The other day, Mr. Mercury Retrograde decided to make his mighty entrance with a bang; 1) my kitchen sink got completely clogged, 2) my computer self-destructed, 3) my Gmail account got hacked.
I had a silent, internal implosion as I woke up to many messages, texts, emails, chats, etc. from people asking or warning me about Gmail. I felt horrible. I didn't have my laptop so ... armed with iPad and iPhone, I began by posting to Facebook and Twitter, setting a new password to my account, answering everyone and meanwhile finding out what more I could do to ensure that I wasn't 'compromised'.
Once I had the email issue under control, and simultaneously dealt with the maintenance guy in my kitchen and the computer technician on the phone I contemplated the aftermath and what I found was very positive!
1. I heard from a lot of people I hadn't heard from in ages; it was a somewhat nice way of saying "hey what's up?"
2. I realised how many people cared enough to let me know this happened
3. My cries for "help what do I do now?!" were answered in nanoseconds
4. I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the community I have around me.
In the spirit of community and helping out, I am going to share the "instructions" for what to do if your email gets hacked:
1) Change your password right away
2) Remote log out of any open sessions (instructions: http://email.about.com/od/gmailtips/qt/How_to_Sign_Out_of_Gmail_Remotely.htm)
3) Log yourself out
4) Log back in and change your password one more time.
5) Clear cookies in your browsers across all devices.
5) Be Grateful!