I have been staying away from the computer this week. I have not looked at a single other blogger's posts, visited the Internet or checked my accounts or emailed anyone....the reason being one of security.
The New Year has not been as kind to me as I had hoped. On the good side, Greg is still behaving himself and so far is still sober. Not a single alcoholic drink has passed his lips since he went into hospital on 5 September. Dare I hope it will last? But sod's law has dealt me a slap on the face from another quarter. To my horror last Sunday, I discovered some nasty evil piece of vermin has cloned my credit card account and bought £414 worth of air tickets from a Hungarian Airline in Budapest. I have rung the credit card company and also notified the police but, as with a burglary, I feel someone somewhere has made use of my details and I feel like I want to wash and shower myself clean again (in a cyber sense, of course). Greg has been wonderful and immediately sprung into action making sure our computer software is virus-protected, but we have nevertheless been wary of using the computer at all and have rather looked upon it as an alien spy sitting in the corner of the room. The thing is we still don't know if someone has hacked into our computer or whether the card has been cloned from a card reader at a store somewhere. Greg reckons we have done all we can do now and rather nervously I have written this to make tentative contact with the outside world again.
Incidentally the credit card company have been less than impressive. They did not think to cancel the card and issue me with a new one (it occurred to us a few days later after the initial shock had subsided and our brains took over. WE had to tell THEM to cancel card!) Also they said they would not take any action until I had returned their dispute form (but a week has now gone by since I reported it to them and I have not even received the dispute form from them let alone returned it to them). The police rang us back this afternoon and are more "on the ball" and from the sound of it they were less impressed by the credit card company as well.
Sorry I have not been commenting on your blogs lately but hope this will explain why and hope you understand my nervousness at present.