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Security Lesson From a Kenyan Marathon Runner

   30 Jun 09   Filed in General

If you have a site/blog but you are not a techie and don’t know much about website security, you might want to read this article written by a Kenyan marathon runner about how his blog was hacked.

He received an email from Google saying that his site had been temporarily removed from search index because it contained hidden spam links and thus violated Google’s guidelines.

In the article you will read how Unmask Parasites helped reveal those hidden links, how they were removed, how the penalty affected search engine traffic, and what lesson about website security have been learnt, i.e:

  • Signs that your site is hacked.
  • Why hackers inject hidden links?
  • How to protect WordPress blogs?

Note that the article is written by a marathon runner. And you don’t have to be a computer genius to protect your website either. But if your site is important to you, be sure to invest some time and learn some basics about website security. It may cost you much more (in terms of time and money) when you find your site blocked because of security issues.

This guy’s words apply to most of us:

When I started blogging I didn’t expect to find myself learning about internet security. Learning never ceases and it feels good to be empowered.

If you are convinced, here is a great article from Google: Best practices agains hacking. While it’s beginning looks a bit techie, the rest of the article provides valuable information for all site owners. Be sure to read the “Some resources about CMSs security“, “Some ways to identify the hacking of your site” and “Hacked behavior removed, now what?” sections of this article.

Another advice is regularly check your web sites for security issues. If you detect a problem and fix it before Google finds it, the damage will be minimal.

You can use my Unmask Parasites free online service for quick rough checks. It scans web pages and reveals illicit content and behavior such as hidden spam links, invisible iframes, suspicious scripts and unwanted redirections.

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Please share your thoughts about what makes people start learning about website security. Suggest security resource and “best practices” for newbie site owners. Your comments are welcome.

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