Sunday, February 03, 2013

Umhh, That Wasn't From Me

 Strange things have been occurring on my computer lately.  E-mail has been disappearing.  And at least one of my e-mail accounts has been hacked.  If any of my blogging buddies got an e-mail from me a while ago with the subject Dave T and a mysterious link, don’t click on the link.  I have no idea what clicking on it would do, but it can’t be good.
   (I know I should have put that warning out on a more timely basis but based on what I saw, very few people actually received that e-mail and the ones who did know better than to click on strange links in e-mails).
   I suspect the Chinese as the hackers, though why they would want to tamper with me personally is a mystery.
   My computer has been acting strange for a while, with inexplicable slowdowns and freeze-ups.  But I’d gotten used to that as a new normal.  I did the usual de-fragging and deleting unwanted files.  That seemed to help a little.
   Then about two weeks ago I ordered some expensive tickets to a charity food and wine festival in Miami, Florida.  I opted for the tickets to be sent to me on-line by e-mail so I could print them out.  They arrived fine but before I got a chance to print them, they flat out disappeared. 
    Of course I panicked.  There was a disclaimer that the tickets would not be replaced for whatever reason and they had cost me several hundred dollars.  I asked Yahoo to do a recovery in case I had accidentally deleted them.  Yahoo did do their recovery, but my e-mail with the tickets were still missing.
    Even more panicked, I telephoned the ticketing outfit and explained what happened.  No problem.  They just re-sent the e-mail with the tickets and I wasted NO time printing them out.  Even printed out two copies just in case.  It wasn’t long after that my computer began sending out the fake e-mails. 
    I changed my passwords to my e-mail accounts then checked my computer for viruses.  By jove, the scan discovered a few infections.  Hmmmmm, where was my anti-virus protection on that one?  Anyway, I cleaned my drives and hopefully all is well.  I guess if I get to Miami and find out that some couple have already claimed my spots at the food and wine festival with my original tickets,   I’ll know what happened to my original e-mail. 
     And if I run into that couple with my tickets I can guarantee what will happen down there.  FOOD FIGHT!!!

     Just to show this blog is being posted by the real me, I attached the photo below of a new piggie bank I got for Christmas.  All those who know me know that I'm a big-time Michigan fan.

    Isn't he too cute?  


Blogger Carine said...

good, so it's not just me Dave. sorry about the e-mails though. I too needed an e-mail that was inexplicably "gone" in the wind. amazing-we all have spyware detectors, security programs, etc-yet we all seem to have things disappear and have spam constantly upending our daily lives.


3:18 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CARINE--It's almost like I don't trust my computer all all anymore. Yet all our financial institutions are pushing for us to do all our business on-line. I just saw that Bank of America was off-line this weekend because of undisclosed issues. And that's our bank!

7:18 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

Those little green men who used to inhabit the moon have discovered a new resting place!

11:53 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Dike said...

Your skunkbear pig needs some ugly yellow b-ball sneakers.


9:34 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

LEE--I wish it were just little green men. Moonmen I can handle. Hackers I can't. At least my blog hasn't been compromised.

MRS DIKE--If those new shoes help him beat Ohio State, he'll wear them. So what happened to the Seahawks?? Maybe they could have used new shoes too. Well, the Mariners start practice soon. *snicker*

5:46 PM  
Blogger CAROLDEE said...

I sure hate the fact that some dang gremlin got into your computer..Maybe it's telling you to BLOG more hah!! Anyway glad you got the tickets and got things fixed up. I for one am soooo glad I am in MI and not in the Northeast states..I would never shovel all that stuff away from my door. I'd be the one they would find waiting for the thaw. Take care..:-)

7:44 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CAROLDEE--Blog more, eh. It is funny that this 'bug' infected my blog e-mail address which I do not often use. Had it not sent a spam e-mail to my regular e-mail too with my blog e-mail account I may not have known my blog e-mail account was compromised.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Well, this is embarrassing. For I assumed that you were probably an Aussie since Lee appears to like you a lot, but now that I know that you are a big Michigan fan... So, how badly are the Buckeyes going to beat you-all this year (football, basketball, it doesn't matter)? Being a diehard Razorbacks (that's the University of Arkansas to you highly-educated sorts) fan, I don't have to worry about anyone beating us but ourselves. Yeah, we seem to do it rather often, but that's beside the point!

12:45 PM  

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