Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
Governors Landing Campground - Lake Amistad - Del Rio, Texas

Sunday, November 12, 2023

My computer was hacked

Last week my computer was hacked. I had several tabs open when it started slowing down to a crawl and I thought Spectrum had gone down again. Then it locked up and started flashing and a loud recording in a woman's voice came on telling me it was Windows Defender Security Center who had blocked my PC for security reasons.

They make it seem so official but they are Internet Scammers. The only blogger I ever remember this happening to was Dizzy Dick about six or seven years ago but his was Ramsonware so he turned it off immediately and took it to a PC repair person but I don't recall what the outcome was.

I should have done the same but it did not take long after speaking to her to realize that she was a hack with a strong British accent. When they want you to check your bank account or give them your cellphone number...hang up immediately!!!

This woman allegedly named Diane said she needed this information to pass on to the FBI...yeah right! I went immediately to our local FBI Office which was very difficult to find let alone get into. The officer was very nice and knowledgeable and said it was a good thing I did not provide them with that information. He gave me an official FBI webpage where anyone can report it if it happens to them...IC3.gov

I hope your week was better than mine. It has been cool and drizzly and late this evening as well as all day tomorrow we are expecting heavy rains.

Gasoline prices continue to go down for now. It was $2.699 for a gallon of unleaded at Walmart on Friday.

Good night. May you have Terlingua Dreams.

Aunty Acid

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Spectrum Service Outage

Since August we have been experiencing various service outages with our ISP, Spectrum. Usually, it involves the internet but today it is all-inclusive...cable, landline phone, and internet. I called them but they had such a long wait I opted to let them call me back on my cellphone which thankfully is with another provider.

Briefly considered going to the library but remembered that they open at 1:00 p.m. on weekends. They also have Spectrum as their ISP so it would not have done any good. Two weeks ago I went to print out some documents only to find that several of their computers were not working. I had better luck this week.

The customer service representative informed me there was a two-city-wide outage as a fiber optic cable had been cut and they were working on it. I regret not asking her what other city was involved. She also mentioned that if the outage lasted more than four hours we could get reimbursed...I thought that was funny...how much would I receive...a quarter? 😄

Ordinarily, I would not care if it involved cable. Still, today Telemundo was going to carry live El Día de los Muertos parade from Mexico City and I was looking forward to watching it. I am seeing it now but it keeps on going on and off.

It has been a while since I posted gasoline prices. I was in shock to learn what California residents are paying for theirs. We have more reasonable prices at $2.829 at HEB. I filled my tank up at Walmart for $2.819 for regular unleaded.

Aunty Acid