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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.

How I murdered my hard drive

In my free, one-night-only class called "Fight the Internet Bad Guys & Win," I will show you how to play with the fire that is the Internet and not get burned. We also discuss how to completely erase files from a computer so they can never be seen again. Come to the...

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Beware the Bad Rabbit, fake Adobe and Firefox updates

In my free, one-night-only class called "Fight the Internet Bad Guys & Win," we will discuss many threats Internet users are faced with, including "ransomware," a scheme where your personal files are scrambled by encryption, and then held hostage until you pay a...

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Fight the Internet Bad Guys and Win

What are computer viruses, and where do they come from? Is online banking safe? What makes a good password, and why should you care? How do you tell a safe website from one that's dangerous? Why do you have to keep "updating" things? How do you keep your email account...

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Equifax hack update: there’s more to do

As you no doubt recall, information regarding last month's Great Equifax Hack has uncovered negligence by data megabroker Equifax which led to the preventable theft of 145 million credit bureau accounts. Equifax then waited six weeks before telling anyone about the...

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Happy Cyber Security Awareness Month

Although not an official part of the holiday season, having October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a good thing. If people can take an awareness of cyber security and turn it into positive actions, maybe the good guys can win the war for the Internet....

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Feds ban Kaspersky Antivirus

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has effectively banned all government agencies from using products made by Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Lab. DHS Secretary Elaine Duke has issued a Binding Operational Directive (BOD) directing Federal Executive Branch...

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Are the viruses really gone?

The war against malware (short for "malicious software") like viruses, spyware and rootkits is a constant cat-and-mouse game between malware writers and distributors (the "bad guys") and those who write, update and use antivirus and antispyware protection tools (the...

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Take action, the Equifax hack may be “the big one”

If there's one word I'm tired of hearing, it's the word "breach." If masked thugs with machine guns hold up a bank, does the news media call it a "breach?" If a burglar breaks into your house and robs you blind, do you call 9-1-1 and cry, "I've suffered a breach!" If...

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Employees still small business’ first line of defense

“There’s nothing important on my computer, so I don’t care too much about Internet security. Why would anyone want to mess with me?” “My business is too small for the big Internet crooks; why would they bother to hack my computers?” People express sentiments like...

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Privacy with Windows 10: is it possible? Part Three

Join this column to the end of last week's column, and it will make sense, as the quest continues for privacy using Windows 10. As it goes with the Camera, the same goes for the Microphone, as well. I turn off everything except for Skype, and you may not even need...

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