WTF Hackers?

by John Hoff on May 2, 2012

You know, I’m not the kind of person who curses much but anyone who’s known me for awhile now knows that I hate malicious hackers.

A few days ago, it seems that some vicious person or group decided it would be cool to hack into the web server which WooThemes uses and not only delete their database…

But take it a step further and delete their backups!

All I can say is WTF?

You can read about it here.

What To Do If You Have a WooThemes Theme

Although WooThemes says that the hack hadn’t compromised their themes, it turns out that they recently also found a security leak in their framework (the coding which powers their themes). To fix the security hole, you’ll need to upgrade your theme’s framework.

There are two ways to do that:

A) Upgrade your theme automatically by logging into your dashboard and then in the left sidebar area go to Fresh News (or whichever theme it says you’re using of theirs) and then Update Framework. Example:

Don’t forget to first back up your /wp-content/themes directory just in case the shit hits the fan.

Or…

B) Upgrade the framework manually

1. Back up your /wp-content/themes/_______ directory where the _______ is your WooThemes folder.

2. Go to this page here and scroll down until you see the section that says: Manually Upgrading the WooFramework and follow the instructions.

Is Your Stuff Safe and Ready For a Dark Day?

A few weeks ago my hard drive crashed and I lost about 8 months worth of work on training videos for Blog Training Classroom.

Sad thing is, I have an external hard drive and I know to back my stuff up, I just kept forgetting to do it or would remember at a bad time. Now I’m paying the price… literally.

In order to get it back, I have to take it to a data recovery specialist and spend thousands of dollars to get my data backed up off the failed hard drive.

Also, don’t forget there are mischievous people out there who want to hack your blog. Like it or not, believe it or not, it’s true. Sorry to be the barer of bad news if you’re new to WordPress security.

I can help you secure your blog, but I can’t make it 100% invulnerable. No one can. The best we can do is secure it the best we can and then take steps to ensure that if that dark day comes, we can quickly and easily restore everything to the way it was.

Remember the old saying?

The best defense is a good offense. Our offense in this case is being prepared.

Good luck and stay safe online.

Questions:

Have you been hacked? If so, how did it make you feel?
Do you feel right now you are prepared in case that day comes?

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