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A Nightmare Before Christmas


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#1 Union_Thug

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 02:44 PM

http://blog.stopbadware.org/2011/12/23/a-nightmare-before-christmas
Posted by Maxim Weinstein 3 days ago


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house
Not a sound could be heard, 'cept the click of a mouse;
The browser was open to Facebook, where else?
As friends posted updates about kittens and elves;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of smartphones danc'd in their heads,
And my wife at her laptop, and I at my desk,
Had just settled our brains for a much needed rest
When out of my speakers there arose such a clatter,
I suspended a chat to see what was the matter.

To a shiny new window I shifted my gaze,
But then it was gone, leaving me in a daze.
The glare of the screen and the whir of the drive,
Made me think I was safe, and my PC alive;

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a dialog box, which just filled me with fear,
With a little old message, so simple and spare,
I knew in a moment it must be malware.

"Your files are hostages, don't start to doubt,
And you'll pay us a ransom to get them back out."
"My Word docs, my e-mails, my photos and Quicken,
appointments and bookmarks and music, all missin'!"

"To Facebook Security, to the search engines too,
I need a solution! Please, someone, come through!"

As soon as it happened, I asked myself why,
And I thought it all through, then I said with a sigh,
"You never did update your browser or Flash,
and you still click on links that offer free cash.
You use anti-virus that's three years too old,
and you click through the warnings, no matter how bold."

But now it was too late to beat up myself,
I needed the help of some friendly elf.
And then in a twinkling, I saw in a post
Just what to do if your files were toast.

As I followed directions, my fingers were crossed,
I just hoped and prayed that all was not lost.
An hour passed, and then it was three,
I rebooted again, and my files all were free!

Embarrassed, I posted my tale on my Wall,
to serve as a warning for friends one and all.
"You're lucky," said one, "some malware is worse."
Lucky or not, this stuff is a curse.

So with that I learned a good lesson or two
about patching my software and thinking things through
before clicking on links that just don't make sense
and backing up files before things get tense.

Now I leave you with this as I turn out my light
A safe Christmas to all, and to all a good night.


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Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:07 PM

Just shared this on facebook.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:20 PM

>>>Just shared this on facebook.<<<

Glad you liked it, Dan, I did forget to add that's where I originally found it--a "Facebook Security" post on my FB page linked to this blog post.

http://www.facebook.com/security

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:25 PM

I liked the page.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:45 PM

>>> I liked the page. <<<

Union_Thug likes this. :)

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 04:39 PM

@Union_Thug,
:lmao:

You want to be great, Learn how to heal people, To hurt people is easy


Be Kinder then you have to be,you never know what battle someone else is fighting~~~
~~~~Martrys song~~~~~
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 07:09 PM

Just found this -- and I am going to be sure and share with a friend who was a bit too click-happy last year. She's very literate, so I am hoping this will make her chuckle and therefore, maybe remember to think twice before opening funny emails or links! Very nicely done!




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