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Are you confused about how to keep yourself safe on the internet? Do you need help figuring out how to protect your data? Are you a sex worker or other marginalized person with a public professional online presence that you need to keep separate from your private life? Have you ever just resigned yourself to taking your chances because the laws and technology seem too confusing to tackle?
You don’t have to be confused: I can help.
As an agoraphobic and disabled teenager, I was mostly unable to leave my home. In 1996, my family got Compuserve (an early internet provider). Using the World Wide Web, I found new ways to socialize. To my delight, many people were building websites as means of self-expression. With that in mind, I started my first website in 1997. By 1999, I was 18 years old and running a web server which hosted dozens of websites for free. The web server eventually became a web hosting cooperative that ran until 2017. Hosted sites included those dedicated to arts, photography, music, business (including a sex toy store!), and sex work.
In my late teens and early twenties, I was doing some modeling. This modeling made me aware of technology-based privacy and security issues as they relate to sex-focused businesses. I devoured infosec (information security) blogs and news sites, such as Krebs on Security and the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF). I’ve used this knowledge to make myself and my data more secure. Further, I provided tech assistance to those in need. By keeping current on the latest tech security practices and threats, I was (and am!!) able to innovate as practices and threats evolved.
As a staunch advocate of technological security and privacy for the past 20 years, I can assist folks with their own information security as it is affected by new laws. When the FOSTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act) and CLOUD (Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act) acts passed in 2018, internet service providers cracked down heavily on sex-related content. I immediately understood the implications and threats to privacy and security, especially for marginalized individuals, and sex- or sex education-based businesses. “Playing it Safer,” the guide and training I developed, are designed to keep sex-related workers and communities protected online. Additionally, I offer 1-on-1 service to people who want to make themselves and/or their businesses more technologically secure. I include information on topics including: how to understand terms of service (TOS) and privacy policies; divesting from Google; encryption standards; as well as, best practices for devices, browsers, services, websites, web hosting, and digital communications.
I am here to help you be safe online.