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

Backing up home and small business computers

by Dave Moore, 2-10-19 Would you put a firecracker in your hand, light the fuse and then simply watch the fuse burn down until the firecracker exploded in your hand? You know the firecracker is going to explode and hurt your hand. Why would you not do something to...

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Why is my (Netflix, Amazon, whatever) stuff so slow?

by Dave Moore, 2-3-19 The number one computer-user complaint (keeping in mind that the word "computer" includes phones, tablets and TVs) is things seem to take too long to start. You click/tap, and then you wait; and wait; and wait. There it goes again, the little...

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Protecting small business computer systems

by Dave Moore, 1-27-19 Do you own a small business? If so, you are a favorite target of the Internet bad guys. Have you and your employees been trained in how to protect your computer systems from Internet criminals? The basics of protecting small business computers...

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How to talk to technical support

by Dave Moore, 1-20-19 Outside of a complete computer meltdown, there's probably only one thing computers owners fear more: calling technical support. Known to make the toughest of hombres break out in a cold sweat, and causing Mafia hit men to run screaming, being...

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Who pays when your bank account is hacked?

by Dave Moore, 1-13-19 Have you ever actually read the agreement you have with your bank, or did you simply "sign on the line," ignoring the pesky details about who's required to do what? After all, who can understand all that ridiculous legalese, anyway? Who's got...

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IT IS NO LONGER OK TO NOT KNOW HOW THE INTERNET WORKS.

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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 from being hacked?

Think about it: have you ever wondered why sometimes you click on something, yet nothing seems to happen? Or, maybe something does seem to happen, but it flashes by so quickly that you can’t tell what’s going on? Could someone be trying to fool you?

Why does your computer keep showing crazy virus messages, even though you just paid $50 to renew your antivirus software? Why do windows from porno websites keep popping up, even though you’ve never been to a porno website in your life? Who did these things and how can they be stopped?

I will share my years of computer security expertise and give you the answers to all these questions and more in my free, hard-hitting and often shocking class called, “Fight the Internet Bad Guys and Win!”

Internet criminals are out there, waiting to steal your stuff, or use your computer to steal other people’s stuff. You will see the bad guys’ schemes exposed, and learn how to Fight the Internet Bad Guys and Win!

If you use the Internet, you need my class!