My Getting Hacked Experience. Protect Yourself

We have heard over and over about people getting hacked. From major corporations that get hit with ransomware, to the casual social media user, we hear about and seeing an increase of events around the world.

I have always protected myself the best way that I knew how, and kept the belief that it wouldn’t happen to me, but that all changed.

After my mother passed away in August, I began to do a lot online, creating different memorials for her using Word. I put all of my documents onto a flash drive and headed to FedEx/Kinkos to print copies.

The clerk inserted my drive into the computer at the center and printed everything that I needed, and I was in and out of the door in 10 mins. And that visit I would learn was the beginning of the hack that nearly crippled my business and social media.

I was heading out to Sedona for a week so I wanted to get some of the info from my Flash Drive onto my Mac before I left so that I could do some work while I was away. I inserted the drive, copied the files, and then turned off the Mac and headed to the airport. I ended up not doing any work and headed back home before a trip to Hawaii for my mother's service.

I never needed to turn the Mac at my house on because everything was already done personal and business wise, and everything I needed was in “the Cloud” if I needed access while away. Again, I never once need to turn my laptop on because I was either too busy or could do what I needed to do on my phone.

After I returned home again, I turned my computer on and a few emails came in letting me know that a request to change my password on Facebook was made a few times. They included a code and a button to take me to my account which I did not click. I never click on anything, ever, so I opened my browser and updated my Facebook password. All good.

I was home for two days and headed back to Sedona for another week for the holiday and shut the Mac down as usual. Nothing out of the ordinary, no security emails came in. All good.

I got home and again turned the Mac back on and I was hit with emails again about Facebook. I secured the account but the emails kept flying in, each time updating a stronger password. I checked the emails I had associated with my account and they were secure. I even kept my original on there from a domain I owned at one time.

After a day passed I woke up to a notice on my phone that my Facebook password had been changed and that I was no longer an Admin on my Real Talk with Jack McAdoo business page. I tried to log in but failed, I tried using my Two Factor Authorization codes and they failed. (2FA) But I honestly think getting denied so many times actually save my account because Facebook shut it down after seeing all of the attempts. I was hacked. Not a simple hack, but what would turn out to be a massive one.

I use Facebook Ads Manager to handle all of my advertising across social media. I link my business pages to it so that I can seamlessly create and post ads. My ads are billed to credit cards that connect to Pay Pal Business... for that...added security. They got in. Remember that old email account from a domain I don’t have anymore? The hackers actually went to a company that now owned it, bought it, and created two emails for it. One of the was identical to the one I once used. That same email was removed from the Facebook account. I saw this because when you try to get back into your account they show all the emails that the request is being sent to.

I am internet savvy to a degree that most are not. I am analytical to a fault but those traits helped me get the account back. I had a thought to see who owned the domain now and the name server showed who it was purchased from. I contacted them, sent a few screenshots, and they saw the fraud happening and shut that account down. (I was allowed to repurchase it a few days later).

The hacker wanted my account so bad that they went out of their way to buy a domain and create a matching email account. As I kept bombarding Facebook with constant emails to abuse@fb.com and sending my ID for identity verification, I started to contact my financial institutions about a breach. Pay Pal was on the phone while a fraudulent charge was going through real time. We blocked it and removed Facebook from the account, and rescued Pay Pal.

One of my business bank accounts was rescued and I now seem protected. After five days I had reclaimed my Facebook account and seeing the damage they had done. When I logged in to my ads manager, I saw that I was being charged $100 a day, 7 days a week, for 365 days for just one ad campaign. I saw that they were billing another bank account and I immediately froze that account for good. I actually caught it right before it was actually posting to the account. It is there that I also learned that they had added two other Facebook names as admins.

They had actually hacked two other accounts that I have never seen before, made them admins to my ads manager and two business pages, and also attached a stolen American Express card to the account. I contacted Amex and told them to protect my card and informed them about the stolen card. They actually did nothing about the stolen card to notify that owner. I was stunned.

A day had now passed and it looked like everything was good to go. I turned on my Mac and did some work, went to bed, and woke up the next day to a notice saying my password had been changed again. This time, instead of panicking I look at my emails that were now secure, my 2FA’s and other forms of security and nothing was alerted that this was real. I logged in to Facebook and changed my password just in case from my phone. I also turned off my Mac, because I sensed the Mac was in play for the hacker. I monitored all of my accounts all day to catch anything the second it happened. All good.

The next day I purchased a Security Key from Yubico.com as an extra layer of security for everything I do online. A hacker can have your username and password, but if 2FA is turned on and the verification of identity is using a security key, they are not getting in. I know nothing is 100% but a key is pretty close.

Also, my Mac is still off. Every time it was on, I received emails about requests and changes. When it was off, nothing, i.e.. Hawaii and Sedona. I also added Kaspersky Security to my Macs and phone for constant real time security for all of my accounts. I also learned that my Mac, yes, Mac, had a major Malware/Keylogger on it called OSX/XCSSET. It is an extreme Malware and wreaked havoc on me. How did I get it? Fedex/Kinkos. It is on their system and got to my Mac by the flash drive.

This Malware replicates browsers and websites therefore tricking the user that they are on a real site, like Facebook, Zoom, or even Skype. It has a line of code that will steal your Crypto, that happened to me as well and the FBI is working on it for me.

The hackers also used IP addresses from Hawaii, thinking that is where I was. They used fake VPN’s to do this. I have learned that the hackers are in Brazil and Singapore and will probably not be found in this case, but eventually they will.

I am almost back to 100%, and I have yet to turn on and deep clean the main Mac. That will be done in a highly secure environment away from the internet. Protect yourself. Yes, we can all get hacked and it is hell to get everything back and re-protected. Stay safe.

Resources to help you:
XCSSET INFO:

Yubico Desktop Key, Iphone Key

Facebook Hacked Help


Pineapple Juice- More Than Just Vitamin C

Here's why pineapple juice will help your sore throat.

Guest Blog by Kelly Cuip

 

One of the best ways to heal up a scratchy throat and cough is to drink freshly juiced pineapple juice. For several years now we have juiced a pineapple every time we get a cough or have a sore throat.  And every time it heals us up rather quickly!  It usually only takes about 1-2 glasses of fresh pineapple juice to send a cough on it's way out the door. There have been several articles make the statement that pineapple juice is 5 times more effective than cough syrup, and I can confirm, that this is most definitely the case!  In fact, one study performed by the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Meerut Institute of Engineering and Technology in India, confirmed that fresh pineapple juice, with honey and pepper added, was found to be extremely helpful in dissolving mucus of the lungs in tuberculosis.

The pineapple's super-power lies within it's naturally occurring enzyme, bromelain, which reduces inflammation.  This soothes the irritation of the throat and relieves the coughing. Bromelain is also a proteolytic enzyme, which means it digests protein. It also contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Magnesium, all of which boost the immune system, which in turn helps ward off colds and illness. By triggering the body's production of substances that reduce swelling and fight pain, Bromelain is able to soothe and heal irritated coughs.


Benefits Of Drinking Pineapple Juice For A Cough

  • Cataract prevention via Vitamin A & C, which both play a key role in protecting vision
  • High amounts of Manganese which is an essential nutrient that helps protect cells against free radicals and strengthens bones and teeth
  • The very high fiber content helps with constipation and cleansing toxins from organs
  • Bromelain reduces inflammation, which in turn soothes pain and swelling
  • High Vitamin C content is necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues.  Also helps absorb minerals, maintain immune system, maintains teeth, bones & cartilage and helps in forming collagen.
  • Drinking fresh pineapple juice helps remove intestinal worms
  • Acts as a natural diuretic and helps detox the body of toxins
  • Helps in removing dead cells from the skin
  • Contains antioxidants that fight skin damage and reduce wrinkles
  • Boosts fertility via antioxidants that fight free radicals, which cause damage to reproductive organs
  • Facilitates the healing of wounds by quickly repairing cells and tissues
  • Helps digestion by providing the enzymes to break down protein, which in turn helps absorb nutrients that are eaten
  • Contains copper, the mineral essential for healthy red blood cells. Copper increases cognitive abilities and helps maintain neural pathways, helping prevent neural disorders

These benefits will be most enjoyed when drinking fresh pineapple juice, right from the juicer.  If you must buy store-bought, make sure you get Organic, Not From Concentrate, No Sugar Added,  and all that jazz pineapple juice.  But you will reap the rewards of pineapples most from freshly squeezed juice!

Our personal experience has always been that once we give pineapple juice, no matter how long the cough has been around, it usually tends to disappear in a day or two completely after being given a couple of glasses of fresh pineapple juice. Or anytime I notice one of my children getting a cold, a glass of pineapple juice will ward it off. I keep going with the pineapple juice too, we keep drinking it for a few days just to keep illness away.  Remember, natural remedies work best in strong bodies that aren't tainted with poisonous medications.

And you know the best part about pineapple juice??  It tastes WONDERFUL!!!  My boys like the fresh pineapple juice the best, with a couple of ice cubes mixed in, so you're not drinking warm pineapple juice. It tastes delicious people, and it's so good for you!  Cheers!


Kelly Cuip

Read more from Kelly at http://www.natural-hacks.com

Sources:
1. Bromelain treatment decreases neutrophil migration to sites of inflammation.
Publication: Clin. Immunol. 2008 Jul ;128(1)::66-74. :doi: 10.1016/j.clim.2008.02.015. 
Publication Date: 2008 Jul
Study Author(s): Fitzhugh, David J;Shan, Siqing;Dewhirst, Mark W;Hale, Laura P;
2. 
Oral Bromelain Attenuates Inflammation in an Ovalbumin-induced Murine Model of Asthma.
Publication: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2008 Mar ;5(1)::61-9. :doi: 10.1093/ecam/nel110.
Publication Date: 2008 Mar
Study Author(s): Secor, Eric R;Carson, William F;Singh, Anurag;Pensa, Mellisa;Guernsey, Linda A;Schramm, Craig M;Thrall, Roger S; 

Institution: Department of Immunology and Department of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA.
3.  https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jnme/2014/861659/
4.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4882156/


Play Your Cards Right

For those that know my time as a former professional poker player, you would think by the title of this piece that I am getting ready to get into some sort of hand strategy. Not this time. I bring to my listeners and audiences motivation that allows them to open their minds and begin to look within to adapt to things that can better their lives. This is one of the tools that I have actually begun to use for myself and that I would like to share with each of you.

My friend Alexander Dunlop wrote a fantastic book entitled, "Play Your Cards Right" that explains the true origins of the common deck of playing cards. He explains that there are 52 cards that coincide with the 52 weeks of the year, and the four suits that represent the four seasons. When the totality of the deck is added up we see that we get 365 1/4 that equals of course the days in each year.

From the author:

This book gives you the clarity, answers, confidence, and direction you’ve been seeking for your whole life.

Read this book and you’ll discover a hidden toolkit you can use to craft the life you really want.

You see, based on your date of birth, you have 13 Life Cards. In your Life Cards, you’ll discover your pathway to more fulfilling work, happier relationships, and authentic self-expression.

 

I have looked up my birth month and year and I am described to the "T". The expressions relate to who am today, the path that I can choose to follow, and where I once was. The reading and interpretation gave me self-awareness that I AM on the right path and it fits totally with the modalities that I follow in my life and I know that it will do the same for you.

I don't want to go too deep into what he offers in this fantastic book because I would prefer that you get it for yourself and just dive in. Go to his website and learn about The Life Elevated Foundation as well. Our time is changing so rapidly that it is hard to keep up and maintain what our body really needs to be feeling. Change is good, and this book and foundation can help guide you through it.

Order this amazing book here:


20 Questions To Ask Your Parents & Grandparents While You Still Can

If anyone has realized this lately, it would be me. Life can vanish from those we love in an instant or a slow in an exhausting length of time for family members. Don't let time go by without getting answers to questions you may have, and be able to really connect by asking the questions that honestly matter. 

 

Take your parents, or grandparents out to lunch, for coffee, or even through an internet chat. Get together as often as you can. Set the date an be there. Be there with your questions but really listen to the answers. Cherish them and pass them down to your kids, your relatives, and just as beautiful stories from the past being re-birthed today. Enjoy the moment and remember the feeling, smiles, wrinkles in the corner of their eyes, and just the feeling of warmth. 

 

Find your own questions, but here are a few to give you a small boost: 

 

What brought you the most joy being a parent? What was easy, and what was hard? Was there any memory that stands out as your best? 

 

What was the most exciting and exhilarating thing you have ever done and why? 

 

What was your happiest moment, and what made it so special? What was your hardest moment, and how did you overcome it? 

 

Describe the best thing life taught you. 

 

What was the one book that brought your thoughts alive? How did it impact you? 

 

Who was your secret crush? 

 

If you could talk to your 18-year-old self, what would you say and why? 

 

What is the craziest thing that you ever did? Were you alone or with someone else? What was behind the reason to do it? 

 

 

Who were your best friends and where are they now? 

 

What was your first job and where was it? How much did it pay? 

 

Did you have someone to seek comforting advice? Who was it and why? 

 

Were you close to your grandparents? What were some of the things that you did with them, and what was the most treasured? 

 

What legacy do you feel you have that will leave a lasting impact on the world, and to those who are close to you? 

 

What is your favorite color, flower, song, and season? 

 

How did your faith determine your decision making if at all and why? 

 

What was the first movie you saw, and who did you see at your first concert or performance? 

 

Did you have pets? 

 

What was your favorite vacation location and why? Did you meet people and stay in contact with them? 

 

What is a perfect day for you? 

 

 

What advice can you give me for an amazing relationship? 

 

There are so many questions that you can ask but again maybe these can jump-start a few for you. Cherish the answers and keep them alive. Remember life is short and enjoy the moments now. 

 

 

 


Loving Kindness Meditation

By: Jennifer Navara

You can begin by sitting or lying down in a comfortable position, closing your eyes. Sit with your back erect, without being strained or overarched. Take a few deep breaths, relax your body.

Metta or loving-kindness meditation is an expression of what you wish most deeply for yourself, not just for today, but in an enduring way. The meditation is simple phrases that are big enough and general enough that you can wish them for all beings everywhere. Classical phrases are things like, “May I be at peace. May I be safe. May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I live with ease.” You can also choose phrases that resonate with you, they do not have to be these specific phrases.

You can gently repeat these phrases over and over again, have your mind rest in the phrases, and whenever you find your attention has wandered, don't worry about it. When you recognize you've drifted away from the phrases, see if you can gently bring your mind back and begin again.

We start with wishing well to ourselves. Repeat the phrases slowly and for a chosen period of time or repetitions: (I like to repeat 3 times)

May I be happy, May I be healthy, May I be safe, May I be at peace, May I live with ease.

You can next call to mind somebody that you care about—a good friend, or someone who's helped you in your life, someone who inspires you. You can visualize them, say their name to yourself. Get a feeling for their presence, and then direct the phrases of loving-kindness to them.

May you be happy, May you be healthy, May you be safe,

May you be at peace, May you live with ease.

Call to mind someone you know who's having a difficult time right now. They've experienced a loss, going through something painful, a difficult situation. Whoever comes to mind, bring them here.

Imagine them sitting in front of you. Say their name. Get a feeling for their presence and offer the phrases of loving-kindness to them. “May you be happy, healthy, safe, at peace, and live with ease.”

Think of someone who plays some “neutral” role in your life, someone that you don't know very well, that you don't have a particular feeling for, or against. Maybe the checkout person at the supermarket where you shop, the gas-station attendant, somebody that you see periodically. If someone like that comes to mind, imagine them sitting in front of you, and offer these same phrases of loving-kindness to them. “May you be happy, healthy, safe, at peace, and live with ease.”

This practice opens us to the possibility of including rather than excluding, connecting, rather than overlooking, and caring rather than being indifferent, both to ourselves and others. This intention can extend infinitely to all beings in a boundless way, leaving no one out, “May all beings be happy, healthy, safe, at peace, and live with ease.”

 
 
 

Wishing you more love than your beautiful heart can hold,

 

Jennifer Navara XO

Jennifer is a Certified Health & Wellness Coach driven to guide you along your own path to complete happiness as she helps you discover balance in health, spirituality, mindset, and more! You can visit her website here.

Mindful Rest

Rest

“It is very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying, it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.” - Thich Nhat Hanh⁠

Mindfulness and meditation are like the lifts and pulls we do in the gym, but for the mind. We need to give ourselves the internal piece, just as we give ourselves the outward strength, and we build this strength by practicing, and doing it daily. For both.

Start meditating by sitting quietly for just five minutes a day, and notice where your mind goes, observe, and come back to focusing on your breath.. It is natural to have thoughts come into your brain, just as sweat and tension come to your body in exercise. Notice them and let them go.

Learn to become mindful of your life and everything that surrounds it. Become aware of the little things as you go about your day, avoiding anything that disrupts your inner peace. And if something is negative, bring yourself back to mindfulness that you experience in meditation. Focus on your breath, and your inner environment will ease the outer for you.

Practice will make this so much easier. Don’t get discouraged in your practice either, it takes time!


4 benefits of meditation in the workplace

1. Less stress. Need proof that meditation can significantly reduce stress in the workplace? A 2018 study found that people who used Headspace for only 10 days reported an 11% decrease in stress. After 30 days of using Headspace, they reported a 32% decrease.
Here’s how meditation can reverse the impact of stress on our minds and bodies:

It helps us regulate our emotions. When we practice meditation and become more comfortable with unpleasant thoughts and emotions that arise because of challenging situations, we learn how to react calmly, thoughtfully, and empathetically when faced with stress and challenges (which can be particularly valuable in the workplace).
It changes our brains, rewiring them to be more resilient to stress. Specifically, meditation can decrease neurological connections to the medial prefrontal cortex — the part of the brain responsible for fear, stress, and anxiety — while building new pathways to the parts of the brain responsible for focus and decision-making. Moreover, research shows that two key parts of the brain — the gray matter (responsible for emotional regulation, planning, problem-solving) and cortical thickness (learning, memory) — both increase with regular meditation practice. Alternatively, the amygdala (responsible for stress, fear, anxiety) decreases in size.
It improves stress biomarkers. When we meditate, the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated, which can positively affect a range of stress-related biomarkers including lowered heart rate, reduced blood pressure, and fewer spikes in cortisol (the stress hormone).

2. More focus and productivity. It’s true: research shows that completing just one 15-minute session of mediation (not using Headspace) resulted in a 22% reduction in mind-wandering, and four weeks of using Headspace daily resulted in a 14% increase in focus. Imagine if we’re able to leverage the benefits of meditation at work — the more focused we are, the more productive we will be.

3. Easier teamwork. Meditation has been shown to have a positive effect on employees being more collaborative and more compassionate at work. A 2015 study found that three weeks of using the Headspace app resulted in a 23% increase in compassion. Additional studies found that meditation reduced aggression by 57% and irritability by 27%. If your team is suffering from a lack of trust and poor communication, meditation could help turn things around.

4. Improved job satisfaction and engagement. There’s a positive correlation between mindfulness and engagement at work, according to research. In a 2018 study published in the American Journal of Medicine, nurses who used Headspace for 30 days had significant improvements in job satisfaction. These results make perfect sense when you consider that mindfulness helps foster the characteristics that lead to enhanced engagement and job satisfaction, such as better relationships with coworkers, lower stress, and increased emotional balance and positivity.

From: Headspace


My Top Ten Books For December 2020

This is the first list I have ever shared on books that have transformed the way I think about my life and the direction that I want to take it.

I hope you find this list helpful, and I hope that they will guide you in the ways that you may need them too. I will continue to add to this list!

 

 

1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

 

 

2. The Alchemist

 

3. The 48 Laws of Power

4. The Four Agreements

5. The Biology of Belief

6. You are the Placebo

7. The Genius Life

8. Limitless

9. Think Like A Monk

10. Sacred Economics


Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake

With the holidays coming up this is sure to be a major mouth-watering hit with everyone!

Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake

Prep Time 20 Mins Cook Time 120 Mins Makes 12-16 Servings

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST:
* 2 cups (225g) graham cracker crumbs
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/3 cup (75g) butter, melted
* 1/4 cup (50g) sugar

FOR THE FILLING:
* 4 eight-ounce blocks cream cheese, softened
* 1 1/4 cups (250g) sugar
* 4 large (200g) Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs
* 1 cup (225g) canned pumpkin purée
* 1/4 cup (57g) heavy or whipping cream
* 3 tablespoons maple syrup
* 3 tablespoons bourbon
* 1 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

FOR THE TOPPING:
* 2 cups (454g) sour cream
* 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
* 1 tablespoon maple syrup
* 1 tablespoon bourbon

Nutritional Information
Serv. Size: 1 piece, Servings: 16
Amount Per Serving: Calories 490, Fat Cal. 290, Total Fat 33g (51% DV), Sat. Fat 18g (90% DV), Trans Fat 1g, Cholest. 135mg (45% DV), Sodium 280mg (12% DV),  Total Carb. 42g (14% DV), Fiber <1g (3% DV), Sugars 32g, Protein 7g, Vitamin A (60% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (10% DV), Iron (4% DV), Vitamin D (4% DV).  Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Directions

TO MAKE THE CRUST:

STEP 1:
Preheat oven to 375F.
STEP 2:
Combine all crust ingredients in a medium bowl until the mixture has the consistency of wet sand. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a lightly greased 10-inch springform pan.
STEP 3:
Bake for about 10 minutes, until just starting to set and browning slightly on the edges. Remove from oven and set aside while preparing filling. Reset oven to 325F.
TO MAKE THE FILLING:
STEP 1:
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with a hand or stand mixer on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy.
STEP 2:
Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition and scraping the bowl well.
STEP 3:
Add all remaining filling ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour filling into crust and shake the pan gently to level.
STEP 4:
Bake at 325F for 45 minutes, leaving the oven door closed throughout the bake. After 45 minutes, turn the oven off, but do not remove the cheesecake. Keeping the oven door closed, allow the cheesecake to remain in the oven for an additional hour with the oven off. After that time, remove cheesecake from the oven, set aside, and reset oven to 375F.


TO MAKE THE TOPPING
:

STEP 1:
While oven is preheating again, prepare the topping. In a medium bowl, mix all topping ingredients until well combined. Spread evenly over the top of the cheesecake and bake for 12 minutes.
STEP 2:
Remove cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature. Once at room temperature, chill for at least 3 hours before removing the pan. Serve chilled.

Original Recipe Credit: Sandra Laflamme