Coronavirus: When Self Alone, Should Come First

I rushed from my bed, ran out. Then ran back into the bedroom. This is likely to be a long haul job, I thought to myself. I switched off everything in the bedroom that is not necessary to be on, while I ran to my study to do the needful.

I HAVE BEEN HACKED! OR, HELP I FEEL IT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW UNDER MY NOSE.

While on my bed and doing my early morning routines, I got a message on one of my emails to confirm something. I did not think twice, I swiped, and I got a message that reads, ‘Check your Samsung SM-N975F’. What, hackers have got my email. I don’t have a Samsung SM-N975F! Resend? No WAY!

Age of Self Protection – From Migrants, Coronavirus (Covid-19), HIV, Influenza or Enemy Cyber Actions – War, Influence, Attack, Theft, etc.

Maybe my state of alertness was high because my friend’s phone just got hacked into, and his registered mobile number on our WhatsApps group was changed to another number by the hacker.

I furiously tried all I could, but I was helpless. I got little help from Yahoo support team. Not this time, I screamed as Yahoo’s 800-293-5568 helpline was busy. I felt completely helpless. Rather, Yahoo’s immediate online support seemed to be more interested in selling me Yahoo Mail Pro! But that is a better future protection, I need a solution for a current problem.

After several hours going back and forth on my own, I felt I have done enough to assure myself that, … maybe my email account is still safe. But the one that made me laugh at myself is this …

I know my phone is called Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. I have never seen any advert or message calling the same phone, Samsung SM-N975F. Phew! You mean, that email message that asked me to Check my Samsung SM-N975F was just saying, ‘check Samsung Galaxy Note 10+?’ And not that the message went to an hackers phone? But I did not get any message. So, I was justified to feel threatened. But if the message had gone to an hackers phone, he/she would have used the code to open my email from his/her end, on his/her phone, and possibly change my email password and … yes, my mind ran through so many possibilities.

Wait… I just got a debit alert for a WEB buy. I have not bought anything today. Any scammer working my account? No. It’s not happening to me. Wait… It’s a delayed reoccurring payment. I changed my debit card details few days ago and the failed invoice has just been processed.

When Self Alone, Should Come First.

Who is Self – Individual, Family, Group, District, State, or Country?

WhatsApp Two-Steps Verification Security

When the hacking issue happened to my friend, someone ‘shouted’ out some instructions as if our life depended on it. Hello everyone, let us quickly address this issue before it gets out of hand.
When your WhatsApp account is hacked, the hacker simply starts using your integrity. This can include using your contact list to send fake messages or news, stealing of your identity and use of the access that he/she now has into accounts and system for other criminal activities. 
On WhatsApp (or your Bank etc – depending on how far the hacker has gone), the hacker can change your phone number to theirs and replace you with him/herself.
To prevent such a thing from happening to you on WhatsApp, follow these steps:
Go to ‘settings’ on your WhatsApp,
Click on ‘Account’, 
Click on ‘Two- step verification’, 
Enter pin,
Input your email address 
And save. 

WhatsApp will ask for the Two-step verification if you or anyone else wants to access your account from a fresh system or change your details. I did this, ages ago on my WhatsApp, and I have tried protecting my email and systems as best as I could. But yes, I know I am still vulnerable. This is not the first trial to get into me. Within the week, I had another attempt that seems to come from an IP in Vietnam.

Which border should we close against Virus or Cyber Attacks?

Which flight should be cancelled?

Which Military power, intelligence or capability should be deployed?

When individuals are under attack, how can the state intervene?

Considering my recent experiences, I began to think of other ‘attacks’ that are happening all around the world. From Turkey opening her land borders for migrants to enter Greece, US closing her air borders against some countries, Russia accused of cyber influence or attack in US elections and a claim that some Nigerians of Fulani descent have asked other Fulani’s’ across Northern Africa to come and settle in Nigeria against the wishes of other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.

When is it right for Self alone to come first? Is it when we want to be a far right ideologist/activities, have America come first in our rants or policy or only after we can properly define ‘Self’. When is it okay for it to be just about, I, me and myself ?

“To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so you can have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family” – Michelle Obama

“Taking care of yourself, doesn’t mean, ‘me first’, it means, ‘me too'”

While other necessities could not freely enter Iran, the political and economic isolation of the country hasn’t stopped COVID-19. Sanctions are threatening to turn an outbreak into a catastrophe. Iran now has the highest number of deaths outside China.

Yet, despite the current state of hostilities between the US and Iran, and sanctions placed on the country by coalition forces including the EU, the major players have all offered some help. France, Germany, UK has offered Iran €5m in aid and emergency equipment to combat coronavirus. China has sent personnel, and the World Health Organization have also sent a planeload of assistance.

We are always about ‘Self’, FIRST, then thereafter, others. Love your neighbor AS YOURSELF! But be Selfless in service to others.

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Aretha Franklin -Unspoken Conflicts, Unusual Victories.

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Greatest Soul Artist of all Time

According to The Guardian newspaper, Franklin’s fraught personal life was instinctively understood by the select few she allowed into her circle, particularly the female soul singers with whom she bonded.

”There was always an unspoken understanding between us”, the paper report Etta James to have later confessed, “… we’d be drawn to men, the wrong men, who weren’t in love with us, but we’re in love with who we were”.

To each and everyone of us, are the two components of personalities. Have you found yours? Are you relinquishing one for the other or are you maximizing the power of the two?

Soon, the two or multiple different you, young, adorable, charmingly different you,  will both or all grow old, and lose the energy, spark, vitality and vigor of your youth or your yesterday.

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Undisputed Queen of Soul

As if asking you, now I have handed the baton over, what are you going to do with your life, even if just what remains of it?

Most, if not all of us, carry this multiple personalities, which are not limited to the fully known, partially known and the unknown. Even The Washington Post (TWP) had to put an editor’s note to their write up on Aretha, an update to remove what they called “speculative analysis of Franklin’s life story”.  At death, she can’t refute any story. And I wonder why you and I bother spending so much resources refuting our yesterday instead of just writing tomorrrow with an irrefutable golden ink. TWP went on to report that Aretha’s life wasn’t always as victorious as her records sounded. Now, that is the Privatelyme that am talking about. The me and you that is just us and private and classically different from the one that is public.

From an early age, TWP reported that Aretha’s life was marred with difficulties – the sorts of crushing trials and tributions many people never work their way out from under. That the Queen of Soul’s ascent to the throne was not always an easy one. And I thought my way up the little stairway corridor from my current job level to the next was hard enough for me to give up on life. What a weak punch am throwing back at life’s challenges! When Aretha’s home was also reported to be unstable, left by her mum at age 6, lost her mum to the cold hands of death at 10, and she herself giving birth to her first child at 12 years of age, her second by a different father at 15 and a third child, still to a different father at 19 in a tempestuous marriage that lasted just 8 years!

It’s debateable if her turbulent personal life fuel her music and the passion with which she delivered it.  But she lived till 76, crowned No 1 in Rolling Stone’s “The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time”, sold more than 75 million records, won 18 Grammy Awards out of 44 nominations, performed at the inaugural events of three US presidents: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s.

Her song “Respect” has been part of the soundtracks in 29 films, an unofficial anthem for the civil rights movement and the women’s movement.

Born March 25, 1942 and died August 16, 2018.

Music made Aretha come alive, and what she gave, the world accepted, capturing the essence in Howard Thurman’s word that, we all shouldn’t “… ask what the world needs. (But we should) Ask what makes you (and I) come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”. Eleanor Roosevelt also spoke to Aretha. He told her in this quote, “you gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say, ‘I have lived through this horror, I can take the next thing that comes along’. You must do the thing you think you cannot do”.