"I want to read your Disneyland post, but every time I got to your blog, it takes me to some weird website. I don't know if it's my computer, or you."I ran out to the computer, and tried it myself. I typed in lifeinthepitts.com, crossed my fingers, hit enter...
...and it redirected me. Bastards.
I quickly changed my password, and started searching on google.
It was disheartening.
"...I don't know who my webhost is!"
"...Crap, I haven't backed up my blog in months!!"
"...But I haven't added any new widgets!!!"
Things were looking grim.
I decided to start with something simple. I went into my design page, and deleted everything in my sidebar. Once all the widgets were gone, even the seemingly harmless ones, I swallowed hard. Then I typed in my url, and hit enter...
...and it worked just fine.
Oh yeah. I owned that malware! There's no stopping the Helena. See this dance? That's a victory dance. Because you lost, widget. That wasn't luck, my friend. That was SKILL.
...Ok, it was luck.
I got lucky. I was lucky that it was just some sneaky widget hacking my site, and now things are back to normal.
Next time I might not be so fortunate.
When I was doing my google search, I saw a lot of stories from people whose entire blogs were deleted, and their posts were gone.
I can't imagine what that would feel like. Well ok, I can, and it would be awful.
I put my heart into this blog. It's the closest thing to a journal I will ever have. I have spent so many hours typing out my thoughts, tweaking the wording, reading your comments. And if that was just gone, it would be heartbreaking.
It might seem silly to be so attached to a website, but I'm sure my blogging friends understand what I'm saying.
For the rest of you? Imagine waking up one morning, and not being able to find your puppy. Someone stole him while you weren't looking, and there isn't even a ransom note. For all you know, he's being kept in the back of a Filipino restaurant, and the customers are getting hungry.
It's just like that. Only, you know, less bloody.
This is why I will be downloading my blog more regularly.
Also? Why I love my sister (she's useful).
So if you tried to visit last night/this morning, I am sorry you were redirected. But hey, it could have been worse, right? The site it went to was pretty tame. No naked grandma's named Bambi, crocheting seductively.
....Which gives me an idea for another post.
Here is a link which describes how to backup your Blogger blog, and here is an updated one for Wordpress, straight from the comments section.
And I'm linking this up to Small Treasures Tuesday (which is open all week long). Because Naked Grandma's are a treasure.