I have had a couple weeks of nothing but frustration. First off the computer and I were at war. Awhile back my stupid self ordered an item off of eBay and used a new PayPal account I had set up.
Here is the scary part. The person I was purchasing from said they would email the confirmation when payment was cleared. Shortly I got the item. Thought nothing of it.
Ok then about a week 10 days later I had trouble with my email account. They claimed someone else was using my email address and the password had changed. My stupid self had used my email address and my password for opening my email for several years and not changed it. So whom ever decided to change my email password screwed everything up. The computer repair guy said that others have had this happen.
Well it was a Hotmail account and after numerous attempts Microsoft froze my account and refused to help me. Well the story gets worse. My computer had a secure sign on every time I got on it and it was based off of my email address and also my password which would not work anymore.
My stepson and my daughter-in-law both looked at it and they said get a new email account, but I couldn't sign into my computer to do that because the login was email based.
Finally I threw my hands in the air and took it into the computer store. It is locally owned and he told me from now on emails need new passwords on a regular basis, Also any purchases should go through a different email address with a different password for confirmations.
I had to change my emails on all my computer accounts bank accounts and places like amazon and others like my utilities. What a pain.
So after 8 days in the computer hospital I lost all my pictures, my email addresses, my documents and PDF's I had saved to my computer. Also $90 to wipe clean and reinstall Windows 10. I am trying to get use to the program he install because I use Microsoft products and now I have to work with Google.
I didn't realize that Picasa wasn't being used anymore so I thought I lost all my pictures I used on my blog. I had some on my cellphone, but not the earlier ones. I found out Google Photos had all my pictures store with my gmail address.
I am buying jump drives and backing everything up. Also the PDF's I really want to keep I am printing them off for now on. BACK UP BACK UP everything you want to keep. Especially precious photos you can not replace. Even if you use The Cloud change passwords.
The recommendations were a phrase with punctuation and capital letters for your emails and the same for passwords. Harder to hack. Also date your changes in a notebook with dates so you know what combinations you have already used. That was one of the questions when I tried to recover my password was what had I used in the past and to whom I had emailed and what was the subject title.
I hope none of you go through this. Very Frustrating.
Please learn from my mistakes. I am older and I thought this works why change it. Well that was the wrong way to think about it. Chris