I had a really scary, and super stressful moment, last Thursday. My Macbook Pro was hacked. Everyone I told could not believe it. I really couldn’t believe it myself. It is, after all, an Apple computer. They’re supposed to be, like, majorly protected from viruses… right? Viruses, computers, bots… maybe. But apparently, people do not fall into this. As in, people can hack into computers surprisingly easily.
(I’ve read that this happened to a lot of people this month and it seems to be tied to some sort of security breach with Apple’s iCloud… or something like that.)
I primarily use Gmail, but I also have an AOL account that I’ve had since first grade. I don’t use it for emails, but instead all my blog comments get sent to it and I used to have my Georgetown email account filtered through it as well. The AOL account goes crazy every now and then, but it’s not that huge of an issue. My computer, on the other hand, was a BIG deal.
Yes, I was really unlucky that it happened in the first place, but the circumstances under which they happened ended up being pretty lucky.
1) I was on my computer as it was happening.
2) My friend immediately called Gmail’s security department who ended up being a huge help.
3) I obsessively back my laptop up.
My morning routine has been a little intense recently. I spend about an hour in my apartment showering and getting ready and then I hop on a subway to work down in Union Square until I have to be in the office. I don’t open my laptop until I’m in the coffeeshop and there are periods of time when I’m underground and can’t access my cell phone. Had my computer been hacked when I was sleeping, getting ready, or riding the subway, I would have been in BIG trouble.
Instead, I noticed something was up after I was already in the office reading through emails. I started to get emails from ALL my accounts saying that my passwords were being changed. Knowing that it wasn’t I who was changing the passwords, I furiously was changing them nearly immediately.
My AOL email, my Apple ID, and my Gmail accounts were being changed. It was so scary. Thankfully I was changing the passwords quicker then the hackers were (I think… at least). Meanwhile, the Gmail people were helping me set up additional security on my accounts and wiping my IP address. The guy helping me had me run some sort of detection thing and two people in Georgia (the state, not country) were apparently hacking away.
It took a solid three plus hours from the beginning of the password changes to completing wiping/protecting everything. And then a good two hours for my nerves to settle down.
I realized, while it was happening, just how connected we are to the internet. I’m not just talking about Facebook or Twitter here either. (Although, I’m definitely very much connected in those areas.) While I was on the phone with the Gmail guy, I had to change my passwords to EVERYTHING. I didn’t want to use my computer in case my key strokes were being tracked or something, so I used a friend’s to change my online banking account, my Paypal account, my social media sites, my university account, and just about everything else I could think of.
Protecting your laptop is also fun on a day to day basis! Try not to drink liquids near your laptop (I’m trying to be much better about my coffee by the laptop now!) and always put it in a sleeve when walking around.
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