Some OP SEC Basics

Every now and then it’s time to go over the fundamentals, as they say in sports. Today seemed like a good time to review some OP SEC basics. However, if you’re like me and don’t have a military or law enforcement background, you’ve probably heard the term OP SEC, but you’re not sure what it’s all about.

OP SEC stands for Operational Security. But what does that mean to the ordinary prepper anyway? I discussed that a couple of years back with Riverwalker on DestinySurvival Radio. This week’s show is a reairing of that program from back in March 2012. You can view what I originally wrote about it here. The link for this week’s show is below.

A quick note about Riverwalker. He’s one of the most popular guests I’ve had on DestinySurvival radio. If you’re not familiar with him, he blogs about stealth survival. he’s a prepper from South Central Texas who doesn’t just talk about preparedness. He lives it. He retired last year after working many years in corrections with both juveniles and adults. As a result, he knows a thing or two about human nature. And he gives common sense advice on prepping.

You may recall that he was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio this past February, where we talked about preppers becoming more cautious in light of what’s happening in our country these days. You can view what I wrote about it here.

OK, back to OP SEC. It concerns protecting yourself, your family, your possessions, and your privacy. It can be summed up with a few key points.

  • It doesn’t have to involve a complicated set of rules. Keep things simple.
  • Practice secrecy wisely. There are things in your personal life which others don’t need to know.
  • Look at the long term and put into place measures that can be sustained.
  • It’s imperative that you know who you can trust with detailed information about you.
  • Don’t do anything to draw unwanted attention to what you’re doing.
Get more specifics by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for April 10, 2014. (Right click to download.) Out of that earlier conversation came Preppers, Personal Privacy and OP SEC, a small Kindle e-book I wrote which gives you Riverwalker’s insights on this subject. He graceously agreed I could compile material from our DestinySurvival Radio interview and some of his blog posts so I could offer this book to you because we both feel strongly about this vital topic. See a summary of what this e-book contains here.

What tips would you share with others on how to practice OP SEC? Feel free to leave a comment below.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.