Hello, bookish and blogger friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I just wanted to give everyone an update. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me post about my recent computer infection. It’s something I want to share with you in a little detail as I would NEVER want to see it happen to any of you.
I have, for many years now, lived with a false sense of security when it came to my Mac. I’ve not once had any issues with speed, malware, etc. and was always told that “you can’t get a virus with a Mac”. I recently learned that this is not true. Here’s how it happened:
I was planning a last-minute getaway to Italy and was on an Italian hotel website. I don’t even recall which one. I clicked on the “gallery” link because I wanted to see all of their photos. Then came the infamous “update your Flash Player” pop-up. Now stop. I know what you’re thinking. That’s the oldest trick in the book and how could she not know that?? I have an explanation. European hotels frequently don’t update their websites for years and use older technology. You can’t even book online on many of them. And I, being the Princess of Technology, have gone several years without updating my OS. So it made perfect sense, in the moment, that I needed to update my Flash Player. Because it has something to do with visuals, right??
When I tell you that this thing/virus/PUP is bad, I am not exaggerating. Just for starters, I lost all control of my search engines and no amount of manual overrides fixed the problem. Apparently I’m not the only one this has happened to but I want to bring attention to. You can read about it here. A good friend who is a tech wiz ultimately fixed the problem for me (thanks, Dan!) but I was seriously ready to just buy a new laptop.
I’m now in Italy, eating with abandon and drinking wine until my teeth are purple. I’ll be visiting blogs and reading as time allows but won’t be posting again until I return on May 17th. I hope you’re all enjoying some nice spring weather and loving your current read.
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