No more sleepless nights, No Car Go is back!
After a two-week silence, No Car Go is back in action.
I’ll bet you’ve been wondering where I’ve been. I’ll bet you thought my silence particularly curious for its overlap with National Bike Month (not to mention Bike-to-Work week and Bike-to-Work Day). I’ll bet you could hardly sleep for worrying about the fate of No Car Go.
My apologies for your troubles. I wanted to be with you. I really did. I had a Bike-to-Work week headline picked out and everything: “Listen to Freddie Mercury: Get on your bike and ride.”
The reason for my silence was a computer virus. If you’ve never experienced a computer virus, let me assure you, it’s an interesting experience—and, of course, by “interesting” I mean extraordinarily frustrating, not to mention a little frightening.
Here are the absurd circumstances that make a computer virus so “interesting”:
- Every beloved digital file you have, which you should’ve backed up but didn’t, is in jeopardy.
- You realize everyone you know has been dutifully updating their anti-virus software, while you thought you were doing really well because you’d found a really secure password for your bank account.
- You’re at the complete mercy of the young man behind the counter at Geek Squad, the name of which is genius-ly fitting.
- All the while, your poor, sick little computer struggles just to shut down as pop-up after pop-up of naked squatting women fill its screen.
Fortunately, the agent at my Geek Squad precinct (yes, they take the police analogy that far) worked his magic, and my old Dell came out unscathed. Meanwhile, I came out with a few bits of advice for those of you who, like me, tend to shirk your computer security responsibilities:
- Beware of virus warning messages and pop-ups that tell you to get anti-virus software, as many of these messages actually contain viruses, which will infect your computer if you click on them (confusing, I know).
- Buy an external hard drive, and back up weekly—seriously, do it.
- Update your existing anti-virus software regularly, or do a free, legitimate virus scan (recommended by my geek agent).
Yeah, I know it’s not ground-breaking, but it is sound advice. Tell the truth: Have you done all three?