Well, I finally got hit. My site was hacked, probably through one of the websites I don’t maintain very aggressively.
Not too much damage, really, but I’ve killed some websites and updated this one. You’ll note a few good changes.
First, the Contact Themon page uses a new plugin. If you want to send me a message, please feel free. The old one did the job, but it looked terrible, I never got around to cleaning it up, and it may have been the way in for the hackers. The new one has a Captcha, so I don’t have to worry about bots trying to sell me Viagra.
Second, I’ve overhauled the comments section with new plugins. I never get comments — well, almost never — except for a bunch of pecker-heads who would use it to post spam: mostly trying to increase their link count for Google, I think, since the comments were long lists of packed web URLs. I responded by shutting down comments after two weeks on every blog post, since at the time, there weren’t a lot of WordPress options.
Now there are, and the new, improved comments are kind of cool.
You can log in via your Facebook, Google, or Twitter accounts. Or, you can leave a comment without logging in, but you need to leave your e-mail address and respond to a Captcha.
We’ll see if that makes the comments any more usable.
So the cloud of being hacked had a silver lining.