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Newspaper columns by Dave Moore, weekly columnist for the Norman Transcript since 2005.

How I murdered my hard drive

In my free, one-night-only class called "Fight the Internet Bad Guys & Win," I will show you how to play with the fire that is the Internet and not get burned. We also discuss how to completely erase files from a computer so they can never be seen again. Come to the...

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Beware the Bad Rabbit, fake Adobe and Firefox updates

In my free, one-night-only class called "Fight the Internet Bad Guys & Win," we will discuss many threats Internet users are faced with, including "ransomware," a scheme where your personal files are scrambled by encryption, and then held hostage until you pay a...

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Fight the Internet Bad Guys and Win

What are computer viruses, and where do they come from? Is online banking safe? What makes a good password, and why should you care? How do you tell a safe website from one that's dangerous? Why do you have to keep "updating" things? How do you keep your email account...

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Equifax hack update: there’s more to do

As you no doubt recall, information regarding last month's Great Equifax Hack has uncovered negligence by data megabroker Equifax which led to the preventable theft of 145 million credit bureau accounts. Equifax then waited six weeks before telling anyone about the...

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Happy Cyber Security Awareness Month

Although not an official part of the holiday season, having October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a good thing. If people can take an awareness of cyber security and turn it into positive actions, maybe the good guys can win the war for the Internet....

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davenewpic1 I was born an Army brat in 1954, with my family living in Kansas, Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico before landing in Norman, Oklahoma.  As a kid, I had many interests, including reading, writing, amateur sleuthing, microbiology, archeology, electronics and music.  If I wasn’t looking at pond water through a microscope or developing my musical abilities, I was probably tearing apart an old radio to convert it into a burglar alarm with fifty speakers.

As a lifelong electronics hobbyist, my career with computers began in about 1984, when I borrowed $1,200 to buy a complete Commodore 64 system.  One of my first computer modifications was to disassemble and drill a hole through the case of the C-64, adding an on/off switch for the expansion port.  I then added a homebrew computer clock synchronization port to my Emu Systems Drumulator drum machine (an early digital drum computer) by tapping into the clock circuit, so that I could synchronize the Drumulator, the Commodore 64 and the first Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) keyboard sold in Norman, the mighty (and, extinct) Prophet 600 synthesizer by Sequential Circuits.  These were the early days of popular electronic music.

It’s OK if you don’t know what all of those things mean – the important thing to know is that geeky electronics and computer activities such as these have brought me over the years to my current situation.

One of my more recent geeky accomplishments was inventing and hosting the Defcon WiFi Shootout Contest, which was a contest to see who could achieve the longest WiFi wireless networking connection.  I ran the contest for three years at the annual Defcon computer security conference in Las Vegas (www.defcon.org), and the contest and its World Record holders are listed on page 112 of the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.  During the second year of the contest, I began writing a computer/Internet-related column for The Norman Transcript, in Norman, Oklahoma.  I also do all sorts of computer service and consulting for a wide variety of clients in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, and greatly enjoy my work.  It is satisfying to know that my work and writings have helped countless people to have a safer and more enjoyable computing experience.  Feel free to contact me anytime that you like.