With the climate crisis biting at our heels, disappearing ecosystems and the great extinction of species at hand, I wonder what in the world can bring us together?
When will we view this planet as our shared and sacred resource?
To have and to hold one people under a shared biodiversity
for as long as we all shall live.
We this Sapiens Grande, beyond anything the planet has ever seen.
We this species who can change the very atmosphere and biosphere of the planet.
Everything is in our control, and the Sisters of Mercy cannot comfort us this time.
Turns out the darn Russians did interfere and spy on our Democratic tendencies. Moscow’s interference in the elections and cyber-espionage campaigns such as the SolarWinds hack is just the tip of the vertiginous iceberg.
I once had a renewed credit card sent to my rural mailbox. Someone knew when it would be mailed, my mother’s maiden name and my social security number!
They spent $5000 in the blink of an eye. Turned out to be the Russian mafia.
There are many nefarious ways in which people are constantly seeking to use and utilize your data for their own ends, and it’s in your own best interests to ensure you are protecting it as best as you can.
Many of us enjoy using social media. I use it to broadcast my blogs and keep in touch with old friends and family. But some social media outlets are tracking our every move. Not to mention feeding us fake news, fomenting fear and loathing.
How to protect against such intrusions?
I use a safe browser like BRAVE because the vast number of websites and ads include software that tries to identify you. They want to track your every click across the web. Brave blocks all this, allowing you to browse freely.
If you have not already started using two-factor authentication, you might want to start doing so as soon as possible. This a hassle for sure… another text, another email – but at least the intruders shall not get in.
Getting a new laptop or device? Back up and then wipe out your data on the old device first. Instead of simply tossing computers and so on in the bin, you should aim to carefully recycle them with e-waste recycling methods. Don’t leave a Hansel and Gretel trail of your past on a hard drive.
This is why you should always encrypt and protect your data. You might think that encryption is just for businesses, but the fact is that we should all be aiming to encrypt our most important files if we want to keep them safe from prying eyes.
As a young girl, I used to imagine the satellites were spying through my window to the south. Filled with Aliens and near-do-wells, they were looking for the secret of our brilliance.
I thought that if they would only invade the planet, we would have to rally as one people.
One planet to protect and save.
Here is my endpoint: Why should we view or hate the peoples of Russia, Palestine, Israel or Tunisia? Guatemala, Columbia or Iran?
The wonder of our species on this planet—our shared history of civilization, heritage and knowledge is a sacred asset.
To waste it all away for greed and differences seems like petty nonsense. And yet, that is what remains if the Aliens do not land soon, so we can reunite as one.
I pray for their intrusion.
For now, keep your data safe—just in case.
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