Meet the Hashed Out Team


Casey Crane

Casey Crane is a regular contributor to Hashed Out with 10+ years of experience in journalism and writing, including crime analysis and IT security. She also serves as a Content Marketer at The SSL Store. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mass communications (in journalism and media studies) from the University of South Florida and USF St. Petersburg. Casey is passionate about data privacy and wants to educate others about encryption because it plays such an integral role in our daily lives (even though many people don’t know it!).


Jay Thakkar

After graduating from university with an engineering degree, Jay found his true passion as a writer…specifically, a cybersecurity writer. He’s now a Hashed Out staff writer covering encryption, privacy, cybersecurity best practices, and related topics.


Ross Thomas

Ross Thomas is The SSL Store’s IT Manager and a regular contributor to Hashed Out. He started his IT career in high school, attended Florida State University to complete a bachelors in Management Information Systems, then completed a Master’s degree in Information Technology Security from the University of Liverpool. After 20+ years working across many facets of the IT world, Ross brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the Hashed Out team.


Adam Thompson

Adam’s web technology journey began when he built his first website at the age of 16. Since then, his path has including many flavors of web technology, including digital marketing, data analysis, website development (PHP & .NET), website security, ecommerce systems, and more. He writes for Hashed Out covering ecommerce, cybersecurity, & e-business, and also serves as The SSL Store’s Director of Digital Marketing.


Patrick Nohe

A graduate of Florida State University, Patrick started his career as a reporter for the Miami Herald. He applies that commitment to journalism, along with his newsroom experience, to Hashed Out’s industry coverage. As someone who has worked hard to learn the ins and outs of encryption, hashing, browser UI/UX and general cyber security from the ground up, Patrick has a unique insight into what the average internet user knows and doesn’t know – as well as how to explain it in a way that’s relatable.

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