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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 [...]

European-Style Data Protection Laws Give Internet Users More Information about Who’s Using Their Information and Why

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By Charles Miller The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a far-reaching law, but it’s probably the best attempt so far to address the societal changes resulting from the explosion of data-gathering abilities made technically possible by the Internet and mobile devices. People on this side of the Atlantic Ocean are likely [...]

The Computer Corner Japan’s New Cyber Security Chief Shows Worrying Computer and Technology Ignorance

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By Charles Miller Last week, this column reported the ongoing cyberattack responsible for shutting down newspaper printing plants in California and also revisited the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014. When disastrous cyberattacks of these kinds occur, we all believe that experienced computer network engineers, working together with skilled forensic investigators, are quickly [...]

Foreign Hackers Apparently Behind Major US Newspapers’ Printing Plants Cyberattack

By Charles Miller As this column is being written, the news has just come out that the newspaper printing plants owned by Tribune Publishing in Los Angeles have been crippled by a cyberattack. The disruptions resulting from the attack delayed the printing of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune as well as the [...]

Computer Company Customer Support Forums Vary Widely in Usefulness

By Charles Miller A question I received from a client is prompting me to write about something I do not believe I have previously addressed in this column, and that is the subject of support forums. When I am trying to solve a computer problem, the first place I usually turn to is a company [...]

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By Charles Miller Microsoft To Begin Blocking Other Brands’ Antivirus Software A huge change is about to take place with regard to Windows security, and it will impact all the companies now making third-party antivirus software. Among the names you may recognize are AVG, Avast, Eset, Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton, Panda, Sophos, Symantec, and others. For [...]

The Computer Corner

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User Beware: That Link in Your Email May Not Be From Who It Appears To Be   By Charles Miller The subject of this week’s column is a rerun, but it has been years since the last time I wrote on this topic. A recent telephone conversation pointed up the need for a refresher. Regular [...]

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By Charles Miller Every Software Program You Want Has a Free Alternative Out There Last week in this column, I related how more and more software companies are trying to move in the direction of Software as a Service (SaaS), a licensing scheme where the software you use on your computer is something you are [...]

Office 2019’s One-Time Purchase Model a Sop to “Old Fogy” Computer Users

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By Charles Miller In a recent Microsoft press release, there was some very welcome news for the computer users who PCWorld.com describes as “old fogies who prefer standalone software.” It is no secret that Microsoft and other software makers would like to see all computer programs licensed under the terms of Software as a Service [...]

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