Computer hacking is a crime in the U.S. and many countries, but that doesn’t stop the cyberpunks, does it?
When my email account was hacked into, back in September, I knew it immediately, thanks to friends and family members who messaged me when an email popped up in their inboxes, describing a sad family vacation in Spain, how I was robbed and needed money.
I mean, really … does anyone fall for it and start wiring money? Wouldn’t I have taken the time to let folks know I’m traveling to Spain? And if I were robbed, why not call the bank and procure more money?
Not to mention, how many U.S. tourists travel overseas carrying loads of cash? A very outdated lie, to say the least, this “wire money immediately” business.
Anyway, back to my hacking situation.
Luckily, I have good tech support. They put my computer on a secured server location (somewhere in India) while dealing with the hackers (somewhere in Africa), while I was sitting in front of my computer in Southern California.
The hackers these days aren’t people, you know, but servers looking to infect systems by changing the configuration of codes and passwords.
The hackers/servers deleted everything in my ten-year-old email files — inbox, sent items, drafts. What a headache.
No one fell for their “send money” ploy, and aside from emails and writing information saved in the folders, they found nothing worth their time and effort but apparently had to deleted everything in order to leave no trace.
The hacking was reported, and I lost ten-years worth of emails and files.
I learned a lesson, sure. I added seals of security; I call the techs to run scans on my computer often, do it myself from time to time, change passwords regularly, keep an eye on my email account for anything suspicious, check in with friends about questionable electronic activities, etc.
This takes a big chunk of time out of an already busy day, but whatta you gonna do?
How do you protect yourself from hackers?
Photos credit: hacker image, by encryptedtbn; “Hacker Inside”, parody of “Intel Inside” logo, by Dagmar d’Surreal, from Wikimedia Commons.