Monday, June 2, 2014

Warning for all internet users


Hey everyone. I had a really nasty experience the past few days, our router got hacked, regardless of the fact that we now have the best anti-virus program out there. While our router was hacked, it was impossible to go unto the internet and I am sorry that I didn’t respond to emails or blog posts.

As a warning to others, there are two messages doing the rounds on the internet at the moment. We are not sure whether this contributed to our router being hacked, or if this was a problem on it's own, but please be careful. They pop up when you want to access the internet.

  • Your internet browser is outdated. Please upgrade (recommended).
  • Your flashplayer is outdated. You must upgrade.

If or when you see these messages, do not click on it. Go to task manager (CTRL + ALT + DELETE). We had a specialist IT guy come in to fix the problem, which can be costly, but rather safe than sorry, right?  
 
We now have a great anti-malware program as well, just in case. The IT guy is figuring out a way to stop our router from being hacked again. So please people, be safe out there. 

8 comments :

  1. My significant other is a computer guy, so whenever a message like the ones you describe pop up, I immediately ask him. But my default setting is to never click on anything. Yet, I've still caught odd virus. It's never fun.

    Sorry that happened to you.

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  2. M.J. - You are so lucky. You never have to worry about PC troubles. I should get me a guy like that (smile). It definitely is not fun, but it helps us be more cautious. Thank you for the support.

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  3. It's annoying how easy it is for people to hack into our systems. More and more official organisations want us to be online, yet I'd prefer to be off line more! I hope it didn't cause you too many problems!

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    1. I agree. I have a fear of the internet now. Luckily we stopped using the internet the moment we realized something was wrong. None of us entered any personal information, which was fortunate. But knowing that people can do that makes me feel really icky. This is like the third time this year that something like this happened to us.

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  4. I'm sorry to hear about this, Murees!
    I know the feeling because it happened to me once before. My blog was hacked. Fortunately the company who hosts my blog has a constant back-up system.
    It's scary!

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    1. It is so scary. But it is great that you at least have a back-up of your blog info. Once I thought my blog was hacked, but luckily the creeps didn't get that far. Thank you for your support. I hope this is my last run-in with hackers. This is our third hack problem for the year, so I am so tired of this happening.

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  5. Thanks Murees ... and I'm pleased you've sorted your computer out .. such a pain... but great that you've told us about it .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary - You are welcome. It is really terrible and I hope you never have to experience it ever.

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