I’ve never been much of a conspiracy theorist, but am sure getting there.
Recently, I tried to get in to see a banker — any banker, any bank — with a question. They were all booked out for two weeks or more and you had to have an appointment. Of course, they all blamed the idiocy on COVID-19. But! You’re welcome to go online to conduct all of your banking! Isn’t that swell?
At about the same time, my husband needed to stop by the ATM for some cash as we set out for Mexican food at our favorite place in Pinetop. Nope. As usual these days, the ATM wasn’t functioning. Luckily, I had enough currency to cover lunch and Phillip gets to pay next time.
On entering Pinetop, we stopped in at the only store that sells the sudoku books we’re both addicted to. I ran in to get a handful of books and got to the register only to find that it had been automated. I called out to the gal stocking shelves and got only an echo. I pay cash for this sort of purchase and wasn’t willing to learn something new while shrimp and mushrooms awaited, so I parked the books at the “register” and left.
Then, a couple of weeks ago in the WMI, the county issued an article with numerous statements directing all of us to their online “dashboard” to try to figure out how to get a COVID-19 vaccination. What possible logic is there in not allowing seniors to make those arrangements through their doctor’s office? It’s almost like Andrew Cuomo is making the arrangements.
The common thread in all of these vignettes is that, if you’re my age or older, you are being coerced, with the backing of all levels of government, into an online, cashless society. Young people love it and don’t see the dangers lurking in having your every cent and all of your medical interactions at the mercy of a cybercriminal.
For many people of a certain age, online security is an almost impossible task. Sure, they can initiate an account, but the ongoing pimping involved in trying to update and remember ever-changing protocols and passwords is so aggravating that many elders don’t even try to keep up with it. There’s nary a week that warnings don’t go out about some institution whose “secure” files have been hacked. Who suffers the most from those incidents? Old folks.
We’re also the most susceptible to scams originating with our cellphones. I’m sure that, like me, you know several people who have answered the phone when they shouldn’t have and suffered the consequences.
I’m no Watson, but like many seniors, I’m proficient with the tech that I use daily. Not so much with sites, apps and procedures that are new to me.
I know just enough about online security to know that I don’t trust it as far as I can throw my desktop.
If we old geezers were almost any other ‘minority,’ the ACLU would be eager to advocate for us, but we’re just old, expendable conspiracy theorists.