Letter: Unwanted ‘update’ invasion of privacy

Olly Sumner-Richter feels columnist Bob Groeneveld's frustration, when it comes to a Windows 10 update.

Dear Editor,

I read Bob Groeneveld’s column [Excitement shared by force, June 9 Odd Thoughts, Langley Advance] and this whole issue of updating to Windows 10 occurred almost exactly the same with my computer.

And, with more than several of my friends.

What I was so angry was about that someone could access my computer and make major changes without my OK, as they had with Bob …and I also had refused the update for months!

I did not receive the message (as Bob had) with his password flashed across the screen. Major invasion of privacy!

And, then after the new installation. Yes, just as it had with him, it proceeded to still have access to my computer with the various messages.

The point which really incensed me was that the computer (after I had signed off) would sign itself back on.

This happened for more than several nights.

Unbelievable – who pays for the extra use of electricity, when I am so diligent to turn off my computer each night?

In the end, I called the Telus trouble people and then had the Windows 7 reinstalled.

By the by I am a little familiar with the new Windows 10 as it came installed with my new tablet, and I didn’t want it.

Never have I been so angry – never felt so infringed upon.

Thanks for listening.

Olly Sumner-Richter, email

Just Posted

Hospice to B.C. council race candidate dies

A week after leaving hospice to go to city hall to declare his candidacy, David Hesketh has died.

Work starts on highway lanes for 216th Street project

The new Langley interchange will see another phase of work begin this autumn.

Extradition hearing set for Langley developer accused of fraud

Mark Chandler will go before the B.C. Court of Appeals early next year.

Langley Saints fall to Bulldogs on Vancouver Island

The Langley team fought hard against a highly-ranked opponent.

Langley hosts woman whose story inspired Orange Shirt Day

A Williams Lake woman has been in schools this week and gives a public presentation Saturday.

Dinos and dino eggs found in Langley City park

And so are slides and swings and more at the new themed playground.

Tilray Inc sees $10-billion in market cap go up in smoke

Tilray’s share price closed at $123 US on Friday, a decline from its intraday peak of nearly $300 US earlier in the week

Breast density to be included in mammogram results across B.C.

The information is crucial in proactively reducing the risk of breast cancer, doctors say

Canada to boost support for riskier forms of renewable energy: minister

A $30-million contribution to a $117-million tidal project hopes to harness the immense power of the Bay of Fundy

B.C. watching Trans Mountain review, George Heyman says

Court decision stalling pipeline ‘validates’ environmental concerns

New concert series focuses on Fraser Valley musicians

Valley Music Co.’s Listen Local Concert Series begins Sept. 28 at High Street mall

Browns beat streak, win first NFL game in 635 days

Baker Mayfield erased any doubts about why the Browns selected him with the No. 1 overall pick

New silver collector coin features Indigenous dancer

New silver collectors coin captures fast-paced energy of an Indigenous powwow

VIDEO: Replica Haida totem pole raised at B.C. park

‘Reconciliation ceremony’ will include SFN leaders, provincial politicians

Most Read