The Weekly Warlock Wind-Up: Word games (answer)

As a reminder, here was is this week’s puzzle:

Which word meaning LOCALITY becomes a word meaning TEMPO when one letter is removed?

Answers after the break.

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Be Secure – The Internet

Explosion

This week, we’re going to be looking at staying secure and safe when using a computer. Today, we look at how you can stay safe when using the internet in general.

Similar to yesterday, I’m going to try and spice things up rather than just give a boring sermon on using firewalls, etc. Having said that…

Firewalls

Just briefly (I swear) let’s discuss firewalls. They generally come shipped alongside antivirus software, which is very important too. Personally, I use McAffee, but other good options include AVG (a free one) and, apparently, Kaspersky. I’m hesitant to recommend the ubiquitous Norton, because I’ve had bad experiences (not the least of which is that it was stopping WoW working) but since they changed it to the 2010 model, it seems alright. Whatever you pick, just make sure it works, or you’re going to be swimming in malware and viruses faster than you can say ‘Patchwerk want to play!’.

Email

Somewhere else you need to be secure, although you may not realise it, is with your emails. Once you send something to someone, how can you be sure that they won’t keep that information or pass it on, even if they say they have deleted it? It would still be in their Deleted folder anyway. Well, like a rogue, we can use Vanish!

Vanish is a program which essentially creates self-destructing files, and it can be used in sending emails, posting messages on forums and even for blog posts. This is how it works in an email situation:

  1. You write the email message.
  2. You encrypt the message with Vanish, but you never learn the encryption key (like a password). A “timeout” is assigned to the message, in eight hour increments – this means you can set it to last 8, 16, 24, 32 hours, etc.
  3. The message is sent. Anyone can decrypt and read it for the time being.
  4. Eventually the message reaches its timeout limit, and essentially disintegrates.
  5. Nobody can ever read the message again, nor can you be forced to give up the password to unlock it, because you don’t know it.

Simple but effective! Of course, there is nothing to stop someone copying the contents of the message before it destroys itself, but it certainly helps if you’re sending very confidential or private information.

Unfortunately, I’ve got to cut the post short there, but if you’re reading a blog, you’re probably internet savvy enough to know not to give out any personal details, nor to meet up with people you don’t know in real life, and so on. Stay safe, stay happy, and I shall see y’all tomorrow.

Vel.

Be Secure – Your PC

Secure

The best way of protecting your data (the red dot).

This week, we’re going to be looking at staying secure and safe when using a computer. Today, we look at how you can protect your PC and its files.

Yesterday, we looked at some basic ideas with regard to protecting your WoW / Battle.net account. Now, rather than bore you all again with dry and generic tips – use a strong password! – I’m instead going to lighten things up a bit and suggest some free and useful pieces of software which might interest you.

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The Weekly Warlock Wind-Up: Word games

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Moving through a nice range of skills with my puzzles, today we’re going to look at a language related puzzle.

So tell me folks:

Which word meaning LOCALITY becomes a word meaning TEMPO when a letter is removed?

Vel.

100th Post

100th post

Incredibly, this post going live will mark the 100th article to ever be posted on this blog!

I’m not sure I ever expected to even post more than two or three times when I started the blog way back in April, considering my previously failed attempts at writing regularly, but here I am we are in October.

However, I’m crossing out that pronoun there – this blog isn’t just about me after all! I do have to say thank you to my steadily-growing readership, especially those of you who not only read regularly but comment too, because it lets me know my work is appreciated.

Veliaf.

The Weekly Warlock Wind-Up: Timeā€¦ Never Enough Time (answer)

Just to recap, here was this week’s puzzle:

“How many minutes is it before 12 noon if nine minutes ago it was twice as many minutes past 10 am?”

The solution is after the break.

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