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Hi, everyone. I’m Leo Notenboom for askleo.com. I’ve decided that it’s time to update the Ask Leo! Guide to Staying Safe on the Internet. It’s been a little while since the book was published and I just have this feeling that there are some things that I want to change, perhaps re-prioritize, emphasize, and basically just flush out in the book.
Many of you may know or realize that I take a somewhat slightly different point of view when it comes to anti-malware software. A lot of people put a lot of emphasis, a tremendous amount of emphasis in the latest comparison and the latest test and which one does and which doesn’t work better.
My belief is that once you’re beyond a certain point of I’ll just call it “proficiency”, in other words, the software works to a basic level, the incremental improvement you get from getting these “latest and greatest” to the “award-winner” the “test winner” or whatever, the changes it seems like every month or every year not only depending on which version of the product that they’re looking but who does the testing, once you get past a certain point of just basic functionality and things work good, the time you might spend agonizing over which package to get actually ends up being kind of sort of wasted effort.
My preference, my priority, when it comes to software to deal with security on your machine, is of course that you are the most important piece of software that deals with your machine. It’s you that needs to understand what we keep talking about when we say “common sense”. It’s you that needs to understand or be familiar with the basics of internet security, internet safety and keeping your computer safe on the internet.
That’s why the book exists. That’s why I emphasize common sense so frequently and actually have a few articles talking about the topic. There are also some new things on the radar. One of the things that’s not discussed in the book that I realized today really does need to be discussed in the book is the concept of the so-called Microsoft support scam.
It’s not just Microsoft that’s being impersonated in this way. Many different companies are being taken advantage of, the reputations of many companies are being taken advantage of as scammers try and call unsuspecting victims pretending to be from Microsoft or Dell or your ISP or somebody claiming that they’ve noticed your computer is causing problems on the internet which of course is not the case at all.
What they do is they scam you out of money. That’s not discusses in the book and I think it’s become so prevalent and so common place these days that it’s something that actually deserves it’s own chapter. Now, if you’ve been paying attention, to Ask Leo! on Business, you’ll know that is a series of articles that I’ve written that are intended to all come together in a book at some point on business, on having a web presence on the internet.
What I’m going to do with this update of Internet Safety is along those same lines. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’m going to be publishing updated articles that will themselves end up folding into the book. The book will be an expansion on the articles that I publish here but I think that you’ll see over the next few weeks, a nice, broad coverage of the issues that really do come together to help make you safe on the internet as you do whate3ver it is you when you use your computer.
So, here’s where you come in. Down below this video on askleo.com is a link to the current book’s Table of Contents. If you already have the book – fantastic – you know exactly what’s inside, but if you don’t, that’s fine; down below is a PDF that has the Table of Contents and actually I think the first ten percent of the entire book.
I encourage you to take a look at that because what I’d like you to tell me is what’s missing. What needs more emphasis in this book? What is confusing? What is there that you expected to be in a book discussing internet safety and keeping yourself safe on the internet?
And even if you don’t take a look at the Table of Contents or you’ve never cracked the book, by all means, let me know just what’s your biggest concern when it comes to internet safety? What’s your biggest concern, your biggest problem, the thing you find yourself either the most worried about that prevents you from fully enjoying whatever it is you are doing with your technology or the thing that you’re actually struggling with.
If you’ve got a security related issue that actually is in your way right now. Let me now what that is. I’d like to understand what that is and see if it is something that I can fold coverage of into the next version of the Ask Leo! Guide to Staying Safe on the Internet.
So as always, please, if you’re watching this anywhere on askleo.com, come visit this link. That’s where you’ll find the PDF of the first ten percent of the existing book and that’s where I’d love to have you leave your comments about what you might want to see expanded on, explained or covered in the next edition.
Until next week, I’m Leo Notenboom for askleo.com. Thanks for watching. I’ll see you then.