Security

Simplicity Security Self

Security is more than locks on a door. It’s the physical, digital and mental methods we use to protect our Self and our identity. Security is about obtaining financial freedom and living within our means. A man worked to the bone who returns to an large empty house is indeed empty inside and out. A man with moderation, intrinsic life value, and modesty is fulfilled.

Before we can learn about security, we need to address the rather large paradox at the core of Security.

Security, itself, is somewhat of an illusion. It is an elaborate sense of protection we blanket ourselves in. We largely ignore some of the security issues in our society so long as they provide us with a tangible benefit. What we fail to consider, everyday, is that there is simply no such thing as total security. As our level of security increases, be that physical locking mechanisms (physical), or online cryptography (digital), the effort input increases at an exponential rate, whereas the security level reaches a point unable to meet totality. One must understand and set aside the simple truth that all the effort in the world cannot give total and utter security.

Nonetheless, security is important. We base our input effort on the real or perceived risks in our world. We may live in a statistically unsafe neighborhood, and thus our window and door locking mechanisms are state of the art. We may, concurrently live a digital life of little risk; searching and learning about nothing extraordinary, holding standard social media accounts, exchanging or storing no compromising data. Such a person would therefore, naturally and logically direct their time, the ultimate resource, toward tightening their physical security.

On the other end of the spectrum, we may live in a secure apartment complex within a gated community. Little to no thought may therefore be given to physical locks on our doors and windows. Concurrently, we may exchange compromising information. We may leak sensitive data to journalists at significant risk. We may code for a dark-web marketplace. Or we may simply pirate an overwhelming amount of media. As such, this person would input little time into worry of their apartment balcony doors, but would spend a significant amount of time on their digital security.

The question then becomes: what is your threat level for each issue?

A threat level takes an issue, in our above examples let’s say the issue of the door locks in the unsavoury neighbourhood (physical), and the issue leaking sensitive information to journalists (digital), and categorises them based on priority of real or perceived risk.

Thus, our first person would place a large priority on ensuring the door locks are state of the art, and barely consider something like two factor authentication for their online accounts. The latter would barely consider their sliding back door yet use GPG encryption for all or most of their online communication.

The reality is normally a blend of these two extreme examples: someone fearful over their person is likely somewhat concerned with their digital life, and someone as technically security as they can be would likely have a level of concern for their physical wellbeing.

Each individual is different, therefore their personal security prioritisation will be different. More specifically, Emptology will not focus on the inner workings of a physical deadbolt lock or more broadly why locking a window is important. Emptology will discuss the importance of digital security, based on what you may or may not be doing online. It will discuss the implications of failing to meet basic physical security, so that your digital security can be compromised more easily. It will provide easy, step by step guides for locking down aspects of your life that can help you protect yourself and regain your identity.

Security is not simply practical at Emptology. It is a pillar along side Self. It protects Self. To practice good security is to protect your identity. Protection of your identity is significant in the 21st century. Failing to keep a place on earth or in your heart for yourself is to fail to know yourself. It is to wilfully hand over your identity for others to sell, use, and ultimately to control. Without question, information is the corporate commodity of our time. Oil and gas can be sold once. Your information can be aggregated, compartmentalised, manipulated, and fed back to you for the Information Giant’s own agenda.

Most concerning; we are providing this commodity to them and we think it's ‘free’.

Emptology's Security is more than digital or physical. It is about financial security. It is about learning methods to secure your future, protect your Self, while adhering to Simplicity. Security may seem at odds with Simplicity, however, the two are somewhat linked. In employing Simplicity, one can find financial security. And financial security truly aligns with the protection of Self.

Effort and the complexity that can seem inherent with maintaining Security can be considered a necessary, and something which is necessary should never be sacrificed; but this train of thought is best left to Simplicity.