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Condition ZEBRA is Set

Updated: May 26, 2015

It dawned on me a couple of weeks ago that I may be putting people’s privacy at risk.

Everyday, a good chunk of those seeking information about joining the military post questions to this blog. Their questions normally include personal information such as medical information, financial status, and even moral and conduct indiscretions. I redact any name information — a lot of visitors tend to put their full name, and each time I replace the last name with [Last name redacted for privacy]; it is time consuming, but necessary. They also use their email address (even though it is not displayed, the information is transmitted from their CPU to the server). Up until the last week, I thought that would be enough.

I do not want any of my site’s visitors to share information without having a sense that their identity is protected, so, I took a major step and added a dedicated IP and an SSL certificate with 256 bit encryption that uses a 2048-bit key; it’s better than what Facebook and Twitter currently uses :)

Now, a note to other Webmasters. This transition is not as simple (Read the rest of the article…)

Today, Navy Cyberspace is Ten

Updated: May 26, 2015

Ten years ago today, February 16, 2004, was registered and this journey began.

What started as a prototype to demonstrate ways for Navy Recruiting Command to interact with potential applicants through online games, Navy Cyberspace has evolved into a hobby for me. One that has became an unshakable passion. It has influenced my decision as to how to use my GI-Bill benefit. It has been a platform to allow me to interact with, and help when I can, potential applicants and Sailors from all over the world, and moreover, it has allowed me to personally meet some great people with a similar passion.

A special shout-out to NavyDoc, Sir, thank you. The time that you spend answering the questions posed by prospective applicants and the Future Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airmen saves recruiters from all services countless hours. You are amazing.

I look forward to the future.

Thank you!

A little video to help commemorate the occasion:
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Sorry for the Delays

Updated: October 20, 2014

I would like to apologize to everyone over the last 4 days who submitted a question either via email or as a comment in this blog. For the last 4 days, we have had a new set of stairs installed, and my main problem was that my home office is on the second floor. My home PC has all the instructions loaded whereas my laptop did not. As of the time I made this post, I have completed the backlog. I have also loaded all the new instructions and publications I use to help formulate a response on to my laptop, so I hope I never get so far behind again.

The stairs may not look like much in this picture, but (Read the rest of the article…)

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