Back to blogging

Back to blogging

I’m back to blogging and going to use this platform to write about new ideas and random thoughts about current events. I also have a few things that I want to do this year that I’ve been focused on lately. I guess it’s more of keeping myself accountable and implement them as much as I can.

First and foremost, my old sites are gone and apparently has been hi-jacked according to Google as it was flagged as spam. I was not able to access both sites without having that warning message that the browser shows on the screen when you come across a phishing site. I had two blog sites and far from having malicious contents. I had the domain registrar’s customer support check out the direct URL and have him verify that there was nothing there worth flagging.

Since my website was flagged, the domain itself was also flagged by the domain registrar which also means that any email that is sent to that domain is blocked and sent back to the sender. One day, all my emails just stopped coming in and that’s when I found out how bad the situation was. Who knows how many important emails I missed because of it.

I hosted my sites on Azure and was using WordPress and Ghost. I looked at both sites and they both still had the content in-tact without any evidence of hacking. I actually thought that the actual platform that I was using was hacked and had to check if the content was compromised. Apparently, Google is seeing something that I’m not seeing.

The process of removing my site from being blacklisted by Google is a long process and it took months of waiting around before it cleared up. Maybe it was the less frequently updated version of WordPress that caused it and provided back door access? Was it because my domain had a public domain registration? Who knows. Either way, I decided to switch to a much lighter platform like Hugo and start over again. Most of my older blog content especially the technology-based ones are outdated but I could move over the other ones. I’d rather focus on adding newer and more relevant contents.

The problem with platforms such as WordPress is, it needs to be constantly be updated to the latest as popular platforms are always targeted by hackers. The more sophisticated the application is (and more integration points), presents more ways to be compromised. The benefit of using something like Jekyll or Hugo is they’re just static sites.

Setting writing goals

I would like to write more frequently even as much as once a week but I’ll start with once a month for now as I also want to create additional websites and create more content for non-personal things. Please keep an eye out for new contents. Thanks for reading.

Dennis Rongo
Dennis Rongo
Software Engineer