Almost all BPI clients who were affected, including me, was in a panic yesterday when news about BPI unauthorized charges spread like wildfire online. I saw many people complaining and bashing BPI’s Facebook page about the matter.
I admit that I worried because that money was something Dane and I worked hard for. Some we got because we chose to save rather than buy something we want to buy. But when a friend who was with BPI for more than a decade assured me that it would be OK, and when I saw how that I am not the only one, I stopped worrying and just believed that BPI would be true to its words.
I realized something else, though. Even though we are in a third-world country and we say that technology is still behind compared to the US and other first-world countries, it is inevitable that many of us are now using more and more services online. You just can’t deny the convenience that it brings for you.
However, along with this is an undeniable truth that we are more exposed online. The good news is that BPI was not hacked and that it was just an internal error. So even if I hide in my room all day, I am at risk.
Nowhere is safe anymore. We are in danger everywhere we go. Bombings can happen anywhere. The quiet Marawi City is now in danger because of the Maute Group. There was a recent bombing in Quiapo. An earthquake disturbed our quiet night here in Rizal and many other cities last May 25th. Even what others call the holy Vatican City and Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense were not an excuse. These were also bombed in the past.
I’m not saying this to scare anyone. I am saying that everywhere we go now, even if we stay at home or go to a place we think is safe, anything can happen.
What can we have now to remain calm after all these dreadful happenings? I don’t have anything else but my faith in God. My faith that wherever I go, He will protect me. And if something happens, then maybe it is my time. But for now, as long as I live, I trust God alone to keep me safe from all harms.
“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3