Never used Viagra, have you?
It has been quite some time since I made a blog post as I have been focused on the product creation side of my business and did not want to lose my laser focus. For quite a while I had been telling myself that I needed to have a major overhaul of the whole set up and particularly the appearance of my blog.
Not Enough Value
My last visit had been to remove some links associated with a particular marketer as I felt he was not offering value to his customers and I didn’t want to be associated with that. This involved playing around with the word press widgets which were moved and edited before updating my links after which the appearance of my blog looked fine.
The next day I noticed that my side bars were displaced and were appearing under my footer, foolishly I thought it was a conflict caused by me moving the widgets and having my mind on other things dismissed it.
I soon had a call from site lock telling me that my site was linking to a world famous blacklisted Viagra site. I was shocked and even more so when they quoted me a massive $350 to fix the problem.
Viagra Alt Tags
So now being aware that there was a problem I took a look and sure enough there had been some trickery using image alt tags and html links. So I deleted them all and everything looked fine.
I went through and updated my word press version and all of my plug ins and discovered that share a holic has a new feature allow breadcrumbs using the images used in each posts. After activating this I discovered lots of breadcrumbs with titles like, “Get Your Ex Back” “Buy Viagra Online” and “Dating Tips For Men” it was then that I realized the extent of the problem.
So after changing all the text colours I was able to root out all the sneaky links that had been hidden this way. It took me two very long days to clear every post and save all of my work.
Lessons learned from this are to back up my files every week, update word press and plug ins immediately updates are available. I thought my protection was pretty good and I am still trying to figure out how they managed to hack their way in.
I was using a last pass password and the word fence plug in which they got past so I am also undertaking word press hardening which involves using a series of plug ins to make access much more difficult.
A lesson learned! Don’t be like me and get hacked by the Viagra man. Back up and update immediately and make sure you have a very long complex password.
Been put off Viagra for life.
Until next time.