I like to call myself a “geeky girl”.
Truth of the matter is, I’m a wanna be geeky girl. When my website got hacked, I was completely in over my head. I needed help and had to go to some REAL geeky people who know about things like CSS, PHP, HTML, and the like.
Ummm, that would not be me.
And the people who know about this stuff cost money.
Maybe I need to change careers because web people who know about fixing hacks don’t come cheap.
I was hacked because some of the software that makes my site run was not updated. I knew nothing about it. In laymen’s terms? Well, unbeknownst to me, I left a big “back door” open and some yucky code got in. I didn’t even know that was part of my responsibilities as a writer on a blog to keep back doors and such closed. Because I fell down on the job, eventually so did my site. Some bad code had been just hanging out in the recesses of my files waiting to do its thing.
And while that yucky code laid dormant for some time, it eventually woke up and infected my site.
Said another way… once activated, that bad code tore my site up. (This is my geeky-girl-wanna-be interpretation).
I hear you asking me…
What in the world does that have to do with being hacked in real life?