Not too long ago, my Pinterest account got hacked. I realize that I’m incredibly naïve when it comes to technology and social media and all that stuff I don’t really understand. But, still, why would anyone want to hack my Pinterest account? Did they want to post pictures for me? I only use Pinterest to find pictures to illustrate my blogs. I probably don’t want to know how someone could ruin my life with Pinterest. So my tech-savior husband did whatever magic he does to disconnect me from that account and create a new one. (At least I think that’s what he did.) But there was a price to pay. From then on, every time I tried to log in to my Pinterest account, they had to first send me a secure log-in number. The problem was, because Hubby had engineered the whole Pinterest fix, the number went to his email, which was generally open at his office. So every time I wanted to find a picture for my blog, I had to call him at work and get him to read the secure number to me. This got to be a pain, particularly if I was unable to get ahold of him when I needed the log-in information.
Then, out of the blue, my Pinterest account just started opening automatically for me. I don’t know why, but I’m not about to look a gift horse in the mouth. I’m going to go on the hopefully not flawed assumption that everyone else on the planet can’t access my Pinterest account again, and just be grateful. But now, for some unexplained reason, every time I try to log onto my website, I have to get an authorization code. I don’t know what changed in regard to my website security, but that irritation is now my newest issue. At least my website sends the code to my email, versus Hubby’s, but still, it is just one more aggravation I don’t need in my life. I am easily distracted and frustrated, and if there are extra steps to getting to somewhere I want to go on the internet, I am likely to say, “To heck with it,” and play Solitaire instead. There is only so much technology I can handle, so making my life unnecessarily more difficult is liable to push me over the edge.
As with my Pinterest account, I don’t know why anyone would want to access my website for unauthorized use. Does someone want to post blogs for me? That would be great! It would save me a lot of time. Besides, I’m hardly important enough for anyone to want to hijack my blog and cost me my fifty followers by posting something offensive.
All this cloak and dagger stuff really makes me nervous. It’s like George Orwell’s 1984 has come to fruition. Do I have Big Brother on my Pinterest account and my website? It’s bad enough that Amazon tracks my purchases and “suggests” things it thinks I might like. All this cyber stalking is enough to make me want to turn off my computer and smart phone for good and resort to doing everything the good old-fashioned way. But then I might miss something on Facebook.