The good part is that many people notified me last week that my website was sick. Either I have really great friends or many site visitors. Hope it is both.
The bad news is that it was REALLY sick.
Here is the story as I understand it. A few months ago someone or something hacked into my site. The best local minds went to work , restored it and told me that it was a weakness with WordPress.
Lesson: Seems you need to do your upgrades regularly.
A month later my site was hacked again. Files everywhere! But this time the verdict was that there many people are finding their hosts at fault.
The lesson: change hosts.
A few weeks later, my host shuts me down because someone tries to hack me.
Lesson: have an advocate that can talk to these guys. (Not my fault!)
Last week I woke to emails telling me that Google had put a big, hairy, scary, red warning across my pages. It seems that a virus had entered my site via the passcode and taken my site to its knees requiring a week’s worth of cleanup to fix.
The lesson: Protect your ridiculously complicated passcodes.
I wish that my site were important or controversial enough to deserve this attention. But at least I can say that my website is healthy and safe today and I hope you will visit it. But If this had been my husband, my kid or my dog I would be a wreck right now.
The lesson: Its just a website.