The craziest thing happened to me today. I was working on a chapter of my book – and this chapter is leaps and bounds better than all the other chapters, by the way. It’s pretty much my magnum opus. I was editing it through my Dropbox account, and I had just added over 1,000 words.
As soon as I closed the document, a bubble popped up that said the chapter had been deleted. My heart stopped. I went into my account and saw it was just a document that had the title of the chapter, then “deleted” written next to it. I opened the document, and it read “Just kidding.”
Basically, someone hacked into my account and made me think I had deleted my work when I hadn't.
Even though it was a complete invasion of privacy, I have to admit, it was pretty funny.
It made me realize how vulnerable our computers can be. I was lucky and got a nice virus, but I just as easily could have got a virus that was malicious. I heard of this one prank where you get an email with an attachment called “Life is Beautiful.” You open it and a bubble pops up that says, “All your documents are being deleted. Life is no longer beautiful.”
I’ll be sure to back up all my documents from now on.
EPILOGE: A few hours after I wrote this article, I found out that my husband went into my Dropbox account from our home computer and decided to play a prank on me. What a twerp. I had made the IT guys at my job spend 20 minutes installing anti-virus software on my computer.