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Recent Coffer’s Corners…
SPRING 2016 -
Springer? Yes, I know, but it’s not spring any longer and looking out my window it’s not exactly summer either, so I’m hedging my bets.
Anyway, I’m in a very very bad mood so I don’t care if I’m chastised about my choice of season. Let me tell you the reason for my increasingly high blood pressure…
I have for some years, been a Blackberry man -
Alas it has not proved a major success and all signs Coffer read pointed to a probable demise of the Blackberry at some foreseeable time in the future.
Now, my good lady, AKA The Last Word, AAKA Mrs Right (first name Always) swears by, not at, her Samsung Galaxy – this thing is a marvel of modern science and takes pictures better than her Canon camera can produce, provides easy to operate predictive text features that at the very least supply the recipient with hours of fun and frivolity trying to fathom what she intended to say and generally beats the Blackberry into a cocked hat.
For once I didn’t just go and buy a replacement phone. My healthy fear of the new-
I spoke at length to a chum who is in the communications industry but in a company the size of which means they are still customer focused rather than simply putting you in touch with a virtual guru with whom you can play online ping-
He explained very patiently the difference between Android, Apple, Tablet, Laptop etc. etc.
He recommended overall that I went for the i-
Cue sardonic laughter!
Fast forward 2 months. I am the proud owner of a spanking new (Gold) i-
Well it couldn’t last could it?Armed with my new phone, I jumped into my car – one I’ve had since 2014. This came with the optional upgrade of a Professional Media pack and not only reads your e-
Only problem is – the system didn’t like the i-
So I called BMW – with some effort they managed to find their website link headed: www.for people who are too stupid to check their new phone will work with their car before they buy it.com
(Obviously that’s not what it was called but that’s what it meant) and I proceeded to enter my car’s VIN number (not so easy as, in the tradition of my highly complicated existence, the BMW Alpina’s have not one, but two VIN numbers), this is a test of one’s ingenuity, I assume, to know which one to enter onto BMW’s system in order that it can tell you that, amazingly, you’ve picked the only phone in the cosmos that won’t work with your car…).
2 weeks of inviting Apple UK to explain why, assuming there may be other BMW owners out there stupid enough to have bought an i-
I called my phone supplier who informed me in tones just a tad too cheerful for someone who had just blown the cost of a 2 year contract on what has become a very expensive 2nd camera, he suggested I should buy a new phone, but the i-
So after another round of interminable web cruising, I arrived at a site where for £359.20 I could buy a new Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge – this would not only sync with my car system, but recite my e-
Not yet – the phone seller when I called it had a message stating that due to ‘technical difficulties’ their phone system was not working so all purchases need to be online. I tried this, and Nat West immediately blocked my debit card due to ‘possible fraudulent transactions on the account’.
The transaction hadn’t gone through and at this moment I’ve just come off the phone to the Bank’s fraud team (this was a struggle in itself) to ensure they didn’t cancel my debit card because it hadn’t been used fraudulently when all I want is for THE VENDORS TO CALL ME AND SELL ME A ()$%^)^£ PHONE!!!!
Assuming I don’t strangle myself with my own carotid artery in the very near future, I should be calmer once the new phone arrives and I can get things working as they should be again.
Acutely aware I’ve spoken not a peep about insurance, instead wishing to get the whole sorry tale of how frustrating, annoying and costly living in today’s world has become (at least for me), I will leave you with one sobering thought:
In a recent survey amongst the good and great in the Insurance Broking world, the majority of Brokers who cared to offer an opinion said that there was more chance of their clients suffering loss due to a cyber-
You don’t have to be a big player like a bank or supermarket chain to be nobbled. Small businesses hold client’s records. Accountants very often will have National Insurance numbers held on their system and numerous others retain debit and credit card and bank account details, often with very little security to protect them against being hacked.
Such white collar crime can only increase. Make sure your business has cover for your own loss and from claims against you by others whose data you hold has been compromised. Stand-
Going to lie down in a dark room now…