I got a scare this morning. As usual, I logged into my gmail account and up popped a big red notification that my gmail account may have been compromised.
Then up popped another notice of the IP address, time and a suggestion I change my password should I think my account had been compromised …. uh, yeah. Immediately visions of spies in the further most regions of the earth popped in my head. Hackers with sharp saws wanting to hack into my most personal information – or worst yet, my identity. (I could save them trying to steal that – not that interesting ….) I immediately went and changed my password – which I really thought it was very strong – showed green/strong on the password-o-meter. I never thought I had to really worry about it now – but someone found it and compromised my gmail.
I started changing passwords left and right – I looked over my gmail account looking in my most private of private of areas to see what they would have seen or found. (Again, like my identity, not that interesting).
I searched my Norton to see if they caught it …. nope, nothing. Then I went back at the big red noticed and looked at their IP address ….. hmmmmmm. I right clicked and copied it. With shaking hand on mouse, I was about to see who was my intruder ….. was it my recent visitors from Russia who had visited my website? Was it the little South Korean who read 5 of my website pages the same day North Korea blasted missiles at them? Was it the kid down the street with thick glasses and pocket protector.
I hit enter …….
It was the Democratic Party!!
Ah ……. yup. As my patriotic duty to send on patriotic information, I tried upload some contacts from my gmail account. (didn’t like that none of them were blind-copied so I backed out of the email) … However, I had given them my sign-on and password and they were able to access my email list. I NEVER DO THAT - and here I did.
So …. do change your passwords ….. and watch who you give your information to online. I’m sure the Democratic Party will not do anything with my information ….. but my password is changed anyway.