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I write a weekly column titled ‘COMPUTER SENSE’ that appears in the Business section of the Sunday Norman Transcript newspaper. I hope you find it to be helpful, informative and entertaining. Please email your opinions about the column to Norman Transcript editor Caleb Slinkard at editor@normantranscript.com, or Norman Transcript publisher Mark Millsap at publisher@normantranscript.com. They need your ideas and feedback. Be sure to include your name and location in your email.

Protect your tablet computers and smart phones

Smart phones and tablet computers are increasingly becoming the prime ways people connect to the Internet. They have also become prime targets in the sights of the Internet bad guys, who aim to steal, cheat, trick and destroy, just like they have for years against the...

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Time to ditch Yahoo for good

If you bought a car, and it broke down and exploded, would you buy the same make and model, again? Well, OK, so maybe you would. Maybe you would think its problems were just a fluke, and surely couldn't happen, again. But if your second same-make-and-model car broke...

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Computer bathtime, part 3: hardware and software security

Critical Security Control #3, as proposed by the Center for Internet Security (CIS), is called Secure Configurations for Hardware and Software on Mobile Devices, Laptops, Workstations, and Servers. This nerdy, wordy tome is written mainly for I.T. security pros and...

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Computer bathtime, part 2: critical security controls

Continuing last week’s discussion of “Foundational cyber hygiene,” let’s look at the first five “Critical Security Controls” proposed by the Center for Internet Security (CIS). A good understanding of these controls is important to your safety on the Internet. The...

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Computer bathtime: foundational cyber hygiene

“Critical Security Controls,” a phrase coined by the Center for Internet Security (CIS), is a high-tech, nerdy way of saying, “super-important things you really, really, really, really need to do.” They’re not kidding around, either; you really do need to do them. The...

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Facebook safety awareness

I am often asked, "Is Facebook safe?" Facebook, the most popular social networking website in the world, claims almost 30 percent of the world's population as members. Just like the world's population, it can be both safe and dangerous at the same time.x Because...

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Hope for formerly shiny, new “obsolete” computers

Computers past their prime are often retired for a variety of reasons. Even though all computers can be fixed, sometimes perfectly good, functional computers are declared obsolete by their makers. For example, Microsoft waves its wand and announces your computer is...

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The powerful, misunderstood computer “browser”

Most folks who use a "real" computer to access the Internet (as opposed to using a phone) do it with a single piece of software: the mighty "browser." Strangely, though, most people don't even know that's what they are doing. Even though browsers are the computer...

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Who’s touching you on the Internet?

When you turn on a computer, hundreds of things all start running in the background, immediately vying for your computer’s attention and processing power, all trying to accomplish their various tasks. Maybe all you see on the screen is a pretty background picture,...

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