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By Charles Miller Last month, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation released a first-of-its-kind warning to the public, asking everyone in the world to reboot their routers. This action was taken in an effort to mitigate the effects of hundreds of thousands of home routers infected by the VPNFilter malware, which has shadowy links to [...]

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By Charles Miller   Another Event in the Balkans Got Out of Control   This month marks the 104th anniversary of an event that profoundly changed the course of world history. It was June 28, 1914 that the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, setting off a chain of events leading to the Great War. I can [...]

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By Charles Miller   What Google Can Share   The Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University seeks to bring together expertise in technology to better understand its impact on society. The official website, with the catchy name Freedom-to-Tinker.com, archives the results of research. This includes the “No Boundaries” series which addresses the issue [...]

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COMPUETRS

By Charles Miller   What Google Can Share   The Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University seeks to bring together expertise in technology to better understand its impact on society. The official website, with the catchy name Freedom-to-Tinker.com, archives the results of research. This includes the “No Boundaries” series which addresses the issue [...]

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By Charles Miller   A Virtual Private Network   A client asked me if using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) would protect his anonymity online. I suspect he was not pleased by my answer, because he wanted a simple solution and the answer I gave him was not that. One needs to understand LAN and [...]

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REG COMPUTERS

By Charles Miller   What exactly does ‘refurbished’ mean?   An Atención reader who was shopping for a new computer wrote to me this week with a question: “What exactly does ‘refurbished’ mean?” The words “preowned,” “refurbished,” “certified,” and “recertified” sometimes appear in product descriptions or in advertising, so it might benefit shoppers to have a better [...]

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By Charles Miller I can almost always tell when I write on a subject that is of exceptionally broad interest to readers. All I need to do is count the number of email responses I receive, and there were quite a few of those in response to the column several weeks ago describing the “Tor [...]

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By Charles Miller So many times have I reported here on discouraging news for consumers that I am eager to jump on any opportunity to relate some good news, no matter how small, even if it does not affect any of us directly. Many times I have inveighed against the outdated international copyright laws that [...]

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By Charles Miller   What is a Pup?   An Atención reader stopped me on the street this week with a question. She asked, “What’s a pup?” The obvious answer is “cute, cuddly, loves to chew on things,” but she quickly clarified that her computer had popped up a message saying it had blocked access [...]

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REG COMPUTERS

By Charles Miller Alternative Browser Gives You Ultimate Online Privacy   A recent conversation I had with a businessman client led to a discussion of online anonymity and some ways to achieve more of it. An unfortunate reality of the world we live in is that some other countries are governed by totalitarian regimes that [...]

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