Don’t Be a Cyber Casualty

Just to clarify past grumbling here, I’m not likely to engage in political violence. I still believe a civil war has already started here in the US, but I have no interest in supporting either side directly. The only way I’m likely to draw blood is in opposing censorship, particularly on the Internet. Even then, it’s unlikely because I find it hard to imagine how bloodshed would advance the cause.

What I do find increasingly necessary is various kinds of cyber warfare. It’s not just the business of hacking into other people’s systems, but hacking my own to keep it secure. And frankly, I’m less interested in privacy and ownership than I am in fidelity of the message. I don’t want someone spewing crap in my name, and I don’t want my message hijacked or changed. So it’s really all about the integrity of the content, but that means of necessity the freedom to share the content as the means for my divine calling.

This blog is no longer about that message; that’s what the other blog is for. On this blog, the focus will be on the means, the computer technology and its uses.

Toward that end, I will continue warning you that relying on Windows will eventually bite you in the ass. Now Mac is a special case, in that Apple wants to remain a part of the mainstream, but isn’t willing to compromise on certain security issues in accordance with mainstream demands. Apple is under very serious pressure, and if they don’t compromise, they’ll be crushed financially. There is already a significant effort to infiltrate the organization and subvert from within.

Now, while that same organizational infiltration affects Open Source, the latter has no mechanism for control of the user. That’s the whole advantage of Open Source: The nature of Open Source forbids attempts at user control. Further, the whole idea of Open Source is that the user can completely alter the system to their tastes, if they invest the effort to find out how.

But the real advantage of Open Source is that there is a vast middle ground of people who share ideas on particular issues without having to know everything from top to bottom. There are some good people involved who are willing to make it easy, to put a broad range of personal preferences within easy reach of those who can’t learn to write their own code.

So there are dozens of types of operating systems and literally hundreds of different implementations of those operating systems to appeal to almost every peculiar user interest. In Linux, we call those various implementations “distros” (short for “distribution” — a distribution of Linux OS and related software). And as is typical with humans, a few of those distros have risen to prominence because they appeal to a wide range of folks looking for various lesser levels of control. Most of us don’t need much, but we want what we want.

Microsoft will never permit this. Right now, their aim is to pacify the various demands of those with power to harm Microsoft, while appealing to the vast majority of folks who don’t yet feel the need for significant levels of control. So far, you are relatively safe trusting Microsoft with your privacy, because they have no great need to leak or sell your data. But they do demand very intrusive control over the system. In their ideas, that computer is theirs; you just pay to use it.

And you can bet that the current drift in Windows 10 development will lead to subscription based “ownership.” It probably won’t be a high monthly fee, but it’s heading that direction. Meanwhile, governments already do have access to that private data, if at some cost. This situation is not static. Where government has access, it eventually has control. Sooner or later this system must turn into a means of suppression, of censorship.

Google is no different with its near monopoly on smaller devices, currently under the name Android. Google has already been exposed as having the intent to steer the outcomes of US elections via their near monopoly on public information via the Internet. Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc., have all agreed together how the public consciousness should be steered in a single direction in favor of the globalist agenda.

Don’t panic just yet. You can keep using your Windows computer, or your Mac, and things should still be okay for a while. The problem is that you won’t know when that changes. Sure, someone will probably catch it and publicize it, but only in smaller forums that aren’t yet compromised like the big ones. But if you really need something that is only usable on Windows, you do what you have to do.

All I’m asking is that you be aware of it. At some point, it may become too personally or professionally expensive to trust Microsoft or Apple, and the only way you can keep doing what you do is to migrate to something you can control better. I’m going to promote that something better, which is currently Linux, specifically Ubuntu or Mint for the desktop.

For now, those are two of the best ways to stay in control of your message. But beware: The cyber war has already begun. Don’t be a casualty if you can avoid it.

About Ed Hurst

Avid cyclist, Disabled Veteran, Bible History teacher, and wannabe writer; retired.
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