Gmail account was hacked. It left me with the same feeling of violation I experienced about 25 years ago when my then beautiful Toyota Celica was broken into and my AM/FM in-dash cassette player was stolen.
I realize this has happened to many of you before, but having my email account hacked was a first for me and it really took me by surprise. Just as the break-in to my titanium silver Celica did.
Because I thought I was protected -- in both cases. After all, on my two computers I run the latest version of the Norton Security Suite -- courtesy of my Internet service provider, Comcast. And I also run the free version of Malewarebytes Anti Malware.
And the Celica had a motion-sensor security system. What could go wrong?
As it turns out, all of these well-known and dutiful security solutions gave me what has turned out to be a false sense of security.
The nastiness started just before 8 p.m., just after I finished a great dinner and as I was settling in on the couch to check out what financial funny-man Jim Cramer had to say on his nightly show, which I DVRed.
I powered up my Toshiba Satellite L305-S5968 laptop, which had been in sleep mode, and opened Gmail.
And then - wham!
Once loaded, I saw that my inbox was filled with dozens of out-of-office responses from Gmail contacts around the world, dozens of delivery failures (I guess I need to update my address book), and a number of emails from a few former clients, co-workers and friends wondering what was going on. I also received a few alerts from Twitter and Facebook friends.
"This journal has been suspended. Its contents are no longer publicly visible. LiveJournal cannot discuss the reasons for a journal suspension with anyone except the journal owner.about Livejournal.com being suspended."