It’s probably not the feds (though you never know). I’m about to back up the computer then update the operating system.
You’d figure I’ve done enough OS updates not to mess it up. But … well, you never do know, do you? I’ll be updating from a 32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS, which I’ve never done. Shouldn’t be too big a deal if Mint installs (or keeps) relevant libraries. If you Linux geeks have any dire warnings to offer … sorry, it’s too late. 🙂