Happy Holidays

Dear Reader,

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster

we wish you happy holidays.

Be merry, have fun, don’t diet!

Engine Room

Please don’t Yahoo

Dear Reader,

The internet dinosaur Yahoo had a famous advertising slogan once: Do you Yahoo?

Today I recommend you do not.

Yahoo was cracked. And that was before it got cracked. You can read it here http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/yahoo-hackers-stole-information-1b-accounts-44196851. One billion account details were copied. In the crack before half a billion were copied.

Now, I and DiaBlog have been cracked. It can happen. We are – and probably will always remain – amateurs.  We do not run a billion dollar internet company with email service, server space for photos and what not. Our responsibility is infinitesimal in comparison. Yet we are doing quite a lot to stay safe.

Today, you cannot really exist without an email address. Numerous government agencies require you to have an email address. Try getting a job without, or traveling, or opening a bank account. Thus, whoever provides you with an email address should be careful. And Yahoo has proven, that they are not.

I recommend Yahoo users delete their accounts. Get a different email provider. I will not respond to Yahoo emails anymore.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room