Soon to be Extinct?…The Security Crisis Worsens…

 

One look at this title may be cause for some concern. Don’t worry…too much at least…the only one who need be frightened now is the one writing this piece…and anyone else suffering any like issues.

As this is officially my 50th post, like on my other blog I would have enjoyed to orchestrate a piece in which I thank all of those who have followed me thus far and wish them all the best. Maybe I can still do that…maybe I’ll take a rain check on that in exchange for what is bothering me so.

For the past two weeks, WordPress has been alerting me that I need to update my browser because mine is inevitably on the verge of expiring and will soon be rendered ‘out of date’. The issue? Well, this little crisis happened about a month ago and I updated my browser which was at the time Internet Explorer 8 with the new and improved Internet Explorer 9.

One would imagine that WordPress does not require such frequent updates.

However, this occasion seems to be worse than the last time this little issue began to bug me, and is no doubt going to get worse judging by the warnings that I keep receiving about aspects of my blog soon to be no longer visible.

I have already lost all of my notifications, my reader is dead, and I can no longer ‘comment’ on most of the blogs that I am following, and with that said, cannot provide others with my unbelievably intelligent words of wisdom (projectile vomits across room). (Yes, that last sentence was dripping with sarcasm).

On my dashboard, a nice red rectangle appears in the left hand corner that explains how I need to acquire an updated browser, else issues concerning security will most likely begin to manifest.

This is the case for both of the blogs that I have, not just one, which is perhaps why such is so disconcerting for me, since both are been plagued by the same ridiculous nonsense. Well, that’s my interpretation anyway.

I am unsure how these ‘security’ issues can arise since I do have Windows Firewall (which is on btw), I am equipped with Spyware Doctor to help remove any and all viruses that may attempt to invade my precious system, and I am equipped with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware which is supposed to find and remove, well, malware.

With that said, and additionally with everything telling me that I am virus and malware free, how can WordPress be so snippy about a possible infection or security threat? I can’t imagine how it could come from my computer. Might sound pretentious or egotistical, but really, I don’t, unless my WordPress blogs are infected somehow, but I don’t know how that could be.

I have tried looking at forums, and I found one that revolved around the exact same issue I am suffering from. Of course, there is always an addendum, isn’t there? The forum has been closed! The damsel in distress who had instigated the forum has apparently received the answer that she required judging by the message that was positioned beneath the location of her issue. Well, I’ll have you know, right now, I’m a dude in distress. Does that mean that I can acquire some assistance?

For such is really what I would appreciate acquiring now. I have looked high and low across the internet. I have sent tweets to WordPress help services. The only thing I have not done is call Microsoft, and until I can verify that it really is a Microsoft issue and not something to do with WordPress, I’m not certain I want to take such a step, for everything else is running flawlessly, with the exception of my blogs.

Additionally I do suppose I could acquire a new web browser from say Firefox, Mozilla, or another like service, but I would personally not want to take such drastic action either unless I have no other choice.

So, if anyone else is experiencing this issue, knows how to successfully navigate past this issue to secure a resolution or can help me in any other way or form, I would gladly appreciate the support. Thank you kindly.

Additionally, if anyone can supply any help, I may not be able to thank you immediately because, like I said, I can no longer comment on most blogs…which at times includes my own.

Thank you for reading!

Sincerely and with kind regards

Naughty Nefarious.

Whoa, what a week!

 

There was one particular part of my week that changed; my computer that I primarily use for internet purposes. Yeah, it would seem that a ‘goodbye’ would be in order.

I have four computers at my house. One is quite old – I procured it back in 2008, and it still uses an old version of XP and has a very slow operating system. Now, this particular relic is located in the garage of all places, not because it belongs there, which I guess it kind of does, but predominately because it is still useable. My personal gym is located in the garage, and Windows Media Player is still fully functional on this computer, and that, along with the pretty awesome subwoofer’s I have attached to the computer make for some pretty good music playing capabilities. True, it ain’t as good as the surround sound stereo I have in the rumpus room where you can play music in one country and hear it clearly in another, but it still works all the same. No point in throwing out something that can still sufficiently do for you what you want it to – my view anyway.

The second computer is from 2009, and at the time, believe it or not, was the fastest system one could acquire. This computer can no longer play video games of today, which was probably blatantly obvious by the year this thing was produced. It is incredibly slow and half the time fails to do what you want it to. The internet is now out of date and the computer still utilises on XP system, so I cannot update it to Windows Explorer Nine cuz I don’t have Windows Seven. I can’t be bothered putting what is basically still a relatively new system onto an old computer just so that I can use the internet. This leads me to my laptop – a fine piece of machinery that I acquired at the conclusion of 2010, which has had some issues in regards to the internet in the past, but should now be hopefully working fine.

My other computer is one that I acquired at the start of 2011 which still is at the top of its game. Don’t ask me for the specs – never ask me for the specs. I have no idea what the monster has inside of her; all I know is that to this very day she is capable of giving the computer’s today a run for their money with the system that she runs with, being able to still play the games that come out with peek performance. The system is the kind that the gals and blokes over at MLN use, or used to at least since they are always up on the newest kind of tech to support their gamers. The computer uses a pretty massive if I must say so myself HD 3D TV as its monitor. The issue with this, and believe me, there is an issue, even with a gorgeous thing like this – is that everyone else wants to use it. I always wanted a giant monitor and a kick ass gaming system, and have separate PS3 and XBOX 360 consoles attached to this particular area of the house, so no matter what platform the game is on, I can play it and throw massive LAN parties there as well. That is the problem – I always wanted a giant system, and I not only got the system, but all of the crazies that come with it, my friends on frequent occasion coming over and having the time of their lives. Bunch of bums really – dunno why they can’t buy their own systems, then they wouldn’t have to not only keep me from using my computer but wouldn’t eat me outta house and home in the process.

So, with this said, the system I predominately use for the internet is the one bought back in 2009 – or was at least until every single social media site I am on, from Word Press to Facebook, et al, began to malfunction and not work as well as they used to cuz I did not have Windows Internet Explorer 9. So, the reason I have not commented on many of your pages, or liked many of your pages or even visited many of your pages over the past couple of days is not because I am a bad guy, well, maybe that, but the primary reason is because of my crappy internet connection. So I had to update my laptop and give that the internet, and the security that came with it, and the billions upon billions of downloads that it wanted from the (almost) two years I have had it to ensure it was up to friggin’ date before I could begin to use the internet (finally) to go back to my life on social media.

It’s funny – this time two years ago I had not a thing to do with social media. Okay, I had a Facebook page that I frequented about once every blue moon, but I had no connection to any other social media page and I quite enjoyed my life back then. Now, I have changed so dramatically, and am connected to a cool few sites, and I do not know how I would live my life today without some social media every now and then and all of the pretty awesome perks that come with it. I mean, reading the kinda stuff that you guys make – classic! Can’t find that anywhere else, and I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for all the entertainment, comments, likes, follows and what have you that you have provided to me over the past few months.

Thanks guys!

So now that I have the internet working, again (!), hopefully I will be able to get my life back on track.

Thank you for reading!

Naughty Nefarious, signing off!

NBN – (un)Naturally Boring Numbskulls

 

The NBN – the National Broadband Network is what the government is attempting to roll out. Beginning by updating small towns in the middle of the Whoop Whoops with this new supposed high speed internet, this next generation advancement in internet technology is, according to the Prime Minister, going to put Australia on top for high speed internet. This, coming from the same Prime Minister who says Australia has the great economy in all the world, yet Brisbane is several billion dollars in dept? Interesting…Adjunctively, the PM may never get to see her project come to life, cuz if the PM gets kicked out in the next election, it may be cancelled by whoever takes office next. I mean, the NBN has been in the works since 2007, and less than what, 2,000 homes in a country of 25 million people have gained the ability to use this technology over the past five years? Billions of dollars have been poured into this project and those involved in its orchestration have complained and pulled out and new people have been called in. I guess some people doubt the PM’s ability to successfully integrate the software into the country. Of course, after the home isolation fiasco, can you blame ‘em? (for those non-Australians treading this, the ‘home insulation fiasco’ was a scheme instigated by the Prime Minister in which all insulation companies were given the ability to place new insulation into the homes of people. All these home with the new insulation in ‘em, subsequently burnt down due to shit insulation. That is the Australian government for you – ‘we care’ they say…yes, they care so much that they try to kill you in your sleep!) Supposedly by the year 2015, a cool 200,000 people will have the ability to use this high speed internet. I won’t probably be living in Oz by the time the entire country is fully up and running, and by then, the NBN will be so far out of date and the Americans will have an internet so far more advanced that the very mention of the NBN will bring about hysterics of laughter rather than plans for national domination.

Of course, the whole meaning of this post was to state my pros and cons on the subject matter of this technologically advanced system. Positively speaking about the software, my current internet, no offence, but it is pretty friggin’ pathetic. It cuts out frequently, and when that doesn’t happen it automatically shuts itself off, forcing me to sign back in. I have a contract with Optus – it’s a wireless dial up connection with a 5 Gigabyte plan with costs around 50 bucks per month. On top of these issues, the internet takes so damn long to load pages that I could have designed them personally by the time they have loaded, and the internet is so slow, that on occasion, if it managed to become any slower, I would be travelling back through time. I could argue that this occurs because the Optus tower where we pick our connection off from is also shared by Telstra. So, anyone on either of those two plans, using either the internet or their phones are bouncing around the same data port. Basically, there would be an awful lot of people trying to connect to friends, family and the internet at once. However, it would be worse if I was with one of the other companies. Virgin, 3, Vodafone, Chariot and Dodo all use the other tower. Imagine trying to get a connection with one of those companies in my neighborhood. You’d be lucky to even download a kilobyte before the internet died on yer due to the prioritising of other customers using more juice than you are. I should be glad I at least got piss poor internet service cuz the other companies might not offer me any service at all.

Basically, if and when the NBN ever comes into the works, it may very well be able to sufficiently boost the internet connection that I have to work with now. But since the PM ain’t prioritising major cities, towns or suburbs, and since like I said, I may not even be living in this country when the day the NBN is 100% turned on, I may never get to know how much of a success, or potential flop, the entire scheme is. For that, perhaps I should be glad. You see, on a negative side (apart from the fact I’ll be old and grey by the time the NBN is on), the government have stated (but governments, especially the Australian one always lie) that the NBN will change how everything works. If that is true, then that in itself kinda freaks me the hell out. I like the way things are running now without having them change. I mean, people of previous generations felt the development of mobile phone devices and portable music players and the like have been huge leaps forward in the advancement of technology. I never felt it was. Such came naturally to me, and that was probably because I was born in the time when technology is continuously changing at an incredibly rapid pace. However, what the NBN is emphasising, seems like a substantial leap forward, and if that ever comes to pass, then the older generations and I will have something in common.

I do not like the fact that those responsible for the NBN’s promulgation are stipulating how the project is going to alter life as we know it – how shopping, work and life in general are going to be dramatically changed with this technology. Now, they are yet to actually be specific about such generalisations, but what I have heard thus far seems pretty mind blowing. I look at my life and the way I live it, the way I work and the plans I have for the future and I base them on the technology today and the opportunities that are available to me. The way the NBN designers are talking – it sounds very much like the past is going to be terminated and a new future will be brought in and ultimately change everything that I believe. Now, I am all for an advancement in technology and I believe change can indeed be good – but the NBN is making it sound as though that change will be instantaneous – a bit like Skynet. Plug it in, and suddenly, everybody’s dead. That is what the NBN sounds like. Plug it in, and watch the world that you know vanish and a new one be erected before your very eyes.

I can only hope when and if the NBN does come, the change is more subtle. But like I already mentioned governments lie. Besides, most people in government office cannot tell the difference between Twitter and a toilet seat, so what the hell do they know about the NBN?

Looking towards the future and beyond, this is Naughty Nefarious, signing off once more.