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E-mail is hacked and lessons are learned

Last week a clever hacker figured out my e-mail password, changed it so that I could no longer access my G-mail account, and began contacting many of the 3,000-plus addresses stored in my contact list.

For a while last week, as I wasted time looking up e-mail addresses, calling and bothering folk with my need to restore contacts at a new e-mail address, I thought about what penalties should be exacted upon computer hackers.

With Lake Erie walleye, bass and yellow perch abundant, Lake Ontario trout and salmon close to shore, and Finger Lakes panfish plentiful, I had to waste hours calling to assure friends and column-content acquaintances that I was not in peril.

That peril consisted of an apparent e-mail from me somewhere in either Scotland or England (my name suggests those origins) stating I had lost my wallet and was in need of 1,500 dollars or pounds to get home.

My good friends and casual acquaintances know full well I'm not worth that much money. Despite the annoyance, it was nice to get calls from contacts I hadn't spoken with for years. Got just short of 30 calls the first day.

The Google gang and I are trying to prove I'm the actual user of the former G-mail address. Lesson learned: Every e-mail address through any provider should have a complex password that does not refer to the account holder.

My new password has more characters in it than a movie mob scene.

To all events coordinators and sportsmen and women with interesting outings, fish, fowl, and game accounts, please forward your information to the e-mail listed below.

e-mail: odrswill@gmail.com

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