The Internet: How Vulnerable We Are

We all know the dangers of giving out too much information on the internet.  Unfortunately, while having fun on our social networks such as Facebook, we often forget to be wary of giving out too much information.  Remember, whatever you post on the net, stays there forever.

Learning to distinguish between having fun on Facebook, and maintaining privacy within our personal email accounts are two different things.   There are people out there known as hackers who are also thieves because they scam people, they cause needless worry and stress and their whole concept is to invade other people’s privacy.

The worst of it is, their technology and knowledge of computer systems is so advanced, it’s getting very hard to prevent them from hacking into our email accounts even though we install endless firewalls, spyware and antivirus systems on our computers.  Where does it all end?

Last week, a hacker broke into our ranch email account, and stole every single contact and earlier email from the last 4 years of our business email.  Not only that, but they sent our contacts and our guests, emails saying I was in Spain, I’d been robbed and I needed money.

Of course today, most people recognize these scams in an instant.  There have been so many reports about hackers, I hate to say it, but it isn’t uncommon to get hacked.  Uncommon or not, when this happens it causes an incredible amount of stress and worry.  Fortunately, Yahoo was able to retrieve all of our contacts and our lost emails.

We’ve changed our email account and now have re-established contact with everyone, thank heavens for that.  Is there a lesson to be learned here?  Yes.

Always have a back up file for anything important you have on your computer.  Store it on a separate disk if you need too.  Secondly, it might be a good idea to change the password on your personal/business email accounts every 4 months or so.  Third, is there anyway to rid the net of hackers?  Probably not.  There are security systems you can set up for your emails but I’m afraid that’s about it.

Just a heads up everyone, be careful.  There are a lot of good people out there in the world, and unfortunately there are just as many bad people too.  I’ve posted something below that might help restore your faith in humanity.  At least it did mine.  Hackers beware!  We’re on to you!

Pictures that will restore our faith in humanity:

1. This note that was handed to a waiter along with a $20 bill by an elderly lady in his restaurant.

This note that was handed to a waiter along with a $20 bill by an elderly lady in his restaurant.

2. This picture of a man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio De Janeiro.

This photograph of a man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio de Janeiro.

3. This picture of a firefighter administering oxygen to a cat rescued from a house fire.

This picture of a firefighter administering oxygen to a cat rescued from a house fire.

4. And this one.

And this one.

5. This interaction between a Guatamalan girl and a tourist she just met.

This interaction between a Guatemalan girl and a tourist she just met.

6.  the moment in which this Ohio athelete stopped to help an injured competitor across the finish line at a track meet.

The moment in which this Ohio athlete stopped to help an injured competitor across the finish line during a track meet.

7. And this photograph of two best friends on a swing.

And this photograph of two best friends on a swing.

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