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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.

Backing up home and small business computers

by Dave Moore, 2-10-19 Would you put a firecracker in your hand, light the fuse and then simply watch the fuse burn down until the firecracker exploded in your hand? You know the firecracker is going to explode and hurt your hand. Why would you not do something to...

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Why is my (Netflix, Amazon, whatever) stuff so slow?

by Dave Moore, 2-3-19 The number one computer-user complaint (keeping in mind that the word "computer" includes phones, tablets and TVs) is things seem to take too long to start. You click/tap, and then you wait; and wait; and wait. There it goes again, the little...

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Protecting small business computer systems

by Dave Moore, 1-27-19 Do you own a small business? If so, you are a favorite target of the Internet bad guys. Have you and your employees been trained in how to protect your computer systems from Internet criminals? The basics of protecting small business computers...

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How to talk to technical support

by Dave Moore, 1-20-19 Outside of a complete computer meltdown, there's probably only one thing computers owners fear more: calling technical support. Known to make the toughest of hombres break out in a cold sweat, and causing Mafia hit men to run screaming, being...

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Who pays when your bank account is hacked?

by Dave Moore, 1-13-19 Have you ever actually read the agreement you have with your bank, or did you simply "sign on the line," ignoring the pesky details about who's required to do what? After all, who can understand all that ridiculous legalese, anyway? Who's got...

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Are you spamming your friends?

by Dave Moore, 1-6-19 "You are sending me spam email," I recently wrote to one of my customers. Of course, he had no idea he had sent me an email promoting assorted "enhancement" products, but, nonetheless, that's what happened. He also had no idea he had sent the...

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Do I need a “cloud?”

by Dave Moore, 12-30-18 More and more often I find myself being asked an odd, but innocent, question: “Do I need a cloud?” It's been a while since I've seen a more over-hyped, yet lesser-understood term in the world of computing than "cloud." What is "the cloud,"...

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Merry Internet Christmas Fun

by Dave Moore, 12-23-18 How did Mary and Joseph know Jesus' weight when he was born? They had a weigh in a manger... What goes, "Oh, oh, oh?" Santa walking backwards. How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit? No Brussels. Who is a Christmas tree's favorite...

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Holiday season fraud alert!

by Dave Moore, 12-16-18 I received an unusual email today, one I was glad to see. The email's subject line said, "Holiday fraud alert." Usually, when I see "alert" messages in my Inbox, they turn out to be based on a hoax. These messages often start when somebody's...

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Smart home gear brings stupid problems

by Dave Moore, 12-9-18 If you installed new windows in your house, would you install windows that couldn't be closed or locked? That would be crazy, wouldn't it? Yet, that's what millions of less-than astute consumers will do this holiday season as they submit to the...

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Happy safe holiday Internet shopping

by Dave Moore, 12-2-18 Every year about this time I have to reassess the Internet Christmas shopping situation. Billions of dollars in electronic form are flying down wires, bouncing to and from orbiting satellites, through the air and across the Internet, more this...

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Here comes Santa spam

by Dave Moore, 11-18-18 “You may be eligible to receive some of the education stimulus bill!” “Did you suffer a Gallbladder injury while using Birth Control?” “We want to buy your home for Christmas! Sell Your Home Today!” “Make $10000 for Christmas!” “Bounci36D sent...

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Yahoo! renamed Altaba and fined $50 million for hacking

by Dave Moore, 11-11-18 Wow, if there has ever been a story of Internet company craziness, the story of Yahoo! has to be in the top 10. Hacking, breaches, excuses, investigations, fines and CEO golden parachutes have shown Yahoo! to be one of the Internet's biggest...

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Voting security has a long way to go

by Dave Moore, 11-4-18 In 2004, while attending the Defcon computer security conference in Las Vegas, I attended a meeting where the subject of "e-voting" was discussed. The "e-voting" concept includes the use of computerized, paperless electronic voting machines, as...

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Apple claims sainthood in a cesspool of sinners

by Dave Moore, The Internet Safety Group October 25, 2018 "At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right. And so much of your personal information - information you have a right to keep private - lives on your Apple devices. Your heart rate after a run....

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When websites attack

by Dave Moore, 10-21-18 Most of us are usually able to mindlessly click our way around the Internet without considering the potential hazards behind every click. That’s a good thing; if every click on the Internet meant a virus would infect your computer, nobody would...

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Happy Cyber Security Awareness Month

by Dave Moore, 10-14-18 Although not an official part of the holiday season, having October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a good thing. If people can have an awareness of cyber security and stay safe, maybe the good guys can win the war for the...

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Fight the Internet tracking cookies and win, Part 2

by Dave Moore, 10-7-18 In Part One of this series, we looked at using the settings in Mozilla's Firefox browser to defeat Internet tracking cookies, those little surveillance files injected into our devices by websites, and used against us to report our every move to...

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Detecting email scams

by Dave Moore, 9-30-18 Email anti-spam filters are often pretty bad at protecting email users. They let bad email through and block good messages with such regularity that I don't really include them as part of my overall Internet safety strategy. The spam filters...

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Fight the Internet tracking cookies and win, Part 1

by Dave Moore, 9-23-18 Last week we looked at Internet tracking cookies, those little surveillance files injected into our devices by websites, used against us to report our every move to faceless data brokers, invasive government agencies, and Internet criminals. Not...

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