If you enter CC by the root address chiriquichatter.net, than you may have received a page saying that the site had been hacked.
Indeed, the root index had been changed. Also they had removed my Akismet plugin that prevents spam comments. I first noticed that and reinstalled the plugin?
I thought all was OK until I received a comment from a CC reader alerting me that the site was hacked. Thanks to the reader for a heads up.
I removed the hack and am back on the air. Those that enter the site via chiriquichatter.net/blog may not have noticed anything. I need to do a little more investigation to see if the hackers did anything else.
PASSWORDS: This might be a good time to remind everyone to use strong passwords. I had a strong password and stilll got hacked. If you use simple passwords, such as your name, blackcat, birthday, other special dates, etc, you are extremely vulnerable.
A strong password shoud be at least 10 chars long and contain upper and lower case letters as well as numbers and special characters.
Now you may say, I can’t remember a password that long with those features. Well, you can. It is easy. Here is how to build one. Start with a simple phrase without spaces like the following
then start replacing letters with numbers and symbols.
BigBlu3D0g$ for example. I capitalized the first letter of each word, changed e to 3, o to 0 and s to $. The phrase is still easy to remember and the letter substitution is intuitive.
Be safe out there. The Internet has sharks swimming in it.