youfoundjake - 11:03 pm on Jun 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
There are ways to mitigate getting mugged. As I found with a quick search:
Dress to discourage unwanted attention from muggers. Some things that might make you a more likely target are:
Dressing like a tourist. If you're obviously not a local, you're more likely to be targeted, as tourists tend to be less aware and carry cash on them.
Wearing obvious, flashy jewelery or watches.
Carrying a large purse, briefcase or backpack. Anything that might contain valuables makes you a potentially more lucrative target.
2Stick to well-lighted and well populated areas. Muggers are far less likely to target people where there are others around or they are likely to be seen.
3Know where you are going. Muggers often prey on tourists or people who are lost. If you are in an unfamiliar place, learn the route you wish to take.
4Avoid dangerous parts of town. If possible, try not to walk through dangerous parts of town, especially at times of day when there are few others out. Bad neighborhoods with little foot traffic are especially risky. If you aren't sure, talk to locals to learn what places aren't safe.
5Walk with a sense of purpose. If you are wandering aimlessly or look lost you are more likely to become a target.
6Travel in groups. Muggers are much more likely to go after individuals than groups.
7Stay alert for possible dangers. You can minimize the likelihood of being surprised by doing the following:
Pay attention to your surroundings and avoid distractions. You become an easier target when do things like listen to music on headphones, talk on the phone, read a map or anything else that takes your attention away from your surroundings.
Walk near the curb, facing traffic. This gives you a better angle to see in doorways or alleys and a better path to escape if attacked.
8Take action if you sense danger or are attacked.
If you believe you are being followed, head directly toward a populated area, cafe, bar or other populated place.
Make noise or call for help. Don't be afraid to draw attention to yourself.
Consider defending yourself if you have the skills or a weapon. Pepper spray can be a very effective deterrent and is easily carried on your person. Fighting back does come with an increased risk of harm to your person, however.
See, there are steps that can be done to help prevent against being mugged. I've never been mugged. I've never had my identity stolen. I've lived in the ghetto, and I have an online identity, but yet I've never been a victim. Why is that? Am I lucky? Do I know something that everyone else doesn't know? Or do I do something that some people won't do?
Do you believe that Google willingly and knowingly scanned the wireless spectrum looking for email data and passwords? Or did that data get scanned as part of a greater project? I guess it comes down to intent for me. Google did not intend on gathering email or password data, the mugger however, intends on kicking my arse to get my money.