How many people in the world use VPN's to access the internet? I know I do. I have to because many of the sites that I regularly visit are blocked by the Chinese Government - and I live in China.
What is a VPN? That's the thing that lets you get around the firewalls that some governments install to stop you accessing sites. When you use a VPN, you are in effect pretending to be using a server in another country. And, when that server is busy or weak, you have to change country. In effect, you are using the internet and signing into email accounts from various places in the world.
Google and Microsoft - those big totalitarian organizations who HIDE from you (every tried to contact them?) pretend that they are interested in your security so every time you sign in from a different VPN address or - as is the case for me at present, I am actually in a different country, they allege that there is something suspicious about the activity on your account and REQUIRE PROOF that you are who you say you are. When you are constantly signing-in from different countries, by what measure is that suspicious?
First of all, they require you to fill in the blanks of an alternate email account. That first requires that you have an alternate email account. But here's the rub. When you do provide that address, they tell you that they will send you a message there, but when you try to access that account, they insist there is something suspicious and want you to confirm your identity at the first email address which is already stopping you from accessing it.
NOTE that they are blocking you, or in this case 'ME,' from entering my/your account BUT they don't block SPAMMERS from using their spamming accounts. Why is that?
OK. The next step in order to get back into your emails is to provide your telephone number. Isn't that interesting? They want to know all your email addresses and telephone number. I have an account for which I never provided my telephone number and as a security question I once had to fill in the whole telephone number which I never gave them, but the last 4 digits of which they provided me.
Now not being totally stupid, before I left China I deleted my telephone number from my email security sections because I knew that in Australia that number wouldn't work. So now of course they want my Australian telephone number.
When I decided not to provide that number, I chose to fill in the section which asked where I normally log in from, but because I use a VPN in China, it didn't recognize the city I do "actually" sign in from.
So today for instance, I tried to open one email account, and it sent me to another for confirmation but then wouldn't let me sign into that without confirmation and sent me back to the first. I then tried to enter a third but they wanted me to prove my identity so sent me to the second address.
I gave up on this and entered my telephone number but the code they promised didn't arrive for quite a long time. Then when I tried to enter it, I must have been on the wrong email page because it refused the number.
Round and round in circles all in the name of protecting me. But does it protect me? No it doesn't! It stops the only legitimate user of my accounts from using my account BUT it doesn't stop hackers. I still occasionally get emails from myself trying to sell me stuff I do not have and do not want.
And one more thing. Have you ever noticed how in order to avoid all these problems they ask you to use a ONE CODE for all accounts? Are you kidding me? A hacker's dream not to mention being a complete surrender to Google/Microsoft and anyone else out there who wants to hold your life in the palm of their hand.
Today, after about 90 minutes of playing 'bounce the email accounts' I finially got into my kingscalendar account and Google actually wanted me to ADD my Australian telephone number to my account for security purposes. Do you know what happens if I do that and fail to disable it prior to leaving Australia? NOTHING! I am locked out forever.
These people at Google and Microsoft are really - and I am being literal here - IDIOTS! That word comes from the Ancient Greek language and was used to refer to someone with no proper 'trade' training. And the people at Google have simply NO IDEA what problems people in the real world have. They are either sitting at their computers or out living the high life on yachts.
We live in the 21st century where in the morning we are in one country and a few hours later in another. Please don't forget to disable the 'telephone number' security confirmation button before you go though. Oh! I know! Why don't you get a number that you can use in every country in the world? To satisfy Google you should change your whole life.
When you travel and stop in three countries within a 24 hour period as I sometimes do, how the hell are you to access the internet or email account without a VPN or without a telephone number or alternate email address, and when you have an alternate address, how can you access anything if they are all saying 'Suspicious Activity?' Frankly, the only suspicious activity that I ever encounter comes from Google.
Can I talk to anyone at Google or Microsoft about this sign-in problem? Not on your life! They value their privacy. Like all 'Big Brothers' they like to hide in the shadows while demanding that you stand in the light.
Perhaps I am the only one in the world to constantly be sent round and round in circles and perhaps that is because I wrote about Google and called them a totalitarian organization and then removed my Google ads and then my Google toolbar and let Norton Security block 80 or more of their underhanded activities in my computer.
They say that computers are a blessing. Maybe so! BUT VIRTUAL MONOPOLIES ARE NOT!
Death to American Freedom of Association, Thought and Speech
by R.P. BenDedek
Apr 2, 2014
McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means "the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism. Our Western societies are full of 'ideologues' using every means at their disposal to force their ideological principles onto people who ought to have the right to reject those ideas and ideals. But with each new day leading us into our future, we are being lead deeper and deeper into an ideology of 'submission to the powers that be.
Islamophobia: Irrational Phobia or Rational Fear?
by R.P. BenDedek
February 13, 2014
I called that xxxxx a dirty rotten liar because he is a dirty rotten liar, not because I hate Islam or Muslims. By some people's definition of Islamophobia, saying anything nasty about a Muslim should be a crime - even if it is true. You think I made that up didn't you? The fact of the matter is that it has twice already been declared in a court of law the 'truth' is no defense in a 'hate speech' trial. My fear is that my own country has become so weak, gutless and godless that one day it will become an Islamic Republic. My fear is quite rational. Do I blame Muslims for this? No!
The Hidden Agenda: Israel, Palestine and Egypt.
by R.P. BenDedek
February 7, 2014
It seems that Israel has conspired to keep the truth from us. Watch the video and see how Israel treats Muslims, Druze and Arabs of all persuasions. But what is Egypt today? First and foremost it is an Islamic Country, one that has been struggling to catch up with Western economic success. But it is not exactly a success story
R.P.BenDedek (pseudonym) is the Author of 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' (www.kingscalendar.com ), and is a guest columnist and stand-in Editor at Magic City Morning Star News. He is also the Editor of the 'Writers Journal' at Kingscalendar.com. An Australian, he has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003.
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"The King's Calendar" is a chronological study of the historical books of the Bible (Kings and Chronicles), Josephus, Seder Olam Rabbah, and the (Essene) Damascus Document of The Dead Sea Scrolls