Computer for the over 50 Crowd

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!!  The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity.  I hold no designations in politics, economics or medicine.  I am retired from the mental health field and I am a humanitarian and speak from that viewpoint only.  Whether you agree or not, at least I hope it makes you think. This week I discuss the nightmare of computer stuff from the viewpoint of the over 50 Crowd.  Of course it isn’t everyone’s experience, but it is mine. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!

It all started innocently enough.  My modem was wonky.  It shut down.  Things seemed to be magically changing.  So, I contacted the technicians.  I explained how I didn’t understand, but things were automatically changing and I wanted to secure my modem as well as get it working.  So, they opened my account.  We got things hooked, but next day it was a mess again.  I called again.  Another new user name.  This didn’t work either.  So, they reset to the original.  Of course during all this back and forth, they were kind enough to inform me that if someone was hacking into my modem then it would have to be someone local.  Passwords don’t change themselves so I was a little iffy on the ‘if’ part, but we’ll keep it there anyway…I mean my modem could have developed magical powers all their own.  The tech was honest enough, of course.  I mean, it is true.  Only people who can see your account can hack into the modem.  So, now I’m still not sure my modem is secure.  At least I can access my computer and such…and still don’t feel good about it. 

I’m locked out of several accounts and really don’t feel like talking with techs right now.  The Modem experience left me with a bad taste in my mouth.  I’m waiting for a bit…at least until I don’t want to tear a strip off the poor tech….just in case it isn’t one of the problem makers.  I reset my phone as there was a load of stuff in it that didn’t get loaded by me.  I couldn’t figure out where any of it was coming from and saw a bunch of stuff loaded I didn’t even know.  So, reset it.  I waited to get it reset with an idea that I wanted a full factory reset done.  That was another story…and I never did get the factory reset that I wanted.  The clerk argued with me about it.  I knew what I had done.  Apparently, they assume that one is too old and too stupid to know what they did to their own cell.  Why are phones made to set up a bunch of stuff no one even recognizes or wants?  Shouldn’t we have some input into what is on our cells?  I figure maybe after if the cell ever is fixed, I’ll make sure that I don’t get stuff loaded I didn’t ask for. Stuff I don’t use. I mean…’games’…I don’t play games, why do I want that using up my cell space??  I’m nearing 60 years old.  Then I can’t even remove them…finally in desperation, I reset the phone but not a full factory reset…in hindsight I should have just done that.  Now, this caused problem #2.  Broken cell. 

Now I don’t trust my sites…because as soon as I have a wonky cell…one of two things happen…my account suddenly and mysteriously gets locked.  Or, something breaks my account.  So with this in mind and not knowing that Facebook only allows one cell phone # to be used by one account.  What do people do who have kids?  What do people do who only have 1 Cell phone?  How is this useful?  But, then hackers….which makes a super nifty excuse for everything.  So, you find out that your Facebook is now closed because you removed your cell number.  This makes little to no sense.  I typed on the right password.  I typed in the correct question answers.  This is not good enough.  They wanted a code, so I got it sent to my husband.  That’s not good enough. Now they decide that I must bother half the family and friends to try to get in.  Now, that’s awesome.  My 80+ year old parents…wouldn’t even know what that was about.  Some of my friends lost various accounts when they retired as they didn’t know the password and didn’t have the work computer to get back in.  I’m sure they would find that foolish.  By the way for those who don’t know, computers tend to be cleared as you’re walking out the door.  By the way, if you have a desktop computer, you don’t need a cell number for Facebook.  So, why it suddenly decided to whisk away my family and friends, I don’t get.  I finally got that back.  Strangely it has my husband’s number and so does he.  It tells me that.  I don’t want to give it a cell phone number.  I barely use the contraption and mostly it is off because I can’t get it to do anything.

So, if the computer geniuses out there are listening or reading.  Why are you making it impossible for older people to get their accounts back?  My email is in the account.  It didn’t disappear.  Why would that not be useful?  People need to be able to access their accounts without having to give you every piece of ID they own.  That actually feels pretty scammy and I refuse to give a credit card for anything, sorry was SIN which they aren’t getting either.  That was the suggestion the last time FB locked me out a year or more ago.  After about a year, I got back in.  How did I get back in?  Who knows?   I tried and it worked.  I know I’m rather tired of the gremlins that decide to attack my computer and my accounts and my passwords.  It’s really frustrating.  It’s also scary.  Are all my computer sites compromised?  Passwords change.  My Facebook for example, I deleted an extra account and shockingly it popped right back up.  I mean that can’t be normal?  Are they having issues? 

My Amazon…I just wanted to take down my own e-books.  Simple right?  I wrote the e-books, I spent the hours putting them up and nurturing them.  Somehow the password was suddenly not accepted.  So, that’s just great.  I have to call a technician they say.  I don’t want to talk to people I know and after the experience earlier with my modem, I don’t think it would be a good idea for me to even try to communicate with a technician.  Not sure why this summer it’s been computer drama. See, the problem with that one was that my e-books suddenly got taken down.  There was no notification from Amazon.  There was no seeming rhyme or reason, but they were up on Amazon USA.  I went back in to put them up.  They seemed to be up on Amazon USA…which made no sense.  They should have been down everywhere.  A few more things happened and I decided to take them down.  I lost trust and that’s when my password suddenly failed and they wouldn’t let me back in.  Oh and they also locked my personal account…the e-books I read.  It’s amazing to me that passwords that had worked no longer work.  Perhaps someone could take the time to explain to me how the OTC suddenly stops working on your account and they want you to call a tech?  Of course maybe the same explanation would work for why my Facebook password suddenly got changed and wouldn’t work. 

So, for those of you who are under 50, the rest of us are flummoxed by all this technology and all these changing passwords, pass codes and wanting to have all this saved to your computer especially if it was compromised in some way.  We’re not amused by having all sorts of rot loaded automatically on our cell phone.  We want to know what is on our systems and control what we have. The way my modem and computer and cell have been used, I wouldn’t put my name on it if I didn’t have to. I might be safer on a computer in the local Library…at least they are up front about it.  I could save it everywhere, but then what happens if your account is hacked?  One account is compromised, then what happens?  I guess the one actual blessing is that I don’t do any online banking.  Don’t trust the computer enough to do this.  Believe me after the past few weeks, I won’t trust to do it NOW. 

As Denis O’Hare is credited with saying, “We live in a world where we’re all on computers and tablets and phones, all the time, so something as odd as computer hacking or a virus is really scary because it gets to the heart of our security.”  So, you see when you are concerned that things have been compromised, and there is someone telling you that it could be someone local to you, can you imagine the damage this does?  At one time, breaking into someone’s home was deemed the most terrible of crimes as it left people not feeling safe in their own homes.  Now, thanks to technology, we can add having your computer and online presence hacked because that is where part of your life is stored.  That is where you spend part of your life.  That is where you connect with friend and family.  That is where you store a lot of your information.  The idea of someone rummaging through it is very creepy and disturbing to say the least. 

As Christopher A. Wray is credited with saying, “I will say that one of the things that hackers, of all shapes and sizes, prize the most in this world is anonymity and stealth and deniability. And by indicting them publicly, among other things, we strip them of that.”  I would suggest that this might be one of the ways to put hackers out of business.  It is criminal in nature…though it is not easy to prosecute.   Hacking into another person’s privacy is wrong.  It is a way of using someone and making them a victim of your criminal activity.  There are only few areas where hacking is acceptable.  They are hired by Governments to protect people.  They are generally hired by agencies to stop other hackers.  It is not to be used as a way to harass people.

Now we delve into the area of hacking.  It is actually a criminal act.  There are punishments for hacking someone’s computer.  Believe it or not.  This article details some of the issues with hacking.  https://www.findlaw.com/criminal/criminal-charges/hacking-laws-and-punishments.html. So, for those of you that consider it a fun form of recreation, this is not right.  It is not something you should be doing.  For those doing it thinking they are getting information on someone, unless you are hired by the actual police, government or official organization, then it is recipe for some disaster.  If you get caught, jail time could be the result.  So, for those who create havoc by thinking it is funny to hack modems and such, it is not.  It is a federal offense.  It is a criminal act.  Whether you agree or not, I hope it will lead you to think.  There are a lot of hobbies and recreations out there.  You don’t need to mess with other people’s lives.   

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  This week, I explore the area of computer issues for those over 50 and some information on hacking.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!
At one time this was top of the line technology. Now we have indoor plumbing. Technology is increasing at breakneck speed, but security lags behind. Some will take advantage. The over 50 crowd is left vulnerable. The Podcast that matches this blog post can be found on Anchor FM as well as other sites: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures/episodes/Computer-for-the-over-50-Crowd-e1njqfh
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Published by A & J PEI Treasures/E Jean Simpson, BEd, BA, MA

E Jean Simpson, is the author, blogger, podcaster and one of the photographers of A & J PEI Treasures. A & J PEI Treasures is located on Prince Edward Island, Canada. All opinions stated in the Blog Post are my opinions and may not be that of A & J PEI Treasures. We are made up of a husband and wife team and our companion animals. There are a number of things that drew us to the Island…one of which was the natural beauty of the area. We enjoy constructing things and renovations to our place, upcycling, photography, writing, and a simpler lifestyle. Thank you for your interest. E Jean Simpson/Andrew Simpson of A & J PEI Treasures (2019). I can't get links to work in Gravatar, so links are below: ​​​​​You can find us at Social Media: ​​​​​​​Pinterest -https://www.pinterest.ca/ej2466/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/EJS08026749 YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zpCudGThZpEC92ZgHm13A? (YouTube) LinkedIn: - https://www.linkedin.com/in/e-j-s-151a2219 Blog Posts: WordPress - https://aandjpeitreasures.wordpress.com/ Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20155854.E_Jean_Simpson/blog E-Books Available on: Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/author/ejeansimpson_a-jpeitreasures Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ejstoo you can also see us on... BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/profile/e-jean-simpson ​​​​​​​ We have podcasts started on Anchor FM and can be found on the following: Anchor FM: https://anchor.fm/a--j-pei-treasures Google Podcasts: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81MDJkOTZjOC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Pocket Casts: https://pca.st/he6mroww RadioPublic: https://radiopublic.com/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-8grQ72 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1xzUQzKzGyAChOXT4WLe1Z Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-a-j-pei-treasures/id1558288352?l iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-a-82327485/ Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-autho-1715585 Amazon: https://music.amazon.ca/podcasts/879afe63-b03a-419d-8c13-068892219490/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-a-j-pei-treasures ​​​​​​​ Some of our e-books are winners of the Canada Book Awards (https://canadabookaward.com/). -​​​​​​​Quotes, Poems and Thoughts: With Pictures from Prince Edward Island, Canada -​​​​​​​Rocky Mountain Memories (Accepted for the 2020 Reader's Choice General Nonfiction- https://www.tckpublishing.com/2020-readers-choice-voting-page/) *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/​​​​​​​) -​​​​​​​Floral Photography: Hope of Life and for the Future *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/) ​​​​​​​-From the Lens of my Camera: This and That and a Big Black Cat. *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/) -How to Publish an E-book on a Budget of $0: Making your Dreams a Reality -The Big Kid’s Magical Path to Numbers (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 1) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner https://canadabookaward.com/) -The Big Kid’s Magical Path to The Alphabet (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 2) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner https://canadabookaward.com/) -The Big Kid's Magical Path to Shapes in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 3) -The Big Kid's Magical Path to Colours in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 4) -The Big Kid's Magical Path to Insects in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 5) More to follow! ​​​​​​​ *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/​​​​​​​) is noted on books that won

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