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.

Spiral Radio101 #62 – ‘BOOST!’

cropped-spiral-radio-101-logo-preview.jpgSpiral Radio101 episode 62 is NOW AVAILABLE! Download the show from iTunes, Stitcher Radio, the SR101 RSS feed, or stream it straight from by CLICKING RIGHT HERE!

The version of the show that got posted was truncated. I’ll be replacing it with a full-length file later this evening. We’re sorry for the inconvenience!The full-length version is up and available NOW! Thanks for your patience.

Another Way to Find Us…


Let’s say you’re looking to find a back episode of Spiral Radio101, or maybe you’re not able to get the latest episode from iTunes, Stitcher, or our RSS feed. There’s still one sure-fire way you can always find the show.

As soon as it’s uploaded, the show will be available at LibSyn (which stands for Liberated Syndication) is the host we use for our podcast files, and that link is back end access to our podcast. It’s not pretty, but you will have access to every podcast we’ve ever posted there.

Keeping the Lights on In 2016

It is, regrettably, that time again. Chris and I look at the budget every year and figure out what we can afford and what we might need a little help with. That’s when we look to you all. TL;DR – we’d be very grateful if you were able to lend us a hand with our annual hosting costs – you’ll find a Paypal button right on the side of the page. Read on if you’d like to learn more. 🙂

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