On Wednesday night, I was hacked.
OK, more appropriately, I received a weird text message with a web link, and I apparently clicked that link, not really thinking about it.
And that somehow opened the door to my gmail account, which then started sending out hundreds of emails to all my contacts.
Well that’s embarrassing.
What did I do? Well, first, I received a few quick tweets and texts, saying “oh oh, I think you’ve been hacked!” (thanks guys for being so fast!). Then I wasted no time in accessing my email account and changing my password. Then deleting all those emails, answering a bunch of emails (i.e., “yes, I was hacked. Don’t click that link. Sorry!”), etc.
Blake over at LISHost (my web hosted) even shut down my website for a few minutes once he saw that I had been hacked – Blake and LISHost is awesome, as always!
Moral of the story?
- Don’t click weird text message links
- Or – pay attention. I wasn’t.
- Don’t click those “what were you doing in this video” messages that you probably get in Twitter.
- If you get a wierd email from me or from someone else with a web link in it, don’t click it!
On my phone, I also set up Google Authenticator. It’s an app from Google that works with Google’s 2-step verification, and provides an additional layer of security when signing in. And prevents stuff like what I did last night.
Because, well, you know … it happened to me, it can happen to you, too.
It’s 12/12/12, at 12:12 pm. And I am posting this … well … just because!
As long-time readers of my blog know, I like to write and share music every once in a blue moon. I don’t know when the next blue moon might be, but it’s the end of the year, so here’s a song!
I’ve been working on a book for much of 2011, and will be doing more writing in 2012 … and I’ve been editing myself a lot … so I thought I’d write a song about editing myself.
Feel free to take a listen (song is embedded above)! I’m playing with Bandcamp too – here’s my Bandcamp page. If you REALLY enjoy the song, feel free to buy it for a whopping $.99 (plus tax, I think). Bandcamp is cool!
OK – the song…
Editing Myself (by David Lee King)
Drinkin lots of coffee, got my writer’s hat on
inkin lines on my laptop, typin into dawn
if it doesn’t measure up, if my copy don’t fly
I’m gonna click and drag it right into my trashcan pile
I am editing myself
I am editing myself
pullin my thesaurus off the shelf
cause I am editing myself
I don’t always scribble everything exactly right
all my words don’t rhyme and my letters seem to fight
I can highlight copy paste to my heart’s content
rewrite what i don’t like until my brain is spent
now i got a rhyming dictionary and I’m lookin up a word
I need three syllables that rhyme with bird
not sure how it’ll fit, it is probably absurd
but if you’ve listened this far, well, you might have overheard
Enjoy, and here’s for a wonderful 2012!
Not sure why, but Technorati doesn’t show me as owner of my blog! So I’m going through the claim process…
and need to drop them this code – 6WK3AM9WEERE
So there. Fun stuff!