Last night, I found a surprise. Hackers from Indonesia broke into my FTP server and changed files around on most of the websites I host. Bummer.

I first thought it was an SQL Database Injection break-in. I was pleasantly surprised to find only one file had been changed in each folder.  It could have been so much worse. I thought I was going to have an extremely long night.

I am still picking up the pieces, but here are a few basic tips to pass on from my experience:

1. Use secure passwords. The name of your favorite cat is no longer an option. if it is in the dictionary, it was not a safe password 15 years ago, let alone today.  Numbers, letters, and non alpha-numeric characters.  Passwords changed frequently.

2.Make sure your plugins and addons are up to date.  If you don’t, it’s like a padlock on a screen door.

3. Keep your backups up-to-date.  Jesus saves, so should you.

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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at SimplyYouthMinistry.com and on the Kindle Store.

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