Movember sign-off

Well can you believe it – November, or Movember as we prefer to call it, is over and done with. So many ideas, so many plans, and before you know it December is knocking on the door.

The Sciencelens mo - grey and proud!
The Sciencelens mo – grey and proud!

I planned much more regular updates, and at one stage even contemplated creating a time-lapse video condensing my month’s mo-growing into a few amusing seconds. Well, suffice to say none of that happened, but at least I did manage keep the mo up and running despite some corporate gigs and the like. Guess it helps that high-profile celebs like the All Blacks also supported the cause – it really does help to raise the profile of this very worthy cause.

Thanks for the support. ¬†Hopefully next year we’ll pull out all the stops (or is that stubbles?)!

Keeping your digital belongings secure on Computer Security Day

Today, 30 November, is Computer Security Day. The day, started in 1988, was initiated to raise awareness about computer security issues and to remind people to protect their computers and digital information.

I have to admit that I am no expert on this, but I do know that the subject is more or less as big as you care to make it – from ensuring that you have basic virus or mallware protection in place, all the way to going to great lengths to ensure that your ‘digital footprint’ is as small as possible, out of fear of online personality theft or some similarly sinister conspiracy theory. I definitely lean somewhat towards the relaxed side of the scale – I guess simply maintaining a blog and having a Facebook presence is already enough to have the extreme paranoids running screaming to the hills.

Do what you can to keep your precious data safe and secure.
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Whatever your level of computer security awareness, there are some basic things we should all do – doing fairly regular backups, keeping your computer environment physically safe (locked up when you’re not around), clean and free of excess dust, pet hair etc, using unique, and non-obvious, passwords for your different online accounts, and not opening suspect emails or visiting dubious websites. (Sorry, but you didn’t win that million dollar lottery that you cannot remember entering, and that pastor trying to share his fortunes with you is not real either.)

Of course these days computer security no longer only applies to your home computer and/or laptop, but digital tablets and smart phones as well. In this age of being always connected and always online, I guess we should spend more time thinking about the topic than we typically do.

And perhaps Computer Security Day is just the day to get get us off our behinds and kick us into action.