Eyes in the back of your head

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What got me thinking about this was I went out this weekend to do my pant shopping for the decade hahahha Yes I am a guy and shopping is like slow death for me so I only do it every 7-10 years :) When I was at the mall I saw a young mom who had 4.5 kids with her hahha Ok the .5 was her hubby who looked as happy as I was to be there and was pouting.

What caught my eye the most was her 2 youngest kids had on one of the Childgards. They are electronic child monitors and she had the panda on both of her little girls’ wrists.

I have been told that I need to update my style which for the women was probably obvious when I said it has been over 7 years since I shopped last. So I stopped in some store with a foofie name and clothes that were way to metro for me but I at least looked. About this time that same family with all the kids came in.

The wife started grabbing clothes and holding them up to her hubby who looked as embarrassed as I was to be seen there. Maybe 5 minutes had went by and the kids were already a bit rowdy before they even got into the store so it was getting worse. The woman was trying quickly to find something for her hubby to wear so neither of them was paying full attention to anything.

Honestly, not to sound bad but it reminded me why I have no kids ;) Just as I was about to make my retreat from the store I heard an alarm go off and both parents start yelling out “christie”! Maybe a second later you hear a “what” come from over by the exit.

The parents quickly gathered the kids up and scolded Christie for walking away from them. I was sitting there with the biggest smile on my face after seeing the childgard in actual action. We sell tons of those things and it is good so see people actually using them.

The first thing most parents of lost children say is “I only took my eyes off of him/her for a second”, well a second is all it takes for something bad to happen so having an extra pair of eyes can really help.

On a lighter note:

Since I don’t live near water I can safely say bring on the rain! We have got more rain here in Texas this year already than all of last year combined.

Downside to that of course is flooding and those people that no matter how many rescues you see on the news, still decide to drive their family CAR through a high water crossing.

They have had to rescue several people up in the Dallas Fort Worth area already today and I am sure there will be more. People give your rescuers a break and turn around!

For those that don’t you better get one of our 4 in 1 emergency tools so you can get out and be on the roof of your car waiting for the helicopter. ;)

Until next time, stay safe and keep your eyes open and your kids close!

The Judge

Cell Phone Hacking – here we go again!

This may make the hair on the back of ya neck stand up if you don’t know about this growing problem!

I am not a big phone person. I prefer email or face to face conversations. It is something about holding that thing to my head that annoys me and I know there are blue-tooth devices so you can just have a thing in your ear but it doesn’t make it less annoying in my eyes.

I remember the good ol’ days when no one had a cellphone and those that did had that giant bag phone, anyone remember those? Even after the death of the bag phone, cellphones were still huge and did nothing but let you make and receive phone calls…ahhh the good ol’ days.

Well now, cellphones are nothing but mini computers that can take pictures, connect to the internet, play mp3′s, text message and so on. The problem with all this new technology stuffed into an internet connected device (whether you access the net through your phone or not it is still connected) is that there is NO security and NO virus protection at all!

This is where the intelligence agencies step in. I can safely mention all this now that it is public knowledge. For the last few years (shortly after the internet access was added) the FBI and other agencies found ways to turn cell phones into what they called “roaming bugs”.

They have been using conversations recorded without knowledge from mobsters cell phones against them. For those saying well done, I agree in theory. You see it wasn’t they got a phone tap to get the recordings, instead that injected a virus and effectively hacked the cell phones to allow them to control it remotely!

Now when I say control I mean control. They could turn the phone on if turned off. See everything the camera on the phone sees. Hear everything said within 10 feet of the phone through the microphone we speak into to talk to someone. And much more!

Now if that invasion doesn’t make you shiver that fact that the ability to hack cell phones has made its way into the public. Right now, someone could be remotely hacking your cellphone and you will have no idea they are doing it until they use it against you.

Cases are starting to surface where people are being stalked by people who have hacked their cellphone. I tell you this so you can be aware and at the end I’ll offer some suggestions that MIGHT help but more needs to be done. Back to the stalking, imagine your sitting on a couch talking with your family.

A few minutes later you get a text message with what is a transcript of everything just said. Followed by them making comments about clothes you or family members are wearing. And of course the childish threats of violence. What would you first thought be?

Most people are going to thinking someone is looking in their windows or maybe has installed some hidden camera in your house or that they are even IN your house. When in fact they simply may have hacked your cellphone and took control of the camera which is how they can see you and the microphone which is how they hear you.

The worst part is that the virus goes into your address book and text messages everyone in your list the virus, infecting their phones as well. This is where things get even scarier, you decide to change phones and numbers to try and ditch the stalker on to have it happen on your new phone after one of the people in your old list who is now infected sends the virus back to your new phone!

Ask yourself this, would you connect to the internet and surf or open emails without virus protection on your computer? And if your answer is yes, have you ever had a virus occur as a result? The answer will most likely be yes since there are literally 10′s of thousands of viruses out there running wild.

Now for those of you that think I am talking out an orifice I normally don’t speak from I have included many links to show you this is real.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV_I7cgkqXc – This is a morning tv show you’ll see a guy from a security website on it say that he doesn’t believe this is really happening but in later interviews he changes his story to say it may happen but is rare or exotic as he calls it but he is talking out that orifice I mentioned above.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wbi3VgLwvE – This is the today show – A guy from Symantec the leading anti virus/firewall provider who says it very well can happen and that they have been saying it would for over a year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTtr6ooNuHM – This is from geraldo last year he covers more than just this issue like caller id spoofing and ssn stealing but I will cover those in detail at a later date. Just concentrate on the first part where the guy steals the address book from Geraldos phone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G1fNjK9SXg – This is a Fox news report about fbi hacking cell phones and using them against the Mob like I mentioned earlier.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/05/23/technology/snoopware_mobil/ – This is the CNN website article about snoopware which is what they are calling this cell phone hacking virus it is also known as cellfinity.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9027438&pageNumber=2 – This is another nationally recognized website’s article with some good tips a the end for trying to protect yourself from this.

http://www.lavasoft.com/company/newsletter/2007/1_31/article1.html – This is an anti adware and firewall provider discussing the issue.

And the smoking gun to prove this is……http://www.flexispy.com/ – one of the MANY sites selling the actual snoopware that doesn’t exist and can’t be happening. Still don’t believe? Well then don’t.

As for protecting yourself, don’t count on the government since they didn’t even want to admit this was possible since they were using it against the mob for a while now and didn’t want to loose this roaming bug. There are more companies coming up with mobile security software like http://www.mymobisafe.com and http://www.symantec.com.

Yet another reason for me to hate cell phones other than just people on phones in movies or in lines or those lane drifters or brake riders who are too busy yapping on the phone to pay attention to driving!!!!

Until next time, stay safe and keep your eyes open!

The Judge

It’s dog gone crazy

I moved to Texas over 10 years ago and when I first arrived here I lived in an apartment. One day I came home from work and as I opened my truck door to get out a dog running loose tried to attack me. Now I don’t believe in animal cruelty but to protect myself or someone else I will lay an animal out without hesitation or remorse.

This dog must have realized he picked the wrong human because I started heading right at him swinging and yelling and he kept backing away. Guess he sensed I know my place on the food chain and wasn’t the least bit afraid and in fact I was quite angry.

After running him off I turned to head back to my truck just as a young mother and her child pulled into their parking spot. When the mother got out and started to get her baby out of the car seat that same dog came back and started going after them. The poor woman was already deathly afraid of dogs and basically she froze. I saw this and ran over and kicked the dog with everything I had, it yelped loudly and took off running.

I stayed with the mother so she could get her baby out of the car and then I walked her to her apartment. A few days later the SAME DOG comes at me again until he realized it was me and took off running.

Now I’m not gonna lie, I was beyond angry at this point so I called the office and told them they had 10 minutes to get someone down here to deal with the dog or they would find it dead in the parking lot. I wasn’t kidding either! Luckily for the dog they came and found the owner to get control of the dog.

This happens all too often, this weekend at a labor day parade in Des Moines Iowa a dog bit 2 people at the parade after getting into a fight with another dog. WTH are people bringing dogs to a parade for anyway? And pitbulls to boot.

Also on labor day an 11 year old girl was walking home from a neighbors house when 4 dogs attacked her severely injuring her legs and she is listed as being in serious condition. They found the 4 dogs but have been unable to get anyone to fess up to being the dogs’ owner.

I could go on and on with terrible stories about current dog attacks on the innocent and it isn’t the dogs fault! I blame the owners of the dogs. Years ago I had a rescued pit bull who was the Houdini of the dog world and no matter what I did I couldn’t keep her in the yard. She was skiddish around kids especially, and with a bus stop a few doors down from me I had to make sure she never had the chance to attack a kid.

She didn’t like it but she got placed in her kennel inside the house until I got home. When I got home she could go outside in the yard but I stayed out there to be sure she didn’t get loose. Why? It was my dog and my responsibility! I couldn’t imagine being so ignorant as to risk the lives of little children just so save me some trouble or because the dog didn’t like being kenneled. Too bad for the dog!

We sell tons and tons of Electronic Dog chasers which emit a high frequency pitch that drives dogs nutz and makes them run away. We also sell tons of dog pepper spray and most of these people mention the fact that they can’t walk, run, jog or bike ride in their neighborhood without the threat of a loose dog attack.

Many are even dog owners themselves who have found that when they walk their dog on a leash, loose dogs try to attack their leashed pet. As a dog owner I fully support any laws that require leashes and hold the dog owner criminally responsible for their dog’s actions.

For those who follow the law but find your neighbors don’t follow it as well; try an Electronic dog chaserĀ or our Muzzle dog pepper spray.

Don’t feel bad if you have to use either device on a loose vicious dog, you have the right to defend yourself and your pet!

Until next time, stay safe and keep your eyes open and dogs leashed!

The Judge

The Home invasion gone wrong

About 10 years ago Steve and Jill moved into their home in this great neighborhood. A few years later they had a bouncing baby boy and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. In all the time they lived in their quiet neighborhood the worst crime committed was some minor vandalism by kids on people’s mailboxes. Annoying but it could be worse. This was the kind of place that you see on TV where something bad happens and they interview everyone and they all say “I never would have expected something like this to happen here”.

Now about a year or so ago things in this quiet neighborhood changed after a home invasion on the other side of the neighborhood caused a young woman to be shot to death and her husband beaten severely. Worst of all is that they never caught the scumbags that did it.

Right after that Steve decided with the hours he had to work and the recent crime he should pick up a big ol’ fire extinguisher style pepper spray and keep it handy just in case of trouble but all in all he still thought his neighborhood was safe.

One Saturday around 4:30 in the morning they woke up to the sound of breaking glass coming from downstairs. Steve jumps up and grabs the pepper spray and pops out the safety pin. He ran into the hallway and could hear men coming up the stairs. To his credit he kept his cool and jumped out blasting both of the idiots square in the face with some of the hottest pepper spray on the market.

One of the scumbags fired his 9mm but since he was blinded and reeling in pain he hit nothing but steps. Steve started yelling at the men that he was going to kill them if they didn’t get out of his house and since they were unable to see or breathe they TRIED to leave. But by this time they weren’t able to be going anywhere fast!

Jill had already called the po po when she grabbed the phone and locked herself in their son’s room so they were on their way. Steve stayed at the top of the steps to be sure they had to get through him to get to his wife and child. Within just a few minutes the po po had arrived to find the 2 scumbags desperately trying to escape out the back door which wasn’t working out to well for them.

With their eyes swelled almost shut, unable to breathe and beat red in their faces from where the pepper spray absorbed into their pores both of the scumbags were arrested. Later they were both found guilty and are now securely back in their cages for the next 10 years. Steve did exactly what he should have done, he stayed calm. He used his self defense equipment correctly and he was smart enough to stay in a manageable area of his house in order to defend his family.

Three cheers for Steve!!!

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Until next time, stay safe and keep your eyes open!

The Judge