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Create If Writing is a weekly podcast for writers and bloggers dealing with authentic platform building online. You will hear from experts on list-building, connecting through Twitter, and how to utilize Facebook. But tools for building an audience would feel empty without a little inspiration, so these training episodes are balanced with inspirational interviews with writers who share their creative process, ups and downs, and how they have dealt with success or failure. Kirsten Oliphant is ...
 
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Darknet Diaries, Jack Rhysider’s show, is the most popular cyber security podcast – and one of the most successful tech podcasts in the US in general. Eliad Kimhy spoke with Jack about the origins of Darknet Diaries, his heroes and role models, and the effect the show’s success has had on his personal life – which, you might be surprised to discove…
 
In 2005, when Albert Gonzalez was hacking his way into the networks of many retail chains in the US, credit cards were still very insecure: magnetic stripes and signed receipts did little to stop smart hackers such as Gonzalez and his crew. Sherri Davidoff talks to Nate Nelson about the past and present state of credit card security.…
 
Working with the Secret Service, Albert Gonzalez was outstanding. He was such a good employee, in fact, that they had him do seminars, and speak at government conferences. At one point he met personally with the then Director of the Secret Service. Albert gave a presentation, and got to shake the man’s hand. It’s a remarkable redemption story, you’…
 
It was as a teenager that Albert Gonzalez–one of the few greatest cybercriminals in history–developed the obsession that would go on to ruin his life. Gonzalez and some of his friends would go on to pull off some of the most remarkable crimes in the history of computers – but they just didn’t know when to stop. If they did, they might have gotten a…
 
THOTCON is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill security conference – and it’s even obvious from the moment you browse their website. How did a local, small-scale event in Chicago, grow to become a major cybersecurity conference, and what is its connection to The Matrix movie? Producer Eliad Kimhy talks to Nick Percoco and Jonathan Tomek, two of THOT…
 
On Friday, May 7th, 2021, Colonial Pipeline suffered a cyberattack that forced the company to shut down its operations. As a result, gasoline outages were reported in many East Coast states. The entity behind the attack is a criminal group known as DarkSide. Nate Nelson, our Sr. producer, spoke with Assaf Dahan – Head of Threat Research at Cybereas…
 
In the wake of RSA’s disclosure of the breach, the company cyber analysts chose not to boot the attackers off their network – but followed their activities closely, trying to figure out their identities and motives. For the first time since the actual breach, a decade ago, we’ll get the (surprising) answers to those questions – and more. A special …
 
In March 2011, RSA was facing a terrible dilemma. An attacker siphoned data relating to SecureID, the company’s flagship product used by thousands of high-profile clients around the world – but it was unknown whether the attacker also stole the cryptographic key needed to decipher that data. Should the company disclose the breach, or keep it quiet …
 
Security BSides – or just ‘BSides’, for short’ – is the first grassroots, DIY, open security conference in the world – with more than 650 events in more than 50 countries. Jack Daniel, one of BSides’ founders, recalls how the conference started, and what do such ‘community-oriented’ events contribute that other events often cannot.…
 
I've covered a lot recently on author platform this year, but I almost never talk about craft. It's time! If I wanted to rename this post, instead of How to Write a Bestseller it could be called Write Good Books to Sell More Books or Sell More Books with Your Craft. At least, a little. I literally have a master's degree in fiction, but craft isn't …
 
I've talked recently on social media for authors, but wanted to highlight a specific platform that I've been using more and seeing results from and discuss Instagram for authors. I think that most social media platforms have potential to work for you if you understand how they work and make it your goal to connect with the correct audience. (As opp…
 
In the early days, the L0pht guys tinkered with what they already had laying around, or could find dumpster diving. But things change, of course. By the end of the ‘90s many of the L0pht hackers had quit their day jobs, incorporating under the name “L0pht Heavy Industries” and moving into a nicer space, the “new L0pht.” Seven days after Y2K, they m…
 
‘L0pht’, or ‘L0pht Heavy Industries’, was one of the most influential hacker collectives of the ’90s: its members were even invited to testify in front of Congress on the current state of Internet security. In this episode, five of the L0pht’s members, including one of its founders – Count Zero, Space Rogue, Weld Pond, Kingpin & Dildog – talk about…
 
The first month I published a book in 2018, I made $115. Which totally excited me! People were reading my book! I wrote and published a book! But the goal was always a CAREER. I joked (but not really) about building an Emma Empire. Three years later, I made $26k in February 2021 and am slated to make over $20k this March. Want some takeaways? I've …
 
As a part of my series on what authors need to sell books, I've covered the overall author platform, email, social media, and blogging/content strategy. Which leads me into another piece of the puzzle: ads for authors. Let's first rewind a bit to talk about author platform. I defined it in my post as the way that authors connect with readers. And w…
 
As a part of my author platform series, we've talked about overall platform, newsletters for authors, social media for authors, and now I want to talk about what authors should blot (and video and podcast) about: aka, content strategy for authors. Authors often aren't so familiar with that term... and I think it's because often we create content wi…
 
Social media is often a dreaded piece of the author platform. There are so many different places to be and to post ... not to mention WHAT to post. Then there's the matter of how to handle social media while also writing books. Never fear! Authors can handle social media. You don't have to be everywhere or post a million times a day. Megan Ericson,…
 
I have long been a fan of email lists. I think I started mine in ... 2010? Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. That's how it feels, anyway. Mostly because I was growing a newsletter as a blogger. Now? I'm growing one (or several, actually) as an AUTHOR. Some principles are the same. Some are different. Let's dive in and take out some of the i…
 
Let's get real-- what do you need for an author platform in 2021? After a few years of selling fiction, I can tell you that it's less than you might think. Let's dive in! Author platform. Did you shudder when you read that? For some authors and creatives, the idea of building a platform to connect with an audience is daunting. Others might like it,…
 
Two book launches, one month apart. Both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene. Oh, enough Shakespeare. Let's dive into the nitty gritty of two different launches I had this fall. Book launches don't just come in one size. That's something I've found in my own experience. AND in listening to other authors and watching launches. I'…
 
In 1983, the US got word that an ally’s embassy – probably France’s – was bugged by the Soviets. This reports triggered Operation GUNMAN: a complete removal & de-bugging of *all* electronic devices in the US embassy in the USSR. This secretive operation resulted in a surprising discovery – and made the NSA what it is today.…
 
Facebook Facebook SEEMS to have emerged from its crazy banning ad accounts time period. But maybe not. If your ads or account got banned, you weren't alone! Try to get through to their chat or on the phone with someone to get this fixed. They are finally shoving all people into the new Facebook look, which I hate, along with most other people. We'l…
 
This is a question I hear and get a lot: Why isn't my book selling? In this post, we'll dive into a simple checklist to help you look at why your book isn't selling and how you can get those sales moving. Maybe you've been there. You put in the hard work and wrote a book. You carefully picked a cover and wrote a blurb and did all the things to push…
 
When you're publishing your books, you have a big choice to make: Should you publish your book exclusively with Amazon or put your book up on all the retailers? We'll break down the options in this post to help you make the right choice for yourself. Are you wide? Or exclusive? Uh, I'm ... unsure? These terms (wide and exclusive) are often thrown a…
 
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