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Chapter 3. Securing Your Computer (Locking the Home)

Chapter 3. Securing Your Computer (Locking the Home)


The Smiths live far away from everyone, in relative seclusion, yet they lock the door at night. They have taken several precautions against a variety of threats, as we have seen in the earlier chapters. If you look at everything they are doing, you might feel that all the precautions are redundant or that John is doing too much work to protect his land or family from threats that have a low chance of occurring. But he is doing what he feels is needed, and though the risk is low, the cost of a problem would be very high. So John does the work.

Because the Smiths live far away from help, the impact of a problem could be very great. So John does everything from simply loading and caring for his shotgun to the more complex building of walls and fences. He doesn’t have a written list of tasks, but he does keep track of what is done and what needs to be done. Every day he does the things he needs to do to keep up the safety and well-being of his family; in fact the entire family does. They use a combination of things to ensure their security, and they maintain their vigilance even when no threat is apparent. They maintain the walls and fences, keep the house repaired, ensure the animals are fed and sheltered, and they store supplies for the winter. John also does one other thing that helps out greatly. Whenever he is in town to buy supplies or sell crops, he talks to townspeople, to merchants, and even to the local soldiers if they will talk. He asks about what has been going on in the area around him and stays in touch with current events as best he can. This gives him a decent idea of whether a threat is out there currently or not.


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