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Hi, and welcome to CrunchTV. Be my guest and search through the old and new of computer security. In the show this week – new anti-spam technology and the latest and worst spams to watch for.

Over the past two years, I have been on the front lines in the war on spam mail. I realized early on that sometimes people have a lapse in common sense – they allow viruses and unauthorized programs to install on their computers. Reminding people of the dangers and helping people fix these problems was an ongoing theme in my security consulting.

Computer security is not about teenage hackers any more. There is a substantial black market of organized criminals and even terrorist who are fighting every decent, law-abiding computer user. As a security consultant with nearly three decades of computer security experience, I’ve seen it all. The alarming thing is the pace at which security threats develop.

Every aspect of your personal history is exposed, not only through your home computer, but through credit companies, banks, health insurers, even the Federal Government can be pilfered by these digital criminals without the authority’s knowledge.

These threats can be understood through education. As a security consultant, the question is what is the best mechanism to provide this information to the general public to empower them to deal with these threats.

The easiest way to get this information out to the general public is through television. But television isn’t cheap and with the speed of security threats advancing every day, television wouldn’t allow the rapid response I needed to get the information out to the general public. I knew there had to be a technical solution like television, so a year ago I moved to LA to explore emerging television-like technologies.

In a small television studio, I used a tight script, green-screen and teleprompter to try and push the boundaries of how much information I could fit into the television-like format with limited time. This method worked perfectly with my tight schedule attending security conferences and substantial programming workload.

With the format decided, I had plans for interviewing a number of guest including hackers, law enforcement, experts from the security community and other surprise guests including people from the recording industry. These interviews were designed to be informative but fit the pace of the remainder of the show.

Through the planning phase of the project, broadband exploded. It was clear that almost anyone could get quality video online. The final piece of CrunchTV fell into place. With a small team of dedicated professionals including web designers, graphic artists, video producers and musicians crunchtv.net was born.

CrunchTV will tell you the latest security threats and provide helpful instructions in dealing with any security issue you may face. If you use a computer, CrunchTV is compulsory viewing.

John Draper, 2005

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