Friday, March 5, 2010

IMPORTANT -- Keep your blog squeaky clean and safe

Okay critter pals and beyond.... This is a serious blog post from me. I clicked onto my own blog this morning and I was stolen away to some advertising site. I thought it was a fluke at first, but I was hacked.... HERE's how.

I had added the Zen Aquarium gadget months ago to my blog. It's a cutesy little thing that had fish swimming back and forth. They got in through that and it redirected my whole blog to another site ... and it was hard to catch... I mean very fast... fast ... fast.

My advice, use your words to be cute... Don't put cutesy things on your blog and risk being hacked.

Luckily, I have a wonderful web designer who caught it fast, but even she said that she wasn't sure she could.


Shawnee the Shepherd said...

I put the bitey on those hackers! Has they nuttin better to do? Shamie on them. Thanks for the advice, Max.

Max the Quilt Cat said...

You're welcome Shawnee. Yes, we are just out for the fun. We must fight those nefarious hackers for sure! Spread the word that the best way to do it is to stick to words and not the cutesy gadgets. That's how they got in ... through my Zen Aquarium. You notice that it's gone. That's right. I (or I should say my web designer) closed that way in. YAY!!

Mariodacat said...

I so happy you posted dis Max so we can all be watchful.

Mariodacat said...

P.S. Max - wish you book would have been out a year ago cuz I certainly could have used the help instead of struggling for months. I'm going to get a copy when available.

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Mariodacat... it's available now, just click on the picture of it in the margin....BUT you might not need it cuz it's how to get up and going on Twitter and you're up and going already...

The Crew said...

Wow, that's scary! Thanks for telling everyone about it. It would be helpful if you could do a post to The Cat Blogosphere 'cause I know lots of other cat blogger have those swimming fishies on their pages.

Our secretary (aka Mom) never puts things on our blog without knowing the site they came from is safe.


Max the Quilt Cat said...


She's very wise to never put things on without knowing th site they came from. Unfortunately... this one was a Blogger gadget... It's gone. Don't need the cutesy stuff... we're cute enough on our own. HEE HEE.

Brian said...

Great advice, I had my first two blogs hijacked by the human porno bandits.

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Eeek, thanks for the warning my friend, glad you got it sorted!

KC said...

Fanks so much fur letting us know about this threat.
Love when you's said we's cute enuff.
Love & Purrs,

Michelle said...

Thanks for spreading the word, Max. So glad your web designer was able to get things back in order for you :-).

MoMo said...

Ooooh yikessssss! That's creepy. I sure don't want my blog to turn into anything else.

Glad you are sorted though.

Ciaralionhart said...

Thank you sooooooooooo mch!
I got my blog resolved!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Whew, that would be scary! Glad you had someone who knew what to do and got it taken care of.

Jacqueline said...

We saw your link at Jan's Funny Farm and wanted to stop by and say hello!...Thanks for the warning; we're kind of new at the blogging so we appreciate the heads up!...Have a great weekend...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Alasandra said...

Thanks for warning us Max. Our Mom accidentally clicked on a website that was pretending to be us and we got a virus. The Dad slayed it (he is good at stuff like that) but if he hadn't been home we would have been dead in the water. The Internets can be scary. ~AFSS

The Army of Four said...

We came over from Jan's Funny Farm. Thanks for the warning! We never knew that could happen!
Tail wags,

Love Meow said...

wow thank you for letting us know. I saw your link from Jan's funny farm. We will definitely be more aware of the stuff we put on our blog.

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Max,
Hopped over from Jan's Funny Farm. thanks for the warning. We're glad yo caught it and we'll be on the lookout.
OBTW: We have a Max also, but there isn't much af a resemblance between the two of you.

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Thanks to all of you for your comments. I'm so glad that the word is spreading and I'm glad you all are the ones spreading it. You are Great!!!



Furkidsmom said...

Thanks for letting us know. We're glad you got your blog back.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Anya said...

Hi nice to meet you
and thanks for the interesting information :-)
I am happy that your blog now is okay!!

((hugs)) Kareltje =^.^=

greetings from The netherlands
Anya :-)

Prints the Cat said...

Wow, thanks for letting us know about this. We came to you from Jan's Funny Farm.

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