Recently Nomeites and fellow Alaskans were held captive by the belching ash plumes of a volcano called Pavlov. For three days we were isolated from things important to the quality of our lives: fresh groceries, produce, milk and medicine, first class mail checks and bills, medical transport to Nome, Anchorage and elsewhere.

A little volcano blows its top and it impacts us in the most personal ways. We have to give a lot of thought and preparation as to how we can be more self-reliant in times enforced isolation both through nature and politics. We have grown dependent on many factors. Technology impacts us all and we have to think about how much security is too much. Sure, iPhones are a thing of necessity, yet while we try to be independent there is no getting around how central they are to our lives. When they crash we are devastated.

Apple iPhone security is so secure that the owner of the iPhone frequently can’t get into their own phones without losing all their data. When are we too secure for our own good? We have to achieve a balance between convenience and vulnerability. Are we up to the challenge?         —N.L.M.—

The Nome Nugget

PO Box 610
Nome, Alaska 99762

Phone: (907) 443-5235
Fax: (907) 443-5112

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