Last week I had the unhappy experience of being alerted by readers of my personal blog that they were getting malware warnings when they tried to visit my site. You have probably seen a warning like this in your own web surfing; it looks like this…
Life is busy and the last couple of weeks have been particularly so and thus, it got pushed to the bottom of the pile. I did a quick site scan and chatted to my webhost but didn’t go any further.
On the weekend I noticed a tweet from Caz Makepeace that her site had gone down – she told me that she had been infected for a while but didn’t know and had now been hacked really badly. As at this morning, her site is unfortunately still not live.
I knew my site had an issue so there really was going to be noone to blame but myself for not acting on it.
Sucuri Security had been recommended to me by my host, Bluehost, and the free scan option on their site confirmed there were malware issues. Tweets from fellow bloggers including Caz, Crashing Red, Lizosaurus and Kelly Exeter also came through recommending Sucuri Security so I took the plunge, paid the $90 and got them onto the job.
The next day my site was clean, and this morning I was alerted to a new problem which they are now working on. I feel a lot better knowing that there are dedicated experts looking after my site and not just lil ‘ol me.
Should you look into security for your site?
- Take the free scan – can’t hurt to know and it can hurt not to. If you have a malware issue then I would say yes, it’s worth it.
- If you don’t have malware but you will be devastated if you ever lose your site to hackers then I would also recommend checking it out. Sucuri is a preventative measure as much as it is the place to go after you get hacked. And we all know what that say about prevention being the best cure right?!
A $90/yr investment is $7.50 a month – that’s not even 2 coffees. Crashing Red wrote a really helpful post (where she also recommends Sucuri) after her site was badly hacked – it’s a helpful read and one to bookmark for future reference: A story of triumph over hardship or How to protect your blog from hackers
Note: I have signed up to the affiliate program with Sucuri because I think there service is really fantastic – please note the links above are affiliate links.