Spiral Radio101 #64 – ‘Just a Mirage?’ NOW AVAILABLE! (CONTEST!)

cropped-spiral-radio-101-logo-preview.jpgIt is about time, RIGHT??? Spiral Radio101 #64 – ‘Just a Mirage?’ is NOW AVAILABLE for download from iTunes, Stitcher Radio, the SR101 RSS feed, or you can stream it from the site by clicking RIGHT HERE! We do have a contest at about the 32 minute mark, and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND listening to the contest announcement.

If you’re not interested in listening (which gives me big sad face, but I understand) but want to get in on our Thanksgiving Day contest, READ ON!

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Where are we??? (CONTEST!!!)

searching-300It’s been quite some time since we’ve posted anything…like ANYTHING at all. I have to claim much of the responsibility for that. While we’ve had a number of really fun streamed community events and given away some really fun prizes, it’s been too long since we’ve had posts and/or podcasts out. So I wanted to talk a little bit about what’s going on and what our plans are for the immediate future.


(And if you just want the contest info, skip all the way to the bottom – I won’t be offended…much.)

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NXP off the starboard bow!!!

Visiontek ship1Hey everyone! With not a lot of KI news on the horizon, Chris and I thought it might be fun to spend tonight streaming an NXP party instead of doing our regular show. We hope you’ll get out your finest skyfaring ship and come join us!

We’ll get started chatting on the stream at about 8:30 Central time to start getting into position and set sail around 8:45. Chris and I will happily take questions about Wizard, Pirate, Chris’ addiction to AlphaCats or anything else about the gaming world (whether we’ll be able to answer them correctly is another matter). I hope you’ll come ride the skyway and earn some sweet, sweet NXP and scrip!

Safety First

safety_largeI really don’t like the idea that the ugly side of the Internet has come to our friendly community, but, once in a while, &$#% gets real. We’ve had members of our community doxxed, Twitter accounts hacked and deleted, and many of us wondering what happened to the happy, safe little group we refer to as ‘Twizards’. I’m not pretending to be any sort of security expert here, all I can do is make a few suggestions that people far, far smarter than I have made.

1) CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS! Go do that now. Don’t use the same passwords for different sites, particularly ones that might have access to any of your financial resources, private information, or your e-mail. If you think it’s too difficult to remember all those passwords, there are plenty of ways to help with this. I use a free, secure password safe app on my mobile phone called ‘Keeper’ to keep track of them, but there are a number of ways you could do that yourself. You could even go old school and just get a small notebook and write them down.

2) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EXTRA LAYERS OF PROTECTION! Many MMORPGs offer a free authenticator app or a small authenticator device. Some banks do the same. Other services, Twitter included, will force you to enter a code they send to you in a text message every time you log in to Twitter. Those aren’t completely bulletproof, but they’re awfully close.

3) WATCH OUT FOR YOUR FRIENDS! One of the best ways we can beat these guys is watching out for each other. Keep an eye on your friends’ social media feeds (which you probably do anyway) for anything out of the ordinary, and check with them if something seems out of the ordinary.

We’ve been lucky that we haven’t had to really deal with this kind of hacking in the KI community, but it’s here. Now we need to protect ourselves. Our community can still be this great, friendly, helpful place, but we just need to be careful. If you’ve got any security tips, please leave them in comments. We could all use all the help we can get.