The point is obvious. There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority ... feels it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme.”
Ray Bradbury

Who are you?

I’m a computer security professional who’s been in the field for over 30 years.  My name, address and who I work for isn’t as important as what I’m saying – who do I have to be for the information to be right?  If I have incredible credentials, can’t I still be wrong?  Who am I… I’m the person on the other end of WordPress calling your attention to something, the rest is up to you.

What is this site for, what am I supposed to do with it?

In the About This Site page I cover more, but in essence the purpose of this site is to provide people with practical information they need to secure their information systems.  I strive to list how you can resist, combat, fix or patch a given problem in every article.

Can I ask you a question?

Please do – either register and ask in-situ of an article or email me with the Contact Us form.

What’s so special about another security blog?

Most blogs don’t list what to do about something, how you can protect yourself or where certain dialogue boxes are, they just give you news and their opinion.  I try hard to put practical information on this site that people can apply.

It’s not like banking data is on here, so why multifactor?

It’s true, there’s nothing Earth-shattering about this site or what’s on it, but if you have a username and password at all, you may as well have an authentication system that you can rely upon (multifactor) because usernames and passwords alone are insufficient nowadays.

Also, it defeats spammers and site attackers who only want to watch the world burn.

What’s it like to be so paranoid? 😀

This really is a FAQ so I thought I’d put it here:

a) “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you”, but seriously:

b) How do I know “they” are monitoring your phone calls?  Because I worked on the CALEA II monitoring team for Verizon.  Why would I say businesses watch your every move?  Because I was the consultant they called to monitor their employees.  How do I know girlfriends / wives get spied on and need help?  Because I was the person their friends told them to call to consult so that they could talk to their attorney without being beaten up by their husband.  People need help and they deserve their privacy but people who feel powerful invading that privacy don’t make it easy.  I’m not paranoid, I’ve seen it, it’s my job, and if you’re not paranoid to some degree in this day and age you’re not paying attention.

How do I tell you you’re wrong about xxxxxxxx?

Please tell me I’m wrong about anything, I’m not perfect.  Register and comment in-situ or use the Contact Us form, I reply to every message I receive.

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