"KEEPER OF THE FAMED...RAYMONE BAIN"
- Teresa Wiltz
The Washington Post
Steps To Take If You’re Cyber Attacked
“I refuse to let one mistake in life be used against me…to define the rest of my life”
By Raymone Bain
"WHEN YOU ARE IN THE PULSE OF MAINSTREAM ACTIVITY, AND NEGATIVE OUT-DATED POSTS REMAIN FOR YEARS IN THE #1 POSITION-HEED THIS WARNING:
YOU’VE BEEN HACKED AND CYBER ATTACKED"
All my life, I’ve worked to do the right things…live the right way; treat people the way I want to be treated; remain aware that I am here for God’s purpose. And, despite being given the opportunity, (a real blessing), to represent some of the most high-profile clients in the world…oftentimes out front publicly in the line of fire on their behalf…I always kept my personal life private. And, it remained that way until 2011.
Years earlier, I made the mistake of not filing my tax return on time. I was wrong for not doing so, and as a result in 2011, I plead guilty to “willful failure to file” my 2008 income tax return on time-a Misdemeanor. The day I stood before the Judge, a day I soon hoped to forget, was a very dark and embarrassing day for me. Walking out of court, I took a personal oath that I would never, ever, be late in filing again. I am blessed and proud to be an American, and pledged to myself that I will always adhere to my personal responsibilities; and, I publicly apologized.
I thought that upon leaving Court that day in 2011, I could move on.
Regrettably for me, this would not happen.
Returning to my office, my assistant put before me articles which had been downloaded, some of which were just down right salacious and incorrect. My tax matter was just the culmination of several bad years for me which began in 2009: my having to file a lawsuit, which has been well documented; the unexpected deaths of the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson; my mother, Rosena, (a few months later); my cousin, Gloria, (on the day of my mother’s funeral); health issues, (falling requiring 51 stitches, etc.) Never in my entire life had I ever been hit with such devastating blows.
Because of the negativity online, and life’s challenges, I decided that I would never look at my personal profile ever again. I reasoned that I couldn’t do anything about it, anyway. “So forget it,” I said… ”I will just ignore it.”
MY FIRST MISTAKE.
RULE #1: ALWAYS CHECK YOUR ONLINE PROFILE. KNOW WHAT IS BEING SAID AND WRITTEN ABOUT YOU. EVEN IF YOU CANNOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, DON’T BE TAKEN BY SURPRISE.