“We live in an uncomfortable world,” observed my daughter last week. An interesting observation which came up because I had my rewards account hacked and a substantial number of points stolen and used for a plane ticket. My guess he was off on a world trip!
Then I had this red alert on my computer, saying my computer had been closed down because my credit card and bank accounts had been hacked, and for security purposes I had to phone this number so we could correct it.
I didn’t call.
Instead, I checked on the latest scams, and sure enough there it was. But the noise and ferocity of the message were scary. It was like one of those Amber Alerts when a child goes missing – loud and menacing. To get it to stop, I had to turn off my computer completely.
It all left me feeling somewhat unsettled, especially given that I’d had my rewards account hacked the day before. So I spent my afternoon, changing passwords and checking bank balances – all was safe.
However, it is a statement on our society today, and as my daughter suggested, it leaves you feeling uncomfortable, jaded. Even with Google, you check something out, and next minute on Facebook there’s a related ad to what you’d been investigating. Very Big Brother.
However, I have learned from this experience and I no longer store my passwords and account numbers on my computer … far too easy for someone to gain access. Unfortunately I have also learned to be suspicious of callers, email messages and the like. I no longer take information at face value. And that’s kind of sad.