Look familiar? These are the ravages of a 21st century disorder!
Hi, I’m Linda. I am a Baby Boomer. I am not afraid of Technology.
In fact, I was the first on my block (back in the 80s) to have a MAC desktop courtesy of my employer. And despite my title as a teacher of English, I ran the computer lab and became the unofficial fixer of all problems MAC and otherwise.
Through the years, I graduated from MAC and became a PC user (Higher education folks looked down on us MAC users). I even became a proud member of Blackboard club and successfully taught freshman English to someone. ( Never sure who the students were since they could easily sit in their basement, blowing smoke and pretending to be on my roster).
Recently, I even enrolled in an online course and literally taught myself. Glad I didn’t have to pay for that travesty, but it is one of the perks of living to be a ‘senior’. I digress.
Beyond the computer, I have owned a number of smart phones, tablets, and my most recent toys- Bluetooth keyboard and headphones. My point Reader, is that I am not a novice when it comes to technology. And as further evidence, you’re reading a Blog which I singlehandedly setup on this site. With only 2 consults to the ‘help’ button.
My technology concerns however, are not my own but rather global ones. Because, you see, I fear that we have gotten ourselves in somewhat of a pickle with this whole computer driven society.
For example, I was one of those ( former) hard working government workers who received notification that my security information had been hacked and all my personal information (including my SS#) was floating around in cyberspace. The government’s response to this travesty was to provide all hackees with free identity theft services for a few years.
After spending several hours online providing the id theft fixit people with more of my personal info, it occurred to me what happens if they get hacked…what then? And in fact, after I was awarded with a user name and a strong verified password by said id theft fixit company, I attempted to log onto my account only to find that my user name and/or password was not correct. Denied access to my own protection site..hmm..is that like the pot calling the kettle black?
After several torturous hours of waiting on the phone for a customer service rep from the id fixit company, I was told someone would have to call me back as they were overwhelmed with other government employees seeking “the answer.”
Two whole days later, Jenny did call me back. But alas, I was cruising down the road and couldn’t talk to her. She hurriedly stated that it would be some time before I would get another crack at a rep so I pulled over to a parking lot and engaged in what turned out to be a fruitless foray into notgettingwhatyouaskedfor.
And despite her assurances, that everything was now fixed, when I returned home and attempted to log onto my id protection site, I was still denied access.
Despite all of this, Reader, like many of you, I unfortunately drank the kool aid and continue to participate in using plastic for money, paying Peter and Paul online, shopping at the 24 hour Amazonia, and downloading movies/music when the spirit moves me. I just pray the Hackers are gentle.