Saturday, November 14, 2009
Hackers Take the Fun Out Of Facebook
After much prodding and encouragement, this old Baby Boomer entered the world of Facebook. It was a lot of fun for a while - the personal page, the networked blog aspect, the fan page for my book.
Then came the hacking.
Perhaps you saw the news a few day ago when scores of Facebook accounts were hacked into. This happened to me, and I became only one of many victims. Suddenly, people who had befriended me were being sent obscene messages and pornographic videos - in MY name!
I dealt with this for a couple of days, changing my password multiple times, changing my email address, sending dozens of apologies, and dealing with indignant messages asking why I could send such a thing. Finally, it appeared the attack was over.
Then, yesterday morning, it started over again. I deactivated the account, but while I was driving around in my patrol car dealing with a multitude of police issues, I thought about it.
Facebook is just too much trouble. Yeah, I got a lot of encouraging messages to "hang in there" or "don't worry, it's happened to me" and others.
Unfortunately, I just don't have the time to constantly watch my back on Facebook since Facebook obviously doesn't do a very good job of watching my back for me. So I decided to close my pages out.
I'm still dealing with bad junk on my computer and may have to pay someone to fix it. Okay, there are a lot of nice people on Facebook. I will miss the exchanges and the good stuff. But enough is enough.
I hope my friends will still continue to check in with the blog here at American Ranger, as well as the website for my book at www.MyLastWar.com. But as far as Facebook, until that organization cleans up its act, I won't be there.
Thanks to all and may God continue to bless America...
Charles M. Grist