On My Soapbox

Always logout of your account, and don’t send chain messages. I’m tired of deleting them.

My phone buzzed several times before 5 a.m. last weekend, and this is the message I had.

Hi....I actually got another friend request from you which I ignored so you may want to check your account. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too....I had to do the people individually. PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW friendship FROM ME AT THIS TIME.

After explaining to my wife that I don’t have a mistress and the messages were spam, I checked – like I often do – to see if there is another Jason Hennington account out there with my likeness.

Thank goodness I did not find another one. Not sure the world can handle two of me.

Apparently, I’m not the only person who has dealt with this. The social media theme the last few weeks has been, “I was hacked, so if you get a friend request from me, do not accept.”

My suggestion is contact the person you received a second request from before you accept. Or, check their previous account to see if there have been any changes.

I have some social media friends that have eight or nine accounts. The crazy thing is, they haven’t been hacked. They control every single one.

Why? I don’t know. Maybe they have insight on something I don’t. But every time I get one I check the profile out before I accept. Then I may go delete a previous one.

I have no reason to have a second account, so if you receive . . . never mind.

People should be careful though because these hackers are out here stealing information. Not just basic information either, they are stealing photos and everything. What they do with it is beyond me.

We all have to be careful, but at the same time, we have to be calm.

The whole “if you received a friend request . . .” spread like wildfire and crowded timelines.

But, was it a real threat?

Some simple tips and solutions are to change your password frequently and always sign out when you’re done. That at least keeps your account a little safer.

Also, do not forward these chain messages that you receive. Those are usually spam and that’s how you get caught in the hacker’s web of lies.

But seriously, don’t overreact if you get a second friend request from someone, even if it’s me. Contact them and inform them there is another account. Not only are you saving yourself the trouble, but you let them know they have been hacked.

To the hackers, if you really want to put your skills to work I have a challenge for you. Hack into my student loans account and zero them out, all while putting the interest I’ve paid over the last 12 years back into my pocket.

I’m going to get off my soapbox now, and get ready for one of my favorite weeks of the year. This week there will be NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB all going on around the same time.

No I don’t watch them all at once, but as a sports fan, it’s great to see all these professional sports in the same week.

“Very smart people are often tricked by hackers, by phishing. I don't exclude myself from that. It's about being smarter than a hacker. Not about being smart.”

- Harper Reed

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.