How I Survived a Malware Infection


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Show Notes

This was a hard episode for me to create.

I talk very candidly in this episode about the malware infection I had on my websites, what I did to fix the problem, and what actions I’ve taken to protect my web properties moving forward.

I just want to stress that I’m not a tech expert. I started this show because I’m just as confused, frustrated, and overwhelmed by tech as you are and when the malware infection hit I seriously considered throwing in the towel.

Suddenly, getting a job sounded like a more attractive option.

But I’m not giving in and I’m using what happened to me as a way to help you protect yourself.

I invited my great friend, past guest, and friend of the show Gail Turner Brown of to interview me.

So give a listen as I share:

  • What’s malware
  • How you get it
  • Signs you may have it
  • Suggestions for what to do when you get it

Terms That May Be New to You

  • Malware
  • Nefarious
  • Worm
  • Trojan Horse
  • Red Screen of Terror
  • Dashboard
  • Plugin
  • Firewall
  • Bots
  • Theme
  • Parent theme and Child theme
  • VPS – virtual private server


Links and resources

Join the show’s Facebook group to connect with a group of like-minded entrepreneurs where you can ask tech questions in a safe environment and get invited to test out new platforms and tools.

Take It Deeper with Additional Research

How Hackers Take Down a Website — from Scientific American

How Websites Get Hacked — from Sucuri

How wordpress sites get hacked and what to do about it 

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