Every online scam begins more or less the same—a random e-mail, a sketchy attachment.
But every so often, a new type of hacker comes along. He secretly burrows his way into your hard drive, then into your life. It was a Saturday night, not much happening in her Long Beach, California, neighborhood, so high school senior Melissa Young was home messing around on her computer.
Attached to the note was a file labeled simply SCARY. Yeah, the IM had come from her account, but she hadn't sent it. That night, Suzy's 20-year-old friend Nila Westwood got the same note, the same attachment. When she called her friend to see what she'd missed, things actually got freaky: Suzy'd never sent a thing.
Melissa wondered why her goof-off sister was IM'ing from the next room instead of just padding over—she wasn't usually that lazy—so she walked over to see what was up. Unlike Melissa, she opened it, expecting, say, a video of some guy stapling his lip to his chin on You Tube. The girls pieced together the clues and agreed: Suzy's AOL account had been hacked.
I don’t remember the company’s name, and I’m sure it’s long-since gone extinct and been replaced by newer evolutions, but back then it opened up my world in ways I’d never dreamed possible.
It gave me the chance to spend hours talking with my boyfriend face-to-face – even though we lived more than 200 miles apart.
For build-in webcams this steps does of course not apply. Also try connecting your webcam directly to your PC instead of through a USB hub (if you are using one).
But don’t forget to check if you need to manually activate your webam.
For the next couple of weeks, the girls remained watchful for malware, insidious software capable of wreaking all sorts of havoc.
But with no sign of trouble on their machines—no slow performance, no deleted files, no alerts from antivirus programs—they pretty much forgot about it. Suzy, Melissa, and Nila went about their lives online and off.
He’s my husband now – so it all worked out – but back then we needed to be able to get to know one another in a world that seemed stacked against us.
Thankfully, that changed when a peer introduced me to a free online video chatting company.
The new trend in long distant relationships and keeping the fires burning is more technical, taking on a more modern “cyberish” communication twist.