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Apple released an update to iOS 9 on Thursday—iOS 9.3.5—that patches multiple critical zero-day vulnerabilities that have been shown to already have been deployed, allegedly by governments to target activists and dissidents, according to a report from Citizen Lab and Lookout Security. Apple turned around an update within 10 days from when the company received Citizen Lab’s initial report. The update is recommended immediately for all iOS 9 devices

So yeah, you should probably go ahead and do this.

Aug 25, 16

"A few months ago we put out the call to our community asking what they wish had happened in the wake of their abuse.
We read each email and felt the pain, the anger, the frustration, the sadness.  The loss. We decided to use their words to help parents and other adults understand what a vital role they can play in a child’s ability to heal after sexual abuse.
Many parents think the worst case scenario is their child disclosing the fact that they’ve been the victim of sexual abuse.
We disagree.
The worst case scenario is your child is abused, and they never tell you."

This is powerful stuff. Not only the original story that inspired this project, but also the resulting responses. So many survivors have told me over the years about the people who didn't believe them, and the people who have shunned them for telling the truth about what happened to them, and it's awful every single time I read it.

Aug 24, 16

"Making fun of the Internet of Things has become a sort of national pastime, made possible by a laundry list of companies jumping into the space without the remotest idea what they're actually doing. When said companies aren't busy promoting some of the dumbest ideas imaginable, they're making it abundantly clear that the security of their "smart," connected products is absolutely nowhere to be found. And while this mockery is well-deserved, it's decidedly less funny once you realize these companies are introducing thousands of new attack vectors in every home and business network the world over.

Overshadowed by the lulz is the width and depth of incompetence on display. Thermostats that fail to heat your home. Door locks that don't protect you. Refrigerators that leak Gmail credentials. Children's toys that listen to your kids' prattle, then (poorly) secure said prattle in the cloud. Cars that could, potentially, result in your death. The list goes on and on, and it grows exponentially by the week.

The latest gift of the Internet of Things industry, revealed last week by security researchers at Bitdefender, is smart electrical sockets that can be hacked to hand over e-mail credentials, create a botnet, or (potentially) burn your house down by firing up connected appliances. The devices are sold as an amazing new tool to help create a connected home, allowing users to manage any device plugged into them via a smartphone and/or the internet. The problem, as usual, is an (unspecified) company that treated security as an afterthought."

In short, the connected home that allows you to unlock your doors, or turn out your lights using your smartphone, when it's not secured, means that just about anyone with a little knowledge can do that to your connected stuff too. That's not good. It's life-threatening in some cases, and that's not funny any more.

Aug 23, 16

"A new study published in the International Journal of Health Services only further corroborates this fact. Researchers found that black and Hispanic young people were less able to get mental health services than white children and young adults. This happens despite the fact that rates of mental illness are generally consistent across all ethnicities, Kaiser Health News reported.

Unfortunately, this new study is just one example of a barrier people of color face when it comes to mental health. We gathered just a few staggering statistics that put it all into perspective. Check them out below:"

The current mental health system fails everyone, but for minority groups, it fails even more. We need to be better for everyone, and changing these statistics!

Aug 23, 16

"Thousands of Australian men have joined a viral selfie campaign to promote open conversations about suicide and mental health.

The #ItsOkayToTalk campaign has gathered momentum globally after UK rugby player Luke Ambler posted a selfie that encouraged his friends and teammates to start opening up.

Mr Ambler started the campaign after the sudden death of his brother-in-law.

Thousands of men worldwide have since posted their own selfies featuring an okay hand sign, as well as details of suicide statistics for men."

Good for everyone involved. It is OK to talk about mental health.

Aug 23, 16

"Frankly, whichever figure we go with, if this was a communicable disease such as measles or rubella, mass inoculations and huge public health campaigns would be the order of the day. But it’s not – it’s the rape and violation of children, so silence and turning away, wholly or partially, are the responses."

Unfortunately, this is absolutely true. We don't want to think about children being abused, so we don't. There are no photos of children looking miserably sick in a hospital or injured in the back of an ambulance that will get everyone's attention and go viral on social media. There are just millions of people growing up with all sorts of mental health problems, addiction problems, relationship problems, and on and on as a result of the abuse they suffered as a child. I guess that doesn't warrant the same level of attention, right?

Wrong.

Aug 23, 16

"Believe it or not, it’s almost time for another ILTACON! ILTACON is the annual conference for the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA). This year, it is being held in the shadow of Washington, DC in Alexandria, VA at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. And, once again, eDiscovery Daily will be covering the show! If you’re in the DC area next week, you may want to check out a few of these sessions regarding eDiscovery and Information Governance."

As much as I have been traveling this month already, I am glad that attending this year was not really an option. It would have been yet another trip all the way across the US that I'm not sure I'm up for.

Still, I'm going to miss connecting with many friend I've made over the years at that conference. Hope you all have a great week, and I will be keeping an eye on Twitter and blogs to see what's happening in DC!

Aug 20, 16

Christopher Anderson is the executive director of a national organization called MaleSurvior – an organization dedicated to assisting and advocating for men who have suffered some form of sexual abuse.

This is an interview for WOUB with Christopher. If you want to know more about the organization or about male abuse victims, take a listen!

Aug 19, 16

Having her case dropped again hit Dodd hard, Newton said. “Every time she brought herself to a place to be able to confront this, to be able to be honest about it, to voice what happened, and then nothing was done, I think the weight just grew. And then, you know, ultimately Jeanna’s death.”

People always ask me what I think should have happened to Youssefi. Years in prison? Intensive counseling?

Even after all my reporting, I’m still not sure.

But I do know one thing: When Dodd told her school counselor about Youssefi, I hadn’t started taking gymnastics yet. If the prosecutor then had decided to charge Youssefi, maybe he never would have become my coach.

Aug 18, 16

"This might sound corny. But as more of our digital spaces become stuffed with news — and, perhaps more alarmingly, suffused with an anxiety to always put forward your best self — there seems to be a growing appetite for honest, unself-conscious personal sharing online. That is helping to fuel not only Instagram Stories but also Snapchat, which recently surpassed the unceasingly newsy Twitter in daily use, and Musical.ly, a two-year-old app on which young people (mostly) make music videos.

These are among a handful of apps that are creating a charming alternative universe online — a welcome form of earnest, escapist entertainment that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, in a way that recalls an earlier epoch in carefree internet socializing."

I was a late-comer to understanding what Snapchat could offer, but recently, I have started using my Snapchat story to document some of the odd, funny, things I come across while traveling, or to send a pic to specific people, knowing full well that it'll disappear in 24 hours. It's not about creating something that equates to how I would want to be seen by someone, perhaps a potential employer, who hit up my social media profile. I have my blog, twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook profiles for that. This is just about having fun with friends while I'm traveling around the world.

I think there is a place for that. I think the kids are on to something.

So, if you want to see some of the silliness, feel free to add me on snapchat. At least until that become hugely popular and we all have to change our behavior again. ;-)

Aug 18, 16

"Naked Security reports that a new survey shows users still prefer passwords over other authentication methods such as biometrics. The survey revealed that 58% of people prefer to use passwords for accessing online services. Fingerprints were the most popular biometric method at 10% and only 9% of those survey thought that collecting biometric data was safe."

The thing is, we all already know our passwords aren't safe. That has been proven over and over again. But the pain is relatively lightweight. If your password might have gotten leaked, it's easy to change that. If your fingerprint, or iris print, got exposed, that is a little more difficult to change. I'm not surprised that so few people trust the storage of biometric data and some of the reasons listed in the article are completely valid.

Until those concerns can be overcome, I'm afraid we're stuck with passwords.

Aug 18, 16

The real question to me is, given all the boxing matches with questionable results, let alone ones we know were clearly fixed, why is boxing even still in the Olympics?

Aug 17, 16

If you needed any proof that therapy can change lives, here it is.<br /><br />Humans of New York shared an anonymous story on Monday of a man who served in Afghanistan and has since been diagnosed with PTSD as part of a recently-launched series focusing on veterans who have returned home from deployment. <br /><br />The man’s account of struggling with his mental health after war and initially resisting treatment is a moving example of how seeking support for mental health can really make a difference.<br /><br />“I just couldn’t take it anymore. I had to get help,” the man says in the caption.<br /><br />“At first I dreaded going to therapy. I went through a treatment called EMDR. My therapist would take me back to every point of trauma and have me describe it in detail ... But it worked,” he continued. “The symptoms started to go away. After a few sessions, I remember walking into my therapist’s office and saying: ‘This stuff actually works!’ And he said: ‘Yeah. It does.’”

Aug 16, 16

"To that end I have come up with this handy little list. Because I’ve found that, sometimes, depression can suck the sexy right out of you, which can lead you even further into depression.

Here are 5 ways to find your sex positive state of mind when you’re struggling with depression."

This is an interesting list, if only because we rarely stop to consider the sex lives of those dealing with depression. Often because it tends to be non-existent. Depression does rob you of pleasure in many ways, and sometimes medication can rob you of desire, but it doesn't have to be that way. These are a few things that could help if you find yourself in that situation.

Aug 16, 16

"In a cautionary tale to those who favor government-mandated backdoors to security systems, Microsoft accidentally leaked the key protecting its UEFI Secure boot feature."

This keeps happening, when will people learn that any backdoor is a step in the wrong direction when it comes to security?

Aug 16, 16

"I too have been both disheartened and dismayed at the recent conversations I have had with others on the topic of educational campaigns, especially in relation to campaigns focussed at younger children. Comments such as the following have been made by those not willing to discuss abuse with their children:

"The childhood years are so precious and a time of innocence"

"it seems very sad that children at such tender years have to be exposed to this information which takes away their innocence and drags them into the awfulness of the real world far too soon"

"it seems unfair that to prevent abuse of a few, all children have to lose their innocence"

The attitude which concerns me most is reflected in the last comment – fundamentally, "it doesn't happen to my child so why should I care about it happening to others", or alternatively, "I acknowledge that abuse happens to other children but I don't care enough to do anything about it as it doesn't affect me or my family"."

Again, I repeat. Given the number of child abuse reports, et alone the number we know that go unreported, there is no way anyone can say they do not know anyone being affected by it. It truly is a societal problem that requires a societal solution.

Aug 14, 16

"I’m excited let you know that the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have agreed to fund a pilot phase of a free mental health book club for schools.  The hope is that if we can prove a demand for, and a positive impact of, the book club then we will be able to secure a sponsor or funding to make the offer sustainable.  We’ll be working in partnership with the lovely people at Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Who is it for?

The book club is primarily aimed at, but not exclusively for, mental health leads in UK primary or secondary schools.  If you have a different role, or work with an organisation other than a school and would like to join, you are welcome to do so."

Just passing it on for anyone who may be interested.

Aug 13, 16

A new study shows that the hippocampus – the part of the brain that supports memory – is less active in people with depression, who therefore have trouble not only remembering, but also imagining.

Once again, we see that the all too common advice to simply think more positively, just isn't possible for people dealing with depression. The brain simply isn't capable of responding like that. It's not functioning correctly and needs treatment, the same way you would get treatment if your thyroid was not functioning correctly.

You wouldn't tell someone with a thyroid condition to just think about it working, would you?

Aug 13, 16

Never let it be said that being a victim of child abuse is a life sentence to misery. Survivors have gone on to do amazing things, just like any other group of people. Overcoming isn't easy, but thanks to survivors like Kayla who are willing to share their stories, and their triumphs, we can all take heart that overcoming is possible.

Aug 13, 16

This is like Cold War stuff. When do we reach mutually assured destruction?

For the record, I use an ad blocker. Not because I don't appreciate that many of the tools and sites I enjoy need to make money somehow, but because in the process of doing so, too many are making use of insecure ad networks that have been distributing malware. If publishers can do something to prevent that from happening, I might think twice about it, but that's not the current reality.

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