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Thoughts From Abbott’s Inbox June 23rd, 2023

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June 23rd, 2023

Hard to believe it’s Friday already, but I’m not complaining.  It’s been a busy week and tonight we’re headed to an annual benefit for Hopewell.  They’re a longtime Ashton client and a working farm serving adults with mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.  It’s a great organization that has some amazing outcomes.  Otherwise, it’s graduation party time of year, and we have one of those for a good family friend on Sunday.  Hoping to get a little fishing in that morning, too.  In the meantime, I’ve already read up on clothes washing, mail jumping, and the world lax championships.  Now it’s your turn.  

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Muddled Libra

I have no clue how “threat researchers” come up with the names they attach to hacker groups, but this one is called “Muddled Libra”.  As the article states, they’re “not bringing anything new to the table” in terms of ransomware, but this still provides numerous good reminders; make sure that any companies you outsource to have proper security measures in place (hackers know that getting into one outsourcing company often gets them into all their downstream clients), use multifactor authentication (MFA) on your networks, don’t fall for somebody continually sending you MFA requests (“MFA bombing”), and provide all of your employees with security awareness training.

Clean Clothes

While I’m not of the belief that everything is thrown in the laundry after one wearing, I’m also a big fan of clean laundry.  Evidently there’s a new ‘movement’ afoot that sees people reducing or refraining from washing their clothes.  Two specific lines in this article really caught me;  ” It’s also important for people’s self-esteem ‘to not feel embarrassed about their clothes because they’re dirty or smelly'” and the bit about wearing the same dress for 100 days in a row.  If you wear the same thing 100 days in a row, it’s gonna smell.  And you SHOULD be embarrassed by that!  And if you don’t believe that this really is a ‘thing’, I’ve seen similar stories on two different news programs this week alone.

Smartphone Security

For some reason, Australia’s Prime Minister is handing out security tips as they relate to smartphones.  Lots of good suggestions in this article.  

Mail Jumpers

When I first started visiting my in-laws cottage waaaay back when, there was actually still mail delivery on the Upper French River.  We had to get in the boat and head down to one of the fishing lodges where mail would be delivered by their version of Cleveland’s Goodtime III tour boat (which is actually a pretty interesting tour if you haven’t done it in a while).  Anyhow, on Lake Geneva, WI, mail is actually delivered to homeowners by boat and mail jumpers– a 100 year old tradition.  Looks like fun! 

Security Updates

Apple and ASUS routers have updates this week.  Note that the ASUS alert is long- just scroll to the bottom and see if your home router is on the list (I need to go check mine!)

Art Thievery

Ever wanted to steal some art?  Time Magazine was kind enough to interview a leading (former) art thief who provided a lot of well thought out tactics and tools of the trade.  Must’ve been a slow news week. 

Lacrosse

I was just thinking last night that I’d subscribed to ESPN+ for the purpose of NHL hockey and college lacrosse. Both are done for the year and I probably don’t need to be paying $5 or $10/mo. for another stream that we’re not watching.  But then  I realized that the World Lacrosse Championships are being aired on ESPN+, so I have a reason to keep it.   I remember when there were only four teams in the championships (USA, England, Canada, and Australia).  That went to five with the addition of the Iroquois Nation (now referred to as Haudenosaunee) and over time has grown to 30 different countries playing.  That’s pretty cool.  That said, it’ll probably still come down to USA and Canada for the A bracket championship.  

Thanks again to all of my readers, especially those of you who take the time to respond regarding a certain article, or the fact that you look forward to reading this on Friday afternoon (with bourbon) or Saturday morning (with coffee).  

 

Hope you learned something new today, and that you have a great weekend!

Abbey

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