Today I am doing a quick post – although I do promise I am still here and working on my camper reno updates, (which is all done finally!), which will be going up over the next few days.
But today I just wanted to quickly get a post up here to ease any worries my readers or subscribers may have regarding my website.
A couple of weeks ago, my site was hacked, and you may have received a warning saying that there was Malware hosted on my site, or that it was an attack site etc. My site was actually fine, it had to do with an ad that was running on my site – in which apparently THAT site had been hacked and was sending bad code to those of us hosting the ad. There was never anything infected on my site, but I had to get the ad down and then get Google to check it over to make sure it was clean.
So, if you saw that when you visited, I apologize for your concern, and I would hope in the future you would not be afraid to let me know you saw it! Sites are being hacked every single day, and a lot of the time, when you see something like that, the site owner likely has no idea that is even happening. Yes, there are many malicious sites out there who host these viruses and automatic downloads – but most of us smaller fish in the internet sea aren’t doing that. So if you see something out of the ordinary, please let the site owner know somehow!
Verify A Website Is Malware Free & Clean
In the meantime, I have verified with Google that my site is clean. I have also gone to a couple of sites that I would suggest you use if you are ever browsing and aren’t sure about the safety of certain websites. They scan the site for malware, spyware, viruses and anything else that could be harmful to your computer.
The first one is sitecheck.sucuri.net
Just type in the website address and you will get the results. I did mine today after receiving an email from an irate subscriber saying her computer had been infected after trying to download some of my printables. Here are the results:
I thought, “well, I better check another one just to be sure”. So, the other one I tried was http://onlinelinkscan.com
Here are the results from that one:
I know that every tool like this can miss things and nothing is fullproof. But, I am pretty confident that my site is clean. Google had to run a check after that last issue – and I have Google analytics and tools hooked up monitoring my site all the time. I am notified as soon as something is out of the ordinary, as I was last time, and they are constantly checking for problems. And I am sure that their technology for checking these things out is more than likely of high standards as they don’t want their users being infected.
So, combined with these two tools I used to check, I hope that all of my readers are safe in the knowledge that I am always trying to stay on top of things to make sure my site is safe.
Remember That We Are Human Too!
With this in mind, please remember that we are all humans – even though you don’t see us and will never see us face to face – and we are just doing something we enjoy hoping to bring entertainment into the lives of those who stumble upon our little corner of the web.
Not everyone online is trying to infect your computers with garbage, spyware and other crap. Most of us are doing our best to bring our readers something they can enjoy, without any malicious intent whatsoever.
But, sometimes people DO hack our websites. And unfortunately, once you start to pick up traffic as mine has been doing, you tend to be targetted a bit more.
I offer a lot of downloads, that I am making available to my readers and subscribers free of charge. I try to offer things I know other people can use and enjoy. I do this simply because I want to give the people who take the time to visit my blog something to say thank you.
However, I would NEVER intentionally put something on here that would harm your computer. That is just not the kind of person I am. If you do get something from being on my site, PLEASE let me know so I can try to fix things on my end.
When you are surfing around online, always try to remember that there is a real person behind the site before you accuse them of doing something malicious. And, maybe a politely worded email or message saying that there might be something infecting their site that they should check out, would solve your problem just as quickly as an email that may not be as politely worded as you might have been in person – and not sitting behind your computer.
So in conclusion, I hope that my readers and subscribers have never got anything malicious downloaded to their computers after being on my site or downloading anything. If you believe you have, please let me know! I assure you, I would never put something like that intentionally on my site. I appreciate my readers, and my subscribers, and I would hate to think anyone had got something awful from being on my site!
And to those of you who take the time to let me know that I am doing a good job, or that you enjoy reading my blog – thank you. Sometimes it can take 100 good emails to make you stop feeling horrible about the one that made you feel really bad:-)