In 2017, a hacker named “Lucy Pat” invaded my site and sent flirtatious messages to all of my middle school students. Thank you, internet.
Instantly, I received angry messages from a bunch of homeschool moms. They sent angry messages because they thought that I sent flirtatious messages to a bunch of middle school students.
Not to put too fine a point on it, please do not be stupid when you email me. Do you really think that I would do that? Do you really think that I would torpedo my means of income and provision? Do you really think that I would burn my own financial house down? Do you really think that I would send out flirtatious messages to a bunch of kids online? Please think before you yell at me.
Those who were angry with me canceled their accounts and left. I was glad to see them go.
Most people recognized the hack as a hack. Most people encouraged me to hang in there. You know who you are. Thank you.
On this side of the hack, I remain nervous. I do not want to get hacked again.
I have probably overdone website security on my end. Now, there is a new problem. From time to time, my students will receive one of two messages. Either they will get a “Forbidden” notice, or they will get this notice:
The problem is an overzealous security feature. This affects about 2% of my students. If you find yourself in this number, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know how to fix the problem. It will take a few emails. I apologize for the hassle.
If you don’t want to wait around, here are my online hours. I start about 4:30 am every morning. I finish up around 7 am. I am usually back online from about 9 pm until I fall asleep at 11 pm. Most days, I am in the Central Time Zone.
I know the objections. Put your hands down. I know these hours are not healthy. But, with a large family, hours and hours of Latin and Greek research, writing, teaching, filming, taxes, bills, the DMV, website repair, and on and on, I don’t know how to get off this train.
Doing whatever just to stay alive.
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