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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

uh oh I've been hacked and wow


So I think I will do the wow part first. I am continually amazed by social media, and how someone can just zoom up in followers so quickly (no, unfortunately not me). In the last week my daughter Katy, little publicity magnet that she is, has seen quite a little surge in her Instagram followers. It seems Instagram has a recommended user list. (don't ask me where, because I haven't found it yet) Well, Katy was place on it a couple of weeks ago and her followers have gone from about 2,500 to over 110,000. I find that incredible. Of course she deserves every bit of it and I am understandably proud once again. If you want to join in the fun you can find her at winsomehollow. To celebrate she is offering 15% off her beautiful fiber art to her followers and she is going to be having a giveaway soon. I of course seem to be lagging just slightly behind her with my 68 followers, but I am always desperate for loving more here.



Now on to the uh oh part. (as if my embarrassing amount of Instagram followers wasn't enough) It seems I have been hacked. First there was a text from my daughter Cary telling me maybe I needed to change the password on my email account because she was getting weird spam from me. Oh great. I figured it was just my Yahoo account so I quickly changed my password. Problem solved. Right??? Wrong!!!

Then the next day I noticed that I was having a problem getting on to Etsy. Thought is was an Etsy problem.



A couple of days later, when I was just getting ready to head out the door, my wonderful friend Brenda emailed me to let me know the last photo wasn't showing up in my blog post. I quickly went to have a look and when I tried to view my blog I got a message that my blog didn't exist. Must be a mistake I thought. Um no, my blog had actually been taken down by blogger because of suspicious activity. This was when full panic mode started to set in. After I stopped hyperventilating I figured out how to get in and change my password. Crisis solved, or so I thought.



Yesterday I tried to get onto my Facebook business page. An ominous warning popped up from Webroot telling me not to proceed to that page. Something about hackers were able to detect my keystrokes. Now I was starting to get really mad and I couldn't get into Facebook to change my password. I finally Googled it and was able to get it changed. PHEW!!!

Now I am wondering how the hackers got past the security system on my computer. Since it happened after I got my new Iphone I am thinking they got in that way. I need to find out how to secure my phone. Or I could just move out into the woods somewhere and live off the land. I'm beginning to think that is a much less stressful option.



In the meantime, I am busy today changing every password I can think of. If by any chance you got some terrible spammy or pornographic email from me please accept my apologies. I had nothing to do with it. Of course, if some of them had some good looking guys, please feel free to send them on back to me.

Have a wonderful spam free day, my friends.


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Credit for first photo Winsome Hollow

29 comments:

  1. So sorry! That kind of thing is so unsettling. I was hacked on Blogger more than a few times, hence my move to WP. But even there, or maybe especially there, there are people trying to hack in to the blog all the time. It sounds like you got hit on several sites. I wish I would tell you what to do, my friend. Hang in there.

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Apparently all is still not completely well. In the middle of writing this post apparently it published itself before I was finished. I was still adding photos when I realized it had already published. GRRR!!!
      Good grief.

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  2. One more thing, there are keystroke hackers that can put something on your computer that can detect keystrokes. Do you have security? You might want to see if Detecting Keystroke Hackers is enabled.

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    1. I do have security. That is why I was so surprised. I will have to check about the keystroke security.

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  3. head to the woods I say!!!!! we have protection on our computer, keystroke is enabled and I was attacked, I have no idea what the answer is, the woods sounds good to me! So sorry you are going through this,

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    1. I really think it had something to do with my Iphone because my daughter said the emails were showing that they were from me but were coming from an email that wasn't mine. She said they were coming through Iphone. I am going to have to check on that.

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  4. I feel for you. It seems like the hackers are coming up with ways to get past security faster than the security programs can combat them. My son is a computer engineer and he is always telling me not to open or go on sites all the time. It has gotten to the point of, why have a computer because I can't visit any sites or open anything. Sorry for your problems. Hope they resolve soon. Debbie

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    1. I know. I like to research things on Google, but I am now getting afraid to do so. We need to come up with a way to make hackers lives as miserable as they make ours. :)

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  5. With all the amazing and wonderful things that come with computers and technology also come the Spam and Hackers. It is so frustrating! I've been lucky, but I have my techie daughter checking out my stuff frequently to keep me safe (so far). Hoping it's solved quickly.
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Can't wait until I move to Georgia next year. Then My SIL and daughters can help me more. :)

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  6. Oh my goodness! I'm sorry to hear that happened to you. It's so scary knowing that any one of us could have that happen. I'm glad that you've gotten everything fixed. I haven't ever been hacked but I have had problems with viruses before. That's a huge pain too! Seems with technology there is always something that's bound to happen.

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    1. So true, Kelly. It seems that we are always one step behind the hackers. All we can do is just keep trying to protect ourselves the best way possible.

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  7. Well that just stinks. I despise the bad guys. They give the good guys all the cleanup.

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    1. I know. That is so true, and they cause us to have a heart attack on the way to the cleanup. :)

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  8. Well, you didn't ask for my advice, but since I'm in the mood I'll tell you anyway: The sess social media sites you peruse and participate in, the better. I avoid them all (except Pinterest) like the plague.
    Brenda

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    1. I think it started from email account. That was the first thing that was hit. Unfortunately I can't stay away from all of the social media sites because I use them for my Etsy business. I guess I just have to look at it as a part of doing business :)

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  9. Dear Laura, Someone tried to get into my site too. I could not log in for a day because of it. It really is awful.
    I am grateful that my daughter helps me with the computer. I think that the kids simply know so much more.
    Blessings, Catherine

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    1. I feel your pain, Catherine. I'll be glad when I live nearer my daughters so they can help me.

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  10. Computer security issues can be so frustrating! I'm glad you got everything taken care of.

    Congrats to your daughter! That's an amazing increase in followers. Good for her!

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    1. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I have seen the end of it.

      Thank you. I think she is a bit overwhelmed. They just keep coming.

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  11. There was a news special just a week or so ago about the flashlight app on iPhones. The top 10 flashlight apps downloaded have been confirmed as spyware!! They actually collect private information and are distributing it/using it in foreign countries. http://youtu.be/Q8xz8xKEFvU

    Not sure what happened to you, but it's a scary world out here.

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    1. Well that's scary. Glad I haven't activated mine.

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  12. I'm sorry it happened to you my friend. I guess we all get something crazy at some time.....sure is frustrating. I had to have word verification on my blog for awhile and that helped me. It's always something, isn't it? But I hope you have a good week. Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Thanks, Diane. Hope you have a good week, too. We'll just keep fighting those bad guys :)

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  13. I'm so sorry to read that. It must have been stressful. I can't imagine what you thought when the blog was shut down for a while. It's so much work to write the posts! I have a very uninteresting cell phone which can only call and text... I'm going to keep it for the safety of my blog ;)

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    1. I do love my iphone and it has allowed me to Facetime with my grandchildren which is really important for me. I also use the internet a lot when I am out finding things for my vintage business. I guess it is all a trade off and I will have to get information on how to make it more secure. Constantly learning.. :)

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  14. Good Afternoon Laura, Oh my word, I am so sorry to hear that you have been hacked.... that is awful. Thankfully you were able to sort the problem out.
    I am now going to change all of my passwords..... better to be safe than sorry.
    Congratulations to your daughter for the increase in her Instagram followers, she must be so thrilled.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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