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postheadericon Children still at risk from inappropriate online content

A new survey published by the NSPCC suggests children across the UK are still at risk of accessing inappropriate and potentially harmful content online, despite increased calls for heightened security.

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postheadericon Reuben Paul still at it with connected toys hack

Cybersecurity genius Reuben Paul demonstrates that connected toys can be used for malicious purposes at the World Forum in The Hague.

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postheadericon Gun-Free Europe Finding Out The Hard Way That Criminals Still Kill

HEIDELBURG, GERMANY — The latest attack on a crowd of Germans occurred last weekend when the driver of a car smashed into a group of people, injuring two and killing one. People had to wait for police to arrive and were powerless to stop the attacker or defend themselves. When police arrived, the man pulled out a knife. After a brief stand-off, police shot and killed the man.

According to Russia Today, German authorities did not publish the identity of the attacker but merely said he was a German citizen. His victims included a 73-year-old man, a 32-year-old Austrian citizen, and a 29-year-old woman from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Unfortunately, these types of high profile attacks have become much more common. Despite the politics surrounding the discussion of such issues, Western Europe has experienced a noticeable uptick in violent crime.

Outside of a few countries like Switzerland, gun ownership is all but impossible for the average citizen. And in the countries where it is allowed, such as Germany, it is very highly regulated. The idea of the common citizen walking around with a legally-possessed concealed carry handgun is relegated to pure fiction. That doesn’t mean violent criminals will not use knives, guns, vehicles, and bombs to accomplish their ends.

And they do.

This is a great example of what happens when people are completely dependent upon police and security forces for protection. The common person in Western Europe does not have permission or authority to exercise force when attacked. He has a duty to retreat. And if he uses deadly force to defend himself, he may be treated as badly or worse than his attackers.

This is also what happens when society equates guns with bad guys. Only bad guys and police have guns in Western Europe. If the first is present and the latter absent, there is no way to resist.

The European solution to this is to create “no go” zones — places where the average European is discouraged from walking alone at night or without company. And there are no protections against a person losing his life or property to roving bands of thugs.

This is why it’s so important for us to defend our inalienable rights to keep and use firearms.

In our type of society, that means regular reminders to our elected officials AT ALL LEVELS (local, state, and federal) that we, their constituents, demand our gun rights be protected.

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postheadericon Old Enough To Serve? Still Not Old Enough To Carry Concealed According To VA Governor

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — Governor Terry McAuliffe issued a wave of vetoes for bills that passed in the General Assembly. Of note for concealed carriers is one bill that would have dropped the age for concealed carry applicants to 18 if they were serving in an active duty role in the United States military.

According to the Washington Times, Gov. McAuliffe vetoed that bill alongside another bill which would have allowed homeschooled children to play for public school sports teams and another bill which would have allowed concealed carry switchblades.

It’s nothing new with McAuliffe, though. As a Democratic Governor, he has continually acted as the counter-weight to Republican-backed initiatives to expand gun rights and carry through other unrelated agenda items.

Last year, he pushed ahead regulations banning people from carrying concealed handguns into public buildings. He used his Attorney General to temporarily pull concealed carry reciprocity with a majority of states. Thankfully, that was rescinded.

In a lot of ways, he reminds me of former New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan. Also a Democrat, she adamantly opposed permitless concealed carry measures passed through the legislature. Often times, many states will elect a Democrat governor to off-set a Republican-majority on the state legislature. In some cases, this may prove a pragmatic approach to balancing the agendas of both parties. However, in recent years, it’s only served as a point of endless gridlock.

Ultimately, concealed carriers in the Commonwealth of Virginia are unaffected by any of the recent vetoes of Gov. McAuliffe. It definitely stops a large number of active duty military service members from pursuing a concealed carry permit — which may have been useful in stopping attacks such as what happened in Chattanooga, Tennessee, back in 2015.

Virginia has quite a few large active duty military bases — including Marine Corps Base Quantico, NMITC Dam Neck, and Naval Station Norfolk amongst others. These are locations where men and women come from across our country to begin their careers in the military. It would have been nice to let them know that the country they defend respects their rights to defend their lives off base.

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postheadericon Cybersecurity skills shortage ‘still a global problem’

There are signs of improvement in the global cybersecurity skills gap, but serious problems still remain, a new report finds.

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postheadericon Elderly Man Accidentally Lets The Bad Guy Force Entry Into His Own Home — Still Fights His Way Out

DANVILLE, VA — A 71-year-old man was shot in the arm following an exchange of gunfire with an intruder who barged into his home. According to the victim, he said he heard a knock at his door at 10:15 p.m. When he opened the door, the intruder pushed his way through, pointed a gun at him, and demanded he hand over money. The homeowner opted to open fire instead.

According to GoDanRiver.com, the elderly man was hit but the intruder fled after the fight. The homeowner was released following treatment for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

It’s a good thing he was armed but a big mistake was made when he opened the door to a stranger. It’s an easy mistake that any of us could make. A lot of burglars tend to knock on a door first before barging in because it can let them know who’s home and their general disposition.

In this case, it also saves them the hassle of having to break down a door or crack open a window.

That’s not to say if you don’t answer the door, a burglar won’t proceed with a home invasion. After covering countless stories relating to intruders breaking and entering, it seems the knock on the door is just a perfunctory step in the process.

As a gun owner inside the home, this is an opportunity to take cover, barricade, and get your gun ready. If possible, get on the phone with 911 and get that ball rolling. Police, even in rural areas, can begin moving in your direction and that starts the stopwatch for the would-be intruders.

If the intruders decide to go ahead with the burglary despite no answer on your part, it’s to their own risk.

It’s a habit of a lot of people to assume the best about others. A knock on the door may be a relative or someone in need. To be perfectly honest, if someone intends to come over at a late hour, it would be preferable if he or she called first.

Calling out or inquiring who’s at the door only lets the bad guys know that someone is inside and that means they can prepare for a fight. It’s a delicate situation either way. That’s why I recommend getting at least one surveillance system set up over the doorways of the home. It may not cover every sector but it can at least let you know who’s at your door.

And, the second part is always true. Evade, barricade, communicate with police, and ready yourself for a fight if it comes to that.

Opening the door to a stranger is removing one layer of security you have that keeps bad guys out.

A lot of elderly folks live home alone or are taking care of their spouses. It’s a difficult position to be stuck in because help can be 5 to 30 minutes out and it’s anyone’s guess if the bad guys are willing to push for violence.

When you make that first call to police, you’re starting the countdown until they arrive. When they arrive — and they will eventually — make sure to identify yourself, identify that you’re armed, and definitely let them know if bad guys are in the home or believed to be around the property. This gives the police the best chance of figuring out the situation.

Glad to see this homeowner made it out of the situation alright and it’s a tragic thing that he had to take a hit while fighting for his life. It’s a sober reality for gun owners and everyday carriers alike.

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postheadericon TorrentLocker: Crypto-ransomware still active, using same tactics

ESET has carried out analysis of new samples of the crypto-ransomware family TorrentLocker, to compare the 2016 campaigns against its research in late 2014.

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postheadericon 18 years of Googling: Malware can still be just one click away

18 years of Googling is certainly something to behold, but on this anniversary, ESET’s Ondrej Kubovič is keen to highlight the cybersecurity threat.

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postheadericon Hours before Euro 2016, fake websites are still offering overpriced tickets

Online scammers are trying to take advantage of fans desperately scouring the web for the last few tickets to Euro 2016 via newly created fake websites.

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postheadericon Nearly 20% Of The Country Is Now Permitless Carry, But Make Sure You’re Still Training

With Idaho passing permitless concealed carry recently, they became the 9th state in the Country to allow this. That’s a lot of people under the no-permit carry umbrella. But what about training? Should they still do it / seek it?

In reality, many states with permit requirements do not have any requirements for training. Some simply have you sit in a 4 or 8 hour class to receive your permit (after submitting your application and passing a background check as well, of course), but they do not have any requirement to show proficiency with firearms.

That’s where the individual comes into play. And IMHO, training is something that every concealed carrier should be serious about.

While I don’t feel it should be a requirement, I see it as a personal responsibility –as a responsible gun owner– to make sure that we’re proficient with our firearms. It’s common sense. If you make the decision to carry, you should damn well be able to hit a target with a high rate of success.

Not only target proficiency, but what about drawing from concealment and shooting under stress? There are courses and classes all over the country that teach just that, and most of them are worth the money and time to check out. Plus, you enjoy shooting, right? Then it should be fun anyway!

If you aren’t seeking out professional training, routine trips to the range should be on your todo list at the very least. Shooting is a perishable skill, and we will only get better and more proficient the more we practice.

What about you? Do you train on a regular basis? Let us know in the comments section below.

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