This morning there was a hacker(s) trying to login into many different websites by trying to guess at the passwords associated with the accounts. As such, it triggered some servers to “shut down” the sites for a bit early this morning. It appears that everyone is up and running just fine at this point, as you can see because you’re reading this site. If you are on my hosting site, New Blog Hosting, I can tell you that our host has our sites back up and running and is actively checking to ensure that everything is secure.

To give you an idea of what happened this morning, my hosting site’s firewall stopped 6 million password attempts in a 5 minute period. One of my personal sites, this site, Design Junky, was hit 1 million times with no successful attempts to crack my password. This is unfortunately not new in the Internet world. This is something that happens every single day. So, what do you do to ensure that if they hit your site 1 million times like they hit mine that they do not get into the account? You change your password, often, and to something difficult to guess or hack.

Here are some great articles on password protecting yourself and your sites. Please take a look at it and protect your site from these hackers in the future. If you have any problems today, please let me know.

http://askwpgirl.com/how-to-avoid-botnet-hack/

http://churchm.ag/strong-password/

http://churchm.ag/increase-password-security/

http://churchm.ag/500-worst-passwords-print/ (just for fun) 🙂