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Google’s Road to Internet Dominance Utilized Questionable Tactics

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By Charles Miller No fewer than five Atención readers sent me a reference to the same Washington Post article by Geoffrey A. Fowler entitled “Goodbye, Chrome: Google’s Web Browser Has Become Spy Software.” With a healthy dose of sarcasm I answered back, “What? You mean the biggest advertising company on the planet put malware into [...]

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By Charles Miller Mexican Phone Dialing Procedures Soon to Be Simplified Mark this date on your calendar: Saturday, August 3, 2019. That is the day on which the procedure for dialing telephone numbers in México is set to change again. Again, you ask? That is something I will explain below. Dialing Mexican phone numbers can [...]

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By Charles Miller New EU Copyright Directive Can Affect US Users Earlier this month, lawmakers for the European Union issued the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, a directive that essentially is a list of guidelines for each of the 28 EU member nations to use in enacting new laws to protect fledgling [...]

Is Your Email Address Compromised?

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By Charles Miller A few weeks ago I wrote about the experience of a client o f mine whose email address was “pwned.” In writing that column, I made up what I mistakenly assumed was a fictitious name to protect my client’s privacy. I wrote that when I checked the haveibeenpwned.com website, I found the [...]

Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Are Newest Customers Buying Your Personal Data

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By Charles Miller It seems as if every time you read the news, some new story reveals more about our dystopian surveillance state. Cameras record us every time we go out in public, advertising giants Google and Yahoo read all our emails, Apple analyzes all of our photos, cell phone providers sell GPS data from [...]

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By Charles Miller Email Providers Often the Biggest Culprit in Return-Receipt Message Failures One of my clients who uses a locally installed email client asked me about what he thought was a malfunction in the program. Just in case you do not recognize the term, an email client is software installed on the local computer [...]

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By Charles Miller   Why Aren’t Your E-mails Getting to Their Recipients? Your Address Might Have Been Hacked   The fallout continues from the article that appeared here a few weeks ago. This time the story is not about someone who read the earlier column, but someone who might have benefited by saving a lot [...]

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By Charles Miller   A Guide to Understanding the Multitude of Networks Around Us   When it comes to trying to understand computer networks, it is easy to be confused by the alphabet soup of acronyms. WAN, LAN, WLAN, WWAN, PAN, CAN, MAN, CDN, VPN, and others all end with “N” and all are networks. [...]

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By Charles Miller   A Message Demon   “Why didn’t my email go through?” This is a question that many people wonder about often when they get that disappointing error message telling them that their email wasn’t delivered, along with a code involving a set of mysterious-looking numbers punctuated by dashes and dots. The protocol [...]

Oracle Makes It Easier Than Ever to Purge Unneeded Java Program from Your Computer

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By Charles Miller Regular readers of this column will already be aware of how often I excoriate computer software makers, hardware manufacturers, and service providers for bad products and practices not in the best interest of us, the consumers. And, oh boy, there is never a shortage of opportunities! So it is only fair then [...]

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