For most gentlemen, the hobby is a secretive world riddled with risk. Getting into the hobby can be a satisfying and exciting venture and even lead to rewarding friendships and relationships.
As a hobbyist, if you don’t take the necessary precautions, your actions can bring you down. We’re talking significant others, employers, friends or worse whose knowledge of your hobbying actions can trigger the demise of your lifestyle should they find out. City Girls believes in keeping it squeaky clean and you won’t have a thing to think about.
Well, except for your next earth shattering engagement with a supremely attractive City Girls’ club member.
Securitizing your computer while hobbying
I know, I know. You’ve heard it before. But seriously. If you don’t get into a stringent habit of eradicating all trace of hobbying on your computer, not doing so could come back to bite you in the booty and bring you down if discovered by the wrong person. Think of clearing the browsing data on your computer as equivalent to brushing your teeth. It’s something that must (or should) be done frequently. Clearing the browsing data includes:
- Clearing browsing history
- Clearing download history
- Emptying the cache
- Deleting cookies and other site data
- Clearing saved passwords
- Clearing saved auto fill form data
Steps involved in cleaning your computer vary from browser to browser whether you use Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Apple Safari (there are many more of course, but these are the most widely used). Follow these basic steps and you’ll be on the safe track:
- Go to your computer’s tool bar and click on ‘tools’
- Click on ‘internet tools’
- Click on ‘delete files’ and delete all offline content
- Click on ‘delete cookies’
- Click on ‘clear history’
- Click on ‘clear saved passwords’ (otherwise, the next person on your computer could possibly be privy to your user ID and password!)
- Click on ‘internet options’
- Click on the ‘content’ tab
- Go to ‘auto complete’
- Click on ‘clear forms’
- Click on ‘clear passwords’
Deleting programs on your computer
While there are many programs out there that profess to erase programs from your computer, CC Cleaner works well, is free and shouldn’t slow down your computer’s processor.
Use your corporate email while hobbying and risk falling into a booby trap
Rule of thumb: when hobbying, never correspond using your corporate email account. Consider the IT department of your employer as Big Brother when it comes to monitoring your e-actions. Can you imagine the embarrassment of getting fired for what would be considered unsavory activity?
Don’t get a false sense of safety if you are using a corporate laptop just because you can transport it outside of the office. Laptops can crash just like computers. And if you’re in the middle of some titillating hobbying activity and that puppy goes down, it has to go in to corporate for evaluation and subsequent repair. Imagine getting caught with your pants down.
Establish a separate email account
Would you wear a suit to a foot ball game? Jock shorts and a t-shirt to a corporate meeting? Hardly appropriate. Your regular email account should not be associated with any of your hobbying activity. Period. Hushmail is a secure, web-based, free email service that protects your privacy by adding strong encryption on a web based server. It’s the best way to go.
Negating the suspicious significant other
Naturally, how a gentleman chooses to conduct his private life is just that – private. City Girls turns the other cheek to unethical activity. However, if your significant other suspects and starts snooping, he or she could install hidden software on your computer that captures key strokes and records all that you do, or, uh, type into your computer. Further elaboration on this topic is left to technical gurus but you get the idea.
When you are surfing provider’s sites, for heaven’s sake, don’t add any sites to your list of favorites. Even if you don’t add any favorites manually, check that list frequently as some sites may do it automatically. Think discretion, discretion, discretion!
Now that I’ve gotten you on the right track, do I really need to say this? Okay. Don’t store any incriminating material on your computer such as provider photos, gripping emails or other potentially damaging information that could contribute to your demise. Store them in your heart and memory. Delete the rest.
And then there’s your printer. There’s a good chance that you might print out directions to an exciting engagement that you have planned with a club member from City Girls. It may not matter at the moment, but if your printer runs out of paper, what if there were pages left to print? In your haste, what if you accidentally selected multiple copies? It happens to the best of us, especially when your date is drop dead gorgeous and has left your fingers trembling with anticipation as you hit the print button. There, sitting in your computer lurks evidence of your hobbying activity just awaiting discovery.
Cell phones can be your best friend or your worst enemy
The shadow of a cell phone is its call log. It never goes away. If you use your personal or corporate cell phone to communicate with providers, know that the call log traces all of that activity. Can you imagine if your employer investigated that call log? No, no no. It’s a good idea to have a hobby phone dedicated strictly to the hobby. It goes without saying that the phone should be password protected and that only you have access to the bills or online account. And it should remain invisible. Many verification services require that you call from a phone number that they have registered with you. Worst case scenario, you can always purchase a prepaid cell phone. Just remember to modify the number with those services.
The safest way to secure your privacy
There is a handy little device out there called Ironkey. Ironkey offers the safest USB flash drive imaginable. We will explore Ironkey further in an upcoming article under the category Safety
City Girls believes in transparency
When you start getting caught up in all the fun as a VIP club member you’ll understand why. In the meantime, this article provides you with the homework to safeguard your activity, rendering you armed and dangerous, so to speak. When City Girls’ club members catch on to your savvy behavior, you’ll become highly sought after and your VIP status will soar!