So, I'm a sucker for clickbait.
I am- I mean, it wouldn't be an internet thing if a lot of us weren't, would it?
And I was on a clickbait site about the paranormal yesterday when I accidentally clicked something I shouldn't have.
I fell asleep knitting while I was waiting for Mate to deal with it. I finally got to bed, and he dragged himself in an hour later, after having erased and rebooted my web browsers-- and paid for and downloaded some virus protection above and beyond our usual.
He said the most insidious thing about this particular virus was that it had cloned a fake Google-- every time I used my web browser, it took me to a lookalike and I used that to find my stuff-- and gather my info.
I was lucky yesterday-- I was actually not on the computer that long-- I mean, long enough to visit the clickbait site, but mostly, I was dealing with real world bullshit, and then working out and taking the kids to dance. I was going to do most of my work last night.
So, today, besides a massive, not fun kink in my neck, I've got a total fear of clickbait sites now, which is too bad, because I get a lot of inspo from the stuff I find there. (And from real life and from research and, sometimes, from internally editing the copy because some of them are AWFUL) and I also have a vague sense of embarrassment.
I mean, paranormal firefighters. I always assumed that if I gave my computer a bug, I'd get it from porn.