An online buddy … in Twitter/Facebook … living here in Saint John, got a phone call. Some guy, introducing himself as «Michael, from the security department», called and told him he needed to install some security software on his computer immediately, because it was “at risk”! “Michael” would lead him through the process.
This online buddy of mine, was probably the “worst” case “Michael” could have picked, though. He’s highly technical and works for one of the larger software companies, out in California. He started asking “Michael” a lot of questions, that he apparently felt uncomfortable with, so he just hung up eventually.
Now … you hear stories like this every now and then. I’ve read in the local newspaper, that these types of calls have occurred quite a few times here. This bugs me to no end … it makes me just as furious as when I found out that my Gmail account had been hacked. It’s one thing if they call people like myself, or the guy I just mentioned, but think of all the others!!! Senior citizens … people less tech savvy … Of course, the caller-ID said «Unknown number», and when asked, he only said he was calling from California. Yeah, right! Big state, huh!
Gerry has a friend who is 78. His daughter gave him a laptop for Christmas, and he’d never even touched a computer before. Now, he’s having so much fun with it … he does research about old times and genealogy stuff … sends email, does Skype with the daughter who lives far away from there … It makes me so happy to see how modern technology can brighten up someone’s life at that age. I think of him when I hear about these types of phone calls, and I will definitely bring up the subject next time I see him.
Then there are all those warnings sent out via email by friendly people … there it’s really hard sometimes, to tell if they’re for real or a hoax. There is always SNOPES, but I guess they could miss out on something too. A blogger friend wrote a post the other day, and I though her entitling of it very well found: Internet privacy — an Oxymoron.
And now … that I got all that off my chest, I can go on with my day. It’s such a beautiful morning here. Yesterday, I saw this guy — a Bufflehead, that seems to be a real popular guy! He has FIVE females following him!
It was a rather gray day, and we even got some flurries in the afternoon … nothing that stayed on the ground, though. A nippy wind, to boot, which made my fingers stiffen up very quickly, when I was shooting some deer in the park. I’m so looking forward to see a groundhog there very soon.