Many METARs are also LBYMers who like to continue to use older computers and phones. Here are tips if the manufacturer has stopped updating the software.
On the Macro level, if everyone lived like our LBYMers (reduce, reuse, recycle, repair and stay out of consumer debt) the macro economy would enter a severe recession.
**Yes, You Can Make Your Tech Survive Obsolescence**
**Our gadgets eventually become outdated, but here are workarounds to keep them alive and secure past when manufacturers say.**
**By Brian X. Chen, The New York Times, March 23, 2022**
**Follow Best Security Practices browsing the web and using apps.**
**Keep your browser up to date. Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, update their apps to work on computers that are more than 10 years old.**
**As always, avoid suspicious behavior. Don’t open messages or click on links from unknown senders.**
**Secure your online accounts with two-factor authentication.**
**Install a Different Operating System such as Linux for computers and LineageOS for Android phones.** [end quote]
Outdated devices can be used for non-web connected purposes. Phones can be donated for distribution to the elderly if your area supports 911 service even if the phone service isn’t connected.