Hacked Off…

My daughter called yesterday…not really unusual…she does call frequently…but…she was out of town…so…I knew something was up…and…up it was…Mama…you just sent me a friend request on Facebook

Hacked

Now…I was knee deep in writing…for a change…but…I sauntered on over to Facebook…where life was anything but normal…I had messages…I had posts on my timeline…people were sending me instant messages as I was trying to find out what was going on and report the phony page…

Seems as though I was part of a…scam…where someone assumes your identity…copies some of your pictures…making the page look real…and sends requests to all your friends…then…sends them messages…so excited that they have won money in a lottery…and…only have to pay…$$$…in order to collect it…

Luckily…none of my friends…sent money…but…several of them did accept the friend request…thinking that I had somehow…accidently…unfriended them…and…was simply making things right…at first glance…the profile looked right…it had my cover picture…it had my profile picture…and…they accepted me…once again…

It’s easy to do…I’ve done it myself…

Anyway…afterwards…I was…frustrated…angry…the whole thing had taken a lot of time that I really wanted to spend working on my work in progress…

Bertha…popped in…reminding me…of my challenge of late…to…love…regardless of the circumstances…she reminded me…to send the love blessing to the hacker…

I wish you peace…I wish you love…I wish you happiness…I wish you good success…

Because…she reminded me…one more time…that…if this person…felt…peace…love…happiness…and…success…in their life…they wouldn’t be…spending time…hacking Facebook accounts…

Hmmm…

Jane

Curses…Foiled Again…

Don’t be alarmed…the danger is over…for now…but…it seems that there was a kidnapping attempt yesterday afternoon…that’s right…someone…attempted to break into my website…at first…I was puzzled…why would anyone want to do that…what is in my website…that they could want…and…then…I realized…the only possible explanation…was…they wanted to kidnap…Bertha

What they didn’t realize…is…that while I usually appreciate her wit and wisdom…there are times…though…not that often…when I would gladly give her to them…times…when I would like to just live my life…making my mistakes…without…Bertha…bouncing around in my head…giving me advice…pointing out the lesson in what I’m observing…and…overall being a Pollyanna nuisance…

So…then…my mind wandered…back in time…to the story…The Ransom of Red Chief…you may remember it…kidnappers abducted a rich kid…who…totally terrorized them…until…they took him back…and…I’m not sure…they may have actually paid his parents to take him…

Which…then made me think of what would have happened…if the hackers had successfully nabbed…Bertha…what things would she have said to them…what lessons would she have pointed out…what positive missives would she have spewed…would she have changed their lives…as much as she has mine…or…how soon would they have hacked in again…and returned her…

But…thankfully…alas…I don’t have to worry about that today…they didn’t get in…Bertha…is safe…right here with me…telling me…that the reason they didn’t get in…was…because she was right there hitting them with a high-heel sandal…at every attempt…

But…she says…there is a lesson for me…I should have seen it comingis it too late to give her to the hacker…yes…okay…I’m listening…and…the lesson is that…something doesn’t have to be of great financial value…to be stolen…sometimes…for some people…there just needs to be opportunity…and…it’s best…not to provide the opportunity…

And…while she’s not an alarmist by any means…she is all for acting responsibly…that’s why…our web designer Rebbekah…had a system in place…that prevented them from getting in…they got bored…and went elsewhere…

Bertha…went shopping after the incident…something about needing a new pair of shoes…

Jane