So last night was interesting. Panic inducing. Frustrating. Embarrassing. Humbling. Educational.
In case you didn’t know – my site got hacked.
I was replying to comments and all of a sudden I was logged out of my account — and my username was not recognized. Rut roh.
I posted my first response directly on Twitter:
My second response also went to Twitter:
Thankfully some very kind tweeps helped me out and gave me some direction
While some were just supportive while I totally freaked out.
Ultimately I contacted my host (Eleven2) and they.were.awesome. Thank goodness for Live Chat!! I opened a ticket with them and within minutes (it felt like hours, but it was minutes) my site was back.
It also helped that I have been good about backing up my blog — they were able to restore almost everything (just a few comments that I had responded to were missing). So thank you goes to Katy who taught me why and how important it is to back up your site. IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT.
Jason also mentioned a plugin to try out – WP Security Scan from Website Defender.
I signed up and last night my first scan found that I had 2 Critical Severity Alerts: Executable files found in the Shareaholic files (which apparently, is bad). So either that’s where the hackers started — or that’s where the hacking came from. Regardless, those files are now deleted (as is the plugin).
The site/plugin also alerts you if someone changes your username and gives you pointers on how to make your site more secure. So far I am a fan.
I’m honestly not sure WHY anyone would want to hack my little old blog — I guess because they could. The lessons I learned are invaluable: 1. My site was not as secure as I thought it was, 2. If you are ever confused/frustrated about anything Twitter is a an awesome resource, 3. Always contact your host 3. Using the term “Mother Bitches” is highly acceptable in a situation like this (thank you goes to my friend Tena for coining that phrase), and 4. YOU SHOULD ALWAYs BACK UP YOUR BLOG. AWAYS.
Have you ever been hacked?? Please tell me I’m not the only one!!