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Urgent security update

heatherbat:

daveio:

herdivineshadow:

staff:

Bad news. A major vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr.

We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.

But this still means that the little lock icon (HTTPS) we all trusted to keep our passwords, personal emails, and credit cards safe, was actually making all that private information accessible to anyone who knew about the exploit.

[ bad advice snipped ]

You’ll be hearing more in the news over the coming days. Take care.

But don’t change your password yet? 

That’s what daveio says on the twitters

Heartbleed is a very, very big deal, and it’s quite rightly scaring the crap out of people. The response here is more complicated than ‘change your passwords’, and that complication is very important.

Heartbleed dumps a portion of the server’s memory out to the attacker. This chunk of memory can contain sensitive information, including your password.

Here’s the kicker: the more recently a vulnerable server has processed your password, the more likely it is to appear in one of these chunks.

And more importantly, if you change your password, you are risking both your old and new passwords.

What do?

  • Go to filippo.io/Heartbleed. Type in the domain name of the site you want to check (for tumblr, you would enter tumblr.com) and press “Go!”
  • If and only if you get a message saying that the site is “not affected”, change your password on that site and any other sites that you use it on. In future, use unique passwords for each site.
  • If you get a message saying that the site is vulnerable, do not use that site. Keep checking every so often, and only use the site again when you get the “not affected” response.

Send me an ask if you need help or more information, I’ll do what I can.

::points:: listen to this man. this shit is his job AND his passion.

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— 1 week ago with 111144 notes
#signal boost 

fascinasians:

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the following person reported missing within the confines of the 24 Precinct. The details are as follows:

Missing: Lee, Jiwon 29 year old female 220 West 98 Street NY, NY

The missing was last seen at her residence on April 1, 2014 at approximately 2030 hours. She is described as being 5’2” tall, 120 lbs., with black hair and eyes.

A photo of the missing is attached and available at DCPI.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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— 1 week ago with 17861 notes
#signal boost 
breakmelikeapromise:

slightlypsychicparade:

elleduzitwell:

DO NOT SCROLL PASS. THIS IS YOUR DAUGHTER, YOUR SISTER, YOUR FRIEND. PLEASE HELP TO BRING #relisha #rudd BACK HOME SAFE AND SOUND.

This isn’t a scam, or an abuser trying to find someone hiding from them.I live in the area, and it’s all over the news. This child is REALLY missing.

More photos of Relisha and the man the FBI believe abducted her

breakmelikeapromise:

slightlypsychicparade:

elleduzitwell:

DO NOT SCROLL PASS. THIS IS YOUR DAUGHTER, YOUR SISTER, YOUR FRIEND. PLEASE HELP TO BRING #relisha #rudd BACK HOME SAFE AND SOUND.

This isn’t a scam, or an abuser trying to find someone hiding from them.

I live in the area, and it’s all over the news. This child is REALLY missing.

More photos of Relisha and the man the FBI believe abducted her

(via owning-my-truth)

— 2 weeks ago with 183159 notes
#signal boost 

kateaustten:

So Kirsten and I decided to do a science to see which tags worked with blacklist. I blacklisted #banana with TS and she posted a few random text posts with commonly used trigger tags involving the word “banana.”

Here are ~~the results~~:

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as you can see, my blacklist did not pick up this post because there was no hashtag in front of “banana.” So, you cannot count on someone’s blacklist picking up a triggering post just because the trigger word is in the body of the post. 

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this is what happened when Kirsten tagged a post with #banana cw. So if you tag your posts with #trigger cw, you are good!

Here is where I was proven wrong, however:

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My blacklist did pick up this post, even though there was no space in between #banana” and the slash. So if you tag your posts with #trigger///, you are good!

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My blacklist did not pick up this post, because Kirsten tagged it with #tw: banana, and I had blacklisted #banana. So again, if you tag your posts with #tw: trigger, you risk unintentionally triggering people. Please don’t tag this way!

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my blacklist did pick up this post, because again, #banana was the first word in the tag. 

To conclude, here are a list of trigger tags that blacklist will pick up:

  • trigger cw
  • trigger
  • trigger/
  • trigger //

here are a list of tags that blacklist will not pick up:

  • tw: trigger
  • a trigger word in the body of the post

To conclude further:

  • Blacklisting #trigger with a hashtag is the best way to prevent yourself from seeing triggering content on your dash
  • Tagging with the trigger word first is the only way to prevent your followers from seeing triggering posts. 
  • You cannot count on blacklist picking up a post just because the trigger word is mentioned in the body of the post. 

(Source: debekah, via ensnarethesenses)

— 1 month ago with 47 notes
#signal boost 
Calling all LGBTQ students: a database of LGBTQ scholarships →

gaywrites:

The LGBTQ student empowerment organizations Campus Pride and Point Foundation have partnered up to create an online resource for LGBTQ students looking for financial aid for school. 

The National LGBTQ Scholarship Database is a catalog of scholarships, grants and fellowships available to LGBTQ undergraduates and graduate students alike. The creators’ goal is to show LGBTQ students that there are ways to fund a college education, even if you think it’s outside your means.

“Everyone has a fundamental right to education,” Shane Windmeyer said in a statement. “For our LGBT youth, especially those who are first generation college students and those from low to middle income backgrounds, the dream of going to college is still a dream. This national database is another step toward creating greater accessibility to higher education for LGBT youth. There is much more work to be done.”

Jorge Valencia, the executive director of Point Foundation, which provides many LGBT and ally students with financial assistance, believes this initiative will raise awareness of options these students may have otherwise not knew existed.

“Every year we receive thousands of applications for our Point Foundation scholarships. These are young people hungry to invest in their future and help society by getting a college degree, but are in great need of financial assistance,” Valencia stated. “While Point is able to help some individuals, we are eager to raise awareness of other diverse higher education scholarships.”

Man, I wish this had existed when I was still in school. Spread the word! 

(via queer-cheer)

— 1 month ago with 1107 notes
#signal boost  #lgbtq  #education 

positivelypersistentteach:

moiyoko:

Ok tumblr, I know the power of the internet so just hear me out right quick as I ask for a simple favor. See those cereal boxes up there? If you buy any Kellogg’s product with that Free Book logo on it there is a 16 digit code inside your box of cereal. Now, when you get three of those codes together you submit them online and they will send you a free Scholastic book. Now I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m bringing it up, so here goes.

I teach first grade at a school where the kids have little to nothing. Through generous donations (government, three square, various community partners, etc.) the kids get backpacks, clothes, shoes, free breakfast/lunch, and some school supplies. The school is not in the best part of town. I’ve had students who live with grandparents because their own parents are in jail, kids who have parents that don’t have custody over them for various reasons, and so on and so forth. Now I am trying to get my kids to read books, but they literally don’t have any books at home that they can use to practice their reading. Sure they get a library book from the school library but it’s not the same, you know? They don’t own the book, it’s not theirs. 

Here’s where you come in. If you happen to buy one of these specially marked boxes and don’t plan on using the code please send me that code through my ask box. If 60 people on here send me a code I’ll be able to get 20 books, which will easily allow me to get each of my students a brand new book of their own. I used the Fly Guy books above because my kids are currently obsessed with the character and the book has sight words that we’re working on in class. Even if you have no codes, I’d appreciate the signal boost as well.

So, if you happen to get a code please send it my way. I would appreciate it and so would my kids. Heck, if I get 60 codes, that would give me enough to give each of my students a book and I will gladly take a picture to show you how excited they are to get a book. If more codes keep coming, I’ll post up their thank you notes. They’re seven so expect something awesome. Thanks in advance.

I think any of the elementary teachers of #education would appreciate this!

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— 3 months ago with 37975 notes
#signal boost 
blackinasia:

feministdonut:

icykynite:

blackinasia:

nativeamericannews:

Chef Bitsoie Launches Travel and Cooking TV Show, Asks for Support
Chef Freddie Bitsoie needs your help!The Navajo chef is launching a travel, cooking and culture show called Rezervations Not Required and needs to raise $40,000 to fund its production. Bitsoie has raised $200 since December 8. The campaign runs until January 17, 2014.

link to the campaign?

I think it’s this one? Hope it is…
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rezervations-not-required
BOOST FOR HIM!

I’m disappointed that this project has only raised $10 since last night. QQ capitalism

UGH yep, can we ALL PLEASE AT THE BARE MINIMUM BOOST THIS AND GET THE WORD OUT.

blackinasia:

feministdonut:

icykynite:

blackinasia:

nativeamericannews:

Chef Bitsoie Launches Travel and Cooking TV Show, Asks for Support

Chef Freddie Bitsoie needs your help!
The Navajo chef is launching a travel, cooking and culture show called Rezervations Not Required and needs to raise $40,000 to fund its production. Bitsoie has raised $200 since December 8. The campaign runs until January 17, 2014.

link to the campaign?

I think it’s this one? Hope it is…

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rezervations-not-required

BOOST FOR HIM!

I’m disappointed that this project has only raised $10 since last night. QQ capitalism

UGH yep, can we ALL PLEASE AT THE BARE MINIMUM BOOST THIS AND GET THE WORD OUT.

(via owning-my-truth)

— 3 months ago with 9060 notes
#signal boost  #!!! 
liquorlovely:


Okay, tumblr, I need your help. I’ve seen things like this get thousands and thousands of notes, and I really think that this is a cause worth sharing.This couple is an elderly couple that live in my small town in Canada’s smallest province. They both suffer from dementia and for the last 55 years, they’ve sent out Christmas cards to everyone in their neighbourhood. They’re both in a home now, and their son is doing a little project. The woman, Bev, her favourite movie is A Miracle On 34th Street, and she especially loves the part where the christmas cards come in by the hundreds. Her son is trying to get that to happen for her. It would make this lady’s Christmas to get the hundreds of Christmas cards from all over the world. I think we owe it to this kind soul to come together and give her a Christmas miracle. If you would like to send a Christmas card, their information is;
Don and Bev Enman, C/O Summerset Manor15 Frank Mellish StreetSummerside, P.E.I. CanadaC1N 0H3

Please reblog this and spread the word, guys. There’s also an article here x if you want to read more about them.

liquorlovely:

Okay, tumblr, I need your help. I’ve seen things like this get thousands and thousands of notes, and I really think that this is a cause worth sharing.
This couple is an elderly couple that live in my small town in Canada’s smallest province. They both suffer from dementia and for the last 55 years, they’ve sent out Christmas cards to everyone in their neighbourhood. They’re both in a home now, and their son is doing a little project. The woman, Bev, her favourite movie is A Miracle On 34th Street, and she especially loves the part where the christmas cards come in by the hundreds. Her son is trying to get that to happen for her. 

It would make this lady’s Christmas to get the hundreds of Christmas cards from all over the world. I think we owe it to this kind soul to come together and give her a Christmas miracle. If you would like to send a Christmas card, their information is;

Don and Bev Enman, C/O Summerset Manor
15 Frank Mellish Street
Summerside, P.E.I. Canada
C1N 0H3

Please reblog this and spread the word, guys. There’s also an article here x if you want to read more about them.

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— 4 months ago with 46833 notes
#signal boost 
I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU’RE DOING STOP AND READ THIS

lookintothemind:

Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app, it leads you to domestic violence resources and also has a “Go Button” that when you press it, if you’re in a compromising situation, alerts local authorities as well as local shelters and starts recording everything that is going on.

Now, if you’re looking up resources on the app and your abuser is near, simply press the X button and it brings you to a random news page. Same goes for the actual foundation site.

ITS COMPLETELY FREE
Site

Apps


SPREAD THIS, DONT JUST “LIKE IT”

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— 4 months ago with 163140 notes
#signal boost 

spectralbird:

math-punk-megascops:

zaynbending:

Guys just putting this out there in light of recent events

If you want to donate money for disaster relief in the Philippines please don’t donate to Red Cross or any big US organization

Donate to NAFCON because they work directly with people from the Philippines and grassroots organizations there

Donating there ensures that your money or whatever actually gets to the people who need it

Thank you

And DEFINITELY do not give your money to the Salvation Army. They’re listed on that big post going around (you know the one) and just. No. It’s a long post, so maybe people didn’t notice it among all the other links, but…

…What?

The Philippine Red Cross (which is not the same organization as the American Red Cross, they are both under the international Red Cross umbrella) is not a “US organization” and is well established and works directly with people from the Philippines every single day. On the Philippine Red Cross website, you can specifically choose to donate to the “Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan)” relief fund and that money will go to the largest and most widespread humanitarian organization in the Philippines, who are currently providing essential rescue and relief efforts.

Now, on the American Red Cross website, you can also choose to donate directly to the Philippine typhoon relief fund, however, it’s slightly opaque as to how that money is being utilized and how it’s getting to the people that need it. When a natural disaster occurs, Red Cross organizations from countries around the globe contribute aid to the affected country’s Red Cross based on their requested needs. This includes monetary aid as well as manpower and volunteers with specialized skills. As such, the American Red Cross will only contribute what is requested of them.

The American Red Cross has stated, in regard to their humanitarian response, that it has activated its “family tracking services” which will help separated and displaced Filipino family members who register into the database to find each other. They’ve also sent four (4) specialized professionals to the Philippines to provide telecommunication and disaster assessment support to the Philippine Red Cross. They’ve said nothing about their fund going toward food, water, shelter, etc. and so I have zero clue if your money would contribute to that, which is why the Philippine Red Cross is more direct as they are the central RC organization conducting the relief and rescue efforts (which includes food, water, shelter, etc.).

The Red Cross is a legitimate choice, as are UNICEF, ShelterBox, Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders, World Food Programme, World Vision, and on and on and on. Do your research. Find out which charities you like, find out if you agree with their mission statements, find out if you think their financial and ethical records are responsible, transparent, and trustworthy.

NOTE: I have tried to research NAFCON. Please be aware, NAFCON is not a charity. When you donate to NAFCON, they have stated that they will then send that donation to an organization/fund called Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan run by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan). I cannot find financial information on this organization and that sets off my first red flag when I’m looking to donate to a transparent and trustworthy organization. From what I can see on their website, Bayan are a highly political special interest group, a second, very big, red flag. I also cannot see where this money is going as their appeal for donations and mobilization says nothing about what they’ll be doing to provide relief. It only talks about mobilizing it’s member organizations, which will be the ones providing the relief efforts. Do those organizations have trustworthy backgrounds and the expertise to be organizing and providing disaster relief? Does the donation money get channeled down into the member organizations? Not a clue. Nope, not putting my money there.

Just, do your research. Please.

(via spaceships-in-the-club)

— 5 months ago with 9079 notes
#signal boost  #philippines