My real name isn't actually "Tiki", believe it or not. My name is actually Pratik (prah-teek), chances are unless you know me, you probably mispronounced that in your head. It is not Patrick, Patrik, Patik, Pritique, Pratick, or Frank. Yes, I've gotten all of those before, even Frank....
According to some, I do have a striking resemblance to my little Bitmoji character on the homepage. I will eventually add a more "realistic" picture of me at some point.
Anyhow, I acquired the nickname Tiki in the third grade when a fellow classmate decided to call me "tikitorch" which then later got shortened to Tiki and variations such as Tik, Freaky Tiki, Sneaky Tiki formed. And to be completely honest the "Tech with Tiki" idea only conjured up in my head a week before writing this. It flowed too well(at least in my head) for me to not create something with it so here I am.
Also fair forewarning: I am not an expert writer by any means.
Here are a few things about me:
I am going to keep this as brief as I can, I could probably write a whole blog in itself dedicated to events in my life but for the sake of the purpose of this blog, I will keep things concise.
• I'm 23. I'm also a Taurus for all those astrological geeks who want to judge me right off the bat
• I was born in Nepal (think Mt. Everest), moved to the US when I was three
• I became obsessed with tech at an early age primarily due to gaming #Runescape hehehehehe
• I then shifted into "hacking" due to the online gaming world and became obsessed with cyber security
• After spending a good 3-5 years messing around on both spectrums of the security industry (blackhat/whitehat), I decided that blackhat (the illegal kind) hacking wasn't a feasible career path despite how badass Hollywood movies may make it seem
• I then started a computer security business (Phyber Security) in high school after deciding I wanted to go down the IT security path (will go into this at a later point)
• Also got in trouble in high school for writing a script that escalated my normal user account privileges to admin privileges. (I swear all I wanted to do is play Runescape without being site blocked or Java/Adobe flash player update restricted) which was discovered by the IT manager who then told the vice principal and I was brought in for "questioning". Keep in mind, I knew this was going to happen and I was almost giddy in the way that it did because the vice principal offered me class credit if I disclosed what I did to the IT manager. Yup, this was the prime of my high-school career. They suspended my student account for 30 days as a consequence which meant I couldn't even login during classes to access resources or write papers. Of course, my teachers didn't know this had all gone down so it was quite easy to circumvent by having nice friends who shared their login credentials with me :D
• I submitted vulnerabilities to Google, Microsoft, Apple and Ebay and was recognized on their security hall of fame acknowledgement page (although was removed from one of them due to my partner at the time wanting to sell the vulnerability on an online market for quite the pretty penny and my 15 year old self not knowing any better, finally agreed and someone from their security department found out and voila. This shattered my teenage heart as that was my first major acknowledgement at the time and my partner was the one who made the post to sell the vulnerability itself despite me being pretty against it from the start. However, he made it up to me and we discovered a bug in a Java applet shortly after.
• Somewhere in there(2012) I also worked on a payment processor script (incorporated a bunch of payment processor APIs into one platform for ease of use for the online marketplace) which I sold privately, this opened up the entrepreneurial side of me that feeds my soul today
• Today, I am focusing on my business PhyberTech which is essentially a conglomerate of everything I have worked on and includes my computer security company (PhyberSecurity or PhyberSec for short) as a subsidiary. My goal is to turn it into a tech enterprise that I built from the ground up and hopefully create some revolutionary tech down the road
My intentions with the blog
When I thought of starting this literally a week ago, I didn't know what direction I wanted to take in it quite frankly. A couple people suggested I offer tech tips like many other people do with these sort of tech blogs. I think for now what I've decided is that I'm going to be posting tech things I find interesting or things that I am working on at the time. By choosing to focus on things that interest me, it'll be easy for me to want to take the time to post and not have to worry about catering to the rest of the world on what they want.
For now, I only plan on writing maybe once a week realistically but who knows? This is my first blog and it's more so a passion project than anything right now and I've always wanted to create a blog of some sort so I figured, why not go for it. If there's one thing you'll come to learn about me is that, if I want to do something, I do it. Life is too short to not experience a little bit of everything and to paraphrase one of my favorite quotes "For each day to have a new and different sun"