COMPUTER SCAMS

MY EXPERIENCES WITH COMPUTER SCAMS AND ADVICE NOT TO FALL FOR THEM

Today, computer scams of all kinds seem to be popular. Even computer savvy people aren’t immune. It seems like bi-monthly you’re hearing about a scam. If you’re new to computers you may fall for the scams. I grew up without a cell phone or computer and to find that post you can go to Growing Up Without A Computer Or Cell Phone.

SOME of the computer scams I’m familiar with is the “LOGMEIN” Scam, the “Microsoft” scam, the “Anti-Virus” scam, the “Pop-Up/Survey scam, the “Inbox/Trash link scam and many more.

I know my title says my experience and my advice to you so let’s talk about my experiences and my advice of what you should do.

First off, when I first got my first computer I was computer illiterate with the exception of knowing how to run e-mail and turn my computer on/off. I learned by trial and error as I went along. 

Experience #1: “LOGMEIN” Scam – I had these people call about my computer they said they needed remote access(that should’ve been a flag right there to me) but since I was just learning so I wasn’t aware of this. My advice is never give remote access and if you do for some reason, change your password right away so they can’t get access to your computer.

Experience #2: “Anti-Virus” Scam – This can take many forms. Some of the forms you may see is through e-mail, pop-ups or by phone just to name a few. On your computer along the sides or in the center there are advertisements with prices that seem to good to be true. Usually if the price and what they seems to good to be true it usually it is. Also, these scams come by phone sometimes too. This goes with my experience above. My warranty expired and they wanted me to buy it again. I learned from my experience and when I refused to buy their anti-virus program they weren’t happy. Soon after that I took my computer to be checked and they found so many viruses and malware on my computer I was in disbelief. I couldn’t imagine how they got there then it hit me, they were probably planted there. I’ve suspected but can’t prove they did it but they were very angry when I refused to buy their warranty. Soon after that, my computer crashed. My advice is simple never go for the prices on pop-ups there most likely scams. Always do research first.

Experience #3: “Pop-Up/Survey” Scams – Never answer these because most of the time they’re scams.

Experience #4: “Your Microsoft On Your Computer Has Expired” Scam – Someone calls you on the phone and proceeds to tell you Your Microsoft  on your computer has expired. Since I’m on my third computer I’ve learned what’s a scam and what’s not.  It was something to hear but when my mother asked me are you sure? I said yes because Microsoft came with all my computers. I called the place where I got my computer and they said it’s a scam.

Because I was new to computers I fell for the top 3.

What To Do If You Fall For A Scam:

  1. Change All Your Passwords Right Away.
  2. Run a Full computer Scan to make sure no malware or viruses have been planted in your computer.
  3. If the place where you got your computer offers free checkups then take them up on it. You still might want to take your computer for a checkup no matter what. Most of the places make you pay a price. Trust me, it’s worth every penny.

I hope none of you ever fall for a scam but if you do, the above steps can help you. **Please Note** I only mentioned a few things you can do through my experiences.

Please share your experiences if you have any and some tips to follow that I haven’t mentioned.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

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Growing Up Without A Computer Or Cell Phone

INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME

Welcome Everyone to my blogWELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING). I want to tell you about my experience growing up without a computer and/or a cell phone. 

When I grew up believe it or not computers and cell phones weren’t a big thing. In fact, when I was growing up I remember playing with my two younger sisters who just happen to be fraternal twins with personalities that are like day and night and we played with the other children that lived on the street. I even remember walking up town to the little grocery store where you could even get penny candy for an afternoon. I lived in a time when you didn’t need to lock your doors. That changed when a rapist moved in across the street from us( that could be another post entirely.

WHAT IT WAS LIKE GROWING UP WITHOUT A COMPUTER OR A CELL PHONE

I have to be honest with you entirely, it wasn’t bad growing up without computers or cellphones in my opinion mostly because I had other children to play with from our street or I played with my sisters. I even remember going to slumber parties. Eventually my parents got one of those old-fashioned bag car phone by Trac Phone. I really never missed having one until I got older. That’s when I started asking my parents for a computer. 

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I STOPPED ASKING FOR A COMPUTER

As I mentioned previously, when I became older meaning in my 20’s  I started really wanting a computer. Every time I asked my mom would ask me what do you want a computer for? Each time I would tell her the same thing which was for e-mailing my friends. After years of not getting a computer or cell phone I stopped asking for the computer. I really never asked for a cell phone because I thought why have a cell phone when you already have a computer. You see, I thought I was thinking logically or so I thought. When I stopped asking for my computer I think my parents were relieved LOL and waited several years to see if I would start asking again. I didn’t.  My parents eventually rewarded me for waiting several years.

WHEN I GOT MY COMPUTER AND MY REWARD

I never got my first computer until I was 40+ years old. OK I know some of you think you waited how long(gasp!!) I know to some of you that might seem like an eternity but was well worth it. Let me explain. You see  just because I waited several years for my computer doesn’t mean I stopped wanting one. I just thought after asking for so long and not getting my computer I was never going to get one. Boy was I ever wrong. One Christmas, I opened all my small gifts first which is what I normally do unless I decide to change things up. I kept going over and over in my mind what my big gifts could be. It never crossed my mind it would be a computer and a computer case. I was so excited that I was jumping up out my chair and screaming thank you, thank you, thank you to my Mom and Dad and my youngest sister got me a computer case. If I would have opened the computer case first I would have known what the second gift was and probably wouldn’t have been excited either. I was thrilled to get a computer.

HOW LONG MY FIRST COMPUTER LASTED

My first computer which was an Acer computer and it was bought at Best Buy lasted me 3-4 years then it literally crashed. I couldn’t believe it. So I looked around for a second computer. Eventually found one sale at Staples.

HOW LONG MY SECOND COMPUTER LASTED

My second was an upgrade from my last computer. My second computer was bought at Staples too and was a Dell. It also was a Windows 8 and my first computer was a Windows 7. I eventually upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 10( I got the free upgrade). My second computer eventually went after 3-4 years. Found out later that the motherboard on my computer went. The technological guy said when the motherboard goes that’s when you should buy a new computer because it costs more to fix than to buy a computer. And to think I just took it in because the cord wouldn’t hold a charge. Who would’ve thought something so simple would turn into something so difficult. I sure didn’t. Since I already had my computer they tried to pull off as much stuff as they were able to off my computer and put it on a flash drive. I got another computer that day with another upgrade.

HOW LONG MY THIRD COMPUTER LASTED

My third computer and hopefully my last is still working and running. I’ve had my computer for two years now and learning something new each day. When I bought my new computer which is a Lenovo ideapad 320S, it had Windows 10 pre-installed and other new things which I have yet to learn. I love my Lenovo computer.

ARE THOSE ADD ONS REALLY NECESSARY?

If you ever bought a computer and I think most of you have, then you know once you’ve chosen your computer they start asking you do you want to buy the extra add ons? A lot of people don’t buy them because they think I don’t really need this and believe me I’m guilty of thinking this too. When I bought my first add-on I never thought I was never going to use it. Guess what? I used it. It would’ve cost me an arm and a leg if I wouldn’t have had it. My computer was my Birthday/Christmas gift from my parents and they bought the extra add ons and McAfee Live Safe anti-virus to install on my computer. Hope I don’t need it but at least I have it in case something should happen.

CONCLUSION

In my opinion, before turning down the technological associate for add-ons that might save you money in the long run, think of how much it will cost you to fix that cord and/or computer and compare the costs. Trust me $100 for the cost of an add-on you may never use but what if something unexpected happens and you do need it. $100 will be like a drop in the bucket compared to what that cord or computer will cost you and trust me it will be more than $100. So my suggestion, GET THE ADD ONS THERE WORTH EVERY PENNY!!

CONTACT FORM

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PRIVACY/DISCLAIMER

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For those of you who can’t read what’s on the Bible Cover it says:

They that wait upon the Lord

shall renew their strength

they shall mount up with Wings as Eagles…

Is.40:31

Today I continued following some good blogs. Before I follow a blog I check out the title of the blog, The blog’s tagline, Some of the posts, Can I follow it from the WordPress Reader with a Follow Button and Etc… I have found some good blogs this way. Today was no different. I found a blog that had an interesting tagline. It provokes thinking and that’s good. What blog was that?  The blog I found today with the interesting tagline is Whosoever Will, May Come . The tagline that posed the interesting question went like this. It was Faithful Believers. Are There Any Left? This is a good tagline. I like it.

I would like to answer that question from the tagline on that blog. I realize our world is in a world of turmoil and just about everyone seems to be following Satan’s way not God’s way.  Well I have good news. There are a few Christians(AKA Faithful Believers) out there and we follow God one day at a time despite our troubles. This isn’t the only Christian blog out there are others.

I know you are not supposed to proud and haughty because it’s a sin. But the pride I have is because I can honestly say I’m a Christian and know where I’ll be going when I die. Do You?

I’m here if you want to talk because I’m a good listener. If you want to chat use the contact form for privacy.

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SUPAWSTARS SPOTLIGHT AWARD: MAY 2018

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It’s that time of the month to give out The Supawstars Spotlight Award. This award is in recognition of a pawsome job from one pet blogger to another.

KittyClysm*  nominated me for this pet blogger award first and then Pets Overload nominated me for this award too so I have received this pet blogger award twice. This could happen to you too.text

The rules are simple but instead of trying to explain them I’m going to give you the link for the rules so you can read them yourself. That link is: Supawstars.com

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  1. paws2smile
  2. No Dog About It Blog
  3. Views and Mews by Coffee Kat
  4. The Cat Chronicles
  5. Noir Kitty Mews

  1. Animals Are Feeling Beings Too
  2. Books,dogs and cats
  3. Cats and Life
  4. RoseyToesMeows
  5. 15andmeowing.com
  6. Pets Overload
  7. Katzenworld
  8. The Conscious Cat
  9. CANNY CATNIP NOOK
  10. Cat Chat With Caren And Cody
  11. ATCAD
  12. Easy Blog
  13. Dash Kitten
  14. Spike The Scottish Black Cat
  15. 2 Blogging Cats
  16. Animals Are Wonderful
  17. Bad Cat Chris
  18. Feline Cafe` – Award Free Blog
  19. Mad Cap Dog
  20. Supawcute
  21. Tails Around The Ranch
  22. Hands on Bowie
  23. 4cats Blog
  24. TWOspoiledcats
  25. THE BLESSING OF ANIMAL COMPANIONS
  26. WEGGIEBOY’S BLOG – Award Free Blog
  27. Farmer Keen
  28. FrontSeatRyder
  29. Purrseidon
  30. THE VOKRA BLOG

Supawstars Spotlight Award: April 2018

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INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME

I’m back to give out the Supawstars Spotlight Award for April 2018.

WHAT THE SUPAWSTARS SPOTLIGHT AWARD IS

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Supawstars  Spotlight Award, it is an award that pet/animal  bloggers to other pet/animal bloggers in recognition of a pawsome job.

MY MISSION

My mission is to give this award out once a month. I just love recognizing other pet/animal blogs and discovering new blogs.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR GIVING THE SUPAWSTARS AWARD AWAY

I’m going to make this simple. Go to the link for the INSTRUCTIONS FOR GIVING THE SUPAWSTARS SPOTLIGHT AWARD AWAY or you can go to Instructions For Giving The Supawstars Award Away on KittyClysm. KittyClysm is the one who started this award.

MY SUPAWSTARS AWARD NOMINEES

  1. The Blessing Of Animal Companions
  2. Farmer Keen
  3. FrontSeatRyder
  4. PURRSEIDON
  5. THEE VOKRA BLOG

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF MY NOMINEES!!

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RULES

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Explain the award(explanation under about the award).
  3. Put award logo in your award post.
  4. Answer the questions given to you.
  5. Nominate 5+ Bloggers.
  6. Ask 6 questions to your nominees and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated.

ABOUT THE AWARD

This is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

WHO NOMINATED ME AND MY THANKS

I was nominated by Andrea from The Perks of being Different . I thank her from the bottom of heart for this great award. I’m glad she thinks so much of my blog. What a great compliment this is especially coming from another great blogger.

ANDREA’S QUESTIONS TO ME

  1. Which Disney or Looney Toons character does your own character relate to? As I thought about this question, I finally decided that I couldn’t think of just one character but my character relates to a combination of characters. I think if we are really honest with ourselves everyone is a combination of characters. 
  2.  Would you like to go back to the 90’s, a time without internet? Actually, I was in college in the 90’s and we had internet at the college. However, I would love to go back to a time without internet. So much simpler. Of course, I’m one of those people who do not own a cell phone only a computer.
  3. Do yo like to cook from scratch?(make your own sauces, own dough from bread/pasta etc.) Cook?(laughing), I don’t cook. I think I cooked twice real meals but otherwise I like making popcorn the best.
  4. What would you do on a first date? I think I would learn as much as I could about my the guy I’m thinking about dating.
  5. Whats’ your favorite way of transportation? Hands Down A Car.
  6. What your favorite emoji? I’m sure there are more emojis out there on cell phones but since I don’t have a phone just a computer, my top 3 favorite emojis are:
  • Cat >”<
  • Graduation Girl 👩‍🎓
  • Santa Clause 🎅 

MY NOMINEES

  1. Comedy Plus
  2. McGuffy’s Reader.com
  3. The Recipe Hunter
  4. TWOspoiledcats
  5. Catlady from Austria
  6. Bluefish Way
  7. Front Seat Ryder
  8. Happiness Between Tails by da-AL
  9. Cat Chat With Caren And Cody
  10. Animals
  11. The Blessing of Animal Companions
  12. Animals Are Feeling Beings Too
  13. BeautyBeyondBones
  14. Pets Overload
  15. KittyClysm*

If I did not nominate you it’s not because I don’t think you deserve this award but because I have so many people I think do deserve this award so if I didn’t nominate you above and you want to do this award/tag feel free to. I just went with the first 15 I could think of.  Also, don’t panic if you can’t think of 15 nominees, that’s OK because you  only need to nominate 5+ bloggers. I went a little crazy.

👏👏👍👍👏👏Congratulations to my nominees!!👏👏👍👍👏👏

HOW I CHOSE MY NOMINEES

I chose my nominees by the ones that inspire me, The ones that like to have fun, The ones that just blog for enjoyment and The ones I haven’t seen in a while.

MY QUESTIONS TO MY NOMINEES

  1. What’s your dream job?
  2. What’s your dream vacation?
  3. Thinking backing to your college days, what’s your favorite memory(other than graduation day) and why?
  4. What’s your favorite cause that you support and why?
  5. How would you describe yourself?
  6. What’s your advice to other bloggers and why?
  7. What’s your favorite hobby or hobbies you like to participate in?