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January 12, 2014

Fight the Internet bad guys and win: Pop quiz

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.

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