My blog was hacked. This wasn’t like this time when all my posts were gone.
I didn’t even have access to my dashboard, so I couldn’t fix anything myself and was completely dependent on other people to fix this.
It has been 5 days of endless emails and phone calls, day and night.
A malware warning from Google went on my blog, and it took Sitelock.com 5 days to fix this. You have no control over how long Google takes to clear your site, which adds more time to your site being down.
I worked so hard for years to build this blog. If you had to remove a link to Dagmar’s Home (Dagmar’s momsense) or one of my posts, PLEASE put it back up!
I now have a firewall protecting Dagmar’s Home so this never happens again. It will also make the blog faster.
Needless to say, the last 5 days have been nerve-wrecking.
I’m sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused. I feel awful that my readers saw that Google warning this whole time instead of my blog, but it was out of my control.
If your site has ever been hacked, you know the helpless feeling, and if you haven’t, make sure it never does.
My tips about how to avoid getting hacked or infected by malware:
- Pay for a firewall service so you never have to deal with this.
- Don’t rely on WordPress plugins. They are not sufficient and oftentimes actually the cause of sites crashing. I’ve had my blog down several times because of plugin issues, and I had to pay my webmaster to fix them.
- Don’t use Sitelock. It shouldn’t have taken them 5 days to fix this. I have heard that wewatchyourwebsite.com and sucuri.net are better.
I missed writing about so many things I would’ve usually blog about: selling my candles and vintage items at the June Fest last Saturday..
…the Thrifty & Vintage Finds link party, chaperoning L’s class to the library yesterday for 5 hours, and Wordless Wednesday.
I’m not going to try to make up writing about all of that and instead cut my losses.
I hope you will poke around my little ol’ blog a little more today so I can get my stats back up, and I’ll start fresh from here.
Has this ever happened to you? Do you have a firewall service? Which one would you suggest?