Trying to understanding how to protect personal computers from hackers, viruses, and other evils is confusing and baffling to most non-technical people. Financial risk, vulnerability, lost time, and stress are just a few of the results of not understanding the basics and putting simple privacy protection processes in place.
Carey Parker, a highly experienced telecommunications software development professional, is on a mission to change this situation. Serving as the “family IT guy” for years and having shared this key message with friends, colleagues, and students at the Duke Continuing Studies Program and other venues, Parker has experienced first-hand the confusion around the basic nuts and bolts of how the computer works and misunderstandings about the ways to prevent hacking, scams, and identify theft.
“You don’t need a degree in engineering. There are plenty of simple, common-sense things you can do to protect yourself from opportunistic hackers and mass surveillance. But I feel it’s also important to understand at a basic level how this stuff works so you can be an informed consumer as well as an informed voter,” Parker advises.
On this Influencers Radio interview, Parker shares the need to understand online privacy, the steps needed to protect ourselves from hackers, scams, and identify theft without breaking the bank, and some simple steps to get started. To hear the entire interview, listen here.
Parker recently released the second edition of his best-selling book, Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons: A Step-By-Step Guide to Computer Security for Non-Techies. The original version, released in January 2015, was acclaimed by readers, hosts of security podcasts, and technology leaders as a great resource for the everyday computer user. Parker has been lauded as having a knack for making “techie” concepts clear and actionable as well as pointing readers to many of the resources and tools used by security researchers to protect their privacy online.
The updated version includes information and steps for Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan, expanded coverage on mobile device safety, and safety for kids online. Inside the cover are well over 100 tips with complete step-by-step instructions for managing passwords, securing home networks, shopping and banking online, automated backups, using yours smart phone and tablet safely, and much more. The book is available on Amazon.
To find out more about Carey Parker, his book, and resources to protect your privacy and family, visit Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.
About Carey Parker and Wawasee Media
Having started programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just beginning to be popular, Carey Parker is a highly experienced telecommunications software development professional with 23 years of experience in creating software for multiple companies. Over time, in his career as a computer “geek”, Parker observed that the evolution of technology brought expanded risks to both security and privacy.
Realizing the increasing impacts of online security to all citizens, Parker became deeply concerned about computer security and online privacy after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013. He has combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write a book by authoring and publishing Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.