Tag: computer

Why I Shut Down My Facebook and Messenger Accounts

You know 2020 has been one heck of a year for all of us. This Covid nightmare has to end soon!  I recently had something happen to me on Facebook that really rattled me to the core. Have you ever been hacked? Or watched? Or recorded without your permission? Well now I can say, “Yes, I have”.

This year my husband and I got a notice that our main password had been compromised and we needed to change it immediately. At first I didn’t believe it. Then I asked my super smart IT husband, Bob, and he said, “yes, it’s true. That password is on the Dark Web now.  Change the password on any sites you used it.” Oh my. I never knew I had signed up for so many sites before. It was a painstaking process. Thank goodness for Google and their Saved Password feature. I hadn’t used many of these apps for years.  I had to look it up. Here is how to see your saved passwords from Google.(Click on link to be directed to Google)

Anyway, Google made it much easier to see what sites I had used that old password at. It was a painstaking process, but I deleted like 40 sites. One by one.  That was the beginning of the ‘fun’ I had this month.  Then on to FB (Facebook).

I admit it. I am human. Sometimes I just need to vent. I need to let out how I feel about a situation and then I can calm down. I may be a bit passionate about it though. My Husband and Pastor call me the Kraken when I do that, lol!

Well one evening I released the Kraken at home with my husband Bob. I was complaining about a situation that happened at Church. It doesn’t matter which church, or which people I was referring to. I said my piece, let it go, and I felt better. We went to bed and my husband said, “You should check your FB . I think you were hacked.” I told him, “I’ll check it tomorrow, I’m tired.” I thought I could just change my password and that would be that. Man, was I wrong.

The next morning I grabbed my phone and started sipping my coffee. I love coffee in the morning. Bob was in the kitchen making breakfast. I opened up my phone and the FB app. I had 2 messages from my friends asking if I was all right. Hmmm. One of them even showed me a screen shot from Messenger, the instant messaging part of FB. I gasped! What? Bob asked me what was up. I asked him to give me a minute.

Imagine my horror when I discovered that my private conversation where I was venting had been RECORDED by Facebook (without my consent or permission) and sent to my contacts. I told Bob, “I never typed this…I said it!) And now all of my friends knew of the private conversation as FB Messenger decided to record me and make it PUBLIC!  My mind started racing a mile a minute. I thought of 3 things I could do right away:

1.  I changed my FB and Messenger password. 

2.   I thought would be easy. I could just delete the conversation. I opened up my Messenger App and checked the side where it lists all of your conversations. There was no message that I had typed or one where the message was sent.  This meant I could NOT delete the conversation.  Messenger also  had no record of who they had sent it to.

3.   As I had no control over the account anymore. I deleted my FB and Messenger accounts.

After doing some research I got even angrier when I found out that Facebook had done this before! And been punished with a huge fine. Here is a great article by Today.com dated  / Source: TODAY By Scott Stump.

 “How to opt out of Facebook Messenger Audio to protect your conversations.”

Here is a clip from that Today.com article:

“A report by Bloomberg found that Facebook has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from its users, citing “people with knowledge of the work” who were told to transcribe the audio without being informed how and where it was obtained.

Facebook confirmed to NBC News that it had engaged in the practice but said that it “paused human review of audio more than a week ago.”

The company added that the only users affected chose a transcription option in their Messenger app and that it masked the audio so the users’ identities were not revealed to third-party transcribers.

Third-party contractors told Bloomberg they felt the work was unethical because users didn’t know their audio would be reviewed and transcribed.

Facebook told NBC News it was reviewing the audio to make sure its artificial intelligence was working properly.”

If you read the article the author Scott Stump teaches you how to TURN YOUR MICROPHONE OFF ON FACEBOOK AND MESSENGER.  I sent this article to all my children and friends – via Email.

I am disappointed in Facebook, Messenger,  and Mark Zuckerberg.  It is an invasion of my privacy to record my conversations without my consent. And then have them sent to a 3rd party place to be transcribed and then sent out to my contacts.  All so you can target ads to me? I don’t want your ads!  I am no longer a customer. What they did was wrong.

What do you think? Have you ever been hacked? Have you had this happen to you? Is your microphone ON in Facebook and Messenger? I have more apologies to make. My private vent should have never been shared FB and Messenger. You are rude beyond belief.

More Sources:

 

Computer fun

Computer fun. We either love them or hate them!

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ― Apple Inc.

One Question

from praisephilly.com

I was having fun today on my day off, until I downloaded a program and gave my computer a virus.  UGGGGGH!  I had a new toolbar, the internet was opening to a strange page, and I couldn’t upload to SoundCloud.  I hate when that happens!  I tried running the anti-virus program and the malware program and CC Cleaner even.  But it kept coming back.  Dang it! (well ok, that’s not what I said!)

Good thing my husband is a Computer King.  He came home and killed it! He knows how to go into the registry, and all those other secret places that computers have.  It is amazing to watch, he just goes from screen to screen killing bugs!  Thank you Bob, you saved my day!  Yipee!  I can play again!

In honor of computer fun, I wrote a song a while back about this.  I have a strange sense of humor sometimes…

Just for fun…

ONE QUESTION

© 2102 Diana Rasmussen

V1
I’m turning off the tv, silencing my phone,
Putting away the game controller.
I’m turning off the tablet, and my mp3’s,
Here comes my anxiety!
CHORUS
God,You call me to come away with you,
I only have one question,
Do you have Internet?
I have to be connected,
I have alot of friends,
I only have one question,
Is there cat 5 in heaven?
V2
Secret things and mysteries, revealed in Your presence.
All my prayers are answered, when I seek Your face.
Peace that surpasses, all my understanding,
Floods over me when I rest under your wings
REPEAT CHORUS X2
Ending (speak)
One more question Lord..
Do I need a laptop?
Should I bring my phone up there?
How fast is your network?
Where can I plug in?
Do you have enough batteries up there?
God, what’s your network password to get in?
Do You have a mac or a pc?
Are You on Facebook at all?
Will You friend me?
Do you tweet?
Are you an xbox guy or playstaion?
Just one more question, just one more question…