Friday, September 2, 2016

The World is Scary

Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Helen Keller
The world is a scary place.  Nana-Chaos received a phone call from her credit card company warning her about suspicious activity on her card and asking her to verify details like her name on card, credit card number, and security code.  Her alertness kicked in just a little too late, but soon enough to call her credit card company and cancel immediately.

Mrs.Chaos was anxious to watch an episode of a new show that wasn't available on Hulu yet and did a quick search to find it.  Sure enough she found a site that had it streaming, but couldn't get it to play. Her alertness kicked in just a little too late when she asked me about it.  "Well, you're on a Mac, you're probably safe as long as you didn't install anything like a 'anti-virus' or Flash Update."  She quickly fessed up to installing a Flash Update... because, that happens ALL THE TIME on Hulu.  Why wouldn't you install a Flash Update.  Damage was minimal.
Such a crazy world these days.  I recently read that the Donald Trump iPhone app downloads all your contacts.  It does warn you it's going to do it, but you know what?  I'm pretty sure my SSN and potentially other information is sitting in my contact card of Papa Chaos' iPhone.  I'm sure the Trump campaign can be trusted.
Stay safe out there, it's a scary world.