Securing (again) the 60 Blog


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I’m old enough to remember when LOL meant absolutely nothing.

I learned to type in middle school on a manual typewriter and then progressed in high school to an electric typewriter.  Back in the late 60s and early 70s, we would rely on our nightly news read by Walter Cronkite.  The U.S. Postal Service carried our mail across the city or state or globe.  Nowadays, you can call a toll-free number in California and be speaking, as clear as day, with someone in New Delhi, India.

As I feared, the remote service done on my computer yesterday was a scam.  It appears that this company did do the work they said they would (cleaned up corrupt connections, removed viruses), and the computer seems to be working just fine.

I spent the morning Googling yesterday’s company and phone numbers to see if this was one big scam.  Thankfully, nothing alarming was found, and I then called Microsoft Customer Service.  (Yes, I know.  I should have done this first thing yesterday!)  Sumit Rajan in New Delhi proceeded to tell me that this was indeed a scam and remotely ran a scan on my computer.  More than 6000 files were scanned with zero corrupted files.

So, as I said, it appears that a proper clean-up was done yesterday and my computer is extra-clean today.  I gave Microsoft the scam information and they will hopefully put the company out of business.

Yet, I can’t help but be amazed at how technology has changed our lives in 50 years.  Manual typewriters are making a comeback in the scrapbooking section of Michael’s.  I spoke with someone in India today as if he were at my dining room table.  What technology do you see in the next 10 years?  20 years?  It boggles the mind.



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