A Lesson Learned from Broken Blogs

I got lazy about updating my blogs.  I didn’t post to them very often and I didn’t upgrade WordPress as I should.  I know better, yet I just didn’t do it.

As a result, a few of my blogs got hacked.  Someone got in and installed some malicious code.  My host sent me notification that spam was coming from one of my web sites and upon further investigation, they found that 3 sites had been compromised.  In order to protect themselves, they blocked access to those domains while the problem was being resolved.

Broken

Their recommendation was to delete all files in the domains and download the newest version, clean the database and then reconnect the new WordPress installation to the exising database.  That would allow me to keep my content and fully recover from the attack.

I decided that a couple of the blogs that were set up as an experiment weren’t worth bothering with and just deleted all the files and the database.  So I had one to repair and another that needed to be upgraded but that hadn’t been hacked.  This is the one that needed repair.

To make a long story short, the only blog I cared about was the one that was not hacked, but I ended up deleting its database by mistake and lost all the old content.  I’m now faced with two brand new blogs.   Oh, well.  I’ve learned a few lessons out of it – always have a backup of the database if you care about the old content and always keep WordPress up to date to avoid security leaks.

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