Hi … first of all … how do I know …

By 10th April 2020 Uncategorised

Comment on Beware New WordPress Security Theat: The WordPress Misinformation Virus by Kath C.

Hi … first of all … how do I know I can trust you? lol … I’m punting on this and reading with a side eye … but … you seem to make a lot of sense from the relative security noob I am … having said that a recent attack on my hosting server left all of my sites dead … a massive pr issue for my little business … I have learnt A LOT but finding the right information was so hard. This plugin so far seems to be working for me although I am completely self taught with web and wordpress so I have no choice but to rely on the honesty of plugin developers and I find the fact that you make yourself so accessible to be a positive sign I might be on the right learning track … thankyou for that … I am still so very timid to use certain functions in security plugins … I have locked myself out a couple of times and used plugins that I’m sure I was using wrong that I then had to recover from … this IP thing has puzzled me too … I know locking out dynamic addresses is impossible and that hackers aren’t that slow at picking up on the ways people use to fight them … I’m sure someone put my details on a hack forum or something as I came under attack from everywhere … I fought them off for two weeks before they got into my control panel and deleted everything from the public server … luckily they left my databases … which I have learned to reconnect to a new install BUT the learning curve from then on when it came to making my sites tight that has been just as big a journey as actually fixing the sites up again … (I’m still rebuilding) … expect to receive lots of questions from here lol … sometimes, for the user like myself, I need a little more explanation about what the impacts of turning on certain features could be accross the site when using complementary plugins … at the moment I am relying on this plugin plus another one (which has some additional useful features as well as a great interface for checklisting the security and actioning the tasks for someone who is learning or new to WP security) …

When I got hacked … I felt really quite ashamed … like I had no business doing this business when I could have this happen (there was also an issue with my backup not working) … I have no real time mentor, so I find them where I find them … reading this was somewhat comforting and warm and fuzzy but no in the way you were discussing … in that, I feel more inclinded to not feel so alone with my patchy knowledge, and that there are developers out there who are so very interested in sharing and helping designers like me to create beautiful visions … I came into we through visual design, not IT or development, but I love it soooo much, I like making things work and fixing things when they break. I have a passion for visual communication and presentation … and I have to protect these visions from those that like to break things for fun or for practice … cause boy – there was NOTHING to gain from hacking me … nothing …

thanks … I’ll continue to watch this forum with a ‘side eye’ ๐Ÿ™‚