Just wondering if anybody feels the same way as me with this topic…
I love computers, what they can do for social life, education, bridging cultural gaps and International boundaries…BUT…
We cannot keep up with the software requirements, updates, downloads, either because they get expensive or they come too often. So we have taken the approach that “if it is still working, fuck it, we are all good with it”. Hell, we still use Microsoft 2007 because, well, it works for us. Why pay for 365 if my software still does the trick?
But lately it is a forced change. For instance, I know that Flash is going away. Sure, I get that, and heavens knows every time we try to open something that requires Flash to work, it tells us to update.
EXCEPT….we have been taught to never download something from an untrusted site or link, and, at least for me, I do not trust ANY link….none. Hackers have gotten good at cloning legitimate sights, and dumping malware, Trojans, viruses and worms right after you click “update” or “install”. So when I get a link to update my Java, I ignore it until shit does not work. Then I will go the Java secure site directly and try to download it from there.
Kids think that is old school. Why use a 14 year old software thingy when the cloud allows you an alternative? Well, guess what, little kiddies? I have never been hacked, compromised, virus slammed, Trojan-ed, Wormed…none of that shit. So, I will continue to protect and defend the only way I know how. The ONLY thing I update annually is our antivirus, and to do that, I actually BUY the CD and install it myself. I do not even trust to download that program.
If all that fails, I will go back to 1964, use etch-n-sketch, write letters, and get a decent set of Britannica from the local thrift store.