IamA Aryeh Goretsky. Today I'm the Distinguished Reseacher for ESET, but 30 years at 19 years of age, I was John McAfee's first employee at McAfee Associates. AMAA!
[UPDATE #3: It's 5:30AM local, now. I'll check back periodically, but I really need to get some sleep. ^AG]
[UPDATE #2: It's 5:30PM local and I think I am going to call it an evening. I would like to thank all of you for joining me today and your interesting and thought-provoking questions. Stay safe online, now! ^AG]
[UPDATE #1: It's 2:30PM local and I'm taking a brief AFK break. Back in a bit. ^AG]
My short bio:
In September 1989, I became John McAfee's first employee at McAfee Associates, where I answered the phone at the kitchen table. Just three years later, in October 1992, the company went public with only about three dozen employees, one of the fastest IPOs at the time, especially given the staff size.
In 1995, I followed John McAfee to his next startup, where we pioneered instant messaging software, inventing many of the features now in use today. Sadly, the dot-com bubble burst before that technical success could become a commercial one. In the background, I continued my participation in trust groups like TH-Research (trojan horse), DA (bots), MWP (malicious websites and phishing) and ZERT (to name a few), which lead to the formation of the Internet Security Operations Task Force and the Internet Security Operations and Intelligence conferences which grew out of that.
Today, some thirty years later, I find myself the Distinguished Researcher for ESET, a large global security provider, where I help create the next generation of security technologies, act as an internal technical resource and even occasionally post memes. Every so often I am able to share some of my research with the public via their blog.
Along the way to doing all of that, I helped tens of thousands of people with computer hardware, software and networking issues, ranging from fax and phone calls to BBSes, through online services and now the world-wide web. That culminating in me being recognized by Microsoft with their MVP Award for 14 consecutive years. As an MVP I was able to help Microsoft by giving early feedback and introduce features to better help their users.
I still continue to participate in private and public groups, including volunteering as staff at tech news site Neowin, with former ComputerWorld Editor-In-Chief Scot Finnie's, here and there in places on Reddit like /r/24hoursupport/ (well, mostly their Discord server), and at computer manufacturer Lenovo, for whom I'm also a brand advocate (what they call their Lenovo INsiders).
Some fine print before we begin (or, in other words, things that make HR, PR, lawyers, marketing and bosses happy): I'm not here to promote something like a new software release from ESET—they release new versions of their software all the time, and have a PR team that does that for them. This Reddit AMA is being done by me as a personal activity because I thought be something interesting to do my on 30th anniversary in the industry and the views expressed are solely mine and not endorsed by ESET, Lenovo, McAfee, Microsoft or Neowin. That said, I have a lot of good ideas that are eminently practical and they should listen to them...
TL;DR: I am Aryeh Goretsky, and you may ask me almost anything.