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                                In this May 12, 2021, file photo, the entrance of Colonial Pipeline Company in Charlotte, N.C.
Column: Anti-ransomware is needed to keep the bad guys at bay

The recent, highly publicized ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline Co. was one of the latest in a string of attacks that have plagued businesses and government agencies. The Colonial incident was just the tip of the iceberg, concealing numerous other, less publicized events. Such attacks are ramping up at an ever-­increasing rate. What can folks do to avoid such an attack? Read more

                                Mike Loucks sits in his home space exploration engineering office in the San Juan Islands.
Column: Several tools can measure speed of internet connection

Since the dawn of broadband internet, folks have always wondered, is my connection as fast as advertised? Is there any way to get an unbiased measurement? Obviously, the answer is yes. Otherwise, this would be an awfully short column. How, then, does one go about keeping the internet service provider honest? Read more

Honolulu Star-Advertiser business columnist John Agsalud.
Column: Protecting yourself online requires proper backups

A couple of weeks ago, it was discovered that data stolen from Facebook was available on the dark web. While the data was stolen in 2019, it can still be effectively used by bad actors today. Individuals and organizations should see this as a wake-up call to take care of their data themselves instead of assuming that everyone else will keep them safe. Read more

Columnist John Agsalud.
Column: How scammers work is worth understanding

Luckily, for the good netizens of the world, it’s easy to check whether you have been the victim of a past hack or data breach, and you don’t even have to delve into the dark web itself to check. Read more

2008 September 23 BSN - Honolulu Star-Bulletin business columnist John Agsalud. SB photo by George F. Lee
Column: The traits that make for a good IT engineer

So you have a computer problem, and you or your organization has just engaged a new IT engineer. Of course, you are skeptical as to their abilities. What are some telltale signs of whether the engineer is worth their weight in salt? Read more

Column: Password management can be greatly simplified

As more and more serv­ices move to the cloud, tracking one’s passwords becomes more difficult. Combined with the ever-increasing number of bad actors on the internet, intent on committing bad acts, use of a password management program is virtually a requirement. Read more

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