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From Where I Sit: This column was sincerely written by me

By: Tom Rupp, Special to the Telegraph
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Sure we live in a wonderful age of technological advancement, but the human heart is still devious and can find a multitude of ways to do bad things.

Yes, I was hacked. It all started one morning when Carol said, “What does this email mean that you sent to me?” It contained some weird quote and a link as well as my full name printed at the end. The first tipoff was ending it with “Sincerely” to my wife.

I didn’t send it. So I logged online and noticed other odd messages. Then the calls and emails started coming in from my legitimate friends – “did you send this?” and “what did you mean by this?” and so on.

It was a bit humorous to see some of my friends weighing the possibility that it really was me who sent this inane, meaningless message out of the blue.

The Internet Age is amazing and frustrating at the same time. I thought of the quote by Gen. Omar Bradley, “Ours is an age of nuclear giants and ethical infants.” Humanity can invent the greatest things and use them for the worst purposes.

So what do you do? Change your password? Get virus protection? I don’t think there is any way to be completely safe from everything, ever. You can only risk-proof your life but so much.

Then another quote came to mind, this time from Leo Buscaglia, “The person who risks nothing (as a result) does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.”

You can set up as many protections as you can as you venture through the aptly named “world wide web” (remember that term?), but no one is completely virus proof unless you don’t go online. And believe me, I have considered that option.

I wonder if all of this open disclosure on Facebook and Linked In, for instance, will one day come back and bite a lot of people on the personal identity behind. I wonder if all of this online access, albeit with protections and passwords, is more susceptible to invasion than we realize.

Well, I still type these words on a laptop and will send it to editor Don via email, so for at least another week count me in among those who are connected. And think twice before opening any weird emails.

Reach Tom Rupp at truppfolsom@yahoo.com.