The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

We wrote our first “Your Computer Won’t Bite” e-book back in 2005. Windows XP was just a few years old and some folks were still hanging on to Windows 98 and Windows ME.

A decade ago we told you that your computer won’t bite, and though things have changed drastically in the past decade, the basic theme of that old e-book is still true even though 11 years have passed. It is so true that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

The following excerpt originally appeared in the introduction to our 2005  “Your Computer Won’t Bite” e-book.

Let’s take a look back 11 years to what we wrote in 2005:

  1. You control your computer; your computer doesn’t control you.

  2. A good working knowledge of computers can help keep you safe.

  3. No software program in the world is going to provide you with 100% protection from every evil on the Internet.

  4. No software program can or will ever replace your brain.

  5. No software program can or will ever replace your common sense.

  6. The bad guys rely on the trusting nature of people. Whatever sounds too good to be true most always is.

  7. You don’t need to be a computer guru to avoid someone taking advantage of you on the Internet.

  8. Continuing education is a must. You don’t need to be a guru to stay safe, but you must continue to learn about your computer and the Internet because its always changing and evolving.

  9. Don’t give your trust away – make those who want you to trust them earn your trust. Don’t trust strangers on the Web. Be wary.

  10. The Internet can be a magical, fun and wonderful place. On it you’ll find the sum total of humanity’s knowledge; it’s an invaluable source of entertainment, knowledge, beauty and fun. If you are constantly worried about the boogeyman lurking in the hills and canyons, you’ll never get the maximum enjoyment from your computer or the Internet. Your computer is your window to the world regardless of your age. It can take you backward or forward into time; it can take you on incredible journeys from the depths of the oceans to breathtaking nebulae thousands of light years away. You can learn to sail, to fly, to write; you can learn a foreign language or get a college degree. And the most amazing thing about computers and the Internet? You never even have to leave you house. You can explore the entire world and tap into the knowledge of humanity all without leaving your home.

While it’s a shame that there is so much trickery and deceit on the Internet, it’s not exclusive to the Internet. Actually, ,when you think about it, it isn’t any different than the world has ever been. There have always been scams and trickery; there have always been bad people who are out to steal what you have. There is one big difference between trickery and deceit on the Internet and deceit and trickery in the “real” world though – and that difference is you.

If someone came to your door and offered you a little box that promised to fix every problem with your house – from a broken window to a broken.water heater – with the click of a button. And you could buy this magic box for $49, what do you think the chances are you’d buy it are? Slim and none, right? Exactly. Because why? Because you know better. You know it’s a scam because your common sense and your knowledge tells you it’s a scam.

But if someone on the Internet or television tells you that their product can fix whatever is wrong your computer and make it run like new with just a click of you mouse – and for only $49 – you might buy it. You might not know enough about computers that you’d know that one-click-fixes work about as well on your computer as the little magic home repair box would work on your house.

Somewhere between the real world and the Internet, our common sense meanders and our intellect dulls; things we’d never believe in the real world, we believe when we encounter them on the Internet. And that in a nutshell is why trickery and deceit abound on the Internet. That’s why there is so much malware. That’s why there is so much money stolen from people’s bank accounts. That’s why almost all freeware you download now comes in the form of bundlers – software installers loaded with malware and hijackers right along side the
program you really wanted are everywhere.

People’s tendency to forego common sense while on the Internet is also why there are so many rogue security programs and why such things as cryptolocker-type programs “FBI” scams (Ramsomware) are so ubiquitous.

Your computer won’t bite but there are a plethora of things on the Internet that could bite you if you leave your common sense behind when you turn on your computer and venture out on to the Internet. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can learn to take your common sense with you on the Internet; you can protect yourself by educating yourself and training your brain to come with you when you open that browser of yours. Just a little bit of education and some plain, old healthy wariness are essential to staying safe when you travel on the Web.

(Darcy & TC, July 2005)

We wrote that 11 years ago in our first “Your Computer Won’t Bite” e-book, published in the summer of 2005. Eleven years have passed since we wrote that and things have changed so much. This proves, once again, that the more things change, the more they stay the same. There will always be people trying to make an easy buck by preying upon the kindness and generosity of people.

We don’t want you to be afraid, we just want you to be careful.

12 thoughts on “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

  1. A_Hippy_Hillbillie

    Amen! On a side note, is there a way to communicate with ” Littleolady?”

  2. June Brychka

    Thanks for this. I haven’t changed in 11 years either. I still don’t “get it!” How do you two get to know so much so quickly from XP to Windows 10? It blows my mind to read your daily and Premium emails when I am still learning Windows XP & will likely never learn anymore in my lifetime!! But I keep plugging along.
    Congratulations for being so knowledgeable!!!!

  3. Barb

    Thank you for a timely reminder. Your perception, and willingness to share it, have provided helpful guidance to many of your friends and clients.

  4. Rea Mieczkowski

    I have that CD and even today like you say, some things haven’t changed much regarding your advice for our Windows XP and even tho we are now dealing with Windows 10 and some Windows 7, the basics are still basic and we still have to be aware of our predators and we still love our Cloudeight!! Thanks for being our rock!!!!

  5. Art

    I remember that from when you first posted it. I started with Cloudeight years ago because of the stationary and didn’t know much about computers. I was just having fun but by listening to you guy’s I have gone from just having fun to the point that I now build computers from scratch and repair and work on them also. I have you two to thank for that because I have never taken any courses in PC’s. I am 68 years old so if anyone thinks they can’t learn it’s mostly because they don’t try.

  6. Maggie.

    I have been an avid follower of Cloudeight almost since the inception and now 83 years of age am still an avid follower. Word of mouth is the best advertiser and that I have done in abundance. As the lyrics of a very special song emphasize to us . . . . I WILL FOLLOW YOU . . . . .and that I will do until such times as my ability to think straight, talk straight and everything else straight is taken away from me. At times I feel that I have isolated myself from some of your great offers but as I am a New Zealand resident and being a Pensioner the budget only stretches so far. As long as time permits I will certainly carry on carry on being one of your loyal followers and wish both yourself and Darcy the very best of luck for the future and one special request PLEASE do not pop your clogs any time soon as that would be one of the biggest misfortunes for the followers of CLOUDEIGHT. Onwards and upwards.

    1. infoave Post author

      Thanks so much. I hope we don’t pop our clogs anytime soon. 🙂

  7. Patty M-Bray

    Thanks to Maggie (above).
    I,too, am 83, and she has said ,so much more eloquently than I could, how I feel about you two, and your wonderful advice and help. My computer is my lifeline and it is anchored to you two.
    Thanks and God Bless.


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