Why CloudBleed Wasn’t So Bloody Scary

The media was once again telling everyone to light their hair on fire over the latest web bug that threatens to expose all of our private information – a bug they called CloudBleed. In this show, I use this particular web vulnerability to discuss how the media so often gets the reporting on these things totally wrong. In today’s world, where every headline is dire and begs to be clicked on, the phrase “if it bleeds it leads” has never been more true. We’ll talk about just what CloudBleed is and why the chances of it affecting you are likely very small – despite what most of the articles would have you believe.

Meet Carey Parker, he is a software engineer, cyber security expert and published author of the book, and now podcast Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons, A Guide to Computer Security for non-techies. His primary goal is to help everyday non-technical people and small businesses understand how to be proactive in securing their computers and protecting their online privacy.

For Further Insight:
Glenn Greenwald, Why Privacy Matters, TED Talk


Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.