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You Need to 'Get Smart' About Escaping a Spy
This is a Sequel to a Very Popular Article
Please note that this is a sequel to my first article: 5 Signs You are Being Spied On.
For maximum benefit of this article, I suggest you first read my previous article first to learn the early warning signs that you have a spy hot on your trail.
When a Spy Invades Your Home or Apartment
After reading my first Hub, you should now know a few signs that you are being surveilled by a spy. When walking to your car, you may notice that the spy has vacated his vehicle. That is to avoid being detected.
First off, if you are at this point, you want to let friends or family know that you think someone is following you. You will want to then contact local law enforcement, and drive to the closest precinct. Tell the police your concerns about being followed, and have them create a police report.
Next, walk up to the unmarked car inconspicuously and take down the license plate number. This is so you can later look it up. It is a dead giveaway if the tag says "government" and in this case, you have a government spy following you.
There is a good chance that he is attempting to slip into your home or apartment to place bugs in your home. A bug is the correct term for a listening device.
Once inside your home, the spy will place listening devices in inconspicuous places, such as planters, behind wall switch plates, and within the inner housing of home phone handsets (if there is room).
A good bug will not weigh enough to be detected simply by picking up an object. Probably a couple of ounces.
However, take precautions. Weigh your laptop, power supply, and battery individually, noting the weight of each.
After a period of time away from your laptop, re-weigh your equipment to detect extra weight, indicating that you have been bugged.
After bugging your place, he will then attempt to steal information from your computer(s). Any hard drives will be copied. Laptops can also be bugged, and the spy might place a keystroke logger on your computer so he will capture your passwords on the websites you visit.
How to Safeguard Your Laptop from a Spy
You can place a motion activated video camera in the power supply of your laptop computer. One very smart individual put a fine powder in the screw-hole of his laptop before traveling to a foreign country. He then sawed off the tip of the screw, allowing room for the powder. He left his laptop in his room and left for an hour. Sure enough, after an hour's time, he checked the hole for the powder. It was gone, proving that a spy had tampered with his laptop's hard drive.
If you are an American traveling to China, you can be certain that your hard drive will be copied from your laptop. You should: 1) not take a laptop with you, or 2) take a cheap laptop that you don't mind if it is tampered with.
But you can be certain that it has been cloned and a virus may be on your laptop that will send data back to the spies that bugged your computer.
Pinhole of a Spy Video Camera
How to Detect a Home Invasion
After reading this Hub, you will be prepared for a spy to invade your private quarters.
5 Quick Tips to Prepare for a Home Invasion:
- First, visit a local spy shop, if you have one nearby. Purchase a small surveillance camera that could easily be disguised in your bookcase. Rookie spies will not do a preliminary sweep for video cameras or bugs before bugging your home, but "big dogs" will have mobile equipment that can jam video camera feeds. This kind of spy is funded by the government, yet the government will not publicly acknowledge his espionage unit if caught.This is for the fallout after the spy operation goes sour. If you survive the incursion, and can retrieve the footage of the spy in your home, you can expose the spy.
- Second, don't store your confidential information on your hard drive. If you use flash drives, carry them on you or hide them away from your residence.
- Don't leave firearms in your home. These can be removed and later planted by the spy at a crime scene, making you look guilty.
- Have a safe house that no one knows about. If you pay for said safe house with your bank accounts, then they are easily discovered. You need to pay for the safe house with cash, so it is not detected by spies that can easily track payments.
- Have a stash of cash to grab on the go. If you have to leave your home all of a sudden, you need a bag with overnight clothes and cash so you can move fast.
Unless you are ex-military or have some sort of fighting training, you do not want a face-to-face encounter with a spy. They will hurt you bad. Plus they are loaded with weapons in secret compartments in their trench coat.
Plan to make a quick getaway and elude them. Drive to your local police station ASAP. Let your friends and family know what has just happened.
Also Learn about "Express Kidnapping"
Express kidnapping is a technique that is commonly seen in Mexico. The captor follows you until they are out of the public eye, then they abduct you and gain access to your wallet. The spy or abductor then takes your debit card to an ATM and steals all of the money your bank account. If the abductor then dumps you off somewhere, count yourself lucky.
In other places of the world, the abductor has more nefarious reasons to kidnap you. The worst scenario would most likely be for human trafficking, as you may haven seen in the "Taken" movies.
How to Prevent Express Kidnapping While Traveling Abroad
There are some ways to prevent express kidnapping.
The most obvious method would be to not travel, or stay at home.
However, if you do wish to travel, keep some of the following things in mind:
1. When traveling to a foreign place, always travel with others. There is something to the saying "there is safety in numbers." Traveling with a companion or group is best when traveling to somewhere new for the first time.
2. Stay with the group. If you are in a travel group, don't veer off from the group, and stick to the itinerary. These things are planned in advance, and typically do activities known to be safe. This includes staying away from bars and clubs that may contain seedy people.
3. Dress and act conservatively. If you are in a foreign place, it is recommended that you not only follow the local laws and customs, but don't bring unneeded attention to yourself. So don't dress provocatively, or act in a manner that brings extra attention to yourself.
The Prequel to How to Escape from a Spy
- 5 Signs You Are Being Spied On
Are you paranoid that you are being spied on? Read the 5 signs that you are being spied on so you can identify a spy from a mile away, or be prepared to live with the consequences.
© 2013 Zack Love
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 10, 2013:
Very interesting, I like the common sense.