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Security expert Benjamin Tedesco found an illegal cash skimmer on an ATM machine whilst on holiday in Vienna, Austria.
The skimmer was located on the ATM machine near St. Stephen’s Cathedral, based in the Austrian capital.
His video of the incident has already amassed two million views.
Tedesco noticed glue around the skimmer which instantly determines that it’s fake.
To prove it, he pulls off the skimmer and shows us how identical the real and fake machines are.
He then speaks to an ATM user to warn her about the danger of the fake skimmer as soon as she goes to insert her card.
Tedesco said, ‘While on vacation with my family in Vienna, Austria, I went to grab some cash from an ATM.
‘Being security paranoid, I repeated my typical habit of checking the card reader with my hand as I have 100s of times…; today’s the day when my security awareness paid off’.
‘In addition to the magnetic strip reader, it has a battery (the large silver object on the right), some sort of switch (the small silver object in the middle with the small black tab sticking out of it), and of course the control board with the 4 pin connector (the large green board to the left).’
He added, ‘I have since notified the Vienna Police Department regarding this discovery’.
Tedesco noticed something else suspicious after watching a spoof of his video by Ali Rahmoun. It shows a missing grey slip that could have been a camera.
The camera was positioned over the keyboard so that PIN codes can be recorded. Whilst it was in Tedesco’s video, it was removed in Rahmoun’s.
So if you’re on a luxurious holiday this year, keep alert for potential threats like this.
Nature’s greatest allure is how it allows us to rekindle our connection with our primal senses – the forgotten aspect of our nature.
The beautiful thing about nature is that, it requires us to strip down to the bare essentials and live off the natural elements. In this article we will share with you 18 essential bushcraft skills that all successful preppers share.
These skills will help you experience the liberation that a person gets from self-reliance and adventure.
18 Bushcraft Skills All Successful Preppers Share
The Craft of Fire
A bonfire can serve many purposes. Not only does it help illuminate the surrounding areas, but also helps in getting warmth, cooking food and boiling water.
There are two primary mediums for navigation: a compass and a map. If you have these two pieces of equipment you can almost never get lost, especially if you’re familiar with the area.
However, for a master navigator, all that’s necessary is keen observation skills and nature.
The sky becomes their map and the sun and stars become the directives.
Foraging for Food
Foraging is one of the most important skills as it allows us to find edible plants. Nature is filled with many delicacies along with just as many toxic plants.
A person’s ability to find wild berries, fruits and mushrooms is essential for their survival.
Hunting your Dinner
Hunting is probably the most primal of all the bushcraft skills and the best way to add some protein to your diet.
A good hunter will possess the ability to observe their prey and create a plan to either track it down or trap it.
No one can survive in the wild without sturdy shelter. This particular skill, is the foundation of an adventurer’s and their time in nature.
You must know how to create an appropriately sized shelter that can protect its inhabitants from rain.
The adventurer should also know about various different types of shelters and their proper use.
For example, a swamp bed is a type of shelter that allows shelter on wet surfaces or even water.
Understanding your Ropes
One of the most important, yet basic skills in bushcraft is the ability to tie poles or sticks together to create a rope.
Although, survivalist can take nylon ropes, but their real ability will be tested when they can create ropes from bush materials such as grass or vines.
Knots and Lashings
Your ability to tie knots will help you several other essential skills necessary for survival.
In bushcraft work you will be forced to learn many different types of knots and lashings, which will help you build shelters, ropes, beds and so on.
If you are ever forced to make your own shelter from the bush materials that are available at hand, thatching is a skill that allows you to do just that.
It is not difficult to construct a hut exclusively using with local materials. In place of nails you will use lashings and thatching with long grass ferns for weather proof roofing.
With some basic tools and know-how, anyone can set up a temporary or permanent camp.
Knowledge in camp craft will help you establish a u-shaped stone fireplace or a dug in fireplace.
Hooks, fire-throngs and forks from me made from bush material. It teaches you diverse set of skills such as stone baking, creating lamps or making camp-furniture.
Reading the Sun-Clock
Believe it or not, but our sun acts as a clock if we can learn to learn its rays. Well, all you really need is a stick to create a shadow, which will help you tell the time in the most primal manner.
We don’t really need refrigerators to preserve food for later. The best ways to keeping our wild animal meat fresh under bush conditions are by smoking or drying the meat.
Fishing and Fish Traps
Although, the most usual method for fishing is by using a rod and a line, however, we can devise a number of creative traps to catch fish.
This helps us free up time to perform other tasks during the day.
There are many natural indicators that can help us find water in the wild.
Water can be found in hollow trees, under the soil and water can also be extracted from vegetation.
Since water can be found and extracted in the driest of terrains, it is an essential skill for bushcraft.
Analyzing Animals and their Habits
The ability to recognize animals is of enormous benefit for an adventurer. Species identification can help you in finding water and food sources.
It can help you stay out of danger by avoiding threatening animals such as poisonous snakes.
There was a time when we could tract almost anything literally anywhere.
However, modern civilization has taken this skill away from most of us.
Ability to read tracks can help you avoid dangerous animals, while helping you find food.
Although, everyone carries a first-aid or survival kit, but a person’s ability to give first-aid can be extremely important and can even be the difference between life and death.
On the lesser extreme, it is important for one to understand how to properly clean a wound to prevent infections and other complications.
Understanding Your Weather
There are many effective ways to predict weather without the use of technology.
For example, observing cloud patters is an effective way to anticipate changes in weather.
This is a particularly important skill, as preparing for rain can make your life quite easier in the wild.
Emergency Signal Codes
Although, bushcraft and the wild are quite safe, it is still important to be properly prepared for the worst, because accidents and emergencies are not predictable and our disaster preparedness shouldn’t be lacking.
If you really are serious about mastering bushcraft, then you need to at least familiarize yourself, if not master these 18 survivalist skills all successful preppers share.
Hopefully, this will inspire you to experience the joys and purity of nature in it’s true form, which we all know is WILD.
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Being mentally tough is a very impressive way to live.
People that have this extraordinary ability have trained themselves to behave in this particular way.
Since it takes concentration and focus, you will need to understand that there are habits that these people utilize.
They practice these habits on a regular basis. It becomes second nature for them to be on top of things in order to get more done on a regular basis.
When you use the 7 habits of the mentally tough, you will able to have your life in order.
Mentally tough people have priorities that they stick to, and they continue to handle their responsibilities making them very successful in all areas of their life.
Here are the 7 habits that you can use to increase your mental toughness. You should begin to do them on a regular basis and practice them thoroughly.
1. Focus on what is important in your life.
Developing the ability to focus on certain issues takes training.
It’s important to write down your goals and attain them.
In order to reach your goals, you need to focus on them at all times so that you can succeed in getting what you want in life.
Take a small notebook and write down your goals.
As you achieve them, you can mark them off. Once you develop other goals write them down to.
Always strive to have a variety of goals that you want to achieve in your life so that you work hard to attain them at all times.
2. Do not concentrate on failures, but decide to remain positive about your successes.
The people that can see that they aren’t perfect have been able to continue to try to improve on their positive traits.
This allows them to leave the failures behind them and move on.
When you have something that goes wrong, and you inevitably will, it’s important to put it behind you.
Not everyone just goes through life getting everything that they want, but the trick is to not dwell on the bad aspects, but to totally increase your ability to see how well you have completed several accomplishments in your life.
Take a notebook and write down all of your accomplishments.
Concentrate on them so that you can always use them as a basis for your continuing successes.
This exercise is simple and works well.
You will know what all you have done and feel better about yourself in the process.
Never spend any time dwelling on your failures because it will lead to a lack of energy to increase the positive aspects into your life.
If someone you know or love has a problem with focusing on their successes and always complaining about their failures, you can have them practice concentrating on their successes too.
Sometimes having more people involved can lead to a great amount of positive energy.
3. Practice letting things that are no longer important to leave your mind so there is more room for what is important and retain it.
Since brain matter doesn’t retain everything all the time, you will want to let the unimportant things go.
When they are freed from the brain matter, there will be many more thoughts and processes that can enter the space.
Keep the great information, and what is outdated and from the past will be let go.
Once you get used to doing this, it becomes easier to let those unnecessary aspects out of your mind so that you don’t think of them.
Think of it like cleaning out your closet and getting rid of older clothes.
It’s the same kind of process with letting the older and outdated issues to leave your mind.
If it’s difficult for to do at first, just keep trying to let those parts of your memory leave and gradually they will.
4. There is always more than one way to get things done.
It’s important to remember that there are always other avenues to take when something needs to be accomplished.
Mentally tough people know this. They are always looking for other ways to complete tasks in the fastest way possible. It’s a good habit to get into. Always look for other ways that will allow you to fit more into your life in an easy way.
A good way to put this into perspective is to think about a computer.
There is more than one way to save your projects, and they accomplish the same goal. This type of behavior is necessary in order to move onto bigger and better things in your life.
5. Just like a physical athlete trains their muscles, a mentally tough person needs to exercise their mind on a regular basis.
Learning more and staying interested is a must for the mentally tough. You will fare batter by striving to achieve more and more brainpower by doing mental exercises every day.
Crossword and word search puzzles are extremely beneficial for keeping the brain working and engaged. Lots of people enjoy gathering family and friends around them when they want to get involved in these types of puzzles to add power to their brains.
Reading the latest events will also keep your brain functioning well. Newspapers and the Internet provide excellent sources for having the information that you need right on hand.
6. Boredom will create a lackadaisical way of life, so it’s important that a person cultivate many interests in their life.
Getting bored will lead to complacency. Mentally tough people are never bored.
They create new and interesting things to do in their life in order to stay engaged in the present and look forward to the future.
They constantly strive to encourage themselves to find new and better pastimes that challenge themselves.
You will want to make sure that you have interesting things to do. If you do find yourself bored, strive to attain something else in your life that you can work at to bring back your interest in obtaining a healthier attitude.
Taking a class is a great way to develop a better mental attitude and keeping yourself from getting bored. You can take classes online so you can fit it in when it is convenient for you.
If you want to teach a class, is another way to keep from getting bored in your life. Helping others to learn something that you’re good at is a way to give to others and know that you are capable in that area.
7. Refuse to have a negative attitude, and cultivate positive influences in your life.
Having a negative attitude will bring you down in many areas of your life.
Make sure that you continue to look to the future with an open mind and heart. Mentally tough people see adversity as a catalyst to bring about changes that will benefit their life.
They don’t dwell on what is negative, but use it to help them to achieve even greater things in life.
Since this can be a difficult thing to do, you need to make sure that you’re constantly putting positive influences in your life instead of the negative issues that will always be present in life at one point or another.
This will get you in the habit of looking on the brighter side of things versus the opposite way. Having the ability to do this is something that you should strive for on a daily basis.
You can use positive affirmations on a daily basis to keep the negative aspects from taking over.
Have your positive affirmation somewhere that you will see them.
Good places to put them are your desk, your dresser or on a bathroom mirror.
Take a look at this video of Jessica’s Daily Affirmations and you’ll get the idea!
At work, you can keep them next to your workspace in order to be able to read them often. These positive affirmations allow you to be constantly giving yourself a boost and believing in the better aspects of life will increase your ability to handle the daily pressures in your life.
Practice these positive affirmations with other members of the family too. Allow them to get the advantages too.
Practicing reading them as a family is a good idea because it will develop family unity and encourage all members of the family to strive to make the most out of their lives too.
Being absolutely stringent on following these 7 habits will allow you to become a mentally tough person.
Since you can do these things on a regular basis, once you develop these habits, they will come easy and natural for you.
In all cases, becoming mentally tough can lead to remarkable successes in your life. It is something that you will want to strive for to increase the enjoyment you will have in all areas of your life.
A mentally tough person is a happy and healthy person too.
You can and will be able to be this type of person when you practice the 7 habits regularly.
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Fishing is easily one of the most fun activities to do in the ocean. It has one major drawback, however: Sitting on a boat in the middle of nowhere can often get quite mundane. After all, what can you do to add a little excitement to your fishing?
This grandpa has an idea on how to make fishing riveting. He uses some old-school methods of striking fear into the hearts of fish everywhere, and it takes his family by total surprise.