Voters talk about how safe and private they really are
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Voters’ concerns about online privacy and security did not affect their choice at the polls, but it was on their minds.
Here are some responses to questions about digital privacy and security:
Karan Bundrick, 36, special needs teacher at Irmo High School, and her husband Jason, 43, a daycare administrator at Providence Presbyterian Church in Irmo, live with their two sons, 7 and 4, in the Woodland Hills neighborhood.
Jason Bundrick said if Trump feels the election is rigged against him it’s because “people can read. Honestly, you control what you can. I say this because until the government’s digital infrastructure is corrected in all stores, such as Target, for example, will have a reason not to reimburse any customer whose account had been confirmed,” added Jason Bundrick.
“I feel comfortable with the security of my vote because this election cycle is extremely ‘hypersensitive’ and based off of emotion,” Karan Bundrick, said.
Theresa Hunter, 56, homemaker, and her daughter Sheria Moore, 28, a nursing student at Midlands Technical College, voted in Earlewood, near North Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.
Sheila Moore owns three devices: a laptop, cell phone and tablet. “I only use Facebook and Instagram; I would say Instagram is the one I use the most. I make sure that my social media pages are private, and I change my account passwords periodically,” Moore, said.
“We are not concerned at all about the security of our votes because Donald Trump uses the ‘rigged’ excuse because he doesn’t want to lose. He will come up with any and everything, and he is a liar, a cheater and the lowest of the low,” Hunter, said.
Evangelist Darlene Simmons-Brown, 58, Evangelist, resident of Summerville, South Carolina, but had to vote in her old neighborhood at Earlewood Park due to a registration mishap. “I have a cell phone, tablet, laptop and desktop computer. I use the processes that are provided to me, such as handling personal business over the phone or through the “good ol’ U.S. Postal Service.” She said these steps she takes are effective and benefit her, but may not work for someone else,” Simmons-Brown, said.
Brown added that she reads everything, including privacy policies, before downloading anything, and she does not download or use multiple applications.“People have fallen prey to Trump’s tactics,” which is why so many people are questioning if the election is rigged or not. She believes, “the closing of multiple polling precincts was not associated with any security issues.”
This to her was a form of voter suppression, however, she was sure that “her vote went through.”
Avery Middleton, 36, a retired Marine, works as a Goodyear mechanic. He and his wife, who asked not to be named, voted in the Woodland Hills precinct at Seven Oaks Elementary School.
“I own a smart television, Xbox One, personal computer, two cellphones and a laptop. My wife and I have our own private server which clears everything,” Middleton, said. He and his wife described their system as a “virtual” Windows operating system.
The couple has three teens and said they needed a way to monitor their children’s activity on the web and protect the family from digital intrusion.