Happy November! It’s actually finally nice enough for a bike ride here in Phoenix, and I just had a marvelous Halloween (even though I almost got eaten by a wolf!) This month I have a nice roundup of posts for you as well as a blog I was quoted in. As always, I’ve divided it up by category as best as possible.
But before I get started with that, here’s an event annoucement: Those of you in Phoenix should definitely come out to Freelance Spark this Wednesday, where we will be discussing how to build an inspired business at 6PM at Co+Hoots. Get your free tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spark-phoenix-how-to-build-an-inspired-business-tickets-18996246284. We will also be meeting on December 2nd to discuss how to cultivate successful client relationships. Even if you’re not in Phoenix, there may be a Spark in a city near you, so go to https://www.freelancersunion.org/spark/ for the details.
I have a whopping 22 posts to share this month, and hopefully you’ll find something you like! I’m always open to suggestions and pitches (especially if they’re not from PR folks), so please feel free to get in touch. Details for how to do that are here: https://yaelwrites.com/contact/.
But yeah. Dem posts.
- Mr. Robot Uses ProtonMail, But It Still Isn’t Fully Secure (Wired) No lawyers or technologists were harmed in the making of this article (but they did spend an awful lot of time explaining things to me.)
- Should You Plug That USB Drive Into Your Computer? (Beware Of Malware) (Forbes) I got the scoop from Zach Julian at Bishop Fox.
- Five Tools For Online Privacy And Security (Forbes) Four are free and open-source…
- Why You’re Rejected For Security Clearances (Dice) Based on public data and a BSides Las Vegas presentation by Kevin Tyers.
- Your Last Chance To Crowdfund InvizBox Go, A Portable Open Source VPN Router (Forbes) The crowdfunding is over, but FYI.
Technology and Human Rights/Civil Rights
- Government Internet Kill Switches Violate Human Rights, But Telecom Companies Can Fight Back (Forbes) Details from Access lawyer Peter Micek.
- CISA Security Bill Passes Senate With Privacy Flaws Unfixed (Wired) Co-authored with Andy Greenberg, though actually all I did was a tiny bit of research, but the information is important so it’s worth reading.
- 37 Whistleblowers You Can Follow On Twitter (Forbes) I wrote this after Snowden got on Twitter…
- This Startup Will Piss Off Publishers—And Make Freelancers Happy (The Freelancer) This is a Q+A with Scott Carney, founder of WordRates.
- Filing Public Records Requests: A Quick And Dirty Guide (The Freelancer) Everything I know about FOIA, distilled neatly into a how-to guide.
- The 5 Best Coffee Shops for Freelancers: Phoenix Edition (The Freelancer) And two honorable mentions. Let me know if I missed any good ones.
- 3 Freelance Horror Stories That Will Make You Cringe (The Freelancer) I do want to add that the subhed, as I wrote it, said “because yelling is so punk rock,” not “complaining.” Because we all know that complaining is for country music, not punk.
- I also spoke with David Brown on the importance of finding an anchor client for a piece he wrote on building a successful freelance writing career, and the Freelancer’s Union reprinted an old blog post of mine: How one freelancer relentlessly pursued a deadbeat client – and won.
Weekly Security News Roundups
Each of these has links and short summaries of seven to 10 news stories for each respective week, so read ’em all to keep up-to-date. They’re posted each Saturday.
A Primer On Herbalism Part 2: Herbal Preparations (Performance Menu) (paywall) This is the second in a three-part series about herbal medicine.