Friday, December 26, 2014

Hacked!

In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been for a few weeks, I’ve been busy as Santa.  It was a very long season with many visits and events, and only a few hours off.  I think I’ve got the best job in the world.

Also, I write many months ahead of posting, and I had over thirty finished stories ready to place into the blog.  I stored them on a portable hard drive with two other portable hard drives used as backups, but on December 3rd I plugged in my backups and main storage units, turned on my computer and watched as my mouse pointer began to move rapidly on its own.  I realized someone was remotely accessing my computer, so I switched off my internet (an external switch on the front of my computer), and I shut down my computer.  A reboot without the internet activated quickly revealed both my backups to be erased and overwritten with a single huge file, and my main storage drive was about two-thirds erased.  All of my stories, and most of my research data were simply gone.  I took the drives to a recovery specialist only to be told a few days later nothing could be recovered on the backups, and the only thing they could recover on the main storage drive were files of photos of purses and wallets, none of which were mine.

It may take me a while to get more stories posted, but bear with me as I try to rebuild.  I don’t seem to run out of stories, but it takes me a while to get them into print.

Thanks,

David