Site Hacking Alert Over – Clean Bill of Health
Hi to All My Tarot Friends Around The World,
Further to the possible Site Hacking Post I published on September 20th, I have spent the last couple of days following the advice of WordPress Staff and Forum Members in taking certain steps to flush out any unwanted activity on my site. This involved me having to totally overhaul my site and email programs. Thankfully nothing was found, and both WordPress and I feel confident that all is well. However, I would like to thank the site follower who took the time to bring the potential site hack to my attention. I did a lot of research after this and discovered that so many site owners haven’t a clue their site is being hacked as the hacker configures the virus to identify the administrator in order to keep them out of the picture. Unless someone contacts the administrator to tell them of issues on their site, the hacker can continue without any challenges. Sites can lose traffic along with their reputation and credibility if hacking becomes widespread.
TAKING SWIFT ACTION TO DEFEND AND PROTECT
I am the sole site creator, developer, content author/creator, administrator, social media manager and a list of other things for teachmetarot.wordpress.com. I am also developing a new site for Truly Teach Me Tarot at present while working on separate web builds for friends and acquaintances. I have a tonne of correspondence to reply to everyday and work hard to keep on top of it. The idea that my site could possibly be hacked without me knowing about it, never entered my head at all. I just don’t have the time to check up on such things. With the self-hosted sites I have built for others, there are security plugins in place to inform me immediately of the slightest breach in security. I get emailed if someone attempts an unauthorised login for example.
WordPress.com employ a huge number of people whose job it is to keep our sites safe and secure. It is highly unlikely that the breach in security will come from their end. We can all sleep more soundly as a result of this. The vulnerable areas where a hacker can find a backdoor into your site is through your browser or browser add-ons/extensions being infected with malware or adware. This issue may also be with the site user’s browser and not the site itself. Email accounts are also vulnerable and should be protected with super-strong passwords.
WORDPRESS SECURITY WARRIORS
So, I have learned a lot in the past two days and feel quite empowered by my new knowledge. However, the scheduled post containing the next section relating to The Pentacles -Love and Romance Associations will now be delayed by a couple of days. I apologise for this delay but it was vitally important for me to attend to the defense of my site. I do hope you all understand.
GETTING BACK TO WORK
So back to business, but I will be on my guard from now on!