A DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity

The other day, Tumblr introduced me to this really useful website: A DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity.

It’s explicitly designed for people who talk about feminism online, who can be easy targets for online harassment and doxxing, but really, it’s a useful guide for anybody who wants to use the internet more securely with steps beyond “use good passwords.”

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about all the problems with the Internet as we currently use it, from both a harassment/safety perspective and user psychology/mental health perspective, and this kind of security won’t protect from all of those types of problems… but it’s good to be informed on things like data mining and tech vulnerability, and to know at least a few basic steps to protect yourself as you conduct your whole life online. At least, it might stop those creepy ads that follow you from device to device for days after you Google something once.

Blogmas #9: The Project for Awesome

Today is the start of the 10th annual Project for Awesome!

If you don’t watch any Youtube, the Project for Awesome is an annual charity fundraising event started ten years ago by the vlogbrothers, Hank and John Green. (Yes, that John Green). Every year, they host a 48-hour livestream, with lots of special guests, and loads of awesome donation perks, including exclusive perks from various big Youtubers. (Last year, I think there were one-off Dan and Phil polaroids, for the people who clicked fast enough?).

This year, all the money raised in the first half is split between Save the Children and Partners in Health. All the money raised in the second half will be split between various charities as voted for by the community. And right now, all donations are being matched by three different donors, which means that every $1 you donate is actually worth $4. A $25 donation will become $100. IT’S REALLY COOL. I recommend you check it out!

So donate, learn about some great charities, and, you know. Don’t forget to be awesome.