the FTC, and dozens wrote blog comments about callers with South Asian accents posing as IRS agents. Your reports provide crucial information to law enforcement about scam tactics, trends and locations.

The FTC aggressively sues scammers who operate across borders and target people in the US with imposter schemes. For example, a federal court recently temporarily shut down and froze the assets of a tech support operation that directed people to call a boiler room in India for computer help, then pressured them to spend $200 to $400 for useless repair services. That case was one of a dozen similar cases brought by the FTC.

The FTC also works with agencies worldwide to boost cooperation against cross border scams. Next month, staff from the Commission’s Office of International Affairs will meet for the fifth time with industry, trade groups, law enforcement and tech experts to continue efforts to thwart fraudsters operating in India. A recent police raid on nine call centers in India shows the benefit of collaboration.

If you get an unexpected call about a “tax debt,” remember: if the IRS needs to reach you, it will send a letter. Don’t give the caller any financial or personal information, and don’t send payment by money transfer, debit card or iTunes card. Hang up, and report the call to the FTC and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

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