Quick morning thoughts

Ok. So I originally had wanted to post yesterday — from the subway on my Blackberry — about individual’s need to be careful about what we post online. Of course, as luck would have it, none of it got saved. While posting from my Blackberry has been interesting and neat, it has presented some challenges. I still need to figure out how to use the email-to-post feature of WordPress (perhaps I’ll take some time tomorrow afternoon or this Sunday to do it).

In the meantime, I have been busy. First off, I’ve recently acquired two new domains — cigarnewbie.com (where I’ll post my cigar reviews and such — I’m still debating as to whether to create a whole separate blog for that or not) and wiredcatonline.com, which redirects to here. Wired Cat Online has been the name of my consulting/desktop publishing/personal company since I bought my first Mac, with my own money, back in 1993.

One of the things that I enjoy the most about what I do is that I can share what I learn with others. It’s actually far more critical, IMO, that we do so and that keeping secrets from others isn’t helpful. But this society, particularly in the IT industry, seems to continue to maintain that keeping secrets is a necessity. It, in this mindset, ensures we’re employed and important. All that it actually does is maintains an environment of distrust and facilitates the ability of assumptions to grow. These assumptions often hold us back because we become blind to what is going on. When it comes to security this makes us blind to the “bleeding obvious” (to quote Computer Stupidities).

So when I hear things or am asked things that seem to fit the bleeding obvious, I begin to wonder what brought our industry to this stage of things and how it holds us back. We miss the simple security things we can put in place, at no-to-low cost, effort and time, and miss the obvious security holes that need quick fixes but that take a bit of time, effort and planning. I have to admit to liking WordPress because a particular plug-in, Theme/Plugin Updater, has made it easier for me to ensure that I keep up to date on those plug-ins. Additionally, even WordPress itself is easy on the upgrade without me having to go back and re-adjust pages that I had modified before. Some themes still need something like that where widgets aren’t affected if I experiment with one theme over another but perhaps with time that will come (or I’ll create something — a Widget Keeper so to speak). Perhaps all of this is a result of the on-going larger political tiredness over state security and the FUD that the federal US government generates on a daily basis (if you travel alot, how often do you hear the “We’re at level Orange” warnings, often blared over the general speakers in the airport terminals?).

Anyways, tonight I’ll take a few moments to put down those original thoughts on individual security so we can continue working on ensuring that even home systems and home environments are protected from a computer point of view. If a particular area is of interest, pop me a note in the comments and I’ll see what I can dig up for you. 😉