The Norman Transcript

January 12, 2014

Fight the Internet bad guys and win: Pop quiz


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — If you use a computer, wow, have I got a good deal for you: Come to the library Jan. 30 and I will teach you how to keep the Internet bad guys out of your life, for free.

That’s right; at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, be at the Norman Public library to take my free class on computer and Internet safety. In it, I will give you the knowledge and access to the tools that will help you fight the Internet bad guys and win.

Reserve your seat by calling the library at 701-2697. The class is sponsored by Republic Bank & Trust and the Norman Public Library.

“Why should I care about Internet bad guys?” you may say. “All I ever do with my computer is read email, surf websites and buy things on eBay, and I’ve never had a problem. Besides, there’s nothing important on my computer.”

One of the first things you’ll learn in my class is that the Internet bad guys could care less if there’s anything important on your computer. They are much more interested in gaining control of your computer and using it as a shield to hide behind while doing things like distributing computer viruses around the Internet.

Viruses on the Internet are like tornadoes in the Midwest; odds are, you can go a long time without ever being hit, but smart people prepare, anyway. As the Bible says (New Living Translation), “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences” (Proverbs 27:12).

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying anyone is a simpleton, but if you think that all you need to be safe on the Internet is an antivirus program, well … you need more. The sad truth is, millions of perfectly intelligent people are ripped off of hundreds of billions of dollars every year, and all they ever did was click on the wrong thing at the wrong time. It’s not a matter of intelligence; it’s a matter of education.

Come take my class and learn how to be safe on the Internet. Learn how to fight the Internet bad guys and win; you’ll be glad you did.

In the meantime, enjoy taking my computer security quiz, found below;

I once gave this quiz to a large number of employees at one of our state government’s largest agencies. I was floored at how many employees gave the wrong answer to every single quiz statement.

I was equally shocked at the huge number that gave wrong answers to 50 percent of the statements. These are people who use computers every day and are charged with protecting and making the best use of our state tax dollars. Yikes!

Dave Moore’s Computer Security Quiz. Answer true or false to each statement.

1. I don’t worry too much about computer security because I have nothing to hide, and there’s nothing important on my computer.

2. I don’t worry too much about computer security because I have an antivirus program.

3. I open email attachments without knowing what they really are.

4. I like to download and install songs, videos, games and screensavers from the Internet, and I never check beforehand to see if they are safe.

5. I like clicking on things to see if I’ve won a prize, such as a free laptop or iPod.

6. I like instant messaging and think that it’s fun when strangers send me website links, screensavers, backgrounds or free games.

7. I know that there’s nothing important on my computer because I delete files and then empty the recycle bin.

8. I don’t have my email password memorized.

9. I have my email password memorized because I made it a word that’s easy for me to remember.

10. I practice safe Internet surfing by emptying my browser cache after visiting gambling and porno websites.

11. When I received an email from my bank telling me that I needed to verify my password, I was glad that they were looking out for my safety.

12. I don’t have a password for my wireless network. That makes it easier to use.

13. I like to open and read spam email, just to see how fake it is.

14. If an email attachment is from someone that I know, then it’s probably safe.

Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking in Oklahoma since 1984. He also teaches computer safety workshops for public and private organizations. He can be reached at 919-9901 or davemoorecomputers.com.

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