Carey Parker is creating Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons
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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 Call

Five years ago, 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, spammers and Internet invaders by writing a book: Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons. (While I self-published the first two editions, the third edition has been picked up by Apress and should hit the shelves in the Fall of 2018!) Your computer, mobile 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! There are over 100 simple and free things we all could (and should) be doing to protect ourselves, and my book explains it all - without jargon or judgment, complete with step-by-step instructions and pictures! Using simple analogies, plain English, and even some humor, I take the time to explain how things work and why they're so important... but also give you the option to skip straight to the checklists. Here's just a small sampling of the questions I answer in the book...

  • What do I really need to worry about? How secure do I really need to be?
  • How can I choose good passwords and still remember them?
  • How do I protect myself against identity theft?
  • Is there any way to avoid being tracked everywhere online?
  • Is it safe to shop and bank on my computer or smartphone?
  • What is malware and what can I do to avoid getting infected?
  • How do I configure my home network?
  • How do I keep my kids safe on the Internet while respecting their privacy?
I was (and still am) extremely proud of that 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 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. From time to time, I have podcasts focused on a particular educational topic in a series I call "Castle Defense 101" - topics like choosing good passwords, backing up your files, and so on.

My Continuing Mission...

The mainstream media, despite good intentions, simply doesn't do a good job of covering highly-technical topics like cyber-security 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 (third 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 this takes 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 as soon as it's viable, I plan to make cyber-education my full-time pursuit! In the meantime, to do this right, I'll need to hire some help for marketing, editing and just day-to-day administrative tasks.

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!

Thank You!

I want to be sure to thank everyone who has already supported me on this journey so far - from the initial KickStarter campaign to write the first edition of the book, to all my Twitter followers, blog readers, newsletter subscribers, students, and listeners! And thank you for reading this far and giving serious consideration to becoming a supporter!

Tiers
Carey's Eternal Gratitude
$2 or more per month
Thank you for supporting the cause! Every little bit helps and no contribution is too small! For caring enough to pledge, I offer you my sincere thanks and appreciation! All reward levels will have access to my patron-only feed, as well!
Inside Track
$5 or more per month
At this level, you will have direct input on what I cover on my podcast and blog. Each month, I will solicit ideas for topics to cover, questions to answer, and guests to invite. (Includes rewards of all lower levels.)
Ask Me Anything
$10 or more per month
Once a month, I will host a live session where I will take your questions and offer my personal opinions on whatever topics you choose! (Includes rewards of all lower levels.)
Open Book
$20 or more per month
At this level, I will send you a signed copy of each edition of the book as soon as it's available, including the current version. (Available after the second month of your subscription. Includes rewards of all lower levels.)
Annual Checkup
$50 or more per month
At this most exclusive level, in addition to the content of all lower reward levels, I will make myself available for a private consultation session, once per year! You can ask for my help on setting up your specific devices, advice about security and privacy, or just pick my brain! (Available after third month of subscription, once per year. Includes rewards of all lower levels.)
Goals
14% complete
Honestly, this is my main goal: to break even. The podcast, newsletter, and blog cost me about $100 per month. If I can get to this level, I'll be very happy!!
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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 Call

Five years ago, 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, spammers and Internet invaders by writing a book: Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons. (While I self-published the first two editions, the third edition has been picked up by Apress and should hit the shelves in the Fall of 2018!) Your computer, mobile 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! There are over 100 simple and free things we all could (and should) be doing to protect ourselves, and my book explains it all - without jargon or judgment, complete with step-by-step instructions and pictures! Using simple analogies, plain English, and even some humor, I take the time to explain how things work and why they're so important... but also give you the option to skip straight to the checklists. Here's just a small sampling of the questions I answer in the book...

  • What do I really need to worry about? How secure do I really need to be?
  • How can I choose good passwords and still remember them?
  • How do I protect myself against identity theft?
  • Is there any way to avoid being tracked everywhere online?
  • Is it safe to shop and bank on my computer or smartphone?
  • What is malware and what can I do to avoid getting infected?
  • How do I configure my home network?
  • How do I keep my kids safe on the Internet while respecting their privacy?
I was (and still am) extremely proud of that 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 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. From time to time, I have podcasts focused on a particular educational topic in a series I call "Castle Defense 101" - topics like choosing good passwords, backing up your files, and so on.

My Continuing Mission...

The mainstream media, despite good intentions, simply doesn't do a good job of covering highly-technical topics like cyber-security 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 (third 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 this takes 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 as soon as it's viable, I plan to make cyber-education my full-time pursuit! In the meantime, to do this right, I'll need to hire some help for marketing, editing and just day-to-day administrative tasks.

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!

Thank You!

I want to be sure to thank everyone who has already supported me on this journey so far - from the initial KickStarter campaign to write the first edition of the book, to all my Twitter followers, blog readers, newsletter subscribers, students, and listeners! And thank you for reading this far and giving serious consideration to becoming a supporter!

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Tiers
Carey's Eternal Gratitude
$2 or more per month
Thank you for supporting the cause! Every little bit helps and no contribution is too small! For caring enough to pledge, I offer you my sincere thanks and appreciation! All reward levels will have access to my patron-only feed, as well!
Inside Track
$5 or more per month
At this level, you will have direct input on what I cover on my podcast and blog. Each month, I will solicit ideas for topics to cover, questions to answer, and guests to invite. (Includes rewards of all lower levels.)
Ask Me Anything
$10 or more per month
Once a month, I will host a live session where I will take your questions and offer my personal opinions on whatever topics you choose! (Includes rewards of all lower levels.)
Open Book
$20 or more per month
At this level, I will send you a signed copy of each edition of the book as soon as it's available, including the current version. (Available after the second month of your subscription. Includes rewards of all lower levels.)
Annual Checkup
$50 or more per month
At this most exclusive level, in addition to the content of all lower reward levels, I will make myself available for a private consultation session, once per year! You can ask for my help on setting up your specific devices, advice about security and privacy, or just pick my brain! (Available after third month of subscription, once per year. Includes rewards of all lower levels.)