…just long enough for me to change the interac, MagicJack, carolastro, lionsbrand and Minds. Four emails as a poet, writer, and business hopeful with pseudonyms as appropriate worked for me for years. But since 2016 each time I log in from a different computer I get screwed. Where are my original security questions? How do I know if it was 2004 or 2008 that I started THIS gmail account, let alone what month. Absurd for you to consider that question as appropriate. It is a far cry from what colour my first car was.
No, I’m not giving you my phone number and first born. It’s email, not Fort Knox! But the punishment for not integrating EVERYTHING for your tracking convenience is stepped-up harassment, data confiscation and PSYOPS aimed at intimidating me into conforming.
So, changing my password is the last straw. I wrote it down. I wrote ALL of them down. Now, as I use a VPN for my privacy I am basking in the weeks old punishment for trying to access my bank transfer of the 26th while in the middle of a move. So, a fresh computer login, no VPN and two attempts at my password (my book was packed and Thunderbird was on my computer. Mmm, says Google,
“Bingo! Lets see if she cracks this time. We can REALLY milk this one. Just tell her (after compromising her data) that we don’t recognizer her.”
Well, I’m here to tell you who I am. I’m the semi-geek, eyes open, wide-awake muckraker that has watched you write the algorithms that are now hanging you as their tangles trip you up. Others know your game and your insidious hold will now be released as we stand up recognizing that you are not the only game in town. Nor are you the most convenient anymore.
Just because your service is supposedly free, does not mean we haven’t paid for it in more than just your harassment. No other service has the security obstacles that you do. And they haven’t been compromised.
Then, there is the case where other users have no problem getting a reset sans phone number and faxing 2 pieces of ID. Get real. Are you simply trying to see how much abuse your oldest members are willing to take?
Now, kindly send me a password reset. You have done it before. You know who I am. and I have tried to log in from my original computer. Stop fucking with me. Let me access my money and move accounts. I will take my data and leave you.
You do not have permission to access my privacy or my data.
Thank you for your patience and consideration. I’m sure you have been much more abusive to others than to this old woman with rectified memory issues. I am simply writing you with all the dignity I can muster at this moment. Set me free with my data, set me free…