Recently Kim Kardashian was “held at gunpoint and robbed of over 10 million dollars worth of jewelry”. Now I don’t know how true the story is, but let’s give the benefit of the doubt here and say that it’s true, and because of the lack of OPSEC, she compromised her security by being so transparent on social media. Kim Kardashian could have definitely used this Lag Posting Tactic in order to avoid this kind of situation. I don’t care a bit about her, as i’m sure many of you don’t either. However, she’s a prime example to premise this article.
A word that’s mostly unknown to civilians. Us military guys are familiar with the term, but it’s nonetheless important for anyone that’s interested in their safety. OPSEC (Operations Security) simply means security measures that you’ve put in place to protect the critical details of your mission. In the military it protects combat maneuvers so the enemy doesn’t know what to expect. We obviously don’t want the enemy knowing our strategy. It also actively saves lives in the process. So why do average people in society have such little regard for this?
In the civilian world we are not taught this kind of stuff. Especially younger generations. Kids and most adults walk around buried in their devices all the time. While walking, while driving, etc. Here’s what the real problem is though.
Aside from the obvious issue of situational awareness, another huge issue is the crave for attention. Doing the kind of work that I do, I crave it too. I completely understand it. We all want to feel loved, appreciated, and “seen”. The problem comes when we actively broadcast our maneuvers. We broadcast when we go to the gym, when we go to dinner, when we go to the movies, hell, some people even broadcast when they’re taking a shit. The compromise happens when the broadcast is live.
You see, we crave attention so much and social media has allowed us to tell the world as soon as we want to. For most of us that’s immediately, and that’s the problem. This is why I am a huge advocate for Lag Posting.
Lag posting is quite literally exactly as it sounds. Ever played a video game online? Of course you have. Sometimes the game skips, or your player gets stuck in a wall, or you shoot someone 700 times and it takes 15 seconds for the bullets to finally hit them, by this time you’ve already ran across the map and you get a random kill out of nowhere, which is cool, but it is a prime example of LAG. Lag posting on social media is a great way to still be able to moderately broadcast your life without compromising as much of your security. Lag posting simply means making your posts delayed. Yes this means you have to sacrifice the world knowing something a couple hours later than they normally would, but isn’t your safety more important? What about the safety of your kids or family?
Lag posting for a guy like me, being a public figure and business owner is a lot more difficult because of how much content I create. I am widely transparent, more than I like to be at times. I am intentionally this way because it’s what my career demands of me to be successful to an extent. However, lag posting is still a utilized tactic of mine that I employ to reduce the amount of risks I assume.
When we actively broadcast our life we are risking 2 things.
Risk #1 – Location
If the post is live or immediate we let criminals know exactly where we are. Just posted a gym selfie at 6:00pm? That’s great, get your workout on. Did you leave your GPS signal on or check into the location your gym is? Can the gym be identified from logos on the walls or something like that? From a criminal’s perspective, this lets them know that you’re not home for one, but it also let’s them know the current location so they could park outside and stalk you all the way home to find out where you live. A big reason why lag posting is so effective for protecting you from this is because if you lag posted that gym selfie, you’re probably already back home sitting on the couch while the criminal is wondering where you’re at.
Risk # 2 – Routine Identification & Other Party Safety Concerns
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