Michelle Waters’s Facebook Compromise
as Teachable Moment

Hijacked social media accounts can create massive fallout–personally and professionally.

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Educator and entrepreneur Michelle Waters is no stranger to facing difficulties head-on. But when her Facebook account was taken over by overseas scammers, she found her lifeline to friends, family and professional connections severed. To add insult to injury, they also used her PayPal account to advertise what may be the world’s ugliest pillow.

Most social media accounts are free to create, but if you use them a lot—especially for work—it can be very costly when you lose access to them.

Check out this week’s episode of “What the Hack with Adam Levinizzo” (he was in Italy this week) to hear how Michelle overcame her hack, and the lesson she learned (and teaches others) about the importance of controlling not only your intellectual property but its distribution.

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Read the transcript.

About the Hosts

Adam Levin is the former Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of New Jersey, serial entrepreneur and author of Swiped, which he wrote with his sidekick, writer and cyber mensch, Beau Friedlander. With expert commentary from Travis “Here’s What Actually Happened” Taylor, the show gets everything sorted out—or not—but either way you’re going to have a great time. Something weird happen to you? We’ve got your back.


What the Hack with Adam Levin is a production of Loud Tree Media and is produced by Andrew Steven.

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