This book is super cool. I had the chance to interview Travis Morgan, the author of “Catch Me If You Know How”, an e-book that teaches basic computer forensics to any level computer user.
Aimed at prevention on an intensely whole new level, this book teaches how to prevent teen suicide, prevent drug addiction, or even boost awareness of cheating spouses.
Here’s my interview Q&A with Travis:
1. Briefly introduce yourself.
My name is Travis Morgan and I am a 20-year veteran in Information Technology. Throughout my career, I have held positions of Network & Systems Administrator, Network Engineer and Systems Engineer and moved on to a national college, where I served as Vice President and Institutional Director of Information Technology.
One of the strengths I proud myself on is the ability to communicate with other people who have little to no computer knowledge or experience. I have had many statements from my peers and clients they are relieved when I explain things in terms they easily understand. I’ve owned various computer companies (sales and services) over the years, and helped residential and business clients regularly.
I suffer from a rare and incurable disease called Usher‚Äôs Syndrome ‚Äì a combination of Retinitis Pigmentosa and hearing loss. Today, I still have a small portion of my central vision but, for the most part, my peripheral vision is no longer functioning ‚Äì and my night vision is pretty much non-existent. Over the past year, my vision during the day has reduced so drastically that I don‚Äôt expect to have any vision much longer, maybe within a year or two. The added loss of my hearing will make it virtually impossible to communicate except through tactile sign language like Helen Keller. I may have been dealt a bad hand of cards, but I am helping others while I still can ‚Ä¶ and I love it!
2. Where is your company based?
I am located in beautiful Southern California in Temecula, the wine country of SoCal. A one hour drive get’s me to pretty much all of SoCal since I am relatively centrally located. Because I will soon be completely blind, I anticipate that this will be where I will retire.
3. Briefly describe your product/website.
My book, titled ‘Catch Me If You Know How - Internet Edition’ teaches basic computer forensics to any level computer user. You do not need to be an intermediate or advanced computer user to understand this book or to know how to implement any of the procedures. It’s very easy to navigate, with clear screenshots as examples.
Catch Your Spouse Cheating
Stop Pornography Addiction
Save Your Teen from Suicide
Save Your Child from a Pedophile
Stop a Compulsive Online Gambler
Prevent Mass Murders or Terrorism
Discover Who‚Äôs Wasting Company Time
ANYONE CAN UNDERSTAND IT!
ANYONE CAN DO IT!
4. Give us a few examples of people that would find this useful.
I could write you pages and pages of people who would benefit from this book. Everyday that I wake, there’s another story on the news about a child abducted and murder, a politician or celebrity committing infidelity, a clergy member molesting children today and many years in the past, a gang shooting, a cyber-bullied teenager committing suicide, and so on. Anything malicious or addictive one can do on the Internet, this book will help discover what is going on.
5. Have you had many promising testimonials that you can share?
I have had many great and positive reviews so far. In fact, I have only had one less than perfect review (3 out of 5 stars on Amazon) and this was because this particular reader was also a veteran IT professional and felt my book was “too simple”, which is true if you are a professional like him and I are. The book was designed to help people with little to no computer experience.
The sister of the late Nicole Brown-Simpson (OJ Simpson’s late wife) also had a raving review for my book. I have awesome reviews from doctors, pathologists, psychiatrists, counselors, non-profits, victim advocates, forensics experts, educators, coaches and so on. To read many of the reviews, simply go to the Amazon page for the book to read them all. I felt very humbled when one reviewer said that I deserved a humanitarian award for this book. I did not write this book for strictly monetary gain or recognition but it is nice to know that people believe in my cause and that I will have my goals and accomplishments fulfilled when I hear that at least a single child was saved. This book was worth the time to write and promote if I save just a single child and it is my hope that countless children are saved from abuse and neglect.
6. In your opinion, what’s the most effective method of promotion or advertising for spreading the word about your site?
Word of mouth has always been a great advertising method and has helped a great deal. Whether that be email. social media posts, in person, and so on. I think the secret to successful advertising and marketing is not just what one does to get their name or product out there and heard, but persistence is the number one thing I have found that works. Obviously some marketing methods produce better than others, but without persistence, it will never happen.
7. Can you operate this ‘basic computer forensics’ from your mobile phone as well?
No, not really. Smartphones today do have a lot of telltale signs and this will be a topic in my upcoming book editions that cover computers, hard drives and smartphones among other personal electronics such as tablets and MP3 Players/iPods. This next edition should be ready by end of 2012.
8. What about people who are concerned with privacy issues?
People who are concerned with privacy have every right to be concerned. Privacy is every ‘adult’ persons right and government overstepping of your rights will always be met with resistance and sounding of the alarm. However, my book was designed to help parents monitor and guide their children and although children do have rights, they often do not have the rights to privacy until they are of consenting age, typically 18 years old around the world. In some states, countries and territories, the right of privacy may be a grey line between employer and employee, or between spouses, even if there is only one computer in the household. If you read my book, you will see that I mention several times to ensure that you have the legal right and authority to violate someone else’s privacy. People will need to consult with their own local and national laws before implementing any of the procedures outlined in the book.
9. Is this fully legal?
Yes, and no. In many US jurisdictions, reviewing and monitoring your children, your home and even your workplace/business is legal. While some jurisdictions have laws prohibiting such activities. It is up to the reader to research the laws of their jurisdictions to determine if they have the authority to perform research on someone else’s computer. There are even some states that have strict privacy laws even between spouses where there is only 1 computer in the household (i.e. the computer is deemed community property between the spouses).
10. Any more sites or info that you’d like to plug?
I certainly do! I am donating 10 percent of all book sales to charities that help victimized and at-risk children. So anyone who wants to learn more about protecting their own children and family while also helping victims that are children who should never have to endure abuse in the first place, buy this book! It is available in paperback and eBook formats. To read more about the book details, what charities I support and a list of online and physical stores, check out http://www.CatchMeIfYouKnowHow.com . You may also follow me on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest:Source: catchmeifyouknowhow.com
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