RED ALERT! Apple is stepping in!

Like many of you know, i have Arizona as a part of my territory, and while talking with friends in the Arizona Technology Group over on LinkedIn, the topic of businesses against Arizona SB 1062.  That’s the bill that flaunts the 14th amendment and would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT folks (or anyone really) on a “moral ground” of somesort.   This article from CNN calls the pro-side out on their nonsense (“it means a gay person doesn’t have to work for the Westboro Baptist Church” – why would they want to?)  While this bill has been news for a while, this petition by 83 businesses in Arizona asking the governor to NOT sign it into law hasn’t been. Many of these businesses know that this is going to hurt AZ Tourism (I know I’m not going there…even for business if I can help it) and Business for years and don’t want it to happen.

The kicker here is that APPLE…THE APPLE…has signed on to this letter.  While the future of their Sapphire glass factory is uncertain, the threat of pulling that out of AZ would be a staggering hit to the state economy.  Normally Businesses do not act for the charity or kindness to humans…even Apple.  They act to make themselves the most money…so this move isn’t about just helping the LGBT community, it’s about Apple telling AZ that this is a stupid move and they don’t want their business hurt by it either.

Like I said on Facebook earlier…”When the Fruit has to step in to school a State on how to make laws…you know it’s serious.”  (Altered for language. 😉 )

Oh yes…remember that little thing called the Super Bowl?  It’s scheduled to be in Glendale, AZ next year.  The NFL is already watching this…and they’re going to act if it’s signed into law.

 

 

 

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Are you really secure?

My good friend Joe at Cisco Meraki posted this article up on LinkedIn earlier today, and reading it this morning wasn’t scary, it was terrifyingly informative.  We are all plagued by security issues throughout our days, but either fail to stay vigilant (my debit card was hacked on Friday, and I still don’t know how, for example…thank you Chase for being good at catching stuff like that!) or choose to think that we are always safe.  Well this article below proves that anyone who is determined and has enough knowledge can and will own your information.

http://lnkd.in/bexJB5G

This writer isn’t a fool, yet he like many of us does foolish things…like with passwords.  You all remember my posts from the comic XDCD about passwords and how we think we’re clever trying to think like computers, but only make ourselves more vulnerable.  The author here does passwords like Gr4c1e…which is a hacker’s dream.  Small alphanumeric word.  You should always..ALWAYS…use a short sentence that means something to you…or at least a grouping of words into a phrase.  For example, a good work password is something you see every day, but only know how it fits into your password.  Looking out my office window across the street I see a company’s name in big bold letters…so I could make my password “Ratheonislookingatme13”.  Because of how hacks operate, to break that password would take near over 1000 years…yet it’s easier to remember than Gr4c1e.  Think about it…this technique has me being able to remember 30-40 different passwords based on where I am and how I access things…breaking them involves knowing how I think which isn’t easy to gather.

Yes, I don’t use that password…but it’s creative and I wish I hadn’t have shared it. 😉

Seriously…don’t let this article scare you…let it remind you to be better in how you handle your security.

LinkedIn’s broken password chain

(Thank you Steve Richardson at Digital Dynamics for this)

I know this isn’t the standard cool IT stuff that you should know & care about…but it’s something worth noting.  Looks like according to LinkedIn’s own page and twitter feed, that they were hacked this week, losing over 600,000 encrypted passwords….of which maybe a third were cracked.

So if you’re on LinkedIn, change your password.  The spam is starting to erupt there already.

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