Malware and Ransomware and Hackers, Oh My!

I don’t know about you, but I am starting to feel that, as good as technology can be, hackers are fast becoming a real and present danger. It’s bad enough when businesses come to a screeching halt as all systems go dark and a ransomware message comes up demanding an unholy amount of cash to get their systems back on line. I feel that it’s only a matter of time before cell phones can be hacked as well (if it hasn’t already happened).

Not only that, but just imagine if we all have our smart phones rigged up with cameras through our homes (so that we can check in while traveling to make sure that the dog hasn’t eaten all his treats or peed on the rug), and so on. One hacker can bring it all down in no time at all. That’s not to say that this is happening right now, but I won’t be a bit surprised if it does happen.

The Crankee Yankee and I still have our flip-phones (which can’t be hacked; as least not now), but they certainly don’t work like a computer or smart phone. When I started hearing about the massive amount of hacking going on, I worried about bank accounts. Our bank assured us that hackers would have to have our passwords, and even then it would be suspicious. But still, you never know how sophisticated hacking can be.

So what do we do? I’ll be the first to admit that I am not all that technical, and have very grudgingly learned a few things about fixing computer problems. It both annoys and scares me when all of a sudden the password I’ve used since forever doesn’t work any more and there is no apparent reason why. It never fails to piss me off when some techno genius decides that for some reason we all need to “start fresh” even though what we have been using for years suited us just fine, thank you very much.

Look, I will admit that I have come to enjoy my computer. I absolutely love writing this blog each day, and I would miss it dearly if I had to give it up. Emails are a quick and easy way to keep in touch with family and friends. All who use Facebook and other applications enjoy it, and again, it’s a nice way of communicating. Certainly technology has made things a lot easier for us, but now the dark cloud of hackery is fast moving toward us. I’m not saying that private citizens are getting hacked; right now it’s businesses, hospitals, planes, etc. which is scary enough.

As I said to the Crankee Yankee last night, “well, I guess it’s about time we dusted off our stone tablets and chisels…” Good thing we never threw them out.

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