When it comes to executive protection, everyone thinks they are an expert. From clients to those that they are with, we are constantly bombarded with requests that, if taken, would undermine our ability to protect our clients effectively. When it comes to executive protection, think of your expert like you would a brain surgeon.
We believe that 95% of protection companies don’t understand that they are delivering a service. Instead of bragging about your fighting ability, we believe in providing the Gold Standard of service.
Digital reputation management is one of those subjects that most people can’t understand until they have seen the results of an incident. The breadth and depth of the tools available to those with less than benevolent intentions in the modern age are staggering. The danger of ignoring the online world when it comes to executive security and privacy is undeniable. In some cases, it can be as bad or worse than any threat in the physical world.
While many hazards threaten only the high net worth individual’s reputation, others can create all kinds of ancillary problems, including:
- coordinated activity threats
- the potential of a real-world attack provoked by online activity
- various types of financial dangers
- personal photo hacking
The truth is, digital reputation management, privacy and protection can’t be overlooked.
The average person doesn’t understand libel laws, nor do they understand that directly attacking someone’s reputation creates legal liability. These are among the many reasons so few are willing to show common sense or restraint in their online discourse. By and large, the noise on the Internet isn’t worth pursuing, but in a situation where someone has a formidable platform, it can become necessary to deal with their libelous speech.
The reason this is so important is because someone with a platform is likely to come up in searches for the principal’s name. Unless it is dealt with, the libel can become eternal and will always be likely to show up in a search. Getting this information off the web and out of search engines is one of the top priorities of any competent reputation management service.
In addition to the technology, we also make sure we conceal who is speaking to whom through the use of code names and false identities. This means that even if someone is able to monitor communications among team members, they will still have considerable difficulty knowing who is involved in the conversation or what they are protecting.
Knowing when and where trolls and other kinds of online antagonists are likely to strike is one of the most powerful ways to avoid problems before they become much harder to manage. This is a skill that is only gained through experience, but it is a valuable one. When combined with good practices in other areas, a proactive approach can yield significant dividends and prevent unnecessary expenses and wasted time with a minimum of effort.
Proactive measures combined with good security policies create a complimentary interlocking series of executive protections for both the client and the team that is cooperating to provide the security in the first place. Encryption, reputation management, being ahead of the curve when it comes to potential threats and a healthy dose of common sense can combine to dramatically reduce the risks.
Traveling in and out of a foreign country can be dangerous, especially for billionaires and other high-net-worth individuals and their families. Here are the five biggest threats billionaires face when traveling out of China.
Possibility of Violence
It’s essential to have somebody do an intelligence report on the foreign country so that they know what the threats and concerns are. These reports can uncover everything from crime-ridden areas of a city to the possibility of violence. There could already be violence occurring in the area, so it’s important to know what places to avoid when you’re a high-net-worth individual. Violence can also occur when criminals find out that a billionaire is leaving or arriving at a particular time or place. Many people use email and post on social media about their whereabouts, but billionaires have to be mindful of who they’re telling certain information.
Possibility of Civil Unrest
Civil unrest can happen anywhere, and it’s crucial to find out if the country you’re visiting might have any issues that could potentially cause you harm. Protests can be peaceful, but sometimes they do result in violence and injury, something billionaires need to avoid at all costs.
Becoming a Target for Kidnapping and Extortion
If you’re traveling without security with your family or alone, you and your loved ones could be a target for kidnapping. Many criminals find that by kidnapping a loved one, they can earn a big payday, so it’s important to avoid situations where this might happen. Even if you are traveling with security, you will need more than one agent with you and your family to protect them from any unnecessary harm. You can quickly become a target of kidnapping or extortion if you aren’t mindful about who you tell what information, especially when it comes to your whereabouts and those of your loved ones.
While kidnapping and extortion are high-level crimes, there are others that you can fall victim to if you are traveling without security. Theft is just one of these crimes. When people with ill will know where you’re going, where you’re staying, and where you’ll be at all times, they can easily monitor you and steal from you. Whether its valuables or important information, you need to be aware of other times of high-level crimes that don’t physically cause you harm. The State Department might put out alerts to warn billionaires of such high-level crimes traveling to certain foreign countries.
Interactions with “Bad Guys”
Interactions with other people will happen during your travels. It’s only human nature, after all. Unfortunately, not everyone can be trusted. From those who are non-security who drive your car to people you interact with on the street, you may unknowingly tell the wrong person the right information. Even if the people you directly talk to have no bad intentions of their own, you can expect them to tell others about their talks with a billionaire, letting people, both good and bad, know information about you.
Executive Protection will help diminish the potential risks for billionaires traveling out of China so that they don’t fall victim to any type of harm.
The World Protection Group (WPG), acclaimed security and protection agency has recently created a new luxury executive protection firm for high net-worth individuals and celebrities. The new firm, called 001, aims to protect their clients without disturbing their lifestyle, a first in the Executive Protection Industry.
Mr. Moyer is an alumnus of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he spent additional time at the Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy, studying the strategic management of luxury businesses. Moyer has studied some of top brands like Porsche, Pagani, Bvlgari, Chopard, and Ferrari. He is a graduate of the Executive Security Institute (ESI), where he received a degree in Criminal Justice, in addition to the Executive Protection Institute & many other Executive Protection schools.
Featured on shows like ABC Nightline News, EXTRA, and E!, as well as publications like LA Confidential, Profile Magazine, Mother Jones and The Los Angeles Times, Mr. Moyer shares his distinctive knowledge and extensive background in the EP Industry, which first began when he started working for Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion.
With the tagline, “We Protect Your Lifestyle,” 001 is the first luxury company in the Executive Protection Industry. The firm’s agents have been trained using The Ritz-Carlton Gold Standard of Service Operations, a style of sophisticated customer service which allows them to protect their clients and their lifestyle. After studying luxury brands, 001’s inception began as Moyer found that many high net-worth individuals and celebrities were hiring sub-par bodyguards to handle all of their security. He saw that these bodyguards often had no professional training in threat detection or security and were after much more than simply protecting their client; they were after money.
As professionals, 001, believes in the barrier between themselves and their clients, guarding their confidentiality with trained Executive Protection Agents. Moyer says that one of the biggest mistakes a client can make is to lack the understanding of what makes effective security. Moyer believes in properly educating clients so that they can spot what qualities make a good security expert, so that clients can help protect their own security.
All too often celebrities employ untrained bodyguards looking to make a quick buck and sell their personal information to the media. 001’s agents do not engage in unprofessional behavior that may include becoming close friends with the client or selling any of their information to the public. Instead, the most important element of the relationship is that of confidentiality to keep out the media while protecting clients from any physical harm. Simply protecting a client from bodily harm cannot completely protect their overall security, so Moyer set out to create 001 to protect both aspects of their clients’ lives.
001 seamlessly embeds security solutions into the lifestyles of their high net-worth clients to prevent breaches in security and privacy before they happen. Using a combination of sophisticated, high-level technology and security systems, high net-worth individuals and celebrity clients will have security and physical protection without disrupting their normal lifestyle.
001 manages the entire realm of their clients’ protection completely extending to the home, families, private jets, yachts, business and travel plans, and offices. The security process takes 6 months to a year to complete, but afterward, the client will feel comforted as they will be safe from possible threats or safety issues. Free to enjoy their lifestyles with the assurance of several impenetrable layers of covert protection, 001 allows clients peace of mind no matter where they are.
Because 001 ensures the greatest quality of service, they take on a limited number of clients so that they can do everything to protect their current clients. For more information, please visit: https://www.001wpg.com & https://www.worldprotectiongroup.com
On October 11th, 2018, US rapper Kanye West accidentally revealed his phone’s passcode to the world during his meeting at the Oval Office with President Trump. He was caught on camera unlocking his phone with the digits 000000 when showing the president images of a hydrogen-powered plane which in Kanye’s opinion should be the presidential aircraft. His passcode, 000000, came as a surprise to many as it is a very weak passcode especially for a man of his caliber.
While having weak passcode like six zeros is risky and unwise, the real danger in Kanye’s experience was at the cameras behind him. Complex passwords can be secure but not in the presence of curious people and their cameras. Unfortunately, most people tend to forget this critical security measure. We tend to enter our passcodes whenever we need access to our phones without checking whether the environment is safe. Passwords are for privacy and protection of data. The moment your password is shared to an unauthorized party, your personal information and your privacy is compromised. Many stars and celebrities tend to forget that there are always cameras and people watching them, and as a result, they unknowingly make such careless mistakes that put them in danger.
Kanye West’s ‘accident’ therefore is a reminder to all who value their privacy that they should always be aware of cameras and malicious people and that it is necessary to take extra luxury private security precautions to protect their personal data. There are various ways to keep your data safe depending on how tightly you want to secure your phone or your computer. Some of the most useful steps to securing your device’s data include;
- Use VPN on your device
- Utilize appropriate security settings
- Buy devices and property anonymously
- Keep your phone number off websites
- Clear personal data from any public database
- Have an anonymous phone number and email address
- Monitor the privacy settings on your devices
- Set-up encrypted communications (calls, texts, & emails)
- Make your phone anonymous and encrypt your messages.
An anonymous phone is a convenient way to enjoy the use of technology privately and securely. It, however, requires that you strictly observe some crucial measures such as;
- Avoid airport wifi
- Ensure that your Bluetooth is always off and use a password whenever you need to use it
- Avoid using your anonymous phone to browse
- Never use I-cloud
- Do not use your personal information on your anonymous phone
- Never make or receive calls from this phone
- Avoid watching or downloading videos from this phone
- Avoid adding applications
- Purchase the phone anonymously
- Use your hotspots only and ensure that they have passwords
- Put the phone in a faraday bag when not in use
- Turn off SIRI
- Never use its texting system to text.
In conclusion, requirements for protecting your data and using phones anonymously may seem extreme, but they are necessary for keeping you safe. Consult an Executive Protection company if you need help with protecting your privacy.