I had been doing great. Checking off lists, getting to the end of the cycle and ready for the Nashville Needlework Market a whole 2 weeks early. Something was bound to happen. And it did. Big time.
I went to populate my blog with my newest cross stitch pieces and it wouldn’t let me into the editor. No biggie. I probably had the wrong password stored on the computer. I do that sometimes and then have to do the whole “I forgot my password” thing. So I type in my email address and get a “This email is not in our user database.” What?
Long story short, after digging through the back in data files, error logs, and finally contacting my hosting company, I find out over 200,000 websites have been destroyed by a flaw in one of the plugins I had used at one time but had never deleted when I deactivated it. (You can read about it here.)
Big problem was, it had destroyed all my backups, too. Fourteen days before Nashville.
- Always delete plugins you are not using
- Always have your security plugins, themes, and base software up to date
- Make backups of your site regularly and store somewhere other than your web server
- For extra security, write your blog posts off-line and keep a copy off-line
I know this doesn’t help if you have just lost two years worth of blogging (like me) but keeping these things in mind will help you when the next hacker finds a flaw to exploit!