My article that was published yesterday about Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton considering applying to make it a Sanctuary City must have struck a chord. Apparently, my site was hacked, well not actually, the word Sal DiCiccio, a keyword in the blog triggered a Google Alert and the URL description had a paragraph that wasn’t published by me.
I was pleasantly surprised when I woke up this morning and had an email from Councilman Sal DiCicco stating “I think your sites been hacked” with a Google Alert he sent me. You can see it in this picture below.
Wow, I’m honored that people are actually spending time trying to hack and redirect (which is what happened here) my website.
Security for new bloggers or those that just don’t know where to start is ongoing and forever. I’m always reading and monitoring my sites daily. It doesn’t take long and could save you a ton of time if you don’t do it.
One thing every person should do, like yesterday, is set up a Google alert to your name. Why good thing you ask? Firstly, there’s no reason not to have a Google alert set up. It’s easy. It’s free and it’s a simple way to protect your online identity. I beg you, please do it.
- Go here
- Enter your name in quotation marks (e.g., “Alex Popovic”) as the search term
- Decide how often you want alerts. Mine are as soon as my name appears anywhere on the web. You can set them up daily, weekly or as often as you want
- Click “Create and Alert”
Voila, you’re done.
In this case, Councilman DiCicco received the alert (he obviously had Google Alerts notice set up for his name), notice it’s his name in the blue, however, when you click it it sends you to my blog site. Look closely though and read the article description. This is how we both knew that the URL description is what was hacked.
The moral of the blog then is to set up alerts for any words that impact or have an effect on you or your business, you can enter as many google alerts you want and for any variety of names, I literally have about two dozen. I guess my story about Phoenix considering becoming a sanctuary city struck a chord with someone. Good think I have friends on the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), things like this are quickly identifiable via IP addresses and who’s behind them. Much more on this later.