Recently, I noticed that a few blogs I read hosted on the Blogger (blogspot) platform were redirecting to a parked page for kunoichi . info. On most of these sites, you can usually briefly see a post with some variation of “I’VE BEEN HACKED!!!” as the title. On one of the blogs, I quickly hit “view source” to try to see if I could find any rogue codes. I know many bloggers who use this free blogging platform have no clue how to go into the source code and search for problems, much less fix it. It can be a scary thing for those non-techy people.
Not long ago, Blogger integrated the ‘recent comments’ hack code created by Amanda at Blogger Buster into the platform as a widget. No more messing with source code for the gun-shy bloggers. And it was apparently great, for a while. Then a few days ago, authors started to find their sites redirecting to another page and their first thought was that they’d gotten hacked. NO ONE wants to think, even for a second, that their precious site has been infected by some nefarious dude with a computer. Unfortunately, this is easily accomplished on a Blogger hosted site. They’re security is rather lax, and users can do nothing to secure their own sites. They must rely on Blogger themselves. Again, this is why I switched to WordPress almost three years ago.
But I’m here to help! I swear, this won’t hurt a bit and even the biggest technological idiots can do it.
It’s simple, really. This is the rogue code that is causing the issue (in red):
You can fix this one of two ways. You can either access the HTML/Source code of your blog, with the box for “Expand Widget Templates” checked (this is important) and then look for the code I have above and delete it. Save your HTML, clear you cache then restart your browser.
Or, you can simply go into Layout >>>> Gadgets >>>> Recent Comments and remove that widget/gadget. Save your changes, clear you cache and restart your browser.
Done. No more redirection and your blog is all yours once again.
I do have one thing to say to my friends still using Blogger: For the love of God, please switch to WordPress! You’ll be much happier, I swear. And crap like this won’t happen often, if at all. Seriously. You’ll have your host’s security AND the built-in security of WordPress behind you. I’m not saying hacking doesn’t happen on WP, but the incidents of it are not as common as with other platforms. Also, pick the right host or you could be completely screwed. I use HostGator. Stay the hell away from GoDaddy.
I can help you migrate your blog over. I’m a graphic designer and considered by some of my friends to be the Blogger to WordPress Migration Queen. I just love being the Queen! By the way, if you feel you cannot afford self-hosted WordPress (wordpress.ORG), you can still use WordPress’ free blogging platform (wordpress.COM). Your Blogger site can be easily ported to your new WordPress.com site. You can also seamlessly redirect your old Blogger blog to your new home.
Category: Tech and Blog Tutorials