The Art of OpSec

Stalking is more common than ever.

According to a recent National Violence Against Women Survey, In the United States, one out of every 12 women (8.2 million) and one out of every 45 men (2 million) have been stalked at some time in their lives. This figure is just for offline stalking. When cyberstalking is added in, the number is likely much higher.

Pro Tip

Fake cameras can be placed where you cannot put a real one. Dummy cameras are often mixed in with real security cameras to make a system appear to have more coverage.


How do I have good Op Sec without seeming too unfriendly?

Op Sec means being alert and aware while also not giving away too much information about your personal affairs. This doesn’t mean that you have to appear unfriendly. If someone wants to know more than you want to tell them, try to change the subject. Many Op Sec practices do not involve anything that most people will notice either.

How do I get better at Op Sec?

Changing the way you think and act takes time. If you slip up, don’t be too hard on yourself. Good Op Sec becomes second nature over time.

Where can I learn more about Op Sec?

The Department of Defense has an excellent free online OpSec course and test you can take online whenever you want. Click here for more info.

MEET Samantha Biggers

Samantha is Ready To Go Survival's lead editor, a life-long outdoorswoman with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies. She learned the foundation of preparedness from her father who saw heavy combat in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. An avid outdoors woman and survivalist, her articles have appeared in various homesteading magazines such as GRIT, Back Home, Backwoods Home, and Countryside.

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