Lessons the Hard Way…


Four in the morning and I can’t sleep.

A plan to pay rent is in the works and tomorrow or today I will begin implementing it.  I have changed all of my passwords,  backed up the laptop files so I can clean it and cancelled all of my scheduled payments. The last step really wasn’t necessary since I am going to be closing the account down, but it made me feel better.  The Netflix and Hulu subscriptions have been put on hold as well.

I, sincerely, appreciate everyone who has expressed their concern, but I want to be clear.  I didn’t do everything I could have done to prevent this.  My own neglect lead me to where I am right now.  I messed up and someone or someones took advantage of it.

Which is the main reason that I am sharing this very personal and embarrassing situation. Maybe it is the teacher in me that is determined to let others know so they can avoid stepping into the same trap.  Wireless connections are not as secure as many think and spyware doesn’t always just report what websites you visit to an on-line marketing company.  It can do other things.

And the reality it is, I may never figure out how they did it. All I can do at this point is fix the damage and take steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Oh and thank the heavens, again and again that I have family and friends willing to help me find solutions and to think clearly for me when I break down.

A hard lesson is being taught to me and a suspect there will be many more restless nights.

There is no doubt in mind though that I will be better off after all of this than I was before it.

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5 thoughts on “Lessons the Hard Way…

    • Very true.. Amazingly, today after only a couple hours of sleep I was able to function and work my way through some of the issues. I love technology, but I will be more careful with it in the future.

  1. While I understand you feel you didn’t do enough to prevent this, be aware there may have been nothing you could have done. Sometimes it’s not our computers getting hacked but the other end. How many breaches of large companies have we heard of? Precautions are always good, but sometimes I think we have to accept that account numbers are not secure — from carbon copies to online there is always a possibility they will get out. So we have to decide if we are willing to accept the convenience while accepting the risk. *HUGS* to you, and be gentle with yourself. It could have happened to anyone!

    • Thank you for your words of wisdom.. Being gentle with oneself came up in the book that I am reading with my students. I think that universe was trying to tell me something.

  2. Thanks for sharing your story… it’s unfortunate that we often have to learn through tragedy and strife. I hope everything works out for you!

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