Tuesday Sweep: 10 October 2017

Your weekly reminder to back up your data, update software and otherwise pay attention to your digital environment. (Oh, and to go to the CRASH Space meeting…)

There have been some truly sensational breaches lately… and yet I’m kinda bored? They all start to look alike. Folks in Company X management didn’t allocate enough funds/man hours to keep their infrastructure up to date because it’s no one’s sexy pet project.  Company Y employee, frustrated with crappy or overly complex Company Y infrastructure or protocol, used their personal devices because the devices were easier to use, newer, and/or more convenient.  Someone in Company Z hires Company Q to do work based on price or a buddy-buddy relationship, not realizing on not caring that Company Q can’t or won’t follow standards.

All these breaches, with these headline busting catastrophic results, have such boring, super mundane origins. Occasionally some press release will be all “spies did it,” but these purported (or real) spies didn’t do anything… cool. I was promised stealth drones checking out drive lights outside office towers. All these breaches have predictable bad management decisions at their core. It’s almost as if security needs to be taught even more in B-Schools than Computer Science programs.

Jump in Here

  • Welcome. If you haven’t been following along, it’s okay. You’re not behind, you’re just where you are.
  • I highly recommend the coach tool at the Crash Override Network has a great step by step break down for many of the same introductory steps we did here.
  • Feeling more ambitious? Review the list of OneThing articles and pick one to catch up on.


The basics.

  • Updated software recently? Pick a new device to check on today.
  • Backups still up and running? When was the last time you made a clean disk image? Here’s a new great article on how to design a backup system.
  • App and Password Gardening: Delete a low quality app from your phone or delete an account that you don’t need that doesn’t make you happy. Digital cruft builds up. Delete it. If you’re keeping it, can you move the password to your password manager (delete it from everywhere else) and add two factor authentication?
  • Move to offline archive & delete your histories where you can find them.
  • Double check privacy settings on your phone, social media accounts. The folks running the companies can change the TOS and add “features” before you notice them.


Where do you scan for news?



Feeling dumb or stupid about how not-l33t you are? Angsting over some silly thing you “know better than to do.” Stop. That isn’t useful. Regret is only of use if it prompts an actual change in behavior. Maybe it’s NOT you that sucks. Could be it’s the technology and you could come up with a fix that would help lots of people. Look forward and make a plan.


We are a community. You are a welcome part of it.

  •  Did you learn something cool in your sweep? Make something? Share it!
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I make things that do stuff. The best, though, is teaching others to do the same. Founder of @crashspacela Alum of @ITP_NYU

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