Fandango’s February Expressions #4

A fool and his money are soon parted.

True. But you don’t have to be a fool. You just need an internet connection and a minute of carelessness. Or the wrong router or a cellphone with a tidy back door. Or a worm deep in your root directory. Anyone can get hacked including the most sophisticated users. You don’t need to be old or stupid.

Hackers are smart.

Or maybe you hire a contractor who doesn’t do the work and walks off with your money. How about inspection companies that don’t notice any of the problems in the house? Are they inept or paid off?

I could go on and on, but why bother? Especially when you get on in years, you become a target for every scammer and spammer on the Internet.

Your only other choice is to not go online, a totally impractical solution. So many things these days you can only do online. Our State government pretty much runs online. That’s how you get your driver’s license and your registration renewed, too. These days, if you don’t have a cell phone, you get punished for not using one.

I am not alone in not liking cell phones. No matter what anyone says, they are easily hackable including by people you bump into in the mall or grocery store. I have one, but it’s mostly turned off unless I need it. I’m not giving out the number. I have enough trouble with the regular phone and all those calls with no one at the other end.

Checking to see if we are home? Or just one of those automated services that dials a thousand number a minute. They don’t care if you are there or not. Out of all the calls they make, someone will be home. And one of them will give them private information they can misuse.

And they get smarter every day. Last time, they hacked my router. I got a new router. But I bet they have a hack for that, too. Meanwhile, I discovered I couldn’t update my router without a cell phone and even with a cell phone, I couldn’t figure out how it worked.

Do I feel a new router coming on?

Categories: Computers, Hacking, Marilyn Armstrong

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6 replies

  1. Right on, Marilyn. After I got my newest car, I tried to sync an electronic device to the entertainment system. I was doing this in the driveway of my own home and kept getting links to devices I had never heard of. After many attempts, I finally realized that my car was trying to link to devices in my neighbor’s house! If the poor guy even noticed, he probably thought he was being hacked. Meanwhile, inside my own house, I can pull up links to internet accounts for every neighbor surrounding me, and some of those accounts aren’t locked. Such a wonderful new electronic world we’re living in.


  2. My router, purchased in 2018, might be subject to hacking. I never thought of that and the security on both the cell and the computer is as good as I can make it.

    I agree with you in the dislike of using a damned cell phone though. The only thing I want one for is for when I’m traveling (alone) and if the car breaks down. Otherwise? You could keep the damned thing.

    My cell phone works very poorly because I’m in a ‘dead spot’ for cell coverage AND I found out my cell service provider sold pinging rights to another company – one that is huge and has a massive customer base. I have to wonder (not being educated in all things cell related) if that’s the cause of the horrid coverage. My old (obsolete) cell phone worked just fine.

    But getting my land line back is problematic too. Connections and wires and bullshit “rules” O MY! I still don’t have it hooked up, but I bet the company is charging me for their service.

    Can we go back to verbal, face to face communications please? One could still get scammed, but at least one could SEE who was doing it!


    • We are in a dead zone too. It’s both the way the land is — hills and dales and rivers — not to mention a LOT of high tension lines from nuclear generators along the Blackstone. Lucky us. They got rid of the factories and mills and installed nuclear generators. Now the generators are getting old and they don’t know what to do with the worn-out nuclear rods, a problem no one has solved anywhere. They have no idea what to do with them.

      We can’t even get NORMAL radio connections here and cell signals are very weak. At home, they use the router which has its own issues and it works moderately well on the road. It’s a cheap phone anyway, so I never expected great things of it. I had a couple of great phones and they didn’t work any better.

      We all have all the anti-hacking anti-malware anti-virus stuff we can put on our computers and still enable them to actually do something, but the hackers are always at least a step ahead of us.


  3. I get at least one scam call a day and sometimes more.


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