Recently some bozo hacked the Gubmints.com blog and tricked the 800-lb-gorilla of online searches to think that GubMints is just a euphemism for selling boner pills. It was tricking the search engines to link to content providers who sell stuff that rhymes with ‘Niagra’.
Here’s what I learned, and here’s how to prevent your WordPress (.org) blog from getting hacked like mine did. This is NOT what I expected to be
wasting spending my time on when I decided to host a personal finance blog.
If your blog has not been hacked yet, DO THIS NOW:
1) Log in as the administrator and install WordFence (the free edition is ok). Do everything WordFence recommends, including opt-in for automatic updates. Then grab a cold beverage- Your blog is now pretty much safe.
If your blog and/or its search engine results have been compromised (as mine was), here’s what to do:
Contact your ISP and ask them if they can help locate the suspect files.
In my case, I called GoDaddy (who had actual live help), and they walked me through the suspicious files (evidently this stuff happens all the time).
Go look at a ‘live’ view of your Website and make sure the new or updated theme displays properly.
7) Go back to the Google Search Console page and do a ‘Fetch as Google’ for your website.
In my case, I found that my site gubmints.com displayed properly on the search engine and was good. I also did ‘Fetch as Google’ for the malware page that was previously flagged by the search engine to verify it was no longer there.
Well that’s it. Goes to show you that an Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure!