Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Valentine's Day Is Coming - Celebrate With Care

This Sunday, many bloggers will celebrate another important holiday in the year - the holiday of celebrated relationships, aka Valentine's Day. Some bloggers will decorate their blogs, using a Valentine's Day standard - falling hearts.

Incautiously chosen relationships cause pain and suffering - some even known as "the gift that keeps on giving", aka an STD. Some incautiously chosen falling hearts decorations have recently been found to cause another "gift that keeps on giving". At least one falling hearts variant, provided free by a hacker, has been reported as causing a blog hijack, noted by several bloggers in Blogger Help Forum as a "sendptp.com" hijack.

Like STDs, the blog hijacks being discovered recently don't always show up immediately. Normally, when people write in to the forum reporting
I´m being hacked! Every time I type the address to my blog, I´m getting redirected!
we advise them to remove any recently installed third party accessories.

Recently, the victims of "falling hearts" and its predecessor "falling snow" have reported having installed their problem accessory some time ago, and just recently noticed the hijack problem. A few accessories are removed, before the problem is discovered and removed.

It's possible that these accessories are being released intentionally, as stealth hijacks. Like STDs, you won't see the problem, until long after the fun is gone.

If you choose a "falling snow", "falling hearts" or maybe "falling flags" (for Fourth Of July?) decoration for your blog, choose with discretion. Don't wait for your readers to write to you
Why do I get a page full of advertisements, instead of your blog?


Remember - security for your readers begins with you.

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2 comments:

Tina said...

Thank you Chuck and well done on all your recent hard work in the Coffee Shop forum.

Beben said...

happy valentine...^_^