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Diagnose Blog Hijackings

Occasionally, content that we don't recognise may show up in our blogs. There are several different ways that the bad guys may have, in getting their unwanted contributions into our blogs.

If you read the latter article, don't find an explanation to your immediate problem there, and conclude that your blog has been hijacked, try not to panic. First, verify who has control of the blog in question. Go to Settings - Permissions, and examine the list of blog members. Do you recognise every administrator and author on the list?

If you have access to the Permissions list, and have the "Add Authors" button, you still have control of the blog. If so, the blog has not been hijacked. Now, you have to find out what has actually happened, and ensure that you retain control.

If you see an unknown administrator listed there, did you install an accessory improperly? If you see an unknown author, did an invited author maybe create a second account or invite a friend, without your permission? Can you trust all of your administrators?

Try to do better, in the future, with maintaining access to your blog. But doing better starts with first diagnosing what you did wrong.

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