Okay, so I'm sitting here at my computer surfing the net, and as usual one website leads to another. I wound up watching a video on you-toob about a
Russian warship. The video quality was really bad so I scrolled down to the comments to see what others were saying about the same thing. This is
when things got weird...REALLY WEIRD!!
Now what I'm about to say is 100% accurate, no mistakes, no oversights, nothing I forgot...this actually happened just as I characterize...
As I scroll down to the comments I see a comment box which says "You are commenting as (insert my Mom's name, first and last)". Huh?????
Okay, so first of all, I NEVER log into you-toob. Never. Never, never, never. I did have an account eons ago, but I've long since forgotten what
the username and password is. I'm shocked to see I'm logged in as my mother. Mom is 92 years old...and she doesn't have a clue to what you-toob
even is, how to get there...or even what to do if she accidentally did.
So next, I go up to the top of the page and sure enough, I see I'm actually logged into you-toob. WTH?? So I look to see what's in the user
profile. I'm stunned to see mom's name ([email protected]
) (note: I'm intentionally not typing her actual name for obvious reasons). WOW!
About a year ago I created a gmail for her, and that was the email address while visiting her. I did this on HER computer, not mine. While
attempting to show her how to use the account it became quite apparent that she would be quite unable to use it successfully. Even though I'd tried
to make it as simple as possible, there were just too many steps for her to keep track of. So I pretty much gave up the idea. To test the account
I'd sent her some test emails from my phone. My phone is a work phone and is in no way connected to any of my personal accounts. I'd used my work
email to send the tests, and my work email is a completely separate domain (connected to my work enterprise network). Since then I've not sent ANY
email to the account I set up for her...and CERTAINLY not anything from my home laptop! Yet, all of a sudden I'm logged into you-toob as her...ON my
personal laptop...at home! And there's even more!...
I started thinking about how this could be. For (obvious) security reasons I never use my real name on any of my personal computer equipment. Never.
Anything I do related to work is done via highly secure VPN connections. There is absolutely no connection between my personal information and
anything I do on my personal laptop. And certainly not anything which would lead to a connection like this being made between me and my mother.
(she's 2,000 miles away, BTW). There's just no possible way!
I can say with absolute 100% certainty I have never even typed my mothers name into my laptop or any other personal device I own. 100% certain of
this. I am only a member of (2) websites, and ATS is one of them. I do not
have FailBook accounts or participate in any other social
I spoke with Mom and she said she hasn't even turned on her computer since I was there visiting. In fact, she said she doesn't even think it's
working anymore because she said they (the ISP) sent her some kind of bill a long time ago and she doesn't think it was paid even (not good, I know,
but it's what she said). So, she definitely hasn't been on-line.
So here I am, just blindly surfing the net when I stumble upon a you-toob video (about a Russian warship no less...something of zero interest to Mom)
when I see, out of the blue, I'm logged into you-toob as her!! WTF????
Now, I know google is into some pretty serious data mining and the like (probably for the NSA and others), and I've heard of some crazy stuff before,
but this one takes the cake! I work in electronic systems and network security, so I'm pretty savvy when it comes to personal information and the
like. What happened simply CANNOT happen...AND, that it happened to me (of all people) scares the living crap out of me! It doesn't scare me
because of myself personally, but rather how much information google must have about others who are not nearly as meticulous and careful as I am! The
average person would not take nearly the measures I do...and yet this happened!
Seriously, that is REALLY spooky!!
Love to hear your thoughts.