October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Did you know we had one of these? Neither did I. But apparently this is its eleventh year, and it’s as good a time as any to go learn something new about protecting your data online.

My favorite cybersecurity tip? If you don’t use a good password manager, you should. A password manager makes it relatively painless to use long, secure passwords. It also enables you to use a different password for every online account, mitigating the damage if one of your passwords is discovered. It’s also simply less stressful than trying five passwords every time you visit a website.

I’m partial to KeePassX, but LastPass and RoboForm are also popular. Any of them is better than continuing to use one password for all of your accounts.

You can find more resources at StaySafeOnline.org, or for this month’s theme, Stop-Think-Connect. They even have ways for faith-based organizations to get involved. Awesome!

A fresh start

I’m making an effort to rebuild my space online so that I control more of my content and unify my activity across networks. In part this is inspired by my friend Ryan’s declaration of interest in the Indie Web, and in part by the opportunity to switch hosting companies.

We’ll see how it goes.

Pumpkins 2012

Pumpkin carving with my wife and brother-in-law again this year! That’s my triforce on the left, Alleson’s tree on the right and our brother’s ghost in the middle. I feel like my carving quality is up a notch this year, but I’m still fond of my 2010 work.