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About debshinder

Technology analyst and author, specializing in enterprise security. Author of or contributor to over 25 books, including "Scene of the Cybercrime." Fourteen-year Microsoft MVP, married to Microsoft FTE Tom Shinder, and proud mom of two wonderful grown-up human children and three amazing Japanese Chin pups. In my spare time, I love to travel - especially on cruise ships - and write about my grand adventures.

Behind the Mask: An Informal Analysis

Copyright 2020 DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER What do your face covering choices say about you? The Covid-era mask mandates issued by so many states, counties, and/or cities, have unwittingly resulted in a fascinating study in sociology and psychology. The rules requiring … Continue reading

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Laughing Matters

COPYRIGHT 2020 DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER No, Virginia (or should it be “no, Karen” these days?), posting a joke about Covid doesn’t make a person a cold, callused, evil son-of-a-witch who doesn’t care about your friend who died with the disease … Continue reading

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Mask Hysteria

2020: The year they stole the smiles COPYRIGHT 2020 Debra Littlejohn Shinder Over on yahoo!life, Matt Schneiderman tells us It’s OK to yell at strangers who don’t wear masks. Even more disturbing, a Facebook user in a public post recently … Continue reading

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Twenty-first Century Talisman for a Scared Society

© 2020 Debra Littlejohn Shinder Tom and I were talking this morning about the mask phenomenon, as we often do. He said something that he intended to be dismissive, I think, but it hit me like an epiphany when he … Continue reading

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Trust Issues

COPYRIGHT 2020 DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER Of all my COVID commentaries, this one has been the hardest (thus far) to write. I started it more than a month ago and it’s been sitting in my Drafts folder, abandoned while I wrote … Continue reading

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Fear, Faith, and Forgiveness

COPYRIGHT 2020 DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER Since COVID-19 went viral and the world descended into the madness of COVIDiocy, I’ve written a lot about fear and the role it has played in this global fiasco. I even wrote an entire blog … Continue reading

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Protected: Fifty shades of grief

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Mantra of the MIsguided: The New Abnormal

COPYRIGHT 2020 DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER Pet peeve: the phrase “new normal” when applied to the current locked down, fear-fueled situation. There are a number of buzz phrases, repeated over and over on social media, on public service commercials, in product … Continue reading

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Battle Fatigue: the second wave of government oppression

COPYRIGHT 2020 Debra Littlejohn Shinder The past three months have been tough on almost everybody. Well, maybe not Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and a handful of other billionaires, whose net worth has increased substantially, or Tony Fauci and other public … Continue reading

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Police and the Public: A Marriage That’s Failing

COPYRIGHT 2020 Debra Littlejohn Shinder I guess one of the key ways in which I’m showing my age is that I can remember when the police and most of the public had a good relationship. The good guys (and girls) … Continue reading

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