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Verify Your Administrator / Author Member List

Occasionally, we will see an ominous problem report in BHF: Something Is Broken
Somebody is posting articles in my blog, but it's not me!
When we see this, the first thing that comes to mind is unwanted comments, generally when comments are not actively moderated. That's not always the case, though.

In the case where the problem is not unwanted comments, the next question is
Do you have control of the blog?
If the answer here is "No", then we have more work to do, and you have more reading. If the answer is "Yes", then the situation is not all that dire.

Check the Permissions list, in Settings - Basic.

If your blog is being assaulted with unwanted posts (not comments), and neither you - nor the other authors of your blog - are publishing these posts, you need to verify the administrator and author list for the blog. Using the wizard at Settings - Basic - Permissions, examine the Blog Authors list. Make sure that there are no administrators, or authors, that you do not recognise.

Consider a Mail-to-Blogger hijack, next.

Having verified the Blog Authors list, next look at Mail-to-Blogger. This is a Blogger feature which not everybody understands - and which can give blog access to unexpected / unknown guests.

Consider other, more obscure problems.

Finally, be aware of other possibilities for problems, such as accounts locked after "suspicious activity". But start with the big question.
Do you have control of the blog?

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