The Dangerous Life of an Activist Blogger

Brian Krebs has good laptop stickers

Brian Krebs has good laptop stickers (Photo credit: quinnums)

Articles like this compels me think if I should continue being an online activist. I often imagine worst scenarios like Kreb’s
‘In the last year, Eastern European cybercriminals have stolen Brian Krebs’s identity a half dozen times, brought down his website, included his name and some unpleasant epithets in their malware code, sent fecal matter and heroin to his doorstep, and called a SWAT team to his home just as his mother was arriving for dinner.

‘Mr. Joffe worries Mr. Krebs’s enemies could do far worse. “I don’t understand why he hasn’t moved to a new, undisclosed address,” he said.

‘Mr. Krebs said he did plan to move and keep his new address secret. But these days it is almost impossible.

‘Though he goes to great lengths to protect his personal information, last month his wife received an email from Target informing her that their mailing address and other personal information had been stolen in the breach.

‘“I got that letter,” he said, “and I just had to laugh.”…’

As Feds Go Digital, Paper Industry Wages Secretive War
Group tries to slow federal government’s move away from paper to the Web
‘As the Obama administration pushes to do more business over the Internet, finally seeking to close the technology gap with the private sector, the digital makeover is running into a dogged opponent called Consumers for Paper Options.

‘The group is working the halls of Congress in closed-door meetings, underwriting research favorable to its position and mounting a news media campaign in an effort to preserve Washington as the capital of paper — and slow the move away from printed checks, forms and other paper communication…’

Create your Own Digital Message in a Bottle with Time Release
Digital Time Capsules Lets Users Lock Messages A Year In Advance
‘TimeAppsule lets users send secret messages that can only be opened at a specific time.
To send an appsule, users need to first create an account and then select a theme or design for their appsule. After selecting a theme or design, they can start filling up their appsule with messages, images, and videos. When they are done creating their collection of “gifts,” they just need to enter an email address, set a time and lock period, and hit send.

‘Appsules can be locked for up to a year. Recipients will only see a capsule and a timer counting down.

‘The app can be downloaded from the iTunes store.

Your Windows Want to Reboot So Often. Why?
It took me 5 years to learn and implement this
‘If there’s one complaint nearly everyone seems to have about Windows, it’s that it wants to reboot so frequently. Whether it’s for Windows updates or just when installing, uninstalling, or updating software, Windows will often ask to reboot.

‘Windows generally has to reboot because it can’t modify system files while they’re being used. Those files are locked, and can only be modified when they’re not being used…’
What Does Rebooting Do?


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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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