The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.
It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
Happy Sunday Everyone!
I had my Saturday pretty well planned out, sleep in, promote some book tour stops, write 2 blog posts, read, spend time with my granddaughter. Well, I did sleep in, but when I signed into my blog I found I had been hacked.
First there was a panic because when I had been hacked several years ago my blog was filled with racist posts and beyond x-rated pictures. This time it was just a black screen with loud music and big red letters saying you have been hacked with the hacker’s name.
Deep breaths…I quickly sent the company, Tiger Technology, that hosts my blog and email. I received an immediate response. They got to work and about 2 hours later my beautiful blog was restored.
They discovered the hack occurred last than 5 minutes before I tried to sign in, they quickly locked down the site and kept the hacker from doing further damage.
They also determined that while I had changed my email and blog passwords regularly I had not changed my server password in a very long time. You know it is a site you go to when you have a problem. It otherwise just runs in the background and is forgotten. The password I had was strong but the hacker got through. I have now added my server to the list of passwords that needs to be changed often. So I just want to remind all of your make changing passwords a priority.
Thankfully Tiger Tech and their staff are amazing. They have helped me through many little glitches over the years and now this huge one. And they did it within minutes, not days or hours. Years ago my blog was hosted by Google Blogger and I had to rebuild my site myself and it took days. I am not sure how they do it now, but back then it was other Blogger users that helped me get things back on track and helped me get rid of the most offensive material. I never heard back from anyone that worked for Google. The adage “you get what you pay for” is true. Blogger is free, Tiger Tech costs about $10 a month but I learned today they are worth every penny.
Weekly Rewind – February 13 – 18, 2017
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Change those passwords!