I discovered the hard way that it is advisable to change passwords on Internet accounts occasionally. I know it is something that is easy to forget to do. But I think I got sort of hacked the other day. I kept seeing this spam coming up on the blog with the name of my blog connected to the identification of my electronic mail supplier and when I mouse onto the entry it took me to my own e-mail page. This was something I hadn’t done and it looked very suspicious to me so I started looking to how it might have happened and why.
I ran a “whois” on the information and discovered it was coming from an address in a Western State. I knew it wasn’t mine and I wondered why it took me to my own mail account when I moused and clicked on it and then the thought came to me, “You’ve been hacked.” I don’t know if that is true or not, but I went ahead and changed passwords anyway – - after having a short battle trying to get past all the questions that I had forgotten the answers to in order to identify myself to my ISP – - but finally I was able to get the password changed. From now on I will be changing passwords at least monthly – - you can take that to the bank.
So to all my readers, if you read anything with the name of “American Liberal Times” attached and they seem to be in the business of selling gold or something like that, please be assured it is not me because I have nothing to sell and I make no pitches for anyone else to sell anything unless I specifically say so on the blog.
The other worrisome thing that happened to me this week is that my “Unlimited” broadband account provider suddenly informed me that the company from which they purchase broadband for reselling discontinued service to “their gateway” and that they would no longer be able to provide me with the “Unlimited” service that doesn’t cap at all but on which I could use as much as 50GB before they even begin to question my use – - and of course – - there were never any charge for so-called “Overages” and of course there was never any “Throttling” of the speed of my account because I never ever used more than 16GB of my broadband in a single month.
So far there has been a happy ending with that situation because my previous broadband service provider was kind enough to refer me to another company willing to allow me to migrate to their service for just a slight increase in the monthly fee. This one begins to question usage at 30GB but it too is “Unlimited” and so far I have had excellent download and upload speeds with it and I am waiting to see. It does feel comfortable for now and it has been in business for almost 20 years and it is a small company – - but the service is excellent and their customer service representatives are right there and on the ball – - so unless something happens to their gateway, I will be a happy camper for some time to come.
Which brings me to my own personal conspiracy theory:
I think there is a possibility that someone “Up there somewhere” may be watching all the bloggers. With all the talk about the NSA snooping and all that – - – well….
The other little conspiracy thingy I have in mind is this: ”What if some of the biggie broadband providers might be drawing in their horns on their re-sellers? I could see the ultimate profit motive in some of them thinking like that – - if there are any of them actually thinking like that.
I know that before I found the “Re-sellers” I was paying like $69 a month for plans with a 5GB cap and that would throttle the hell out of my speed as I approached the cap and that once the cap had been exceeded there were these ridiculously high “overage” charges that would kick in – - and if a person wasn’t real careful I got the strange idea they could end up with a month’s broadband bill of $250 or something shit kicking like that.
I am wondering if I had anything on the Internet besides a “Political Commentary” blog if things would have been any different?
Oh I know there are broadband plans out there that have 150-250GB data caps, but I much prefer to keep everything wireless and to use mu handy-dandy little USB modem thingy.
My big fear is that the day will come when I won’t be able to find a service reasonable enough or that allows enough usage to make it all worthwhile. I guess I could live with a 20GB cap plan if I had to – - – and there are a couple of these out there – - – or so I have been told – - – because I have never exceeded 16GB in a single month for as long as I have been blogging. It is probably possible for me to do so but I haven’t yet.
But for the time being this wonderful broadband supplier has come to my rescue, made a believer out of me and I am as happy as I can be with the present arrangement and set up. It is all working very well and I am praying that my new provider continue to be successful beyond their wildest dreams. I have talked to them and they are very efficient, courteous, professional, knowledgeable – - and situated in the United States. What more could anyone ask?
In the meantime – - all the broadband concerns aside, I am also glad I had the foresight to start using something I think is equivalent to a “Virtual Private Network” service – - one that encrypts all traffic to and from my computer so that snoops can’t see who I am or what I am talking about. The program I use and am happy with is one that looks to me and seems to act like a VPN – - – well it does to me at any rate – - – free of charge for the time being – - even though it might be available only for a fee after their “roll out” period – - is an extension I got from the “Google Chrome Store” and it is called “Zenmate. Because there is a legal requirement for me to say so, I am now going to tell you: ”I have no connection with Zenmate and I am not being paid to say nice things about their service. I simply use it and I have been happy with it and I want to share with my readers.” There are other Virtual Private Network services out there and some are easier than others to access, to use and to pay for – - or not – - depending. I just happen to have found the one I like and it works like a charm for me. Here is a little more information about what a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is for those who may be interested – - – READ IT HERE.
You can read more about the “Zenmate” program I have been using and have been happy as a clam with – - – HERE.
Well folks – - – that is about it for the shop talk this morning. I hope I have written something that might be useful or helpful. I will be back on later in the day with my normal political blog posts – - – if I can find anything worth talking about that is – - and I am sure I will because there is plenty of stuff going on out there. I am sure the Righties are hard at it which means that I have a patriotic and a moral obligation to be “hard at it” also. – - (Which I undoubtedly will be.) – - so, later!