Yesterday, mid-afternoon, my telephone rang. I was expecting a call, so I didn’t check the ID before answering. Had I realized ID indicated it as an “unidentified number ” I would have pressed the reject button. But, trusting me, I said: “hello”. After learning this was not my friend, but an intruder, I wanted to get him off the phone. I should have simply pressed the disconnect button, but being the nice guy that I am, I listened out.
“Your computer is in great danger. Stop whatever you are doing and follow my instructions to prevent a serious problem,” he demanded.
By this time it was clear that he was reading a script, so I interrupted him.
“And if I don’t do as you say?”
“Your computer will crash!”
“Let it crash! I welcome the challenge, my friend!” I said, lying through my teeth. And then I pressed the disconnect button, sending him on his way.
It would be untrue if I were to say I dismissed this conversation. I continued editing my chapter, but with a heavy heart. He’d distracted me big time. I have the best virus protection Best Buy can offer, but recently six infections got under the wire and caused a host of problems. I don’t need more.
After an hour of stewing I faced the music, and recycled the power. These things often show themselves on power-up, but nothing showed its ugly face. This morning, through clenched teeth, I again powered up my computer and held my breather while I ran a scan. Nothing unusual. Everything seemed AOK.
So here I am, it’s 0928 hours, and thinking about this caller again. Have I learned to check the called ID before pressing the accept button? Would it have made any difference if I had? Probably not.
Another train wreck narrowly avoided, I guess.