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A Girl's Guide to Safe Solo Traveling

A Girl's Guide to Safe Solo Traveling

The state of affairs is such in India, it seems  the only way a woman traveling solo is safe is by not traveling altogether . India Untravelled has rightly said in an article,” In a country like India where most women struggle with safety in their routine lives, travelling solo might be a incredulous idea.” If you like to know how to be the boss of your own safety, check out this article HERE! (link) The biggest myth is that a woman needs to have someone with her to enjoy a vacation. What people fail to realize is that any girl is capable of enjoying in her own company. Solitude can be bliss. Sometimes, this solitude is seen as a liability that can be taken advantage of. Knock them out of your way with these simple tricks up your sleeve:

  1. Know your way:

Travelling to a place without mapping the area is like jumping off a plane without a parachute. Who does that? Talk to people who have already been there or know the area. If you get no leads , ask for suggestions on social media. You will surely unearth a few valuable information from your circle or you can try travel forums.

2. Decline solo pictures:

When people get to know that you’re from a distant part of India, they stare like you are an exotic animal in a zoo. Moreover, they start asking for a picture with you. This poses a serious safety threat as your picture can be used for million of wrong ways. Posing for a single picture with someone is no less than drawing a bull’s eye on yourself and makes you a target more distinctively. In such a case, it’s always better to politely decline for pictures. If they still insist, make sure they are family people and agree for only 1 group picture.

3. Blend in:

Women feel offended when they’re told how to dress. The biggest issue is when they’re told not to wear short clothes in certain places. But this is not the case here. When you’re away from home, dress in a way that seamlessly blends you in the crowd. If you go to Bangalore, wearing shorts helps you fit in more than stand out. But if the same is worn in Madhya Pradesh, heads will turn towards you and not in a good way because the people there dress conservatively. Inappropriate attire screams out tourist and paves the way for troublemakers. In any part of India, loose fit cotton clothes are the safest bet.

4. Always have a backup:

Who doesn’t like choices? When it comes down to your well-being nothing seems more important than it. Do not keep all your cash in one place. Put them in unusual places that no one would want to steal from you like an empty box of biscuits or inside your socks. Having separate places for money provides you a cushion even if something gets lost or stolen.

5. Update your loved ones:

You might be a solo traveller but you always have people you care about you to look after. One of the most important tips anyone can give you is to keep in touch with your loved ones and send them your itinerary and programmes. Give them any information that might be relevant to ensure your safety if something happens to you. Hotel’s address, phone number, travel agency’s contact, registration number of your cab, place you are about to visit and a picture of all your important documents like passport, tickets, etc should be sent to your loved ones through Dropbox or otherwise.

6. What to do if you’re lost?:

It is very easy to get lost in an unfamiliar especially when you are alone there. Panicking or nervous strolls up and down the streets will chalk you out as an easy prey for the no gooders out there. The first thing is to stay calm and trust your instincts. These intuitions are often right and if you feel something is off, it probably is. DO NOT look at maps outside on the street. Walk in to a local restaurant and ask your doubts at the front desk. Or get to the nearest policeman. If you feel someone is following you, walk alongside a family and smile at them. Families are likely to help a single woman more than anyone else.

7. Carry a tracking device 

In India, you do not know when a crisis may strike you especially when you are a women and traveling alone. One wrong turn and your life can spin around from ‘Roman Holiday’ to ‘Taken’. To protect yourself , always carry a GPS tracking device that accurately identifies your location and you can send alerts to closed loved ones during an emergencies.  This way you have someone alongside you even when you’re alone.

 

How NOT to Get Caught in the Dark Web of the Internet

How NOT to Get Caught in the Dark Web of the Internet

People often question the need for privacy to be safe. Moreover, the seekers of privacy are accused of committing crimes. Don’t those accusers close the door of their house? Shouldn’t they be accused too? Crimes are easier when committed online. Someone can hide behind a screen and scan everyone’s life. With the rapid growth of technology, getting ‘webbed’ is becoming easier. Want to know how to travel safely in India? Check out this article on travel safety (LINK).  Economic Times mentioned in its article ‘How safe is your computer in a global cyber attack?’ that there are 2 types of cyber crimes: First, a computer is used to attack another computer like hacking. Second, the computer is used as a weapon to commit real world crimes like credit card frauds and pornography. To shield yourself from both, here’s all that you have to do.

1. Don’t get ‘followed’:

To be popular these days, you don’t have to be nice to people. The number of followers on social media rank the social standing of a person. People collect followers more than politicians collect votes. Being in a place that is considered cool by all adds to the ‘awe’ factor one needs to keep people curious about his happening life. Disclosing geolocation might not get you the kind of followers you’re looking for. People can physically follow you to those places and stalk you. The cardinal rule of any stalker is not to let you know that you’re being stalked. You wouldn’t want such followers in real life, would you?


2. Save your pictures from getting ‘framed’:

A day out with friends has become more of a photo shoot than an opportunity for creating memories. Out of the 100 pictures clicked in a day, one is surely to make the list of display pictures to flaunt on the internet. Your picture can be downloaded in the blink of an eye and used for criminal or derogatory activities. Profile picture guard protects your display picture from being 'framed' for all the wrong reasons. Just like a personal bodyguard keeps ill-intentioned people away, Profile Picture Guard keeps your pictures safe from malicious people.

3. Hide your real age:

For years now, people have been hiding their real age. Little did they know that they were protecting their privacy in the process. Avoid mentioning your year of birth on social media as an identity thief can take over your life. If you’re doing so, you might as well disclose your bank details, passwords and send them a copy of your house keys. Impersonators can take advantage of it and take over private information or possessions in your name. This is the perfect leverage to probably force you into illegal activities. 

4. Don’t let games play you:

The only football and racing youngsters understand nowadays are through the online games. Beware of online gaming apps! They dig out information from your profile to play you. It all starts as fun and games but it might end at a dreadful note. The apps can be portrayed as a game but it might corrupt your computer system or copy your personal files against your will. Unless you’re a hermit, you have heard about the Blue Whale Challenge. It has taken hundreds of lives all over the globe.The game ends with the player’s life. Beware of scams like these and do not open unknown links.

5. Keep your personal life ‘private’:

Suppose you are getting married. Why should unknown people know of it? They’re not gonna dance at the wedding. The only repercussion of it is that strangers get access to cause troubles. Prying eyes might get hold of your usual hangout places, your daily routine and maybe even your loved ones. You’re risking all of your lives. Keep your personal life 'private' in the account settings on social media sites. This keeps the unnecessary fuss away.

 

Yepzon For Any Type Of School Kid

Yepzon For Any Type Of School Kid

 

School was a wonderful place- running in the corridor, the mouthwatering smell of tiffins and the fun of getting thrown out of class together. The samples of variety of kids you’ll get there are greater than the the books in the library. Though each one is beautifully weird in their own way, one thing is common for all- danger. They might be unaware that there are bigger troubles in life than a surprise test on a topic they know squat about but parents like you always have to be aware of their safety. Best friends are mostly with the kids in school. Know how Yepzon is their new best friend to keep them safe and sound .. Check out what type of kid you have and see why they need Yepzon for protection.

 

       1.  The Go-Getters:

 These type of school going kids are the fastest information providers after Google. They are the reasons why half of our childhood was spent listening to comparisons. With hundreds of tuitions in distant parts of the city, people assume that they’ll someday drown in books and notes. From 5 in the morning to 2 in the morning, they’re either studying or running to study. The other headstrong athletes toiling day and night to be the next Tendulkar, Ronaldo and Bolt. In all of this, Yepzon stands by them as a durable protector that works just as hard as them to ensure their safety. It’s durable battery is always on the go just like them. Be it 10 steps away or across the world, Yepzon will always be there to alert the people you love when you need them the most.

2. The Tech-Freak:

What kids can do with technology nowadays we couldn't before 20. Gadget gurus in school are the coolest people you’ll know. Just one look and they’ll tell you all the specifications of any tech-related device like they made it themselves. Yepzon is just the unique addition they should have in their collection. It’s first in the world feature of SOS button, GPS and Wi-Fi features makes it a must have for all these kids. Anyone can attach it to their most prized and expensive possession to make sure it never gets lost or stolen. What more? If they have it, they can flaunt in front of others this technological beauty to up their game. 

3. The ‘Men’:

School doesn’t feel right unless there’s rivalry among the boys that has no solution but physical abuse to prove their early manhood. All they need is a trivial reason to start pouncing upon each other. Sometimes things go out of hand and given the aggression of the hot, young heads, they are out for blood. It is best to follow the principle of ‘live today to fight tomorrow’. Yepzon can be difference between them and their injured self in a hospital bed. Yepzon Freedom has the SOS button to alert someone of their peril. The GPS sends exact location to the people you want to inform. To be honest, you care less about social standing when you’re getting beaten up while down on the floor.

4. The Barbie:

These school girls rule the hearts of all. Nothing in the world is out of their reach with just a pat of their eyelid or a hair flip. Not that any guy would let anyone get them in trouble ever, but there comes a time when they’re out alone. It should come as no surprise that a pretty girl is a stronger magnet of an attack. Does that mean they should stop going out? No! With just the press of a button they can send their accurate location and an alert to people who can save them from any emergency or danger. What makes this better? It’s sent in a matter of seconds so that they get the quickest relief from inappropriate situations. Plus, they like things just as pretty as them. Yepzon’s sleek and scandinavian look makes it better looking than any guy who can protect her.

5. Forever alone:

No, this is not about the people who don’t have love interests. These are the ‘loners’ who’d rather sit in the corner of the class by themselves. They rarely talk and most people barely know what their voice sounds like. They are most likely socially awkward or hesitant in expression. Being away from groups, it is difficult for them to approach people for help. Once again, Yepzon caters to all their needs as it does not require any social interaction to get help. If someone tries to take advantage of their vulnerability, Yepzon will always be there like the tough best friend of every introvert.

Travelling miles for a tuition or an evening drive with friends, not a reason in the world can ease the palpitation of a parent’s heart out of worry. Momtastic expressed the emotion of a parent with school going kids spot on with the words "While we can't be there in person to be sure our children are safe and well cared for, we can empower our children to be conscious of their safety and to express themselves in a way so that their needs are met" in '10 tips for keeping your kids safe in school'. With Yepzon, you can not only protect your little ones from trouble but also spare yourself from sleepless nights and stress lines. Every adult was a school kid once