Last week I went into my Inside Out Café and found – to my dismay – that WordPress had shut it down. They said that I was violating terms of their agreement and then sent me a link to all the things I agreed to do or to avoid doing.
The thing is – I didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t link to affiliates; I didn’t insert unacceptable images; I didn’t advertise, I didn’t use mature content. Get the picture?
I knew I was in the right so I emailed them (several times) so they would reinstate my blog. Finally, it was back.
While this was going on, my yahoo account was hacked and anyone I ever sent an email to received a bogus link from it. This wasn’t just any account – oh no – this was the one I use to send my job applications and resumes from! So the people I want to impress the most all received emails from my hacked account.
I changed my passwords (from all my accounts) and found that once again this account had been hacked. I went on the defensive and deleted almost all my contacts and most of my emails. I also went to my other yahoo accounts and removed any receipts, account updates or travel arrangements. If my account were a closet it would only have my winter clothes hanging nice and neatly for all to see. All the other items are removed, stored, donated or trashed.
Were the WordPress suspension and the yahoo hacking related? They made me realize how vulnerable my online status is.
My next step will be to make a backup of my WordPress posts because once I was suspended – all my stuff disappeared. It was as if my years of writing, blogging, making friends, sending comments, and online existence didn’t exist.
I will research how to combat this and go on the offensive and I will be sure to share my lessons with you. If you’ve been in my shoes, leave a note so I know I am not alone. If you’ve figured out some tips and tricks – share them here! Who knows how long we have until we are wiped clean (ah, such a cynical statement from Margekatherine, huh?)
- Twitter Has Been Hacked: 250,000 Twitter Accounts Compromised (gizmodo.com)
- WordPress.tv: Dre Armeda: How Anyone Can Hack Your WordPress Site In Less Than 5 Minutes and What You Can Do… (wordpress.tv)