07 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Hacked! Ack!

Some of you know that my current day job involves web design and development. As part of that job, we occasionally have to recover a hacked site. We primarily build in WordPress. As much as I love that platform, I’m the first to admit that it can have security issues…especially if you don’t update your WordPress version. Apparently, I had not been doing that…

I should know better, of course… and I also shouldn’t have been surprised when it happened. But I was.

When I saw the email from Google Webmaster, I thought…non I have not been hacked. No way.

So, I had to check it out for myself. The site wasn’t just hacked, the entire site was no longer showing up.

I spent quite a while going through files and checking the database. Finally, after 2 hours, I found the last bit of malicious code lurking, and got it back up! So, everything’s working and secure again.

Let this be a warning to you. If you don’t update WordPress, you could end up getting hacked. In addition to bringing your website down, it could also negatively affect your search engine rankings.

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Cassie Witt

Hey, I own Team 3 Media, LLC with my husband where we provide services to help build and expand your web presence. Currently, I'm working on an ebook "31 Days to An Awesome Facebook Page", helping my clients with their social media and web needs, and keeping up with Facebook Changes so that I can tell you what they mean for your business.