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Cybersecurity: Russian Hackers, Privacy, and You


In 2016 I attended my very first WordCamp Orange County. Since then I have been able to attend 3 more; Los Angeles, San Diego, and again this year at OC. This year I was invited to give a presentation about Cybersecurity at WordCamp Orange County, I chose to discuss privacy aimed at the average user. It was my first WordCamp presentation.

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.

Cybersecurity Presentation

Much to my surprise, the organizers had scheduled my talk just before lunch on Saturday. This maximized my opportunity to have people attend my event. However, there were other presentations and talks going on at the same time. Because of this, I was surprised to see the room was so packed it was standing room only. I have so much gratitude to have received a lot of positive feedback. The WordPress community is very encouraging.

Here is the video of my presentation:

UPDATE 4/13/18: One thing I would definitely roll back on is my stance regarding LifeLock. At the time I considered the service worthy of purchase… until the Equifax data breach. After the breach, they were pushing those who were affected by the breach to purchasing LifeLock. Knowing how poorly Equifax managed to secure everyone’s personal info AND that they owned LifeLock left a really bad taste in my mouth. We canceled our accounts with them right then and there and froze our credit.




Social Media Saves Lives

Today a friend found and reposted images of posts they pulled off of a Facebook profile where the person posting claimed they were planning to go on a shooting spree at Antelope Valley College. She included a link to the person’s profile to prove the images were legit.

By the time I saw her post and opened the link to his profile 153 people had shared his threatening post. Sadly, 7 people had “liked” the post. (Seriously, why?)


Sharing this info and the image was good to help notify friends going to that school, or that live in the area, so they could be aware. Unfortunately, I have no way to tell how many people called the Lancaster, CA police, but I was one of them. Granted, by the time I saw the Facebook post it was 5 hours AFTER the posted threats.

On the phone I was informed by Lancaster PD that this person was in custody.


Look at it this way… If it’s just a poor taste hoax, he needs to understand that it’s not funny and there are consequences for such actions. If it’s a genuine threat, then social media helped save many lives today and hopefully this person will be given the help they need.