How to cheat at cake decorating: 7 simple tips

I've always loved to bake, so it made sense that I would make my own cakes and cupcakes for my kids' birthday parties. Unfortunately, although I am skilled at baking delicious desserts I am not skilled at decorating them, which tends to be an expectation for children's birthday parties. That's why I had to come … Continue reading How to cheat at cake decorating: 7 simple tips

25 most used passwords of 2013: Have people lost faith in Jesus?

SplashData has released their annual list of the "worst passwords" based on which passwords appeared most frequently in password files obtained by hackers. As an information security specialists these lists always make me feel happy about my job security but also despondent about how security awareness efforts still aren't changing the behaviors of many computer … Continue reading 25 most used passwords of 2013: Have people lost faith in Jesus?

Lesson from Target data breach: Don’t shop with your debit card

The most shocking thing to me about the recent Target data breach was not that it happened. Although the scope of the Target breach is extraordinary, I am always aware of the risks of using credit cards. I used to manage a Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance program. I understand the … Continue reading Lesson from Target data breach: Don’t shop with your debit card

Thanksgiving is just dinner: 5 tips for a relaxed turkey day

This post is adapted from something I wrote years ago for a now long abandoned blog, but in spirit of a busy holiday season in which the best way to maintain one's sanity is to cut a few corners, I am unapologetically recycling much of it. For all the fuss I make about Halloween and … Continue reading Thanksgiving is just dinner: 5 tips for a relaxed turkey day

2 must have Android apps, both are free

I recently got a new phone which means having to reconfigure everything to be just the way I want including re-adding all my favorite apps. Of course there are some apps that are no-brainers (Twitter, Facebook, Words with Friends), but I also loaded two must have Android apps that are incredibly useful even though I … Continue reading 2 must have Android apps, both are free