Hi from Hannah Issue 35
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and happy Wednesday

To quote one of my favorite signs from the Nashville Women's march on Washington, "ugh. poop. ugh. boo." While this past week has been pretty terrible, the point of this email is to bring joy to your inbox. So, I will just say, there are lots of awesome people fighting for what is right. If you want to get involved, you can donate to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, call your senators, and enroll in Daily Action texts to stay informed & active. I also suggest taking a few minutes to embrace the beauty around you - we live in a time of constant news, and it can be good to step back and observe the world around you. I think you'll be surprised at the good you see. Here's hoping this week is better than the last. 



6 Tips for your Smart House

Paws off, Hackers

With more devices going online, the pressure is on to keep your home safe. So before you plug in your new Alexa, smart lights, or dishwasher, here are a few tips and tricks to keep your home safe. 

1. Always change default settings
  • and probably don't make your password "password" or 1234.
2. Install the latest updates
  • I am definitely guilty of not doing this, but it apparently keeps your devices safe.
3. Isolate your gadgets from your home network
  • Apparently you can set up a "guest" network on most internets! So, put your Alexa, Dishwasher, and lights on your guest network, while your secure items like your laptop and phone, stay on your more secure home network.
4. Minimize connectivity
  • A lot of times, devices can be set up wirelessly or with ethernet. It is more secure to use the ethernet cable, but either way, disconnect the other option.
5. Disable unnecessary features
  • Many devices come with built-in cameras or microphones - easy targets for hackers. Make sure you disable these (or if you're me and don't know how to do that, put a sticky note over your camera). 
6. Set up a secure perimeter
  • Most routers have a built-in firewall feature. Make sure you set that up!
For more info, check out this article

Fun Fact:

February is the shortest month of the year (duh), and it can pass without a single full moon. This happens next in 2018 - one year to go!

Vine & Brew

What could be better than beer AND wine?!

This free (!!) event is the launch of the collaboration between Tennessee Brew Works and City Winery Nashville. TN Brew Works will be serving up beer, of course, and they will be debuting their wine on tap from City Winery. So tomorrow, from 5 to 8, make sure to grab some beer, grab some wine, and toast to this new collaboration - cheers!
Teacher Shows off Epic Handshakes with Students
To close this week, check out these amazing handshakes that this teacher shares with his students. Check out the full story here. 
Have a wonderful week!

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