Monday, 3 September 2012
Naive twit! Or, Death to Hackers!
As a relative newbie to Twitter I was under the rather naive (aka, foolish) impression that people are generally nice, and if you're nice to them the favour will be returned.
Ah, how naive can one be!
Unfortunately, there are people (I use the term loosely) who enjoy creating havoc by sending malicious messages with attached viral links. Those of us who have never been exposed to such nasties before, are often caught like the proverbial fish! That's what happened to me.
I spent the next three days trying to retrieve a hijacked password that, thankfully, was not connected to my bank account - which is what, I'm told, these creatures are after.
But, they hacked into my twitter account, and using my followers, sent a series of malicious, viral-infected messages to them and others. It took me several hours to reach all my followers in order to warn them.
Then, I had to make a two hour trip to the nearest Apple store so the geeks there could give my laptop a thorough once-over to get rid of the embedded nasty. Which they did, bless their little geeky hearts.
Happily, it didn't happen. I was able to use another email account to which Google sent the necessary information for me to change my password.
Hence the reason why this week's blog post is late. I have to thank the sick-minded hacker for being responsible!
Because of this creature, I lost three valuable days which could have been spent writing and proof-reading/editing my first book which is due for release this December - depending, of course, on the results of the international writing competition I entered and for which I have been shortlisted.
So, what have I learnt from all this?
Firstly, NEVER open any link on Twitter, no matter the message.
Secondly, have at least TWO or THREE extra email accounts in case one is compromised.
Now, I shall return to my regular blog. Stay tuned.
If anyone has had a similar experience, please feel free to share. How did you handle it?
Posted by Tima Maria at 15:31