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By Charles Miller In this column last week, I wrote the following: “Email addresses are not necessarily case sensitive. This means if your email address is janedoe@gmail.com, it is okay to write that address as JaneDoe@gmail.com or JANEdoe@gmail.com or janeDOE@gMAIL.com if you care to do so.” This week I am going to explain that almost [...]

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By Charles Miller There is a feature of the popular free email service Gmail that allows users to customize their name so that its appearance is more appealing or perhaps easier to read. Every user of Gmail needs to be aware of this feature and constantly vigilant of how this feature is being used to [...]

The Computer Corner: A Quick Guide to Spotting Internet Fake News Articles

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By Charles Miller The ubiquity of smartphones, always-on Internet, and social media has brought about a dramatic change in the way in which some people are exposed to the news today. Last year a good friend of mine here in México phoned me to ask if I had seen the news reporting of a serial [...]

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By Charles Miller As far as I know, there are no big parades scheduled, and I have not seen or heard any fireworks…at least not any more than normal for México. Yet, for some people there is an important anniversary being celebrated now: this month, the World Wide Web turns thirty. I suppose the lack [...]

Annual Internet Site Rankings a Peek into Users’ Interests and Preferences

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By Charles Miller Measuring which websites are the most popular on the Internet gives some interesting insights into what people are doing online. There are several organizations that track the popularity of websites, and every year about this time, lists of the most popular sites appear in the news. The methodology used to determine which [...]

Russia Planning to Temporarily Take Down Its Entire Internet

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By Charles Miller Perhaps by the time this article goes to press, an experiment will have taken place on the Internet, one that network engineers around the world are watching closely. We can hope it does not take place on April Fool’s day, because this is no joke. The Russian government and all Internet service [...]

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Ku-Band use satellites in geostationary earth orbit with signals aimed down

By Charles Miller   How Does the Internet Actually Work on an Airplane? This week, as I sit down at my word processor to write this column, I have no reader questions to answer. That happens sometimes. As I prepared to write, I noted that the folder containing my previous columns has 746 files in [...]

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By Charles Miller So Your Email Address Has Been Hacked—Now What?   There are two very valuable websites available to anyone who is interested in keeping their personal information safe while online. The websites I recommend you visit are “haveibeenpwned.com” and “monitor.mozilla.com,” where anyone may check to see if their email address appears on any [...]

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By Charles Miller   In response to my advice never to ever click on links in emails, a reader wrote to me saying he was a tad confused as to what a link is. Bob asked the following: if his trusted friend Joe emailed him a suggestion to look at a particular article on a [...]

Investigators Discover Largest-Ever Collection of Breached Data

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By Charles Miller This headline has been repeated so many times in recent years that it has completely lost its impact on newspaper readers; nevertheless, it is here again: last month, a respected security researcher discovered a data dump of 87 gigabytes containing more than 770 million email addresses and passwords posted to a popular [...]

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