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What to do When Your WordPress Website Gets Shut Down

Imagine my surprise when I returned to my office a few days ago and picked up a voice message from HostGator, the company that hosts this WordPress website, informing me they had shut down my site because it was “putting a strain on their server.” What!? I quickly went to my computer, typed in my URL and saw this scary message:

Hostgator Forbidden message WordPress

What Did I Do Wrong?

The phone message also told me to look for an email, which I did, and this is what it told me, Read More→

My Email Account Was Hacked — A Lesson Learned

"Beware the password hack"

Beware the password hack

Well, it’s happened to many of my friends and I’ve joined a not-so-exclusive club of people whose emails have been hacked.

Yesterday, I received over 5,000 emails in my inbox from hackers who send out hundreds of thousands of emails using hijacked email accounts. The ones going to defunct accounts are bounced back to the sending email with a message: Mail delivery failed: return to sender. Today, the company that hosts my site, Hostgator, helped to stop another barrage of 10,000+ emails. So how did this happen?

Simple — I had a real easy password that I’ve been using for years. Of course, I’ve changed it. I’m finally following the advice of the experts. A lesson learned the hard way. So, if you, like me, have been too lazy to change the passwords on your important accounts, I urge you to do so.

Here is good advice from Microsoft’s Safety and Security Center: Read More→