Early last week… on Monday or Tuesday I think… my computer got infected with a virus.
I’ve been through such things before, and I’ve managed to wipe clean the entire system without formatting the hard disk. However this time, it was different.
This time, the virus kept returning no matter how many times my antivirus software deleted it, and it just wouldn’t bulge.
So I eventually had to format both my systems (yes, both my laptop and desktop got infected)… and thought the ordeal was over.
But little did I know that this was just the beginning.
Just as I was done reinstalling Windows on both my systems and was about to heave a sign of relief, I found that my FTP account password had gotten compromised and my account hacked!
The hacker had messed up files on all my sites, most of which were wordpress blogs.
This was like a shock to me because this is the first time that my websites have been hacked.
I always thought who the heck would hack MY websites when there are a lot of other bigger fish out there.But this shows that just about anybody can get hacked.
So over the last one week, I’ve been working overtime to restore my sites to normalcy.
Some of them have been restored. As for the other sites, I’m still working on them.
To sum it up, it has been a nightmare week!
Now I believe some of you guys out there are better versed with Wordpress security than I am. So if you’ve got any tips for me or you’d like to talk about a similar experience that you’ve had, just reply to this post.
P.S. One tip from me…
Don’t assume your hosting guys will have back ups of your site when something like this happens. When I asked my host “Hostgator” if they could restore the sites back to their initial state, they gave me the standard answer — that they don’t have backups since my inode using is high.
So does that mean we have unlimited storage but we’re not supposed to be using it?