posted on Mar, 1 2019 @ 12:35 PM
a reply to: TheUnusualSuspect201
My granddaughter got off the bus from school two days ago quite upset.
"Grandpa, don't turn on the news, a bad thing can hack through anything and make you do bad things!!!"
I didn't know what she was talking about, even though she showed me notes she took, like using https (safe), http (unsafe). So I explained the
difference between secured and unsecured internet connections.
When her mom came to pick her up, I told her about the scare and she wisely looked it up.
Any way, long story short, mostly the birth of a new urban legend (where kids on the playground will be telling each other horror stories). But it is
actually a thing. We told my granddaughter to just turn her tablet off if she sees it (not likely, because she doesn't have any of the listed
susceptible games on her tablet), but just in case.
Plus the standard just say no
advice with an anecdote of once upon a time:
Some guy suggested that I jump off a cliff into a shallow rocky stream, and when I did I broke both my legs.
"Really? You …"
"No. I didn't jump. And a good thing too. You can not jump too."