The Norman Transcript

Business

October 6, 2013

If the world could access your computer life, would that be bad?

NORMAN — As much as they should know better, from time to time, I still hear people say, “Why, I don’t care if anyone sees what’s on my computer. I don’t keep anything important there, so what do I care?”

This reminds me of a fellow who once proudly declared to me, “I’m safe, because I don’t do online banking. All I ever do is login, check my balance and then log right back out.”

He then looked at me with a defiant, self-assured grin, as if he was daring me to find something wrong with his online banking “safety” scheme. He believed that if he wasn’t actively engaged in money-moving transactions and all he ever did was login to check his balance, that meant he didn’t “do” online banking.

One thing these attitudes are missing in regard to computer and Internet safety is that it doesn’t much matter what information you store on your computer.

What you do with your computer is often more valuable to cybercriminals than what you store on your computer. These days, the bad guys can mess you over more with the information you send across the Internet rather than what you store, or “save,” on your computer’s hard drive.

“I never send anything important across the Internet,” you might think. “I never put anything important in an email.” While never sending emails that contain sensitive, personal data may be a good security policy, that wouldn’t let you off the hook by a long shot.

What do you think happens every time you sign in to your email account? You say you’re not sure? Read on.

Every time you sign in or log on to any Internet-based account — be it email, banking, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, etc. — you are sending your sign-in information (user I.D. and password) to numerous places in the blink of an eye.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Candy Basket celebrates 25 years

    Perhaps it’s the chocolate covered blueberries whose deliciousness still lingers. Or maybe it’s the blood orange and wild honey white chocolate ganache that won’t soon be forgotten by your taste buds. At The Candy Basket there is decadence ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Bramlett & Associates adopts new name reflective of business

    Bramlett & Associates Multimedia LLC (Bramlett Multimedia), 215 W. Main St., announced this month that the company will change its name after 12 years in business and will do business as BOLD-Multimedia. The announcement, made first to ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Toothpick holders convention coming to Norman

    Lynne Ryan has been collecting toothpick holders her entire life. “My parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ‘Bud’ Gibbs started our collection in 1936,” Ryan said. Ryan was born in 1940, and she grew up crawling around toothpick holders, as have ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Protect your online banking, shopping with encryption

    In my free, one-night class called “Fight the Internet Bad Guys and Win,” I teach everyday computer users how to stay out of trouble on the Internet. How to avoid virus infections, how to discern between the genuine and counterfeit, and ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Tourism in Okla. creates $17.2 M in economic benefit

    A new National Park Service report shows that the 1,108,103 visitors to Oklahoma’s national parks in 2013 spent $17.2 million and supported 176 jobs in the state. Oklahoma’s three national parks include: Washita Battlefield National ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Norman United Wayboard gets to work

    The United Way of Norman Board of Directors for 2014-15 has met for the first time. Leading the group as chair was Steve McDaniel of Oklahoma State Bank....

    July 20, 2014

  • Family tragedy opened one woman’s eyes to the need of the disabled

    Jean Bayles had a dream. The dream was to provide a fully accessible home for rent in Norman. Her brother, Terry Abbott, was injured when he was 15 and has been a quadriplegic since....

    July 13, 2014

  • HeyDay brings Boomerang back to Norman

    Boomerang Grille was a family-oriented, iconic restaurant for many Norman residents for many years. Few are the people who have not slid into those vinyl seated booths, picked up the red phone and ordered a Theta burger and onion rings or ...

    July 13, 2014

  • Residents serve Leadership board

    Four Norman residents are serving on the board of Leadership Oklahoma....

    July 6, 2014

  • Bellhops offer moving help to Norman

    Founders Cameron Doody and Stephen Vlahos launched Bellhops at Auburn University in 2011. “Our first year, we set a goal of 25 moves, and after three days we had moved 230 students during the college move in season.” Doody said. “That’s ...

    July 6, 2014