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Computer security Hi I have Mac OS X First Ill provide

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Computer security

Hi I have Mac OS X

First I'll provide you with the story then I'll ask a few questions at the end:

I have just had a wordpress blog site (www.wellwhatnext.com) hacked
This is a screen shot of wordpress backend - http://awesomescreenshot.com/0db6uxq3a

My hotmail e-mail inbox was showing delivery failure notification messages a couple of months ago thus guessing someone had accessed my e-mail and sent spam from it. I changed my password XXXXX it stopped

When I did a google search of my name (Robbie Ellett) I found the following site
http://pipl.com/directory/name/Ellett/Robbie.


What I have done:

I have changed my facebook security info so only friends can see my content


Questions:

I am wanting to know what I need to do re internet security for my mac.

Is there any chance of getting my blog site back? Guessing not - can you point me in the right direction re this not happening again. We spent a lot of time creating this blog - very upsetting. We got the blog site developed by a person over e-lance.

Do I need additional security for my mac? I thought macs didn't need it

Is it safe connecting to wifi? e.g. free wifi. can people access my info

In summary I need to be pointed in the right direction so none the above happens again - or chances are very minimal. Do you have any suggestions re keeping my identity safe online?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Mike replied 6 years ago.
You Mac was not hacked maybe your blog site. Facebook and hotmail have nothing to do with it. If you built this site using wrodpress can you login to the admin section?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Hi yeah there are a number of security questions that don't relate. Sorry for the not so well written question. Guess I am just needing to be pointed in the right direction re keeping my identity safe online and whether I need any additional software for my mac.

Re wordpress blog site: I can log into the wordpress admin section and it has been wiped clean..

login / password XXXXX simple. admin, admin. I probably should of changed it though had kept it the same following the completion of the website by a contractor over elance.com

Guess I'm just very upset as I spent alot of time and energy re this blog site and now it's gone. In addition I was suprised that someone was able to access my e-mail so easily and that my details were found on google search - http://pipl.com/directory/name/Ellett/Robbie

Any help would be very much appreciated. Through the book at me and I'll read it as I have other internet business adventures I am undertaking so I need to know what steps I should take to best keep 'my stuff' mine
Expert:  Mike replied 6 years ago.
OK make sure you have a backup plugin installed in Wordpress and you keep Wordpress updated for security reasons. Also change your password XXXXX a monthly basis and make it a good one. I suggest using 1Password it makes very secure passwords and remembers them for you. There is a chance your hosting service may be able to take you back to before the site was hacked so I would check with them to see if they have a backup. As far as the people search I’m afraid not much you can do there is a lot of info there about me too. Make sure your Facebook page is set to only let your friends see your stuff not friends of friends that will help.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Great cheers. I know very little re computers. Where do I get a backup plugin?

What about airports. Can people access my info when I log onto free wifi?

Also how can I get rid of http://pipl.com/directory/name/Ellett/Robbie or is this not possible?
Expert:  Mike replied 6 years ago.
In Wordpress go to Plugins and go to Add New and search for Backup there are many. If you are on Free WiFi do not go to ANY password XXXXX sites, there are tools out there that even novices can use to get your info if you are not on a secure WiFi. As far as the other:

http://www.ehow.com/how_5843259_name-off-people-finder-sites.html
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Really, I didn't know about the Free wifi. Does that mean people can access my bank login details if I were to login to my bank using free wifi? I guess I really need to learn more about internet security.

Does mac need additional security software?

Do you recommend any book for me to read. Cheers
Expert:  Mike replied 6 years ago.
No Macs are pretty secure of course you can get software to help further but you should never go to password XXXXX sites when on Free WiFi from any computer Mac or Windows.

Here is one:

http://www.intego.com/
Expert:  Mike replied 6 years ago.
Even with software you still need to stay off password XXXXX sites from free Wifi
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
ok great, cheers XXXXX XXXXX help.

Can you refer me to any readings you think will assist me. Good books, websites etc as I'm still a little unclear about people accessing my info over wifi. i.e. at the moment I am in a hotel using free wifi though I needed a login and password XXXXX use free wifi. Is this safe?

Last question...

Thankyou very much for your help
Expert:  Mike replied 6 years ago.
If you need a password XXXXX is not the Free WiFi I am talking about. That is most likely secure but you should ask the hotel if the WiFi is encrypted. Basically if it is Free and you don‘t need a password, even though the site you go to may be secure your keystrokes can still be accessed between your computer and the WiFi router but if it is encrypted it is much harder.

http://www.securemac.com/
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