Patty Goes Geeky

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Feeling much more secure

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My nephew, Morgan, bless his heart, in about 5 minutes installed a password giving us wireless-network security on our computers. Yes, I know how stupid it was to be unsecured. But for a long time, I didn’t know our wifi WAS unsecured — I just logged on. Once I discovered the problem, I painfully researched how to solve it. I trial-and-errored my way partway through the process (punctuated by more than the usual swearing), but chickened out because I did not trust my ability to rescue our internet access if I locked us out of our system. I could imagine my husband’s reaction if I said, “Hey, Mike, you can’t work from home any more because I thought it would be fun to try a Geekypatty experiment on our internet access. It’s gone, I have no idea what I did and even less idea about how to fix it. Sorry about that.”

Fortunately, I have a tech-wizard nephew who graciously agreed to bail me out. I sat at Morgan’s elbow as he narrated the steps. It was so reassuring to watch someone who knows what he’s doing. And I didn’t feel (that) bad about failing to do this myself. I’ve learned the hard way that it’s wise to be realistic about when DIY becomes DDIY — Don’t Do It Yourself.

Add Morgan to my crackerjack I.T. team!

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Written by geekypatty

September 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Posted in Misc Tech

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