Don’t be afraid to turn on your computer. If you are afraid of the Internet, it is relatively easy to insure that the Internet isn’t connected. Your computer or phone uses a wired or wireless connection to the Internet. If you disconnect the wired connection, you can’t be connected. Wireless connections require a bit more effort to disconnect but if you set your device to airplane mode, you are disconnected.
“Alexa, listen to what I am saying about my boss. Record it and send that recording to my boss.”
Do you know Alexa? Alexa is the smart speaker from Amazon. It is designed to make our lives easier but did you ever consider that it might make things easier for someone who doesn’t have your best interest at heart?
Are you concerned with Facebook security issues that have recently made the news lately? Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you should be concerned. Did you have time to watch Facebook executives, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg weigh in on the security problems at Facebook?
Is information about you safe?
Organizations that keep data about us should be governed by law to protect information about John Q. Public. The government has all kinds of information about us. We are consumers of the government since the government provides infrastructure to allow us to function. If you drive on the roads, you are using a government service. The large credit reporting agencies may have no relationship with the average person but the credit card agencies maintain all kinds of sensitive information about us and that information is used to generate revenue for them. Does information about us belong to the credit card companies?
Do you use a laptop? Are you using a wireless connection to the Internet?
Almost everyone that has a laptop is using a wireless connection to the Internet. Is your wireless connection working? A common symptom that your wireless connection isn’t working is “I can’t read my email …” The problem may not be with your email, it could be that you don’t have a reliable Internet connection.
Do you ever get the feeling that you are obsolete?
AI, Artificial Intelligence is big news. There are applications for AI that most of us couldn’t have imagined in our wildest dreams. In the 1980s, “The Terminator” was Arnold Schwartzenegger’s big break. It was the start of a franchise that earned the movie industry a lot of money. It was also one of movies that presented the idea that mankind would be considered a pest to future computers. Some other sci fi classics may have presented the idea but “The Terminator” hunted human kind for elimination.
Have you ever checked out some of the deals on Craiglist? A recent Craigslist search for a used car revealed an UNBELIEVABLE deal. Someone had listed a 2018 Subaru Forester for $1800. Remember the saying, “If something is too good to be true…”. A deal too good to be true usually isn’t real.
Do you have an iPhone that might have slowed down over the last year? Apple has admitted or confessed that it has added code to IOS, the operating system of the iPhone, that slows down older iPhones. Apple provided a reasonable excuse after they were caught with their hands in the cookie jar.