Update: Podcast (an interview of yours truly by the guys at Mysterious Topics) was recorded today for later release, and ran on for nearly two hours via Skype.
And get this: Starting fifteen minutes BEFORE I signed into Skype…someone out there in Internet Land tried to lay some Trojan Horses on my computer. At least four attempts were made intially, then a total of 1398 more attempts while we were doing the podcast. All were blocked/quarantined by our security programs and then deleted. A full scan afterward was clean.
I can’t prove it of course, but it seems awfully coincidental that no attempts were made to hack us for many months, and then suddenly…after I give the time and date of the upcoming podcast out on the internet…someone tries to Trojan Horse us just a few minutes before we go live…and continues their attempts over a thousand times all through the program. (There is also a video of this podcast that was done from my end, and on the computer screen you can actually see the security warnings popping up one after another, all during the podcast) After I finished the podcast, I was able to go my security log and there were a whopping 1,398 Trojan Horse attempts made in an approximately two hour period. Most likely, it was an automatic program that was designed to ‘keep trying’ until results were obtained.
Whoa, Nellie…that’s a lot of horses.
And if you’re thinking it was because I was on Skype, think again. It started BEFORE I even signed in to Skype. Skype wasn’t even turned on when it started, so it wasn’t a Skype thing.
Nice try, whomever you are. We do have rather sophisticated security in place for our office computers though. And regular backups to external drives, as well as using an outside backup service. We do this because we have a ton of images and book files on our machines. Even if a hacker managed to get through our security, we would be fully restored in short order. You have to do that sort of thing these days.
Anyway, the podcast at Mysterious Topics (link below) will be available between November 1 and November 5. The video version will be uploaded to our YouTube channel at the same time.