Tech Savvy in a Perilous Age

I’ve been reading up on some tech issues involving security, website issues, and a host of other things. I’ve found some great things.

While its always been a nagging feeling that I should do more for security, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden recently said that professionals, and he mentioned priests, should do more for the security of their Parishioners.

The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to upgrade security in the wake of the spy surveillance revelations.

Snowden said professionals were failing in their obligations to their clients, sources, patients and parishioners in what he described as a new and challenging world.

“What last year’s revelations showed us was irrefutable evidence that unencrypted communications on the internet are no longer safe. Any communications should be encrypted by default,” he said.


He added: “If we confess something to our priest inside a church that would be private, but is it any different if we send our pastor a private email confessing a crisis that we have in our life?”

This led me to consider our Parish resources. I’ve learned a lot from The Lawyerist, regarding paperless offices, redundant backups, cloud storage, and encryption at rest. That led to a simple investment in Crashplan.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress here. Stay tuned.

UPDATE – After my hours of research, I asked a Parishioner this weekend what he did for a living… IT director working with security for NASA. If only I’d’a known!

Saturday AM

Dave’ Ramsey’s optimistic take on keeping ourselves together during an economic downturn.

Bios of Keynes, Smith, Freidman, and Volker… shapers of the current economic system.

Protective ID sleeves because our credit / debit cards, driver’s licenses, etc, can be read by RDIF chip readers at just about any time, and anyone can get all of our info. Great. I ordered sleeves for my driver’s license and my passport.

Big Momma’s Chicken and Waffles deserves a link because… well, obviously one has to try it out.

Wednesday Morning…

Have been looking at online security again, and am interested in Privacy Crisis, a complete guide to living more securely.

In the exercise front, am looking at Tall Guys Ultimate Workout, a great program for men over 6’2.

From VISnews, the Vatican Information Service, on On St. Anselm .

“In St. Anselm’s view, then, a theologian’s work is divided into threes stages: faith, God’s gratuitous gift to be welcomed with humility; experience, which consists in incarnating the Word of God into daily life; and true knowledge, which is never the fruit of sterile reasoning but of contemplative intuition”.

Fr. Kenneth Allen