No matter how old you are, you know that your mother was always right. She had simple tricks to do everything from getting whites really white to saving money to protecting your family.
These days, when we talk about protecting yourself, cybersecurity is the first thing that comes to mind. There's a good reason for that. We tell you every day about data breaches, Facebook scams, ransomware attacks and worse.
Yet, cyber isn't the only type of crime that you should be thinking about. People just like you are victims of crimes where their belongings or money are stolen. They may be victims of violent attacks.
All of us are guilty of letting our guard down in the digital age. When you're on your cellphone chatting with friends and texting family, it's easy to feel safe.
You may have a false sense of safety as you're laughing on the phone while walking through a deserted parking lot. You may forget to close your garage door when you leave the house.
These distractions can put you at risk for crimes, including the invasion of your privacy. When criminals steal your credit card, for instance, they might use it to make purchases. But their bigger payday is using your ID over and over to open other accounts and maybe even steal your tax return.
If you forget your house key at a coffee shop, criminals can easily get in when you're not home. Once there, your Social Security number, driver's license and other personal information are more valuable than the TV set they walk out with.
Don't worry, though. These three gadgets will help protect your family and you. Your mom would be proud.
Bonus: Whatever you do, do not skip No. 3