That ransomware payment is coming out of your allowance [CARTOON]

Advances in technology just keep making parenting more expensive

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Cartoon with two frames. The first is titled 'Parenting in 1989' and shows a teenage boy holding a VHS tape and his hand out. He says to his father, who's sitting in a chair reading a newspaper, 'Dad, I need $1 to pay the late fee on this video I rented.' His father says 'Again?!' The second frame is titled

Parenting was easier - and cheaper - in the 1980s

Image credit: ITworld/Phil Johnson

There was news this week out of Australia about some iOS device owners getting locked out of their devices by ransomware. After making sure I was taking the proper precautions to ensure that my own iPhone wouldn’t get hit, I then had to remind my daughters to secure their own phones as well. Back when I was growing up, my parents didn’t have to worry about this kind of unexpected electronics-related expense from cropping up. Parenting must’ve been simpler, and definitely cheaper, back in the 1980s.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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