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Anyone Else?

As our dependence on the digital world increases, I know one of the looming fears we all face is a cyberattack.  I mean people can easily visualize multiple scenarios where foreign governments steal corporate secrets or directly attack our nation’s infrastructure, like the electrical grid.

We also fear being personally hacked.  And I don’t know about you, but I’ve had credit cards hacked twice and my SS number stolen and used for false tax return filings.  How those hacks were accomplished?  I can’t say for sure.

But something, perhaps less serious, and more of an annoyance seems to be happening to my personal computers on an almost daily basis.  It’s the war being waged between Microsoft, Google, and Firefox, just to name a few.  It seems the big boys are engaging in a competitive dance for our use and viewership.  This battle is a little more insidious and it’s designed to force compliance or acceptance of one product over another.

It seems the “routine” updates I’m receiving have been weaponized.

That’s right.  Designed to seek out and destroy the other products, and do it so often that you’ll be coerced into switching simply to avoid all the hassle they’re creating.

So specifically, what happens after I get an update is:

My other web browsers are deleted or disabled;

All of my web bookmarks are erased;

All of my product licenses and agreements to the terms of use statements of software products are erased;

All of my registering of software products is erased;

All of the acknowledgements of privacy statements are erased;

and,

All of my saved passwords are erased.

What this means is that each time I go online, I have to reload the web browser I wish to use, sign off on their license agreements and terms of use and privacy statements, and then maybe, just maybe I can recover my web bookmarks.

Then if I launch software I own, like PowerDesk or my photo editor, I have to re-register it, and accept their terms of use and privacy statements as if I had just originally installed the product.  Ironically, often, this includes software products that are licensed by the same company sending the malicious updates.

If I navigate to my most frequently visited websites, I have to reenter all passwords that were saved. Again, a bit of a hassle since I now have so many passwords to login on to so many different sites.  Those sites no longer recognize my computer so my email inbox fills with notices of “new login attempts.”

All and all, it’s a bit of a pain in the ass.  And I still haven’t succumbed to this not so subtle pressure to switch to other web browsers or products.  I mean, even if it’s a good product, I’m becoming less and less likely to use it just out of my own stubbornness.

I was just curious if any of you are experiencing these same types of things???

LOGOz

Photo:  Yes surfing the web is, on some days, is like driving down an undeveloped or unmaintained roadway.  Or one that’s been purposely destroyed to make the driving more difficult . . .