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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.

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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Privacy with Windows 10: is it possible? Part Two

Last week, we looked at the desirability of privacy on the Internet, and the sad state of current affairs where seemingly every major Internet company wants to deny us that ability. No matter what Internet-connected device you use, the principles of attaining privacy,...

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Privacy with Windows 10: is it possible? Part One

As we progress (or, "regress," I would say) in the areas of computers, privacy and the Internet, once treasured ideals are quickly and firmly being swept aside in favor of convenience and pervasive connectivity. With easy social networking "freedom" promoted as the...

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Bad guys phishing for cash

I recently received an email from my bank, notifying me that they were upgrading their security systems, and that my account information needed to be updated. The email included a convenient link which took me directly to my bank’s website. No problem, I thought, so I...

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What is a computer “drive,” anyway?

Computer folks often throw around words, terms and acronyms assuming everyone else knows what they mean. I recently learned that’s a bad assumption, though, as a customer discussing backing up files to an external hard drive remarked, “You know, I don’t think I really...

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