November 30th – Computer Security Day

November 30, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of secure internet. Today is Thursday, November 30, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Computer Security Day

On the heels of yesterday’s Package Protection Day comes another security-related holiday – Computer Security Day. Computer Security Day was created in 1988 by the Association for Computer Security to raise awareness concerning computer security issues. These days, electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers are a part of our everyday lives. While they make communication easier and more efficient, they also bring with them new concerns about privacy and security. These days, there is any number of threats to your devices that can make our online experiences challenging – Identity theft, fraud, ransomware viruses, etc. The goal of Computer Security Day is to remind people to protect their computers and information and is observed globally on November 30th. [Some organizations choose to observe this holiday on the next business day if November 30th falls on a weekend].
I briefly touched on the subject of “cybersecurity” in my post on Cyber Monday a few 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.
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.
  2. 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, even with the emphasis on cybersecurity, too many people still use passwords like “123456” and “password” (they have been the two most popular passwords for years now).
  3. 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.
  4. Update all of your spyware and malware protection software.  — Any good anti-virus program will not only protect your computer from viruses and it should already include the software needed to make your computer secure and safe for online shopping. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. If you are using an outdated operating system such as Windows Vista or Windows XP, upgrade the OS on your device or buy a new one. Even if you have a newer operating system, it’s still important to keep your device up to date by installing the latest security updates from the manufacturer.
  7. Encrypt all of your files and back them up. — Your device should give you the option to encrypt all of your files (this is typically found in the settings). Be sure to regularly back up your important data onto a separate external device or one of the many “cloud” services available.

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 Mason Jar Day

National Mason Jar Day is another holiday that is new to the National Day Calendar, being celebrated for the first time this year. The new holiday was created by Misty Campbell-Olbert, to celebrate the versatile mason jar. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Mason Jar Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.
National Mason Jar Day celebrates the mason jar, an ingenious invention that has many uses – however, their primary and intended use are in food preservation. While some forms of food preservation have existed for centuries, it wasn’t until John Landis Mason’s patent #22186 for an “Improvement in screw neck bottles” was issued that home canning became safe and reliable. The young tinsmith from New Jersey had created a revolutionary design using a screw cap, a tin lid, and a rubber seal. Ever since gardeners have stocked their pantries with canned fresh fruits and vegetables from their gardens. His invention made it possible to enjoy the flavors of summer even in the harshest winter. For those who like to pickle foods, Mr, Mason’s patented jar makes it possible to pickle just about every fruit and vegetable in the garden – from the traditional cucumbers to green beans to watermelon.
For decades, mason jars have been synonymous with ingenuity, independence, and creativity – all things worthy of celebration. Aside from their intended purpose, mason jars can be used to store your valuable collectibles or the olio of small, odd-shaped items that “you might use someday.” Mason jars can be used in a variety of DIY projects as well.  They can be made into candles, used as sconces, filled with colorful rocks, sand, or beads and used to decorate your home, used as “shabby-chic” vases for your flowers, or can even be used as desk caddies for your office items. Your imagination is the only limiting factor to the usefulness of your mason jars.
To celebrate National Mason Jar Day, count the was you already use your mason jars around your home and/or devise other ways to use them. Buy some food packaged in mason jars, eat it, then add the empty jars to your collection. You’ll find another use for them in no time.

Perpetual Youth Day

Perpetual Youth Day is celebrated annually on November 30th in honor of Dick Clark’s birthday. Clark, who earned the nickname of “America’s oldest teenager,” appeared to age very little during the five decades of his career.
In 1952, Clark began hosting a local Philadelphia television show called Bandstand. In 1957, he pitched the show to ABC as cheap, easy afternoon programming that would appeal to youth. The network, perennially in third place, was desperate to capture that demographic. On August 5, 1957, American Bandstand premiered to a national audience. It was an instant hit. Clark hosted the show for thirty years, giving many bands their first United States TV appearances. Among the diverse artists he introduced to American audiences were Aretha Franklin, Madonna, The Doors, Stevie Wonder, Sonny and Cher, Ike and Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, The Guess Who, Barry Manilow, Adam and the Ants, Kim Carnes, Blondie, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Grace Jones, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Prince.
Clark, the clean-cut, “square” host, sometimes made music history. According to one source, on August 6, 1960, the scheduled guest Hank Ballard and the Midnighters fail to show up to perform their hit R&B song “The Twist.” Clark convinced his friend Chubby Checker to go into the studio quickly and cut a soundalike version in half an hour. Demonstrating the dance on TV, Chubby got an instant #1 hit and set off the nationwide “dance craze” that lasted the better part of two years.
American Bandstand was not Dick Clark’s only claim to fame. In 1959, he hosted a forty-nine-day road show called Caravan of Stars that traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada and featured Bo Diddley, Bobby Darin, Buddy Holly, Annette Funicello and Chuck Berry, backed by a seventeen-piece orchestra. He hosted the Dick Clark Show (1958-60) and Where the Action Is (1965-67), produced and/or hosted TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes (on-and-off, in one form or other, from 1984-2012). He founded Dick Clark Productions in 1957, which is now the world’s largest owner and producer of events such as Academy of Country Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Miss America and weekly programs such as So You Think You Can Dance. Dick Clark hosted New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from January 1, 1974, through January 1, 2004.
In 2012, Clark suffered a massive heart attack during prostate surgery and died – however, his legacy will live forever.

National Mousse Day

National Mousse Day does not celebrate those pesky rodents that occasionally invade your home, nor does it celebrate the largest antlered, cloven-hooved ruminant in North America. National Mousse Day is celebrated annually on this date and celebrates mousse, the sometimes savory, sometimes sweet, food product in all of its forms.
The word mousse in French means froth or foam. A mousse is a soft prepared food that incorporates air bubbles to give it a light and airy texture and is typically made with whipped egg whites or cream and is often fortified with gelatin. Its consistency can vary from light and airy to thick and creamy. Mousse first became popular in 18th century France but did not become prominent in the United States until the end of the 19th century. Mousse is soft, and is often light and fluffy, but can also be creamy and thick. It can be sweet or savory and is often served chilled, although some types are served hot.
Savory mousse can be made from meat, fish, shellfish, foie gras, cheese or even vegetables. Hot mousse usually gets their light texture from the addition of beaten egg whites. They’re generally baked in a water bath to prevent the mixture from curdling.
The sweet variety of mousse is made from whipped egg whites and whipped cream and is flavored with things such as chocolate, coffee, caramel, nuts, fruit, and herbs and spices, such as mint and vanilla. It is served as a dessert and can be used as a cake filling.
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.
Factoid: When applied to wine, the word mousse describes the foam that forms on the surface of champagne or other sparkling wine when it is first poured. Mousse is analogous to the term “head,” which is the foam on a freshly poured glass of beer.

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1782 – The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
  • In 1803 – Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France.
  • In 1804 – Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial accused of political bias. He was later acquitted by the Senate.
  • In 1838 – Three days after the French occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico declared war on France.
  • In 1853 – During the Crimean War, the Russian fleet attacked and destroyed the Turkish fleet at the battle of Sinope.
  • In 1872 – The first international football (soccer) match was played. The match between England and Scotland was held at West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick, Scotland. The game ended with a 0-0 draw.
  • In 1875 – A.J. Ehrichson patented the oat-crushing machine.
  • In 1897 – Thomas Edison’s own motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition.
  • In 1936 – London’s famed Crystal Palace was destroyed in a fire. The structure had been constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851.
  • In 1939 – The Russo-Finnish War (aka The Winter War) began when 20 divisions of Soviet troops invaded Finland. The 4-month long war between Finland and the Soviet Union began after the USSR invaded Finland and bombed Helsinki. The conflict ended on March 30, 1940, with the two countries signing the Moscow Peace Treaty. In retaliation for its actions, the Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations.
  • In 1940 – Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married. Their marriage lasted for 20 years.
  • In 1947 – Civil war erupted in Palestine. The conflict began the day after the United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution that provided a partition plan for Palestine. The war was wracked by violence which began on November 30 after two buses full of Israeli passengers were attacked by Arab gunmen and snipers shot pedestrians in Tel Aviv. On May 14, Israel declared itself an independent state and on May 15, the Civil War turned into a regional war after a coalition of Arab states that included Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, joined the conflict.
  • In 1949 – Chinese Communists captured Chungking.
  • In 1954 – In Sylacauga, AL, Elizabeth Hodges was injured when a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house.
  • In 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.
  • In 1962 – U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.
  • In 1966 – The former British colony of Barbados became independent.
  • In 1967 – Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower announced their engagement.
  • In 1971 – ABC-TV aired “Brian’s Song.” The movie was about Chicago Bears’ Brian Picolo and his friendship with Gale Sayers.
  • In 1981 – The United States and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva that were aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.
  • In 1982 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was released worldwide. Thought to be the best-selling album of all time, the album, which had 9 tracks, won 8 Grammy Awards, including the award for Album of the Year in 1984.
  • In 1986 – “Time” magazine published an interview with President Reagan. In the article, Reagan described fired national security staffer Oliver North as a “national hero.”
  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • In 1993 – Richard Allen Davis was arrested by authorities in California. Davis confessed to abducting and slaying 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.
  • In 1995 – President Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland.
  • In 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.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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