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

Do we take Internet crime seriously?

In light of the recent announcement that mega-data broker Equifax will not endure any meaningful punishment for endangering half of the U.S. population last year, I am posting this column I first wrote in 2014 (updated 2016) about The Great Target Hack and The Great...

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Internet safety education: do we care?

There is an area of corporate responsibility that is largely neglected, but represents one of the most pressing issues in society today: the need to teach the underserved public-at-large how to be safe on the Internet. This neglect exists in spite of the Internet's...

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FBI: Router hack worse than thought

You may recall my column of a few weeks ago titled, "FBI says 'reboot your router,'" which outlined the FBI's warning that Russian government hackers had infected over 500,000 home and small business routers, allowing them to steal website logins and passwords, and...

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Dave’s Three Immutable Laws of Hacking

I am using this week’s column as an opportunity to announce three “laws” that are so obvious to me I’m surprised nobody has announced them before. If they have been announced before, I can’t find them. Therefore, here I go. Behold, the worldwide introduction of Dave’s...

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FBI says “reboot your router”

The FBI has issued a threat alert regarding over 500,000 infected home and small business routers, and offers a simple way to begin fixing the problem: reboot your network router. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, on May 25, 2018, by way of the Internet Crime...

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

In my computer/Internet safety and security class, “Fight The Internet Bad Guys And Win,” I teach everyday computer users how to play with the fire that is the Internet and not get burned. The class is one session, taught in one evening, free and open to the public. Everyone who uses a computer should take my class.

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!