For those of you who are my faithful readers (all three of you — my wonderful mother, my dear husband, and my delightful niece, Lara), you’ve probably noticed that my site has been down for a wee bit.
That is because some mean and malicious person (or ‘bot’) hacked my site and infected my files with vicious code.
The wonderful company where I host my site caught the hack — and thus turned off my site so the malicious person/bot couldn’t do any more nefarious things. (They wanted to protect their file servers — and I can’t say that I blame them.)
It’s taken several days, several long phone calls, several e-mail flurries to clean up the things.
So now, I’ve washed the code in sudsy water. I tumble dried it. I pressed it with a hot steaming. It now looks spiffy, tip-top, and is in its best form.
Earlier this year, a site that I am the tech support for also got hacked. That hacked code was as ugly as a monster from a black lagoon. Ugly, ugly, ugly. Much worse than the problem with this site.
Both times, the sites were hacked because the theme and some plugins weren’t updated to the latest version. The bad, bad people discovered this and hacked in and put in their own bad, bad code. Shame on them!
What can I learn from this?
First and foremost: ALWAYS and I do mean ALWAYS keep everything updated to the latest version. Old code equals getting hacked. It might not happen today. Or tomorrow. But. It. Will. Happen.
I also learned that I shouldn’t be lazy. In the back of my mind, I knew that I should update a few things on this site. But, I kept putting it off.
And I paid for that laziness.
Now comes the question: Have I really learned my lesson? Will I always keep everything updated?
I sure hope so. An ounce of prevention is far better than a pound of cure.
Now pardon me while I go eat a bag of Rolo candy to recuperate from this mess.