Friday, February 11, 2011

Five Minutes

I'm linking up with Lisa-Jo today for Five Minute Friday. Today's theme--what happened in your week this week?

Well . . . you all know what happened in my week this week--my personal email got hacked. I have more than five minutes worth of thoughts about all this, but I thought I'd quickly jot down five lessons I learned when my email got hacked.

One minute for each. And then, I promise, I'll be done with this episode.


1. Having your email hacked is a pain. And stressful. Just last night I was looking for some information for a trip I'm taking next week and, of course, the email was gone. I had no idea what time my flight was. Or even which airport I was supposed to go to. And it put me into a stressful funk which I then imposed on my whole family.

They sent me away for the evening.

2. Having your email hacked feels like a violation. Because it IS. Somebody came into my "home" and stole a bunch of important stuff from me. And not only that, they took all my friends with them. I can't shake the feeling that I've been robbed.

3. There are a lot of evil people sitting in front of their computers right now. As I write, I'm sitting in Panera, and there are a lot of people sitting in front of their computers (thanks, Panera, for the free wifi!). I wonder which one of these people is a hacker. And if you're one of the ones trying to hack into my friends' email account or trying to fill my blog with spam comments, just do me a favor and get a real job.

4. There are a lot of good people out there too.
I have been so humbled and amazed by the number of people who took the time to check in on us. Most knew that the "Help!" email they got from us was a hoax, but they just wanted to check in on us anyway to make sure. What wonderful friends we have.

5. Change your passwords. If there's anything I have learned from this experience that I want to pass along to you it is this. We had not changed our passwords in two or three years (I'm embarrassed to admit this), and that's what hackers look for. I learned from AT&T security that we should change our passwords every six months. A pain, to be sure, but also very, very essential.


There. I'm now officially done talking about the hacker on my blog.

Be sure to come back later, though, because I'm going to post a quick and EASY dessert you can serve on Valentine's Day. I promise it's easy--only three ingredients.

Now tell me, what happened in YOUR week this week?



  1. Ugh! So sorry! I have had my e-mail hacked into several times, and it wipes out my contacts list EVERY TIME. It is SUPER frustrating! Considering that I just moved back from South Africa a few months ago, I don't have any one's e-mail addresses readily accessible. Argh! I FEEL YOUR PAIN!!

  2. Oooohhh so sorry oto hear about this. Our bank acct was hacked and funds stolen a few years ago, so I "AMEN" that password changing!! that's how they broke in...
    BLessings as you receover...I hope your trip is fun!

  3. Thanks for the heads up on changing passwords . . . I have trouble remembering mine, so I hate to change it, but I am certain that I would hate even more to be hacked.

    Hope your recovered.


  4. I am so sorry that happened to you!