Dear Reader: The site is facing some technical issues. Kindly bear till we sort them out.
Fortunately we are back and the site is functional once again.
So here is an update: desi Traveler was hacked and some malicious code was inserted in to word press. The code had more than 50 links to spammy sites. I discovered it accidentally while searching for some information and saw this screen shot with desi traveler showcasing things like Viagra, Cialis, Loans etc.
Needless to say I could not understand what is happening as I don’t know much about technology and am a very basic word-press user. So I posted my query on a blogging forum and got this screen shot showing all kind of spammy links in dT from Vijay Prabhu, who was helping me online. I panicked after seeing so much Viagra in my blog that I could have opened a shop for that. But as I am not in business of selling dubious medicines, I wanted to remove these unwanted links from desi Traveler asap. I was so worried that I started calling Vijay as Vinay :p in my tension.
To be honest I could not sleep whole night and was trying to resolve it but of no result. So finally I got in touch with Pavan Somu , one of the tech support geeks and blogger that I know, and who has helped me in the past also. Well needless to say Pavan who manages many word press and blogger sites including the immensely popular Geek and Blogger was able to solve my problems. I am not sure how he did it, he basically remotely took control of my machine and resolved the issue. So if you are a blogger like me and struggle whenever your site faces any kind of technical issue, Geek and Blogger is a site I would strongly recommend you to follow. Hopefully desi Traveler will remain clean now without any issues. But one needs to take all kind of precautions, which I have taken as suggested by Pavan.
All said and done it was a nightmare but also a great learning experience, that I wish none of my fellow bloggers will have to face ever. It is a big problem if your site is hacked and all your hard work is down the drain. Fortunately I was able to recover desi Traveler with help of my tech savvy friends. Was your site hacked ever? What measures you take to protect your website or blog, do share in comments.
I promise that I will not sell, rent, or donate your email to anybody
🙂 🙂 🙂