My husband has been talking all week about the snowstorm we are supposed to get today into tomorrow. What a drag that would be. Nothing would make me happier than the snow miss us entirely. I hate snow which is totally scandalous to my seven-year-old who can’t wait for the snow. I just pray that if the storm comes we don’t lose power…
Okay, hate is a strong word. I don’t hate snow in and of itself. I just hate the driving conditions, the slush, the coldness and the leg cramps that I get that comes with the snow. I could never live in norther ares of the country like Buffalo where they are snowed in eight out of twelve months of the year. What about you? Are you a snow lover or “hater”?
Tuesday night a computer virus or hacker attached my computer. It was nasty. My computer started flashing and all sorts of awful websites, then the screen went white, then it went black and then I got this “official” warning that I may have committed terrible crimes and that if I didn’t pay $300 within 48 hours I would be investigated and thrown into jail. I was so shocked by the notice it took me a while before I realized it was a scam. Thanks to a friend of mine who walked me through the steps of getting rid of the violence and several hours later, I’m happy to report that my computer is fixed and safe again. Whew! (And yes, I was able to fix the computer without losing any of my stuff. Thank you, Lord, for that little miracle!)
There are two things that made my computer vulnerable, I think. The first is that I was using Internet Explorer when the virus hit. Now I’m not blaming Internet Explorer but from past experience and the opinion of several computer experts, Internet Explorer isn’t the safest browser to use. I usually use Firefox but it was freezing on me so I figured I’d use IE. I came to find out FF was freezing because I hadn’t done the latest update for it. In any case, If you use IE, I would recommend you switch to Firefox or Google Chrome or Safari. You’ll be better off for it. (I’m curious, what browser do you use?)
This brings me to the second point. I do have antivirus software, but I had gotten lax in running the scans and making sure I had the latest updates. So, please, take my experience as a reminder to yourself to keep your antivirus software up to date and run scans of your computer regularly. It is worth the time and effort to do so, believe me!
As I was think back about this virus/scam, I couldn’t help but wonder how many people have been duped by this scam. Let me tell you, the notice looked real and “official” that at first I was almost ready to run out and get the money. I can see a lot of elderly or others who wouldn’t know better and would actually give up their money to this scam.
Two of my classes have suddenly been canceled for this semester, business writing class and American Literature II. I couldn’t find classes to replace them so I only have to take two classes this semester, Speech and Biology. I am a little disappointed because I was those were the two classes I was looking forward to taking; however, it is a blessing that I only have the two classes because Biology is going to be A LOT of work.
Speaking of speech, I survived the first day of class. I really like the professor, Martin McDermott, all ready. He is really funny and made us feel comfortable with him right away. He is also an author of a book called Speaking with Courage which I will be buying from him. I can use all the help with speech I can get!
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