Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Virus problems

For the past few months, a virus has been stealing my America Online password and sending emails to everyone in my address book. I don't know much about viruses, but I've figured out that it's attached itself to my Firefox browser and is sending some kind of script that steals my password. I know because every once in awhile, I receive an email from myself that I did not send. It's disconcerting when that happens to say the least.

The answer, of course, would be to purchase security software like Norton, but my money's been funny so security software is the last thing on my priorities list.

In the meantime, I've changed my America Online password almost weekly. But as soon as I do, my browser sends me a warning about a script that is attempting to access my information. Happens in America Online and on Facebook.

Earlier this week, I thought I'd found the answer. I loaded a program onto my browser called Firefox NoScript (no links because NoScript prevents me from adding them). Supposedly, NoScript will block password-stealing scripts from accessing accounts. Problem is, the danged thing has blocked me from accessing my own accounts — AOL, Facebook, Flicker, Blogger. And the thought of logging into my bank, Amazon, or PayPal accounts scares the crap out of me.

For now, I'm gonna have to figure out how to remove this virus blocker from my browser. Yes, it's probably better to be safe than sorry and to leave my accounts inaccessible. But it doesn't make sense to leave my accounts accessible to others, but not me!

In the meantime — editors, art directors, authors, illustrators, book people — should you receive an email from me that isn't children's book related, please know that I do not sell Viagra or male enhancement products. Nor is a brotha in need of either.

1 comment:

PJ Hoover said...

Funny. You had to go there :)
See you Saturday!