First let me apologise if any of you have received an email from me with a strange title. I really, REALLY HOPE you didn’t open it?!! If you did please run your anti-virus on a deep clean of your computer!
Yes, I have fallen foul of not one but two cyber attacks. The first, a Trojan, came in on the back of a friend’s email, and as is the way with these things, nobody was any the wiser. I am not even too sure what it did! The only defence against these is to have your anti-virus running and delegating all the time…I thought I had, that’s what is so really annoying for me!
The other horrid thing that happened was my fault…I fell for an email which reported to come from BT. As I had just renewed my phone & broadband contract I was almost expecting things from them. It asked me to log into my hub, and change the password!
I know, I know! I can hear you yelling at your screens
– “they” immediately took over my hub and locked me out…I knew nothing of this! My IT guy says they will probably have been trying to get into my bank account and other sensitive info, so I am assuming somewhere out there my identity has been cloned etc… In fact my imagination is working overtime!
Despite my fabulous chap who zoomed miles and spent all day sorting me out, I feel as if I have been burgled, almost physically attacked! Now, I know this all sounds a bit Drama Queen, and I am sorry if I annoy any of you who have actually been physically attacked – I have in the past too, and whilst this is no way as bad, I still feel it.
I am somehow so much more wary, and felt a bit odd about coming onto my blog! I have been assured this site is free of nasty lurking things in the background, so I am going to trust my guy…after all, I have called him and spent £££ getting myself sorted….
Now, if I stop doing things on the Net etc, I will have let those nasty little creeps who did the hack win. I am not going to give in….yup, this is verging on Drama Queen, but you know what I mean!
I gather BT sell all our details and outsource our emails etc to other countries where perhaps details are sold on by people who really don’t give a damn about others. IT Guy says I could get so much more broadband speed here in the depths of the English Countryside if I used Satellite Broadband.
NOW HE TELLS ME!!!!!!
So, this time next year, when my contract is up, or sooner if I really get the courage up to argue with BT, I will try his way and hope that it will provide us with enough speed to stream TV etc …
BUT ONLY IF IT IS SAFE my head is screaming. Are we ever totally safe?
Oh boy, enough DQ head! No one was physically hurt, no one has died, nothing has been lost.
I will shut up, virtually hitch up my skirt and get on with doing what I want!
So there, hackers!