How to prepare for a Cyber Attack

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#2: Eat perishables.
Once you recognize the telltale signs of a cyber attack then you
must help yourself to a pity party starting with the ice cream!

  • Enjoy the ice cream first.
  • Eat the items in your refrigerator next.
  • Reserve the frozen foods for meals as they thaw.

#3: Head to the dollar store with a calculator and
cash (no debit card or credit card).
Grocery stores are dependent on bar code readers, and many will
shut down with a computer glitch of any kind.

Why head to the dollar store then? Because it's your best chance
for getting what you need. If everything is a buck, the manager
may allow a cashier to count merchandise -- and you can help
the cashier with a calculator (look for one at the store or grab
one in your glove compartment).

Here are
99 ways to save a buck prepping the dollar stores.


You have your stores of food, but if you can use your cash on
hand to get the fresh foods your family needs, you will be better
able to last even longer with the foods you have in your food
storage.

#4: Start rationing your water.
After you've gathered all the water you can in every possible
container, create a water rationing plan.

#5: Start rationing your food.
The organic food storage, right is interesting in that it will last  
one-person 40-days. Mind you, it's not three square meals a day,
but you won't starve to death. The concept of "40 days and 40
nights" is from the biblical reference of Noah who had to plan for
the rains to come. Noah didn't have freeze dried foods, but he
had a game plan.

You should first use up all the pantry items you have ~ the foods
you'd eat normally. When those items are used up, you can
ration the prepared freeze dried meals, and finally move to bulk
and dehydrated items in the end.

Do you have a long-term food storage plan? Do you have a
food supply that can take your family to at least the first 40 days
and nights of a cyber attack? Ideally, your food storage should
go much longer for all sorts of crisis. Read our
free guide to the
37 foods to hoard before crisis
.

#6: Make plans to bug out or fend what you have.

#7: Get that survival garden going!
This won't be enough time to start a garden, but you can sprout
foods immediately.


#8: Start living your new life.
You may find that life will never be the same again. A cyber
attack is perhaps slightly less bad than an ElectroMagnetic Pulse
where all the electronics a


Cyber Attacks: How Can They Hurt us?

The United States concluded that a malicious cyber attack caused
a power outage in the Ukraine suffered affecting more than
225,000 customers. Hackers were able to remotely switch
breakers to cut power after installing malware.

A power outage could happen in the U.S. and recovery could be
up to several weeks. Aside from day-to-day dependency on
electricity there are other considerations:

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your gun and other valuables are secure, yet can be accessed in seconds.

#4: Never use a debit card at a restaurant.
Note, we didn't say don't use a credit card. The key word is
"debit."

A restaurant is among the most dangerous places for debit card
theft. Actually there are
ten places never to use a debit card.
Why are restaurants a target of cyber crime? According to
creditcards.com "Restaurants are one of the few places where you
have to let cards leave your sight when you use them." This gives
cyber thieves more opportunity to take your money instantly,
particularly with debit cards which don't have the same
protections as credit cards.

#5: Avoid using a debit card online.
Debit cards leave you vulnerable online, even if you use virus
software. A credit card offers you more protection online than a
debit card no matter where you use it, whereas a debit card
offers cyber thieves and immediate withdrawal of your cash.

#6: Stop using a debit card at gas stations.
You are vulnerable for cyber theft at a gas station. All it takes is
a guy sitting across the street with a laptop and an antenna for a
cyber criminal to
steal your money while pumping gas with a
debit card, so says bankrate.com. A small camera can capture
your PIN and a thief can get your money.

#7: Minimize transactions at outdoor ATMS.
Skimming happens, of all places, at the ATM machine outside the
bank, the place you'd least expect it, but this is where it happens
most! It's much better to get your cash directly from the teller
inside to avoid skimming, so you may as well stand in line and
get a larger sum of money than getting $40 here and there.
Inside a retail outlet is also better place than out doors.

#8: Change your passwords and make them
uncommon.
Keep cyber thieves guessing. If you've been doing things, and
following the guidelines above, you've been making yourself a
more difficult target. Add to the list of things to do and not do...

  • Change your password change every now and again.
    Never use the same password twice or repeat a password
    you've used before.

  • Avoid keyboard pattern password: "asdfgh" or "qwerty"
  • Don't use number patterns: "123456" or "696969"
  • Skip popular words like "football," "Superman" or
    "dragon"

#8: Know the telltale signs of a cyber attack.
You will need a general situational awareness about all online or
computer activities you make. While no one really knows what a
grand-scale cyber attack will look like, you should have a basic
understanding of what to look for:

  • Slow connections could be the start of a cyber attack.
  • You won't be able to get a loan in a personal cyber attack.
  • Your credit cards might not work in a personal cyber attack.
  • Sudden loss of power is another telltale sign.
  • You won't be able to pump gas after a major cyber attack.
  • Your ATM won't work
  • Eventually water treatment facilities won't work after a cyber
    attack.
  • Stop lights could create chaos when they all suddenly don't
    work after a major cyber attack.
  • Planes will be grounded after a major cyber attack since
    computer systems run air traffic control may be affected
    along and loss of electricity.

#9: Expect long a power outage.
You will need to prepare for a life without electricity.

  • Study the Amish.  In preparation for a cyber attack you will
    need to know how to live without electricity. Yes, a cyber
    attack can shut off the grid n the United States, which is
    why it's imperative that you learn to live without electricity
    the way the Amish do. For the Amish, living without
    electricity is a way of life for religious reasons, but they
    have amassed valuable information and preppers can
    partake of it.

#11: Read and imagine, and watch movies!
Another thing you can do to protect yourself from cyber attack is
to learn everything you can about them. As a prepper you likely
have a general understanding cyber attacks, but a book can
augment your preparedness by having you consider new
scenarios, which could prepare you for an eventuality.  

As well, authors of fiction and playwrights, are able to help you
visualize and understand the magnitude of a disaster, such as a
cyber attack...

Read mainstream books on cyber attack:




Read prepper fiction:



Read prepper handbooks on long term survival:

  • The SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate
    Guide to Surviving Anywhere by John "Lofty" Wiseman,
    pictured right, is an ideal book to read in preparation of a
    cyber attack. Written in 2014, this "classic bestseller"
    received an update recently to reflect the latest in survival
    knowledge and technology, and covering new topics such as
    urban survival and terrorism.

  • The Prepper's Long-term Survival Guide, right, by Jim Cobb,
    makes a poignant statement. Namely that the preparation
    you make for a hurricane, earthquake or other short-term
    disaster will not keep you alive in the event of widespread
    social collapse caused by pandemic, failure of the grid or
    other long-term crises. Government pamphlets and other
    prepping books tell you how to hold out through an
    emergency until services are restored. This book teaches you
    how to survive when nothing returns to normal for weeks,
    months or even years.

Movies to watch include:

  • Zero days ~ Zero days is the story of black ops cyber-attack
    launched by the U.S. and Israel on an Iranian nuclear facility
    unleashed malware with unforeseen consequences. The
    Stuxnet virus infiltrated its pre-determined target only to
    spread its infection outward, ultimately exposing systemic
    vulnerabilities that threatened the very safety of the planet.
    Delve deep into the burgeoning world of digital warfare in
    this documentary thriller.

  • Live Free or Die hard. A prepper movie specifically on the
    subject of cyber attack is Live Free or Die Hard, starring
    Bruce Willis (2007). It's the story ofa  three-pronged
    cyberattack designed to bring down the entire country by
    crippling its transportation, finances, and utilities.

    It doesn't hurt to have a little action-packed Hollywood
    drama to help drive home the fact that our current
    infrastructure is so vulnerable and Live Free or Die Hard is
    entertaining. Below is a trailer...
Above, Ted Koppel discusses Cyber Attacks and raises intruiging
questions about America's aging electrical grid and vulnerabilties.

The difference between identity theft and cyber attack...
Here's the truth about digital crime turned up a notch. If
someone steals your identity, it's a big mess. Just one person
can steal your digital fingerprint to ruin you financially. Imagine
if someone steals the digital identity of an entire nation? That's
a cyber attack an electronic armageddon.

The Electronic Armageddon
A digital doomday is imminent either by cyber warfare or attack
on our grid through an
ElectroMagnetic pulse -- both have similar
consequences.

What could happen if a cyber attack crippled every aspect of
modern society's infrastructure, including our especially
vulnerable electrical grid? One can only imagine.

America must learn the proactive steps to minimizing‎ the
likelihood of a cyber attack‎‎. When we're talking cyber attack,
there are many levels that should concern you as a prepper:

  • Cyber warfare (government): The United States has both
    launched an offensive and been a target for cyber warfare.
    China, Iran, Russia, South Korea.



  • Cyber crime (individual): The cure for a personal cyber
    attack when you have sensitive information on your
    computer is to get virus protection, such as the best selling
    Norton by Symantec Security Delux, pictured right, and use
    it daily. Norton Security Deluxe protects your identity and
    financial data from cybercrime. It can help guard against
    identity theft, but it's not the only way to survive an attack.

Is it just a glitch or a warning of more glitches to come?
Cyber glitches have happened recently. Below are some
examples of cyber glitches that are real and really recent...

Airline cyber glitches 2016
Industry consultants say airlines have an increased risk of
computer disruptions:

U.S. Government glitches 2016

Below are some of the first glimpses of the problem of cyber
attacks and glitches...

  • Y2K glitches: During Y2K preppers imagined the possibility
    of massive computer glitches which were man-made. Most
    problems were handled by retailers on the fly without much
    incident to consumers. While a global problem didn't
    materialize, preppers were ready just in case.

  • The world's first digital weapon. In the book, Countdown
    to Zero day, top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the
    story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts
    and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of
    warfare—one in which a digital attack can have the same
    destructive capability as a megaton bomb.

So now that you have a good understanding of how this whole
cyber attack thing can affect you personally, you need to know
what to do...

How to Prepare for Cyber Attack
You may feel hopeless from a cyber attack, but from a prepper's
perspective, there's so much you can do! Below are some tips on
how to prepare before and for a cyber attack.

#1: Know where you stand in your credit profile.
Protecting against identity theft and personal cyber attack goes
beyond credit card monitoring. Though you should review your
credit card report at least once a year, preferably every six
months. Reviewing your credit won't solve your problem, it will
only alert you to the problems you will face. Below are some
more practical ways to mitigate an attack in the first place...

#2: Protect your identity by using mostly cash.
Cash is king, especially to preppers! Use cash whenever
possible,
instead of a credit card or debit card, so there's less
chance of your personal information being stolen. Not only will
the
banks not be able to track your prepping purchases, but you
will be safer from attack when it comes to cyber crime
!

Another thing you can do to protect yourself from a personal
cyber attack is to pay your credit card bills with cash instead of
sending an electronic payment or check. Just go to the branch
and make a payment in person. Make it tough on cyber criminals
to get you. Don't be a victim of cyber attack.


#3: Get an RFID blocker for your credit cards.
There's more you can do to protect yourself from a personal
cyber attack. Take advantage of RFID technology!

RFID is the acronym for Radio Frequency Identification. It's that
little chip in your card that takes so long to read at the checkout
counter. By the end of 2015 almost all credit and debit cards
issued in the United States received an RFID chip on them
. The
big risk is that the information on these chips
are easy to steeal
by anyone walking near you with a scanner
, unless you secure
them in an RFID wallet or case.

If you have a credit card with a microchip, then you are at risk.
Without a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) blocker, you risk
losing money, but y
ou can protect yourself from data thieves
who skim and steal your personal financial information with:

Having an RFID blocker will help you avoid wasting hours of time
cancelling credit cards, and you won't lose sleep and anxiety
over identity theft. You can travel safely and securely knowing
that you won't be a victim.

The
QuickVent Safe with RFID locking system, below, is the
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How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack!
What to do and how to survive a cyber attack

Learn the proactive steps to take to minimize the likelihood of a cyber
attack affecting your survival.

All empires collapse eventually. Will a cyber attack be what
makes America crumble? Perhaps most of America will perish, but
you're a prepper and you know you can take steps now to mitigate
the risks...

How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack
America is increasingly vulnerable to cyber warfare, because of its
dependency on the flow of electronic information.

Our money, and our lives are tied to the cyber world:
  • Imagine not being able to get your money from the ATM, not
    just for a day but for weeks on end.
  • Think of your employer not being able to give you a paycheck
    or customers unable to pay you for stuff they want.
  • Consider for a moment that your entire savings gets wiped
    away without a trace.
  • Ponder a bit what would happen if the toilet won't flush and
    the tap runs dry.
  • Picture yourself stuck somewhere far from home and not
    being able to pump your car full of gas to get home.
  • Envision the chaos when the traffic light system comes to a
    halt and also air traffic control.
  • Predict what will happen to the stock market, and the panic
    that will happen outside the grocery stores.

These are all real possibilities on the outcome of a cyber attack,
not just identity theft. A cyber attack could mean the end of the
world as we know it.

Will it be "Lights Out" for America?
In the New York Times Bestseller, Lights Out, Ted Koppel warns
that the United States is a nation unprepared
for a cyber attack. A
major cyber attack on America’s power grid is not only possible
but likely, according to his book.


The United States is shockingly unprepared for the calamity that
would ensue.
He warns that "For those without access to a
generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration
or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely
on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is
widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before."
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Like the trailer for Live Free or Die Hard says, "The entire world relies on
technology, but even technology can be taken hostage. When the threat
becomes real, some habits die hard.


Things to do immediately following a
cyber attack.

#1: Fill the bath tubs with water after an attack.
If you watched the first episode of Revolution, you were likely
riveted with thoughts about the event which was a cross
between a cyber attack and an EMP event. You may perhaps
remember one of the first lines in the television series where a
man comes into an a home and tells his wife to: "Fill the sinks
and tubs, we don't have much time!"
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