Computer Security Day

November 30, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of secure internet. Today is Wednesday, November 30th. The holidays today are:

Computer Security Day

I briefly touched on the subject of “cyber security” in my post on Cyber Monday a couple of days ago. If you are a shopper who prefers to shop online for the holidays rather than face the hordes of shoppers pushing and shoving their way through stores and malls across the nation, then it behooves you to ensure the safety of your online shopping experience.
Computer Security Day was started in 1988 to help raise awareness of computer related security issues. The goal is to remind people to protect their computers and information. This annual event is held around the world on November 30th although some organizations choose to have functions on the next business day if it falls on a weekend.
In 1988, the internet was in its infancy, but even then the need for security was becoming apparent. Hacking and computer viruses have been around since the early days of modern computing, evolving and becoming increasingly more sophisticated as technology advanced. More importantly, data stored on computers and servers became even more valuable to hackers – from big corporations to individual’s personal information.
If you haven’t already taken steps to ensure your computer’s security, I urge you to do so today. There are a few things that you can focus on  to ensure that your computer, your devices, and the data you have in the cloud are all secure.

  1. Create strong passwords and keep them updated regularly. — This reduces the chances of your personal data falling into the wrong hands. If you aren’t the sort of person who’s good at coming up with strong passwords (and let’s be honest, some of us aren’t), then there are a number of password managers which you can choose from to generate random passwords and save them so you don’t have to remember. One strategy is to mix upper and lowercase letters with symbols, as this can be harder to guess and difficult to hack – and passwords increase in difficulty the longer they are. Surprisingly, it doesn’t seem that everyone would think to do this, because “123456” and “password” have remained the two most popular passwords for years now. And don’t use the same password over and over for every online account you have – this ensures that if someone manages to get into one of your accounts, then they can gain access to all of your accounts. Bad idea. So make strong passwords, don’t recycle them, and update them regularly.
  2. Update all of your spyware and malware protection software.  — Any good anti-virus program will not only protect your computer from viruses, it should already include the software needed to make your computer secure and safe for online shopping as well. There are a number of products available from which to choose, and no matter which one you choose, it will be well worth the investment. Follow up with thorough scans, and you should have a more secure computer or device as an end result. While you may be aware that computers require such protection, you should also remember that your other devices such as tablets and smartphones are also vulnerable to malware and spyware – so take the necessary measures to keep them secure. And if you still have a computer running the outdated Windows XP or Vista, you should be aware that this creates huge security vulnerabilities for you. So upgrade your OS or your device. For the rest of us with more contemporary operating systems, it’s still important to install the regular security updates in order to stay safe.
  3. Encrypt all of your files and backing them up. — Your device should give you the option to encrypt all of your files (this is typically found in the settings), and then it’s your choice whether to go for a physical device such as an external hard drive or USB drive or for any of the numerous online cloud storage options. Many of these offer encrypted storage, and while Google’s Drive is probably the best-known, it’s far from the only player in the field. And most of the cloud storage options are free up to a certain limit.

National Package Protection Day

Going hand in hand with Computer Security Day, National Package Protection Day encourages homeowners to stay alert and protect their homes against package theft, which becomes more and more prevalent during the holidays. National Package Protection Day is celebrated on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving.
With the advent of the big shopping days right after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there became a need for a day that raises awareness of package theft and helps homeowners protect themselves against thieves. The internet has made it easier to find deals and to have packages shipped directly to our homes. But this has also made it easier for thieves to snatch our deliveries right from our doorsteps.
There are steps that you can take to prevent package theft.

  1. If you can’t be at home  during the delivery company’s inflexible delivery window, make arrangements with a trusted neighbor to pick up your package after it is delivered.
  2. Call the delivery company to reschedule your delivery at a time more convenient to you.
  3. Make arrangements to pick up your package directly from the delivery company.

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day  

On this date in 2006, the Department of Justice sponsored the first National Methamphetamine Awareness Day to generate awareness about the damaging effects of ‘meth’ abuse on individuals, families and American communities. Education and public outreach are at the heart of the national drug control strategy, and National Methamphetamine Awareness Day will play an important role in highlighting the nationwide efforts to increase awareness and decrease demand of this highly addictive and dangerous drug.
Each year since, the Department of Justice joins with state Attorneys General and state and local law enforcement to discuss the broader impact that meth production and use are having on our communities. Across the nation, U.S. Attorneys, along with state and local leaders, will coordinate a variety of educational events targeting their specific communities.  National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is a coordinated effort not only to reach potential meth users with a message of prevention but also to educate current users about the programs available to them.

National Mousse Day

The word mousse in French means foam. A mousse is typically made with whipped egg whites or cream. Its consistency can vary from light and airy to thick and creamy.
Whether sweet or savory, a mousse can complement any meal. From a smokey salmon mousse as the first course to a tart lemon or creamy chocolate mousse for dessert, there is virtually no limit to the flavors we can incorporate into a mousse.

Cities for Life Day  

National Stay at Home Because You’re Well Day  

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

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Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (aka Women’s Wednesday)

On this date in

  • 1782 – The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
  • 1803 – Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France.
  • 1804 – Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial accused of political bias. He was later acquitted by the Senate.
  • 1838 – Three days after the French occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico declared war on France.
  • 1853 – During the Crimean War, the Russian fleet attacked and destroyed the Turkish fleet at the battle of Sinope.
  • 1875 – A.J. Ehrichson patented the oat-crushing machine.
  • 1897 – Thomas Edison’s own motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition.
  • 1936 – London’s famed Crystal Palace was destroyed in a fire. The structure had been constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851.
  • 1939 – The Russo-Finnish War began when 20 divisions of Soviet troops invaded Finland.
  • 1940 – Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married.
  • 1949 – Chinese Communists captured Chungking.
  • 1954 – In Sylacauga, AL, Elizabeth Hodges was injured when a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house.
  • 1956 – CBS replayed the program “Douglas Edward and the News” three hours after it was received on the West Coast. It was the world’s first broadcast via videotape.
  • 1962 – U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.
  • 1966 – The former British colony of Barbados became independent.
  • 1967 – Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower announced their engagement.
  • 1971 – ABC-TV aired “Brian’s Song.” The movie was about Chicago Bears’ Brian Picolo and his friendship with Gale Sayers.
  • 1981 – The United States and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva that were aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.
  • 1986 – “Time” magazine published an interview with President Reagan. In the article, Reagan described fired national security staffer Oliver North as a “national hero.”
  • 1989 – Alfred Herrhausen was killed in a bombing. The Red Army Faction claimed responsibility for killing Herrhausen the chairman of West Germany’s largest bank.
  • 1989 – PLO leader Yasser Arafat was refused a visa to enter the United States in order to address the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.
  • 1993 – U.S. President Clinton signed into law the Brady Bill. The bill required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
  • 1993 – Richard Allen Davis was arrested by authorities in California. Davis confessed to abducting and slaying 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.
  • 1995 – President Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland.
  • 2001 – In Seattle, WA, Gary Leon Ridgeway was arrested for four of the Green River serial killings. He was pled innocent on December 18, 2001.

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