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Let’s be perfectly honest. There are a lot of half-assed and, frankly, crap books on security out there. Some are a little better than crap, and then there are the passable ones. We’ve had to wade through mires of inane and silly “expert” opinions to get to these three, so we hope you’ve come prepared – these are the absolute essentials that any security professional and anyone just interested in home and personal security need within arm’s length. Sifting through the outdated and the uninformed, the ignorant and the self-proclaimed (cough*Bruce Schneier*cough) security gurus can be as informative as anything, […]

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Thumbnail image for Toothpaste Terror – Hype and Hyperbole?

The Olympic Games in Russi has taken up a lot of the world’s attention these last few weeks, and rightly so. If there was ever a perfect terror target where innocent people, high profile dignitaries and media come together in one big, happy stew, then this is probably it. Russia has probably taken all the steps humanly possible to prevent anything from happening during the games themselves, and as we’ve seen, they’ve also taken some steps one wouldn’t really think were just that… However, the US, in its infinite “wisdom” can’t make themselves believe that anyone but they know the […]

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Thumbnail image for How To Clean Out Your Smelly Duty Boots – Easily!

Taking care of your duty gear is as important for a security guard as a police officer or other LEO as for a soldier in the field. Most of us have some kind of uniform, and more often than not, that kit contains a pair (or several pairs) of duty boots of some kind. Some are insulated, some aren’t, some are for summer use, others are for muddy spring or fall use, and so on. Common for all of them is that they usually end up smelling like the blind end of a dog, which isn’t a good thing. Since […]

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Thumbnail image for Explosives Detection and “Alarm Resolution”? Decoding TSA-speak

The TSA doesn’t really want you to read what’s in here. They’ve said so many times, and their SOPs even say so. Here’s what’s strange, though: all the information we’ve got here is available to anyone who’ve worked some kind of advanced security, read a couple of books on the subject and searched through some patent archives. And that’s why we’re going to tell you how the TSA’s mystical “Explosives Trace Detection” works, what it does and what they really mean when they talk about “alarm resolution”. It’s simpler than you think… TSA and SSI, K-I-S-S-I-N-G… If you’ve been unlucky […]

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So. The well-loved TSA has decided to remove its backscatter x-ray body scanners, citing concerns that the manufacturer(s) haven’t been able to come up with viewing software that makes the person being scanned into a generic little stick figure with red boxes where the “dangerous” things are. The US congress have put considerable pressure on the agency to do something about their full body scanners with privacy in mind, and the agency seems to have relented. There’s a “but”. There always is. In the last six months or so, some crafty people have proven that the bodyscanners can be fooled. […]

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