Due to the recent hacks on celebrity account, I have been reminded of just how vulnerable most internet security is. Although this doesn’t justify the event, it should serve as a reminder. Thus, here’s a friendly post on some ways to make our internet identity more secure.
1) check if your passwords have already been hacked at this site. If they have, change them.
2) Enable two-step verification for the accounts you really care about. This is a bit more of hassle for logging in, but the majority of websites such as google, facebook, microsoft, etc recommend it. It makes a big difference and can prevent a hacker who already has your password from logging into your account. More info about what it is and which sites have it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-step_verification
3) Make sure you have different levels of passwords. For example, don’t use the same password you would for tumblr, news site or online shopping as you do for your bank or email. When same/similar passwords are used, a hack on small site can lead all my information being known.
4) Don’t answer “security questions” honestly. Security questions are often the weakest point in an online service’s security, since someone could to figure out the name of your pet and the street where you grew up. Instead, treat the answers to these questions as a second password. Make up long, random answers, write them down on a piece of paper, and store that in a safe place.
5) If you want help deleting some of your accounts, this site is useful. http://justdelete.me/
For more suggestions, you can also read this article about the celebrity hacks and the section about how to make our data more secure. http://www.vox.com/2014/9/2/6095277/Jennifer-lawrence-kate-upton-hacking-scandal-explained
Hope this helps.
Over 700 Jefferson County High School students are staging walkouts and protests over proposed changes to the Advanced Placement History curriculum. According to Colorado Public Radio:
Last week, a school board member proposed that advanced placement history classes be required to promote free enterprise and patriotism and be required to avoid classroom materials that encourage social strife or civil disobedience. Two high schools in Jefferson County closed Friday after dozens of teachers called in sick in protest.
According the online petition to be delivered to the School District:
Jeffco Public School Board has just proposed a change of curriculum stating that, “Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”
This means that important parts of our history such as the Civil Rights Movement, Native American genocide, and slavery will not be taught in public schools. If these important lessons are not taught, children will not learn from them, and what will stop them from happening again? This is a severe form of censorship intended to keep the youth ignorant and easy to manipulate. I’m hoping to get enough signatures to prove that this is a public issue, so, please, if this is important to you, please sign. Do not let our youth grow up in ignorance; we all deserve the truth!
You can sign the petition here.
Thanks to theseacaptainsdaughter for dropping a link in my inbox.This is truly disturbing.
Are you kidding me? What century do I live in?
"I’ve worked to eradicate Malaria my entire life, and I used to drive out into the rural areas all the time to do my work. I’d carry large amounts of money without any fear. People would know that I had money with me and nobody would bother me. But things have changed. People have grown desperate, and desperate people do bad things. The population has grown in Mexico much faster than the infrastructure, and there just aren’t enough jobs to support everyone. My company had a job opening recently, and all the job required was a high school diploma, but 400 people showed up with college degrees. And that was for a job that only paid $350 a month! All Mexicans need are jobs. We are not a lazy people. Give us a job and we won’t sleep if it’s necessary. We’ll eat our lunch while we are working. We will work 15 hours a day to dig a hole 10 kilometers deep, if that is what you ask us to do. Because for us, all work is a blessing."
(Mexico City, Mexico)
This 1911 photo of Marie Curie in a roomful of dudes (including Max Planck, Henri Poincaré, Ernest Rutherford, and young Albert Einstein, lurking in the background, second from right) bespeaks so much both about the gendered state of science and about the enormity of cultural bias Curie overcame to become the “Martyr of Science,” the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only person to date to win a Nobel in two different sciences.
Also see Curie on science and wonder.
It’s amazing that they even let her in the room at the first Solvay Conference considering that facial hair was apparently required for entry (except for you, James Hopwood Jeans, you somehow made it in naked-faced and wearing gray)
As a scientist, Marie Curie experienced incredible anti-female prejudice , and although we still have a lot of progress yet to make, let’s be thankful for people like her for opening some of the first doors for women in science.
It must have been exhausting work. I mean, just look at her, sitting next to Poincaré, head in hand like “Why do I even bother, Henri?”
I can almost picture Marie as a child…
because of that photo
I’ve decided to start making my blog more original. I’m not going to just reblog the posts others have composed, but included my own compositions. If I want to be original, I have to think for myself and form my own arguments from my research. It won’t be often, but it will happen.
Happy National Voter Registration Day, Tumblr.
The number one way of celebrating it? Registering to vote.
Every year, millions of eligible Americans neglect to register, which means that millions of important voices are utterly silent on Election Day. Don’t be one of them. There’s basically a 100% chance that something you care about is on the ballot, something you don’t want to be quiet about.
So be one of the loud ones. Register already. It’s an easy form that you already know all the answers to. No excuses.
'In October 2012, a drone strike in northeast Pakistan killed a 67-year-old woman picking okra outside her house. At a briefing held in 2013 in Washington, DC, the woman’s 13-year-old grandson, Zubair Rehman, spoke to a group of five lawmakers. “I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman, who was injured by shrapnel in the attack. “In fact, I now prefer gray skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are gray.”'
America’s drone war has killed thousands of people over the last ten years, but the visual record of it is miniscule. After receiving a Getty Images Editorial Grant in 2013, photographer Tomas Van Houtryve set out across the United States to create images that would bring light to the circumstances under which drones operate. He attached his camera to a small drone and aerially photographed the types of targets that drones strike: weddings, funerals, public gatherings.
See more from the project, In Drones We Trust, here.
“I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman, who was injured by shrapnel in the attack. “In fact, I now prefer gray skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are gray.”’
Nothing screams punk like i’s dotted with hearts.
"But if the Dead Kennedies do not like the man so don’t I." Is there a single-tear emoticon? —Lars