It appears that my blog and I fell victim on Friday to a wide-spread Go Daddy malware something-or-other. I will not bore you with the gory details, but there were several hours when the future of this blog was uncertain. As was my sanity; I am not a technologically savvy person. Now that I have (mostly) gotten over my own blog worries, I am moving on to worrying about all of you!
According to a moderately helpful, relatively patient, Go Daddy tech, it is entirely possible that anyone who visited here Friday into mid-morning Saturday might have left with a little something unexpected – malware or a virus. First, let me say that I am soooo sorry that it might have happened and soooo hoping that it didn’t! Here is what I suggest you do just to be on the safe side:
- Run a virus scan of your computer.
- Run a malware scan. My husband and I used this one here and Ryan (of No More Bacon and Revive My Blog) recommends this one here.
- Keep a close eye on your blog for any weirdness. (For me, I saw a strange site referenced when my homepage loaded and my admin sections were all messed up.)
I will tell you that neither the virus scan or malware scan picked up anything on my own computer despite there clearly being something wrong. (It was all in the blog files, I guess.) But the tech guy, who I questioned repeatedly, admitted that there is no way of knowing what, if anything, might have been passed on. And he did do something at his end to fix things for me (although it took more than one phone call and they insist it is not their fault even though it affected thousands of their customers). Lots of gobbledygook that I did not understand. So my next step was to “hire” blog security and I can now assure you that my blog is safe:)
I have no idea how this happened. I am moving on to take steps to ensure it does not happen again. And I ran a patch last night (but don’t ask me what that means) and I was warned that it might screw up some of my blogs features. So please let me know if you discover anything wonky and bear with me as I figure things out.
If anyone has any tech advice to share about blog security, I’m sure there would be many who’d welcome the information. And while we are talking tech advice, my blog has been very slow lately and I have yet to find a solution. Feel free to offer advice for that too!
Sorry for the bad news today and fingers crossed this post was unnecessary. Catch you all tomorrow.