Carey Parkeris creating Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons
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For patrons at this level, I will send you a members-only quarterly report on the most important cybersecurity and privacy events, complete with information on what you need to do to protect yourself and those around you. I'll also give you a heads up on what's on the horizon that you should be aware of.
Ask Yourself Just One Question...Just how secure is your digital "castle" right now? Would you say it's like Fort Knox or closer to a wet paper bag? If you're like most people, you probably have no clue - and guess what, that almost surely means that you're closer to the wet paper bag! But lucky for you, you've found Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons!
The Wake Up CallIn 2013, after the bombshell revelations from Edward Snowden, I began my quest to train everyday, non-technical people how to defend their digital castles from hordes of hackers, swarms of spammers and Internet invaders by writing a book: Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons. (While I self-published the first two editions, the third edition was published by Apress in the Fall of 2018.) Your computer, "smart" devices, and online privacy have never been more at risk than they are right now - and it's going to get worse before it gets better. But what can you do about it? Surely, it's hopeless... a lost cause... but it's not! My book has over 150 simple and free things we all could (and should) be doing to protect ourselves. The book explains it all, without jargon or judgment, complete with step-by-step instructions and pictures.
I was (and still am) extremely proud of this book, but I felt that I wasn't reaching enough people. So I started a blog, created a newsletter, and even taught some continuing education courses at Duke University. But still I felt like I could do more...
Kicking It Up a Notch (or Three)I decided it was time to hit the big time: I started my own podcast! Once a week, I break down the cyber news that actually matters (and debunk the stuff that doesn't), provide a useful Tip of the Week, and interview top people in the field of cyber-security and privacy. My guests so far have included Bruce Schneier (international cyber guru and author), Cory Doctorow (author and copyright activist), Ladar Levison (owner of Lavabit), Michael Kaiser (Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance), John Graham-Cumming (CTO of Cloudflare), and several folks from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
My Continuing Mission...The mainstream media, despite good intentions, simply doesn't do a good job of covering highly-technical topics like cybersecurity and online privacy - they just don't have the experience to identify what's truly important for most people nor do they have the expertise to explain it in a way that the everyday person can understand and act on. That's my skill. That's my calling. I want to help you get past the hype, filter out the click-bait, and focus on the stuff that matters.
But there are so many things I still want to do! In the near term, I need to update the book (fourth edition) and significantly expand my podcast audience. In the future, I want to write more books, create instructional videos, and expand my training with both in-person and online courses.
All of these things take a significant amount of time, effort and money. Right now, this is still something I'm doing in addition to my day job as a software engineer - but my plan is to move into cybersecurity and privacy as a full-time profession some day. In the meantime, I need to at least pay my bills and hopefully get some more funds to invest so I can increase my reach.
And that's where YOU come in! Whether you want to help me to help you, or help me to help humanity, I would be flattered and honored to accept your support for this quest!