Hey, Hey! It’s Sunday!
Well it’s that time. Yep time for some weekly updates and this past week doesn’t look good. I have been on the rollercoaster ride of my life with ups and downs all week. Wait…There were ups? You know the story about Midas and how everything he touched turned to gold? Well mine is the opposite. More like Medusa, except everything I touch turns to stone. Don’t worry there are no snakes on my head and if you look at me you won’t turn to stone, just stay away from my grasp. 🙂 I am that little snowball that you start to roll down the hill that keeps getting bigger, and bigger, and BIGGER! Yikes!
Okay, I’ll tell you about me week and maybe you can learn from my mistakes. Here goes…
Last Monday, I get an email notification from Yahoo, telling me that someone from Serbia had accessed my email. Oh Great! A couple of months ago someone accessed my basket business email account and sent spam to everyone in my email list. How do I know? Because my gift basket business is tied into my personal account also and my friends started sending me emails, “Gee, Thanks for the special offer for Viagra, but I’m doing okay. lol” Well at least my friends have a sense of humor. Anyway I couldn’t change my password, I tried, but yahoo just wouldn’t let me. So what did I do? I deleted all of the people in my address book. Permanently! And created a new email with another site and haven’t had any problems until now.
Here’s my Dilemma;
When I first got internet, I had dial up and my phone company was PacificBell, which was bought out by SBC Global and since they offered DSL I got rid of the “eekk,eerrrr,grrrr” dial up. Now I already had my yahoo email account when I went to DSL. The reason for me going to DSL was because I was just starting up my online gift basket business and needed the faster internet. I went with Yahoo to host my website. This was 2005 and in 2006 I switched to cable and got rid of DSL. Well AT&T bought out SBC Global and eventually took over Yahoo website accounts. Now I can access both my email accounts, but I have to go through AT&T to change my Yahoo email password. So I call AT&T and he wants my 6 digit code from my bill, but I’m no longer with you I don’t have a 6 digit code. “Well without that code I can’t help you.” So I contact Yahoo and they send me back to AT&T. Okay so I go online and try everything I can think of. I put in my old SBC username, great that works, then I put in my zip code and it tells me , “That zip code is not associated with this account” Wait! I’ve lived in that zip code area all my life! What do you mean, “It’s not associated with my account?” Okay back to step one answer your security questions, “First car I owned, Okay that’s easy,”Eep, wrong answer.” “What?” second question, First concert you attended, “No problem.” Eep, wrong answer. “What?” OH I give up! So it was back to the phone. Yahoo sent me to AT&T again and AT&T told me I have to go to a local AT&T store and show two government issued ID’s to prove who I am. Tomorrow. In the meantime, I have emptied out all the emails and folders from both email accounts and will be closing my accounts after I can prove who I am.
My advice to you is, If you have emails that you place in email folders, save them to your computer and delete the emails. Keep your email accounts empty and don’t store email contacts, I know that’s hard, but…
And on a lighter note, Don’t ever change companies for your internet. Take a vow, “Till death do us part” Write down all your passwords and answers and then shred them so no one else can change your passwords either 🙂
I was talking to another writer on twitter yesterday and he couldn’t log into his blog for some reason and I told him a little about my dilemma, (You can only say so much in a 140 character post) And he said, ” It’s times like these that make me question whether technology is worth it… then I think of my toilet and I’m thankful. :)”
But it’s not just us here on our computers, yes there is technology involved even if we don’t use the computer.
Case in point; I wrote a check, a paper check, at Walmart for a purchase and received a paper letter in the mail a month later saying I was one of the lucky 25,000 who’s information was stolen and sold to advertising agencies, by a former employee of the check and credit card processing service that Walmart uses, in fact many companies use that same company, even my grocery store. No they don’t believe my info was stolen so they could access my checking account but please keep an eye on your account just in case. Gee thanks.
And I feel like the lady on the Peggy commercials 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENb8p4VYANg
Wait a minute! I hardly ever get any paper mail any more, do you think someone changed my mailing address when I wasn’t looking?
The hard part is, I have to go to all the accounts I have connected to over the past, I don’t know, 10 years maybe, and change my notification email. I’m talking blogs and companies that send me emails for new products, or…And since I’m closing both business and personal accounts, there’s my bank, my gas company, my electric company, and the list goes on and on.
Well that was my week. I really haven’t had time to do much else, so there’s not much news on the writing front, let’s hope this new week will be better. Have a great Sunday everyone and make sure to stop by tomorrow for a guest post by John Cox/Paul Dorset. His post is titled “Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll” Sounds interesting. Wonder how that topic has to do with being a writer? Stop by and find out tomorrow!