Cloudflare & You: A Little Known Website May Have Exposed Your Data

As an IT person, there’s a point when it seems like there isn’t much that can really shake up the industry. And then something comes along that does. From exciting new hardware to frightening new viruses, there does seem to occasionally be that thing. The current thing has been dubbed Cloudbleed, in reference to a memory leak in Cloudflare’s code that hemorrhaged out data.

Who is Cloudflare? What do they do?

Cloudflare is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) service provider.

Cloudflare CDN vs without CDN comparison map showing 31ms vs 9ms averaged page load times for users in various locations in the us.
Cloudflare’s description of how their CDN service works and the improvement it makes in website load times.

CDNs are used to help websites operate globally by replicating a site to servers all over the world. Essentially, you pay a CDN to copy your website so that a user in Dubai has the same experience as users in New York, NY or someone three blocks from your server. One CDN server may encompass multiple sites, and there’s no real division between what sites are contained on that server. They don’t have a “kids site” server, a “porn site” server, “business site” server, “wholesome non-profit” server, etc. all of it is stored together. Continue reading “Cloudflare & You: A Little Known Website May Have Exposed Your Data”

Why the interest in Caregiving?

Caregiving, neither for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach, has been such an enormous part of my life. And I don’t really see a life “after” caregiving. It all started with my mother and a diagnosis of early on-set Alzheimer’s Disease back in the 90’s, and continues today as I work to help my grandmother who is in her 90’s continue to live in her home.

It’s more than an interest, it has become a way of life. And here in West Virginia it is certainly a needed way of life. so much of our elderly community has found themselves alone, forgotten, or just plain out of options. for all of our talk about being a retirement state, there wasn’t much planning put into managing the ongoing lives once the golf, shopping, travel, and dining days were replaced by the darker parts of aging. In a recent conversation with a local elder services director, it was mentioned that our county has a population of almost 15,000 seniors (65+), but they only receive funding to provide services to about 1,000, much less than the demand for their services.

Although many of those 15,000 don’t need help and support, not only can that can easily change, but there are many caregivers struggling to make it through until they, essentially, win the elder services lottery.

Happy New Year!

It’s a rainy New Year’s Day in Princeton, WV, but that doesn’t discourage me. No, 2016―a year best left to the dust bin of history―is finally gone and we hope a bright 2017 awaits us. A year in which we need to find a renewed sense of purpose and opportunity. And those are my wishes for you, that you may find those with abundance this year.