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Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award for October

Steve Gibson Wins For Security Now Podcasts

Folks, last month I started a brand new thing. I called it the Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award. My intention with this was to bring to your attention, Dear Reader, people and their websites who are worthy of special mention due to the fact that they are looking out for us — the “average computer user” — and helping us to have a better, safer, online experience.FOTISA

I have been a fan of Steve Gibson for many years. I first discovered him when I heard about his Shields Up! firewall tester. Which a a free tool for us to go and see if our firewalls are doing their jobs.

Steve has been in “the biz” for a long time. And you may have seen him on TV, or on the Internet, as he is frequently interviewed because he can describe things in ways we can understand.

In my Blogroll, I have TWiT.TV which is home to the Leo Laporte (& friends) podcasts. This is a wonderful site for those interested in tech, and I highly recommend it. sn_logo TWit.TV is where you will find Steve’s Security Now podcasts – which is what I am awarding the 2nd ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer to, specifically, but also for Mr. Gibson’s whole body of work.
(“podcasts” are like.. Internet radio.)

Here you will find the information you need to know to be safer online, keep up with online security news, and learn more about things like identity theft and “trojans”. And learning is super easy with Steve. Please give him a listen.

So, congratulations Mr. Gibson. You’ve earned a big tip of my Geek hat. And folks, please click here and take a look at his Security Now webpage.

Related links: First-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award

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October 24, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, how to, Internet, security | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award

There is a Tech Website that most people do not know about (though, it is approaching 1.5 million ‘hits’). It isn’t “famous”, or “hot”, like some Tech Websites. But it should be, because at it’s very core is a man who is looking out for us — the “average folk”.

Day in and day out, this man (whom I call “the hardest working man in the blog business”) provides free expert-caliber advice for keeping safe on an increasingly dangerous Internet. He has earned my first-ever Tech Paul’s Annual Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award.

Mr. Mullins,
Please allow me to say that this article exemplifies why I am a big fan of what you do here on
Tech Thoughts.

Not only does it educate folks to a very real danger they face while on the Internet, but it gives them the ‘know how’ to deal with the situations they will encounter (or, have encountered).

And so, I would like to bestow upon you the first-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award… which I just now made up.

I have said it before and I will say it again: it is my humble opinion that your site should be required reading before one can earn their Surfer’s License (an idea that is actually gaining some traction).

The answers and advice you provide is absolutely A Number One Top Drawer, and you deserve several awards, frankly.


Friend Of The Internet Surfer

Folks, here is the article that triggered what I should have done a long time ago: Avoid Worms – Instant Messaging Tips. Please click the link, and “discover” this great website for yourself!

[Note to artists: anyone out there care to design said award? I cannot draw a stick man… (You can “sign” it, of course!)]

Hmmm…. What about this symbol?

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