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Protecting yourself from cyber attacks

The recent high-profile ransomware attack named Wantacry is the reason I was on the receiving end of quite a few questions concerning virus and malware and what can be done to defend against the threat. 


Online grammar checks: Humans better than computers?

Over the years I have been writing this column, I have assembled a group of contributors who as part-time visitors to Mexico, are unable to buy the paper every week and have expressed an interest in continuing to read my column. 

Passwords: Count the dots?

Something that I have always considered to be an example of bad design and bad philosophy is the use of those stupid dots and asterisks used to populate password fields so that nobody can see what has been typed. 

Outfoxing the cybercrooks

Finally, finally, after five decades of waiting the question has been answered!  I will come back to that in due course but first some discussion of other more current questions.

Online banking: security frustrations

There are times an Information Technology support person such as me has the opportunity to see both sides of a disagreement, and sometimes I have to sympathize with both sides and lament that there is no way the needs of both parties can ever be satisfactorily reconciled.  As a professional who has spent years doing computer support work for law offices and financial institutions, I fully understand the need for security, confidentiality, and strict adherence to procedures.  As someone who also works with an older population of computer users I also understand the desirability of avoiding unnecessarily complicated procedures whenever possible.