HACKED :: Finding the Silver Lining In Having My Facebook Account Hacked

HACKED :: Finding the Silver Lining In Having My Facebook Account Hacked

So I am really about to sound like an old fart. But I have never really understood the addiction to social media or the need to post every minute of your life on social media. Sure, I use it to keep up with classmates, coworkers and family. I scroll when I am somewhere waiting, at night before bed, when I need a break from staring at the computer at work. But I would definitely not say addicted. I rarely posted; I liked posts, commented on posts, and that was about it. In my mind, I could take it or leave it. That was until I GOT HACKED!

I woke up on a Friday morning, I couldn’t sleep, so I decided I would see what everyone was up to on the ‘Ol Book.’ I clicked the icon on my phone and this weird message pops up asking me to put in my password. A password that I don’t remember. So I click forgot password. And it all went downhill super fast. The hacker changed my password and email address and full control of my page. I texted a friend, to look at my page, she said everything looked fine. She then posted on her page not to accept a new friend request or click on any links that may come from me, as my page had been hacked.

I immediately went into crime fighter mode. My Facebook account was linked to a rarely used email account. I found the email where the hacker changed my info at 1:49am from Chicago. They changed it to a Hotmail account. I didn’t know people still used those! So I informed Facebook that it was not me that changed my password, because anyone who really knows me knows that I was sleeping at that time. I then changed the password to all of my email accounts, important financial apps, and anything where I would possibly enter personal information, as a precaution. Facebook then shut the account down.

Problem solved! Or was it?

I was happy for a half a minute. Then realization set in on how much I needed that stupid app. I mean, how am I supposed to watch my friends kids grow up? How am I supposed to keep up with family members? Then it really hit me. All if my kids school pages, and the social and community groups I belong to have pages (and subpages) where we communicate. How can I stay in the loop??? Then it gut punched me. The fitness program that I belong to, you know the one I wake up at the butt crack of dawn for, it’s all on Facebook! And I had zero access to it. The thought of all the workouts, recipes, and witty posts that I saved over the years being gone disgusted me. I would literally have to start from scratch. That was a though pill to swallow…

So I created a new account. 

I had that same friend post that I started a new account, and it was ok to accept a friend request. So this page is secure, but I thought the other one was too. When I started this page, I decided to approach it differently. My old account was created in my 20s and had a lot of stuff that served 20 year old me and I added stuff throughout the years that served 30 year old me. But now I had the opportunity to curate a page that serves 40 something year old me. No more scrolling past posts because I don’t care to read this person’s negativity or bad grammar. No more scrolling past the overly political or divisive posts. No more scrolling past the Kardashian’s pages because I no longer cared to keep up with them. Sure, I could have deleted the pages, but due to the algorithm, they would still pop us as suggested things to follow.

So as of today, I have gained access to all of the pages I need. And I am actively requesting friends from my old page. So, if you know me and you got a request from me, it’s legit! And I am curating a page more suitable for me. Fitness, home decor, lifestyle hacks and tips, healthy recipes. And most importantly people I actually want to keep up with!

Again, I could have done all of this on my old page, but let’s be honest I didn’t have the time, energy, or interest for all of that. This situation taught me that what I thought was a simple app and a way to pass time, is actually a vital component to staying in touch and in the loop if used correctly. It kinda pains me to admit that i need it. Still upset over the memories and things saved on the old page, but most of the pics are saved on my phone, the others I am optimistic that they will pop up one day.

Torilyn Williams
Torilyn Williams is a Louisiana native, born and raised in New Orleans. She moved to Lafayette to attend UL Lafayette, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Applied Life Sciences. Tori is blessed to be the wife of her ambitious and hardworking husband, Damian. The devoted mom of Tatum Marie (6) and Aubrey Malia (5) and bonus mom to Damian Jr. (20). Tori has been working in the banking industry for over fifteen years. She is a member of Junior League Lafayette. Tori has a heart for volunteerism, she loves to give back to the community and mentor the youth. Tori is a die-hard New Orleans Saints fan. She is also a self-proclaimed foodie that loves to chronicle her food adventures on Instagram (@Dashofwilliams). Outside of work you can find Tori spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying new recipes, and working out. Tori is always down for a good meal with family or a shopping trip!


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