On 23 July 2009 my website was hacked into.
The result was that some malware (really horrible code that causes spam) was put into the code of my theme of my website. What is does is it activates links to hundreds of pornographic sites whenever I uploaded new material.
Recently I have been quite busy uploading new pages about my blogging beginners self-help e-courses, so all my activities had been blasting off all this pornographic stuff left right and centre throughout the net.
Of course, Google took a dim view of this, and have given me short shrift. I was also wondering why my SEO levels had dropped to rock bottom recently.
I do have a wonderful brother who is a wizard in website programming, and he worked his magic behind the scenes, locating and removing the malware. Let’s just hope it doesn’t have secondary programming to reappear again later by itself.
Meanwhile I have tried to submit my website for reconsideration by Google. I still can’t see my theme in Firefox, and I have talked to my server and have closed all my FTP access (which I will have to temporarily open every time I want to upload something). That was the back door that was wide open and allowed the hacker in.
So ladies, this is a word of warning: check all the portals of your website to make sure they are secure. Change all your passwords to everything regularly and use combinations of letters, numbers and punctuation to make them stronger.
Keep an eye out for anything suspicious or out of the ordinary with your website and ask for help if you are worried. This malware was totally invisible on my website, so it was the fact that I couldn’t see my theme that alerted me that something was wrong, but only after all the damage had been done.