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Easy Steps to Spot Online Scams

Our social media feeds are starting to get filled with more and more ads for products that will make great holiday gifts. The big question is are all of these ads legitimate?

Absolutely Not!

How can we tell which ads are legit and which are scams set up to steal your credit card info or worse?

For every ad you see ask yourself:

Does this offer look too good to be true?

Are there spelling mistakes on the ad or in the URL it is pointing to?

To check the URL, hover over the link without clicking. A little popup should appear with the URL in it. If there’s a spelling mistake, then this is probably a malicious ad and you should report it to the social media platform you are on. …

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Gifts to Keep Friends and Family Secure in 2021

I am always looking to buy my friends and family things they will find useful, but likely wouldn’t buy themselves. That got me thinking.

How many people spend money on personal security? Not many, making it a great area to look for gifts.

Here are some gift ideas I found on my gift hunt this year.

Password Manager Subscription

We know that the number one way to stay safe online is to have strong unique passwords for all the accounts we have. This is not an easy task when the average American has over 130 different accounts online. …

Here is a list of some of my favourites

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When covid hit, I couldn’t focus. I stop reading entirely for at least two months. I even had trouble following tv shows, and ended up spending significant time on social media, trying to fill the gap in social interactions I was missing.

Sometime in June that shifted, I started reading again, but unlike before COVID where I would buy cheap Kindle books and plod through them, I decided that if I was going to spend time reading, I was only going to choose books I would really enjoyed and to help facilitate that, I asked my Husband to gift me books for Mother’s Day and he did it the best way possible, by giving me cold hard electronic cash. …

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I have spent the last nine years doing my best to be a positive change agent for Women In Technology. I started a global publication to change perceptions of women in technology. I have run numerous coding workshops for girls and spoken at many Women in Tech events. I have worked hard to be a role model for those around me, mentoring many other women, and showing girls and teenagers what is possible with a career in tech.

Happily over the last five years we have seen many other people, organizations, and schools jump into the conversation. This has driven a significant shift in how diversity in tech is discussed and valued. We are starting to see change. More change than we have seen for the previous 20 years. So I should be happy right? I should be excited. …

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Book Review — Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

I am obsessed with this book. It proves all the things I intuitively feel make a great dev team — an agile mindset, a collaborative culture, and continuous delivery — do in fact make great dev teams. This is key for me as I run a 60 person development organization at Arctic Wolf Networks that is growing quickly. I want us to continue to be a high performance development organization as we grow.

An agile mindset is the set of attitudes supporting an agile working environment. …

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Grandma, Mom, and I in 2016

This past week Alzheimer’s stole that last part of my Grandma it had yet to take, her life. Over the last 5 years my Grandma has disappeared and that has been hard. I have had to let go of different parts of her that whole time while Alzheimer’s slowly stole her away. Now it is time to forget the Alzheimer’s and those 5 years remember her in full force and hopefully give you a picture of this amazing lady as well.

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It is with a mixture of excitement, hope, and personal sadness that I announce the next chapter of Code Like A Girl. As of November 1, 2018 I will be stepping down as CEO of Code Like A Girl. My lead English editor Olivia Mischianti will assume the role of CEO and take ownership of Code Like A Girl. I will remain the founder and advisor of Code Like A Girl but will no longer participate in day to day operations.

This was a very difficult, but necessary decision to make. During the last three and a half years I have put all my non-work and non-family energy toward Code Like A Girl. What we have created with the Code Like A Girl community is beyond my wildest dreams. …

First our patrons funded our very first employee in June of this year. Now we are starting to fund our English editors.

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We have three levels of editors for the English version of Code Like A Girl.


These are people that review articles with writers to ensure the content fits in Code Like A Girl and corrects any spelling and grammar issues. The story is then handed off to me or an English editor for final review before we publish the story. Thank you to the many people that have recently signed up to help us review stories. …

Medium announced two exciting evolutions of their platform today!

Code Like A Girl can now feature your paid member stories and you still earn all the money!

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Your paid member story can still have the reach of free articles when you share it on social media with the friend link!


Dinah Davis

VP of R&D at Arctic Wolf Networks - I write about Women In Tech, Cyber Security, and my journey recovering from an eating disorder.

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