I have mellowed on this topic myself some of late. It is just pointless to constantly bitch and moan about something you have zero control over. Of course, as I am certain many would point out, that never stopped me before. You would definitely know tons more about this than me but I do worry from a site security perspective. What if these bots do have nefarious purpose? Would only take one fake follower bot carrying a nasty bit of code to perhaps do some serious damage to this site. Now that it is a money making enterprise as well with users personal info (credit card numbers etc.) on file I worry even more about it.

You know me well enough to know I am super skeptical of most things tech, and one of the things the tech fan clubbers love to hyperventilate about is the awesome might of hackers. These hackers are said to have the power to end the world any minute should they so choose. The havoc they have unleashed in Ukraine is pointed to as an example case and other episodes from the past are held forth as object lessons in why we should be terrified. I don’t discount that they can certainly cause a lot of headaches and be a generally annoying nuisance but what strikes me as most amazing is how little damage hackers have actually been able to cause given the vast scale and scope of the targets of opportunity. It seems to me that they are shooting at the broadside of a barn and still have mostly missed. Like the broadside of a barn the global IT superstructure has a very large base and massive area. To stretch the analogy to its breaking point, this suggests that even a direct hit, like a bulls-eye on said barn, might do a lot of damage but only in a very tightly controlled and highly focused area. The barn is not going to collapse and neither will the global IT megastructure.

In any event, in your opinion is there a security risk to Medium or more importantly (lol!) my account information from these points. Each time I click on one either to try and verify it’s identity or to just laugh at it’s ridiculous name I get a little twitchy. I know for a fact that Uranus Yoda and Ucaca Wa are safe but can I say the same about Turd Burgler or Iam Buttholio. I’m not so sure.

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