An apology

January 9, 2018

Again last week Grassroots Press subscribers  and other readers were greeted with a garbage post, this one in a foreign alphabet, apparently advertising pharmacy products. It was the second hack in the last couple of months, and as publisher I apologize for the annoyance and inconvenience this may have caused.

Ironically, Grassroots Press is observing its 10th anniversary online this month, but what I am describing are not the sort of posts worth celebrating.

I have installed a spam and malware detector that, unbelievably, has blocked over 6,000 attempted hacks in just about a month, but unfortunately it also missed a few. I have gone through the dashboard and taken other measures to tighten security, including changing to stronger passwords on several occasions. I am obviously not a techie, nor have I been able to find the time to learn how to make the site more secure, so I can only hope that the recent measures will be effective.

If my latest strategies don’t bring relief from these hacks I am giving serious consideration to taking down the site. It would be a shame, but I am not seeing better alternatives.

In any case, thanks for your patience and thanks for reading.


Steve Klinger

Editor and Publisher


2 Responses to “An apology”

  1. Jan Thompson on January 10th, 2018 6:44 am

    Most of us know hacks when we see them and don’t open such emails. Don’t worry about it. I appreciate Grassroots Press and wouldn’t want to see it disbanded. Thanks for all you do to keep the community informed, Steve.

  2. admin on January 10th, 2018 12:17 pm

    Thanks, Jan. Your kind words are encouraging!

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