Click! You log on to your computer one afternoon and BAM! A frown hits your face. You see something... Something that you've never seen... You see a message. A message sent to all your friends that wasn't even written by you. The message sits on the screen of the public web for everyone to see. You haven't been on your account for 1 week. This message is bad. In fact, it is horribly mean. "Sent 2 hours ago," it says. Guess who sent the message? YOU.
You stop and stare. Your eyes bulge out in awe. "It's not me! I didn't send it!" you whimper. You think about your password. Someone has hacked your account. Who would have done that? How could someone have guessed the password? Oh, wait. It was simple-a one word password....Wow, that was dumb! Suddenly, you don't feel safe. People begin commenting as each moment passes. "That's so mean!" "Why would you say that?"
Until you have been hacked, you'll never know the horror of the Internet. Someone figured out my password and started sending out messages to my friends under my name! At the time, I had no idea this was happening. I kept getting messages that were replies, when I hadn't even sent out anything. For example, some of my friends would IM me things like, "A movie. How about you? I'm fine... It was really good, yeah." or "O.K., me too. Bye." I was really confused.
I had a pit in my stomach. I knew that something was wrong. I logged onto my computer and saw the messages that the hacker had sent. They were offensive. They were not something that I would have written. And I was really surprised that people who knew me would even think that I would write such things. Who did this to me? I will never for know for sure, but I have my assumptions. It would be hard to prove.
"Technology...is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other." C.P. Snow, The New York Times, 1971. I've always LOVED technology. I would beg for cell phones, pods, captors, new ear buds, radios, and TVs. However, I was never aware about the down sides of technology until my account was hacked. Looking back, I am actually glad that this happened to me, because I learned a valuable lesson about Internet safety. I became aware of the fact that there are people who do bad things to other people through technology. Now I am very cautious. l use complicated passwords that combine words and numbers. Also, I always make sure that I know whom I am communicating with, before I accept them into my technology world.