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

Bad guys phishing for cash

I recently received an email from my bank, notifying me that they were upgrading their security systems, and that my account information needed to be updated. The email included a convenient link which took me directly to my bank’s website. No problem, I thought, so I...

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What is a computer “drive,” anyway?

Computer folks often throw around words, terms and acronyms assuming everyone else knows what they mean. I recently learned that’s a bad assumption, though, as a customer discussing backing up files to an external hard drive remarked, “You know, I don’t think I really...

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Scrapping your old computer

I once watched someone walk out of the back of a local downtown business and throw a computer in a dumpster; monitor, keyboard, mouse and all. As highly dignified and refined as I am, I have been known to occasionally insert my entire body into large trash receptacles...

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Test your online safety knowledge

Too many people fail to take the subject of online Internet safety and security seriously in advance of a catastrophe. That’s a shame, because taking basic, simple precautions now can pay big dividends in the future. People who’ve lost everything to a hard drive...

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Roll the dice for secure passwords

If you've followed this column for any length of time, you've read my rants, warnings and exhortations regarding passwords. In a nutshell, computer and Internet account passwords (email, Facebook, Twitter, banking, Amazon, etc.) need to be sufficiently complex to make...

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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!