Can you help beat the bad guys?

by 28 comments
Hi everyone - I am hoping that someone can help me to put a stop to the nasty and malicious spammers/hackers that are making my online marketing a real headache.

Over the past 12 months I have probably had at least 12 instances of hackers breaking into my sites (both regular mini-sites and also Wordpress blogs) and adding their own Adsense code - thus making my sites look ugly and also stealing revenue from me.

I have had my computer maintenance guy check my pc thoroughly on several occasions and I have anti-virus and ant-spyware software.

Each time I have changed ftp passwords via my hosting company and we do it on the telephone to avoid my emails somehow being compromised.

The hosting company do offer excellent support and claim that no-one else is having these problems and are 100% certain it is not an issue on their end.

I like the hosting company on the whole and like I say they do respond quickly to help in these emergencies but neither they or I can ever seem to stop this happening from time to time.

Does anyone how any ideas/suggestions/experiences of dealing with this kind of an issue.

I will happily even pay someone if there is anyone out there expert enough to give me some answers, as I just don't have the technical knowledge to even know where to start (hey I'm a marketer not an internet security guy!)

Thanks in advance

#internet marketing #bad #beat #guys
  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    Using the same host for all the sites?

    Has the host tracked how they are gaining access? Are they using a password?

    Did you check to see if any backdoors where added? They might have added one when they got access the first time.

    Does your password contain upper, lower, special chrs and numbers?

    Did you do a full system scan on your pc using multiple AVSs?
    • Profile picture of the author sparrow
      Put a test site up somewhere else, heck you can even do it for free on one of the freebie php sites.

      I suspect its your hosting company not protecting you.

      Test it out, if problems go away with the test site, then move your business gradually the host is the problem.

    • Profile picture of the author John Hillage
      Thanks for the replies - sounds like testing a new host would be good - any recommendations?

      Gerrie - What is a "back door" and how would I check it?

      Also how do I do a full system scan on your pc using multiple AVSs? - sorry I don't know what multiple AVs's are!


  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    Hi John,
    BlogPress is bad for having backdoor access, reason why I coded my own blog.

    It is true, the host is the one that is not protecting you but also it depends greatly on the scripts you are running on your server. I am one that is personally extremely high on security especially since I am a website developer. will be your best bet as far as protecting your server but as far as protecting your site itself that is really something that is up to you and not your host. If you want to shoot me a PM we can discusss some of this in private as there are certain things I would not want to post out in the general forum.

  • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
    Sometimes the best defense is a good offense.

    Backups... make sure you back up your site on a regular basis including the databases. I use Navicat for that and make a scheduled backup of the MySql tables nightly.

    When you get hacked, you can put it all back together quickly.

    Get a vulnerability scanner and scan your sight for weaknesses. There are some out there that let you scan on a free trial, with more features if you pay.

    I like the idea of getting a good "consultant" read hacker, to find your weakpoints for you. I have no idea what that might cost. Perhaps someone where could do it. <<< WSO IDEA FOR SOMEONE ! HINT HINT <<<
  • Profile picture of the author woah316
    that sucks :*(.. i hate evil ppl...

    are they new sites? any chance in hell you could change your url?
    • Profile picture of the author John Hillage
      So I spoke to my web company and they say that they have checked and not been compromised and the 3 sites that have been hacked into are on 3 different servers. That all sounds plausible so maybe it's not the hosting company. They feel that either mine or my normal web designer's pc must be compromised. Any thoughts?

Next Topics on Trending Feed

  • 2 {{ upvoteCount | shortNum }} 5

    Some warriors think that is very important to make a clear difference between a copywriter, content writer, and writer. Honestly, I thought it wasn't such a big deal. Then, after seeing that this question repeats itself more than once in a few threads, I decided to pay attention to it. It turns out that you think you know, at least this was the case with me, but actually you don't. So, I did a little bit a research about it. A writer is a general term. Hope we can all agree about it. As soon as we associate money and sales with the writing we enter the copywriting zone. I used this formula, which helped me to better understand this semantics gymnastics. Let's see how accurate it is:

  • 12 {{ upvoteCount | shortNum }} 5

    I listed for sale to afford me time and resources to build I had in mind to sell at 70k or something around that figure. Brokers evaluated it to worth $90k - $105k but I don't want to wait too long to sell. The site receives 150k users monthly with up to 400k page views. All the traffic comes from Google search. The niche is celebrity news and current affairs. The website currently has over 2,000 green articles.

  • 1 {{ upvoteCount | shortNum }} 5

    Christmas is coming, and you all know what that means, Christmas is also one of those moments of year when marketers burns their brains out for creating good an innovative ideas for their campaigns, the money will be out for the taking, and a good marketing campaign is essential for gaining at least a portion of it. Influencer marketing has been one of the brand favorite techniques for getting their products out there, they have really been investing a lot of money and resources on this kind of marketing, and it has really been giving a lot of results, people tend to trust in the influencers they follow, so when they recommend a product, their followers buy it, it really quite simple. However there is a new kind of influencers being born: the microinfluencers, this is, people that have small audiences instead of big ones, you know, people who has 1000 or 5000 followers on Twitter or Instagram instead of a million, brand are starting to target them for their campaigns, and there are several reasons that explain this:

  • 5 {{ upvoteCount | shortNum }} 5

    Hello Warriors. I was wondering if any of you could lend me a little advice I'm planning to launch a new product next month in the music niche. I've created 3 free videos to give to my JV partners as part of the pre-launch. Here's my problem: 8 of my JV partners aren't familiar with product launches or with e-mail marketing. They use Facebook groups to communicate with their audience (<---- that's the bad news)