posted on Mar, 17 2017 @ 06:52 AM
After some consideration, I think I am over-thinking this whole thing. The 'logging in' part is still unclear, but I can think of a way to explain at
least some of the rest of it. It's still crappy this can happen, but here's one way the connection could have been made...
In the past I have sent gifts to Mom, and yes some of these were on-line purchases. It's possible I may have used google to search for the vendor
(shame on me). While credit card data is subject to PCI security regulations, the name on the account is not. So, if a vendor turned around and sold
my name, the name of the person the gift was for and the addresses associated with the same, this would explain how the connection between Mom and I
It still doesn't explain how google can identify this computer though. Normally I'd say it was via an IP address, but I have a 10.x network set up at
the house, so the IP is randomly assigned and has a lifespan of 24 hours after which I have to reacquire it (this is by design). My ISP is also set
up as a 10.x network with dynamic IP's. The 2nd and 3rd octets assigned from the ISP are usually the same (or very close), but the 4th octet can be
anything. This would give google a roughly 1 in 997 chance in guessing my network IP at any given time, but given it's a 10.x network that shouldn't
mean anything....that is, unless someone (think: Microshaft) is giving away MAC addresses (which would then make it a process of a thousand
calculations or less to figure out every time)! Sure my router knows my MAC address, but it shouldn't go further than this.
I don't know. Just friggin pisses me off! You know, I never have these kinds of issues using LINUX. Maybe I should just switch everything over to
LINUX. LINUX is just so wonky sometimes with compatibility, and I am not a LINUX expert by any stretch.
BTW...for those inquiring about the log entries, there was no log entry at all indicating someone tried to log into you-toob. Zero. And no, I'm not
going to post those logs...for obvious reasons.