I got started in computer and Internet security in a serious manner back in 2000, as a member at Becky's and later Wilders Security Forums. I helped develop the Gladiator Security Forums before landing at CastleCops (formerly known as ComputerCops). At CastleCops, I helped found the 1st Responders, people trained to assist in malware removal. In 2004, I started writing a series of weekly articles for the CC front page, that became the Windows Security Checklist. The WSC went like hotcakes all over the world and was reprinted at many web sites. It earned me the MVP Award in Consumer (Windows) Security for 2006. The book, "Rootkits For Dummies" sprang from two articles I wrote for the WSC. Wiley Publishing Ltd. invited me to write it. A great many Staff at CC helped bring it to fruition, including my co-author Nancy Altholz without whom the book would not have been completed.
CastleCops closed its doors at the end of 2008. I had been there for six years. In the past nine years I haven't been as active in the security community due to serious illness which also forced me into early retirement. Websites and people who promised I'd always be a part of what they do have disowned me. Spywarehammer is an example. They do not even realize that they are on their last legs. It makes me sad. They expect as much from volunteers as they do from paid employees. I can tell from the lack of traffic at their site that the end is near. Too bad.
Nonetheless I am continuing to do my best and help people when and where I can. I might not help in terms of computer or cell security but for whatever need that presents itself. Like Red Green the comedian said, "I'm pulling for ya. We're all in this together. Keep your stick on the ice."