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Hackers Suck Worse than Twilight Vampires: Update

Hello, everyone! I’m sure you were expecting a nice rant on yesterday’s post, and, rest assured, one is forthcoming.

Last night, however, I was spending hours upon hours deleting spam and other such crap that had been sent from my Twitter account.

So here’s the story:

I always thought of myself as being very security-oriented online.

online security

So you can imagine my surprise when I couldn’t log in to Twitter. I shrugged that off pretty quickly, though. It wouldn’t have been the first time I’d forgotten a password.

Then I saw my inbox.


Everyone was asking me, “Are you a hacker, or have you been hacked?”

And I could see why.


But I, of course, remained composed and rational as I formulated a plan of action…


And clicked the ‘Change Password’ button so many times the browser did everything but flip me off…


(Everything. It was creepy.)

So, like every intelligent, self-sufficient adult with a computer problem, I drove down to Best Buy and calmly and clearly explained my problems to the Geek Squad…


Who took my tablet and figured out how to get it to let me change my password on more time…


While I did some deep breathing exercises…


I thanked them, and asked what else I could do to make sure I was (and would stay) hacker-free. They said I shouldn’t have to do anything else, but I remained skeptical.

Fortunately, one of my followers on Twitter who was still speaking to me sent me this link to an article she’d written about what to do if you get hacked:

http://ow.ly/grzwZ  (You can also find it by Googling “redhead riter twitter hack” It’s very helpful.)

The article told me how to take a few extra precautions and made me feel alot better.

I then Tweeted a mass warning not to open messages or links from my account, began the arduous process of deleting all the spam that had been sent by direct message,

 and tried to message apologies to the people on the recieving end of the messages…

But only four went through…

And I felt very lonely.


I couldn’t blame the people who had blocked me, but, over spring break, I had a couple of days I spent doing nothing but

Tweeting, finding good people and organizations to follow, direct messaging, following back, accepting offers to do book reviews, and generally trying to build a good reputation for myself online.

(Then I realized I was starting to look like Johnny Depp in The Secret Window, so I took a shower and combed my hair.)


 Now it looked like I was back at square one, and I began having less-than-charitable thoughts about the hackers responsible…


But, then I got a couple of messages back about how it was alright, that everyone gets hacked on Twitter- like it was a rite of passage…

And my three-sentence-long post yesterday brought in four times the normal traffic I get in a day.

So, I guess you could look a this as a heartwarming story about good triumphing in the end, or something…


Unless you happen to hear a news story in the near future about a couple of hackers who have literally been ‘hacked.’ heh heh… What?


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Hackers Suck Worse than Twilight Vampires

Anyone who is following me on Twitter, DO NOT open any recently sent links from my account. My account is secure again now, but I was hacked. Any links from me that were legit will still be in my tweets or in my blog, but if there’s anything in your inbox, delete it, please. Many thanks to the guys at Geek Squad, and thanks to @TheRedheadRiter for the awesome link.

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So… about last night…

I know I promised to post every day in April. For yesterday’s post, I’d planned to attend the Patrick McManus reading and then do a post about it when I got home.

Let me explain what happened:

I woke up at 5AM yesterday morning, went to college as usual for my (gag) math class,


Did my homework,


Checked my blog to see if there were comments that needed approving,

Worked on my novel for so long that I forgot to eat lunch,


Met up with my parents and my brother, got an early dinner and coffee,


and went to Auntie’s for the reading…


Which it turned out had an open bar courtesy of Sante, the restaurant next door…


Now, I know what you’re thinking, but I only had one small glass.

Still… I may have ‘got lit’ in more than one sense. heh heh

(See Get Ready to GetLit! if you don’t get the reference.)

Patrick McManus was great, and I got my copy of his latest Bo Tully mystery signed. Awesome!


Also, my mom was friends with one of his daughters growing up, and they’re going to reconnect,

so it was a great event no matter how you look at it.

BUT, although I maybe slow at math, I now know that

me+no lunch+caffine+wine= incessant giggling


and forgetting to take a picture at the reading for my blog

and falling asleep after my mom drives me home instead of posting… yeah..

So now I know. Please, no shouting in the comments section.


PS- I will be posting again today. I’m counting this as yesterday’s post.



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I’m now taking part in NaBloPoMo on http://www.nablopomo.com All my posts will still be visible here, but I wanted to try it to expand my audience, and help me post more consistently.

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