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This article is not the usual subject matter for SassySavvySuccessful, but it’s important.  I know a number of my readers have their own websites or are thinking about having their own websites.

Being online is getting more and more complicated as spammers and hackers and all sort of cyber-baddies do their dastardly deeds.

He Gave Me what-For!

Some time ago an uber-techie friend gave me what-for for logging into my website dashboard with “Admin” even though I had a pretty good Password and a good security system.  Not wanting to bear his wrath a second time, I went to each of my websites and created two unique user names and complex passwords.

This past weekend, one of my websites was battered with log-in attempts.  On Saturday alone, there were no less than 40 lockouts and it takes three failed log-in attempts to get locked out.  The attackers used all the usual log-in names: Admin, admin, user, Editor, even the site name but because my log-in names are unique and unrelated to the site name or content and my passwords are complex, none of these hackers were successful.

My security system tracks where the attackers are from and, this weekend, they were from all around the world. I get an email each time a ‘user’ is locked out and the emails were non-stop all weekend.  It was almost frightening.

It’s Just a Fun Site

The website they attacked?  It’s a fun site I bought for my grandson – who is 8 – to play with and learn web design and a bit of coding on!  It is amateur and childish and of no use to anyone that I can see.

It was such a strange, and unpleasant, experience to have I decided I needed to share the important lesson I learned.  My techie-friend insisted I create two users with unusual names and my passwords are really long and complex.  I have a good security system and thank goodness!  Whenever I set up a new website for myself or a client, I may get it going with ‘admin’ but that gets changed and deleted as part of my initial security set up.

Please Make It Difficult

So, dear reader, if you have a website of your own, please make sure you make the log-in as difficult as you can because, as I learned this past weekend, no one is immune to cyber-bullies!

and… techie-friend, thank you for giving me what-for when you did!

Please use the Comments to relate any hacking attempts you’ve heard about or experienced – it’ll help drive this message home!

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Darla M. Sands
1 year ago

I don’t understand why these things happen to innocuous websites. A fan fiction page I once wrote for got hacked a few years ago. What did they hope to gain? Practice? I don’t know. But thank you for sharing these wise words!

Sarala D
2 years ago

We don’t trouble anyone, then why do they do so? What pleasure do these people get?
Last week I got four messages in one of my blog posts as anonymous. By passing through them, I could understand that none of the posts were read by them.
Anyway, it is a useful tip for readers, Pradeep. Thank you for that.

Darla M. Sands
2 years ago

Excellent advice! We try to be as secure as possible. A dear, sweet blogger got hacked and still hasn’t recovered from the emotional upset. Be well! And thanks for the comment on my blog. I’m glad that road rage you experienced didn’t cause an accident. Be well!

Janet Mary Cobb
2 years ago

Important info! Thanks! #MLSTL

B Pradeep Nair
2 years ago

Hacking is very common. A lot of that is done just for the nuisance value, and some for gain. Online is no different from offline. Just as we ensure our houses and valuable are well secured, we need to do the same for our online resources as well.

sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

Thanks so much Agnes for this advice and I’m sorry to hear about your recent experiences. We have to be so careful these days and I notice that my spam filter on my website has been a lot fuller over the last few weeks. I don’t sign in as Admin but I’ll be certainly taking on board your advice. Thanks for sharing at #MLSTL and enjoy the rest of your week. xx

Jean C.
2 years ago

Ugh. What a pain in the neck! I have a great app called 1Password that helps me create complicated and long passwords. I’ve been using it for years. Knock on wood, I won’t ever have to deal with a hacker. I wish those people could get a real life.

Leanne |

That really sucks – fortunately in 4 years of blogging I haven’t had any problems – I’ve never bought a website or had hackers trying to access my blog – maybe blogging for free on Blogger has other side benefits?
MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

2 years ago

This is good advice to us all, so thanks for sharing! I hope it is now sorted for you and wish you well. #mlstl

2 years ago

Oh my goodness, the same thing has been happening to me for several days. After two years of blogging, this is the first time this has happen. They get locked out after 3 tries.It is really worrying. Thank goodness for security!

Jennifer Jones
2 years ago

Thanks for this great advice. I’m sure a hacker would work out my username very quickly.afyer hearing your story I will change to something more complex #MLSTL Shared on SM

Patrick Weseman
2 years ago

I am so sorry to hear this. I have been lucky. There are too many morons with too much time on their hands. #MLSTL

2 years ago

Very useful information,Pradeep. When we don’t trouble them, why do they do so. What fun in it! Last week three messages loomed in one of my posts as anonymous. None of them were read by that person because the comments didn’t touch anything related to my content. I just deleted them.