How long has the Internet been around and accessible to us ordinary lay-people? What - about 15-20 years?
And in that time, how often have we been warned about clicking on links? About viruses, etc? I don't know about y'all, but just about every time I turn around our IT department is sending out emails telling us not to click on any links from xyz.com and to "be aware". Just about every day on the news there is a story about a scam or a new virus. The warnings are EVERYWHERE.
Yes, yes, I realize that over-exposure leads to turning a deaf ear/blind eye occasionally. Kind of like when you stick that PostIt note on your monitor to remind you to make that appointment to get your hair cut. After you've looked at it for the third or fourth time it just kind of *disappears* into the background and you don't "see" it anymore.
But after 15-20 years of warnings? Don't you think it would kind of begin to sink in? Just a little? I know that I look at a lot of links with suspicion; even if they are from a friend I've known for more than twenty years! But then, I've been burned before. So that does tend to lead to suspicion; well that, and my overactive imagination.
So today, the Big Boss calls me in - he needs help with his computer. As I walk in and ask him what's up, he informs me that he needs to print this attachment in an email - and proceeds to explain that it's from the Post Office and that he needs to print it so he can pick up a package (I should interject here and point out that this is the same person who needs to be reminded often that he cannot open a spreadsheet in Word and expect to make changes to it - which pretty much explains why I'm being asked to help print an attachment).
I asked - as his finger was hovering over the mouse button - if he was expecting anything. He said no, not that he knew of.
As I was asking how the post office would even have his email address; and before I could stop him - he clicked the link. He responded with "good question."
And then full-blown panic ensued. Yup, it was official - he'd opened up one can of "kill my computer dead immediately." There was no immediate save. IT had to be called in to perform the last rites and prepare it for burial.
And THIS is why I'm going to request that IT permanently take away his computer.
No bosses were harmed during the events that occurred today. Only his computer. And I only poke fun because I like him. And because sometimes - sometimes he just hands me blog fodder on a silver platter!
Sorry folks, comment moderation is back on. And will be until the Internet figures out a way to make people play nice.