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Compromised. Hacked. Malware carrier. Suspicious site. Dangerous. Threat.

Those are all the words thrown at my blog by various sites due to a malware that entered my blog through the backdoor. According to one of the experts I talked to, there are various ways that a hacker can compromise a site. I am not much of a tech person so I didn’t list everything down anymore but took note of one important thing: regularly change passwords! I’ve been so complacent, not bothering to check my blog as regularly as I used to, and trusting that as long as my chosen password is strong, hard to guess, then everything’s okay. I was wrong.

My site got a malware virus from an attack I didn’t see coming. I was joining blog hops here and there and I am not sure if I got it from that. A few days ago, while joining a blog hop, a member of that group told me that her browser was issuing a warning that my site was compromised and that it posed a threat to her computer security. I checked and there was nothing so I ignored it. Then, another member told me the same thing. I ignored it again because when I checked, everything was normal. The following day, that’s when I began seeing something disturbing from my blog. I checked and that’s when the red warning appeared…

My site was tagged as a malware carrier!

I am not ashamed to tell you that I panicked. Why wouldn’t I? This site is my baby. It’s 10 years old already, turning 11 May of this year. Sasha-says.com is also a source of income for me so losing this site is a big no-no.

So, here’s what I did.

  • I scanned my site for malware. I used Sucuri SiteCheck and Comodo cWatch. Both tools are free. I will write separate entries for both malware removal sites and will tell you what I think about each.
  • I deactivated my site. When I found out that my site actually had malware in it, I deactivated my site by taking down all the posts and erasing everything that Sucuri said had malware or virus in it. I deleted the WordPress installation after saving some important details like the content of the sidebar and the pages. Then I deleted everything.
  • I moved to a new webhost. This is optional especially if you know how to really clean out your cpanel but since I am in such a hurry to bring back my site to its old glory, I bought a new webhosting account. I will also write a separate entry for it. I added this domain there and installed WordPress anew.
  • I submitted my site to Google Search Console Team and asked for a review. It will take a maximum of 72 hours for the review to be completed but mine took less than 24 hours only and I got an email from Google Search Console Team that my site is now clean and no longer poses a threat to its visitors.
  • SS-Google

  • I purchased an SSL Certificate from Comodo. I want to assure this site’s visitors that my site is 100% clean and secure. Again, this is optional but a good blogger-friend of mine advised me that if I want to maintain a good site, I must invest in it.
  • I installed a good anti-spam plugin. I used to have Akismet installed but since it now asks for payment for the use of their plugin, I opted to find an alternative. I found Antispam Bee! I read the reviews and it is the plugin I need. So far, so good. I installed and activated it before I opened this blog again. So far, it has blocked 6 comments meant to hack my css.

I tested this site in different browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Samsung Internet Browser (through my best friend), and ASUS Internet Browser.

No more warning from Google!

Yey!

My blog is now back to regular programming.

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Looking After Your Health When Working From Home

Working from home is a dream for many people, but it can be a big lifestyle change compared to working in an office or another type of workplace. When you work from home, you’re often alone and sometimes the only contact you might have with others is through email.

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There are many health implications to consider when working from home to make sure that it stays the right move for you. Your mental and physical health are important, and perhaps even more so when you’re self-employed, with no allowances for sick days.

Take a look at some top tips to consider on looking after your health when working from home.

Ensure you have the right desk setup

When you work for an employer, it is their duty to ensure that your health and safety is taken care of in the workplace. Now that you work from home, it’s up to you to fulfill that role. Give yourself the right desk setup to make sure that you have the right back support, comfortable surroundings and plenty of light. Give careful consideration to designing your home office to make sure that you have a workspace that is fit for purpose and will motivate you to work.

Establish a routine

When you work for yourself, you become your own boss. There’s nobody to slap you on the wrist when you’re late, and nobody to see you sat around in your pyjamas. However, developing bad habits can soon lead to productivity problems. From the outset, it’s important to establish a good working routine that helps you get your work done. Set yourself core working hours and a schedule like you’d have in the office. Make sure that you get dressed too – there are some proven benefits to dressing the part for work, even when you’re working from home.

Separate work from home

Some of the benefits of working from home include being able to tackle those everyday chores that would otherwise have to wait until the evenings or weekends. Things like unloading the dishwasher, or putting some laundry out to dry, can make it easier to manage your home while working and make working from home worthwhile. However, it’s important that the lines don’t become too blurred. If you pre-occupy yourself too much with chores, you’ll start giving less focus to your work, while also running the risk of working late into the night to compensate. Try to tackle your household chores during a break and give yourself a time to switch off from work – it’ll make it much easier to separate the two aspects of your life.

Take breaks

While some people might struggle with finding the motivation to work at home, others could have the opposite problem. By working too hard, you miss out on the benefits that taking a break can offer, causing you to burn out. Breaks are important for keeping your mind sharp and feeling energized, so it’s important to factor them into your day. When you work from home, you’re given a much wider choice of things to do during your break such as going for a drive or taking a nap, so start thinking about the great possibilities you could be enjoying instead of working flat-out.

Avoid bad habits

You get more freedom to do what you want when working from home, which has its negatives as well as its positives. It’s easy to get into the habit of sitting for too long, snacking too much and other bad habits that can affect your health. Another one is smoking. Just because you can smoke when you please now, doesn’t mean that you should. If you’re trying to quit, turn to vaping or even using a bong to reduce the damaging effects of smoking. You can get a bong from Dopeboo’s best bongs of 2018 that you can use at home without anybody knowing. Instead of forming bad habits at home, focus on healthier ones instead. Going for a lunchtime or morning run could help you get some much-needed fresh air, while also helping to keep your body fit and healthy.

Living a healthy lifestyle should be a priority for you, and is something you need to work extra hard at when you’re working from home. Maintain a strong work/life balance to help make sure that you see people and socialise and avoid some of the health issues which can stem from working alone. Working from home is wonderful when you get it right, so focus on the best ways to can make it work for you.

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More Than Homework: Turning Your Home Into A Proper Business

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We all fantasize about the idea of working from home full time, but what about those people that want to take it one step further, and set up their own business from home? It’s certainly a bigger challenge than setting up the standard home office, but if you want to use your home for more than just a place to live in, but use it as a base of operations, or use it as a place in which you can trade, how can you do this?

Is Your Home In A Lucrative Location?

Of course, this depends on the type of business you are trying to start, but if you are working out of your home, and you plan on serving customers, like so many holistic therapists, you have to factor in your location in your overall planning. When it comes to the location, it needs to be within a reasonable distance to your customer base, but it also needs to be in a neighborhood that is zoned for home businesses. Of course, you can set up a business from home, but there could be trouble further down the line if your local council catches up with you, or a neighbor makes a complaint. And on this topic, dealing with neighbors when it comes to having any thoughts of renovating your home, especially to set up a business, can cause a lot of personal and professional problems for you and your professional image. It’s worth having a look on houzz.com to get some this is information with regards to dealing with those pesky neighbors. You may be forgiven for thinking that running your business from home takes a lot of the anxieties out of the process, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

How Does Your Home Look?

For the average e-commerce business, the appearance of your home doesn’t matter so much, but when it comes to appealing to customers and clients alike, you need to bear in mind that the attractiveness of your home could have positive and negative effects on your numbers. You don’t want to scare customers off before they have set foot through your front door, and so making sure that your property, in terms of the interior and exterior, is up to code. It’s always vital to make sure the aesthetics are pleasing enough, and so investing in a contractor to get these bits of work done should be viewed as a worthy investment. You can go to wildwoodroof.com and look at what a typical contractor can do to improve the exterior of your home, so it is that bit more attractive. From the moving to the sidings, or even the windows, if you live in a dilapidated home, and you plan on running a proper business from it, some people may be turned off by the appearance from a distance.

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5 Clever Gadgets For Your Home Office


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Working from home can be amazing because you don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn and go outside into the freezing cold and commute to work. There’s no traffic jams, no people trying to have deep conversations with you at 8 am, and no need to wear high heels.

You can simply roll out of bed at 7:30 am, brush your teeth, come downstairs and grab a cup of coffee and get started with the day. Working in the comfort of your own home is great, and you will probably have a beautiful desk area set up for yourself, designed with you in mind. But there are also some really great gadgets you can add to your desk and your home to help you work more productively, and just because they are really cool gadgets to have!

Wifi Extender

First of all, the practical gadget. If you have a lot of devices in your home, your router may struggle to cope with connecting to them all effectively. The Smart Future has compiled a list of the best wifi extenders around, to help you boost your connectivity in your home and allow you to work more productively throughout the day.

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DeskCycle

Sitting at a desk all day isn’t good for your health, and you need to try and keep yourself moving as much as you possibly can in the moments between being at your desk. But there is a gadget which allows you to keep your legs moving while you are hard at work during the dad. The DeskCycle is a mini exercise bike which allows you to move your legs and burn calories while sitting comfortably at your desk. Save money on going to the gym and stay home, working off those extra pounds without moving from your seat!

Flower USB Port

If you tend to use quite a lot of USB devices in your PC at once, and also want to add a splash of colour to your desk: this Flower USB Port is ideal for you. It has 4 USB ports in red, green, blue and orange, and keeps your cables organised as you work. The stems even light up when you plug in a device!

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Henry Desk Vacuum

If you like to eat breakfast at your desk, then you may have had a few stray crumbs fall into your keyboard before now. It’s frustrating because you can’t get it out without blasting the keyboard with air. However, this cute little Henry Hoover will clean up the mess for you and sit as a colourful decoration in your office. So next time you fancy some toast, go for it!

USB Mini Fridge

There isn’t much to say other than this is the best gadget you will ever buy for your office. Chill your drink or stash a cheeky lunchtime cupcake in your USB mini fridge as you work away. It’s the perfect way to keep your snacks safe and your favourite drinks cold as you work.

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Stress: The Work From Home Downfall No One Tells You About

There are countless articles online which sing the praises of working from home. And, it seems they’re onto something, with one in five Americans now doing just that. The benefits of a lifestyle choice like this speak for themselves.

But, it would be naive to assume this career choice is all plain sailing. It’s not. Working from home has pitfalls, just like any other career. And, while some of us can overcome them, others may be unable. Major downsides include loneliness and, what we’re going to talk about here, stress.

You may be wondering how working from home can be stressful. Don’t most people opt for this career choice to get away from stress? Yes, they do, but it doesn’t always work. While you do eliminate the stress of a workplace, freelancing like this has a whole new set of stressors to cope with. These include increased work pressures (it’s only you now), and the inability to switch off. After all, escaping from the workplace also means kissing goodbye to 9-5. Instead, you may find that you never entirely switch off.

The good news is that there’s plenty you can do to keep the stress at bay. And, we’re going to look at a few of your options here.

Take care of admin in the morning

Admin can be a considerable source of stress. When you work in an office, the HR department take care of all that. But, when you’re going it alone, it falls to you. Worse, you don’t make any money from that part of the job. Answering emails and filing invoices is time you’d rather spend actually working. Hence, it can be difficult to fit in when you’re experiencing a busy period.

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To remove the pressure, it’s worth doing admin before you get started each day. That way, you can work without interruption the rest of the time. You could look through emails and such while you’re eating breakfast. Or, you might want to dedicate your first hour to the job. Whatever you choose, getting it out of the way is your best bet.

A plan to avoid the last minute rush of deadlines

Planning is essential in every aspect of working from home. But, never does it help you more than when you’re working to a deadline. You’ll find that your stress levels soon rocket if you leave everything until the last minute each time. Then, you’ll be facing sleepless nights, and rushed work.

To avoid that happening, it’s important to have a decent plan in place for each piece of work you accept. As a rule, attempt to have everything finished a week before it’s due. That way, you have plenty of time to tweak things if you need to. To ensure this is doable, plan first how long you think a job will take you. Then, separate the task into hour-long chunks over a set period. Just like that, you’ll have things done in no time at all.

Get out of the house

Another cause of stress is the feeling of going stir crazy. If you haven’t left the house in a few days, your stress levels are sure to skyrocket. Worse, you may fail to recognize the cause. To stop this happening, make sure to get out of the house at least once a day. Even if you just walk round the block, the fresh air and new perspective will work wonders.

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Create spaces in which to unwind

Many of those who work from home experience stress because they fail to switch off. And, it’s easy to see why. When you’re staying in the same place, you may as well carry on, right? Wrong. In fact, if you work without unwinding, you’ll soon experience severe stress. Everyone needs to kick back for at least a few hours of an evening. To ensure you get into the habit, set aside spaces which are work-free zones. Your bathroom is an obvious one, so take advantage of that. You won’t need to put the effort in to make it work free. It already will be. And, if you take time to shop for a new bathtub online, and invest in some pamper products, it can become the ideal place to unwind.

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The living room can become another work-free zone if you go about things the right way. Nothing beats watching television with the rest of your family. Just make sure you never fall into the mistake of bringing your laptop down while you do so!

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