Last night before I went to bed I decided to go online and check out my bank account. To my surprise my balance was about $2,500 less than it should have been. Then I saw that there were about 20 charges in a pending status, and I haven’t used my debit card for over a week. Most of the charges were for companies that you’d use if you were setting up a computer or a website, like website hosting, premium plugins, antivirus software, etc. I immediately called my bank and they cancelled my debit card and put the charges in question under investigation.

This was a horrible feeling, I felt violated. How did someone get my credit card details? Being with the Military and having a Top Secret security clearance, I’m always so careful with my personal information. I even shred all paper at home so none of my details leak out.

Then, when I woke up this morning, I was notified that someone tried to hack my website at least a dozen times over the evening. Thank goodness I installed the Sucuri WordPress Security plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/sucuri-scanner) several weeks ago. It stopped the attempted intrusions and sent me a notification.

I don't know if the two events are related or not, but it's quite a coincidence.

I found out about the Sucuri plugin while I was researching how to use my new Yoast SEO plugin. My brother-in-law is the webmaster for a large company in Colorado and I was chatting with him a while back about SEO and my website. He recommended that I replace the default All In One SEO plugin with the Yoast SEO plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo). He raved about all the SEO features of the Yoast plugin. It even provides a green/amber/red status for many of the critical elements as you’re writing your posts. And best of all, it’s free. Anyway, it was well worth the switch, but I needed to do some research as it had so many features.

That’s when I came across an article about website security. It said that your website WILL BE attacked at some point, it’s just a matter of when. One of the plugins that they recommended was the Sucuri plugin. After some additional research, I downloaded the free plugin and installed it on my website. I’m always concerned about having too many plugins, but the pros outweighed the cons for this one. I seemed like a must have, and now, I’m so glad that I installed it.

As always, I wanted to share my story with the WA community so we can all learn together from our experiences. If you haven’t already checked out website security, I highly recommend it.

To your massive success!

Kevin

***UPDATE*** I wanted everyone to know that Kyle jumped in and said "Do know that we protect your websites from being "hacked" here at WA automatically behind the scenes and we have a team that monitors the network and all of your sites 24/7/365.

No need for plugins if you are on WA, if you are not on the hosting platform here at WA you might want plugins like this, but if you are they are a bit redundant. ;)"

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alexsvacha Premium
Thanks for telling us about the security plug in AND Kyle's response. Good to know another point for WA!

I'm so sorry you got attacked, glad that the bank was so wiling to work with you.
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Lundquik Premium
Thank you Alex!
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Kaciesmama Premium
Glad to hear that you were able to sort it but I can imagine the horrible feeling you felt
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Kav Premium
Thanks for the update, great value we have here.
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Ivileivine Premium
Whoa! Hopefully we all can gain some wisdom and knowledge from this. I pray this ends a happy ending for you brother.

Mahalo for enlightening us all on your path.

~Ivy
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KarenEB Premium
Sorry to hear that Kevin but thank you for sharing.
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debrakirk Premium
Sorry to hear Kevin - thank you for sharing
Deb
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JewelCarol Premium
Oh dear, sorry about this, it is terrible, it can just happen under our nose, thanks for sharing, Kevin. :))
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kinnick1 Premium
Wowza! Sorry to hear about your ordeal. I'm glad it turned out OK and thanks for the suggestions!

Mark
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AchuthanN1 Premium
I am glad it was discovered early and you could arrest the problem. Thank you for sharing and sounding the alarm.
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Mike-Writes Premium
Sorry to hear about your trouble, Kevin. Thanks for sharing this information and reminding us to be alert.
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DELJAR Premium
Thank you, Kevin, for the information and precauition. We need to be careful nowadays about online hacking especially on giving out our personal information. Glad your bank were able to resolve the issue right away. :)
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samirn Premium
So sorry u went through that Kevin :(
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LisaFranks Premium
Thank you, Kevin. I am going to tell my husband about the plugin since he is not on WA hosting.
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Ivine Premium
Hi Kevin an awful experience. Irv.
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keithp69 Premium
Interesting.. Thanks for the share Lundquik!
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doobie333 Premium
Thanks for the info. The update infor is appreciated.
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Lorac Premium
Thanks for sharing your experience. I have two websites hosted outside of WA (that have been hacked in the past) so I'm going to look into using this plugin.
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theresroth Premium
Thanks for this, and especially the update, Kevin!
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AriefWibowo Premium
I'm glad that you and your data all are safe. I'm also glad that WA has a good protection system.
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MKearns Premium
I'm glad you got it fixed Kevin. They can come at you in most assiduous ways. I ran a movie on blue ray and it said I needed an upgrade (mentioned on the video platform! The next thing I knew was to find out the solution was malware.
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Lundquik Premium
Wow...it's really amazing the methods that they're coming up with to trick us. Really scary!
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ValerieJoy Premium
Sorry to hear about your misfortune Kevin with your bank account, but pleased to know you have security on your website.

Also pleased to read the feedback from Kyle. It's good to know WA sites are security protected. I have one site not with WA and I have Wordfence security on that.

I hope all goes well for the future :)
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Lundquik Premium
Thank you Valerie! It felt horrible at the time, but I feel much better now knowing that both my bank and my website hosting service both have me covered.

I'm glad to hear that you have security on your external site already.

All the best, Kevin
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SadieChan Premium
Thanks for sharing this information. Something we marketers have to be conscious of. Always be alert!
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perrynirvan Premium
Thanks for Sharing.
I also always keep an eye on my everything connected to money.
Hope things goes fine for you

Perry Nirvan
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Lundquik Premium
Thank you Perry!
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adreyna Premium
Thanks for sharing this important information!
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LouisaB Premium
Hi Kelvin,
It is so nice for you to share this incident.
It is an alert for everyone that does business on the internet.
Hope things are working out for you.

Best wishes,
Louisab
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Lundquik Premium
Thank you Louisa!
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KennethPe Premium
Hey Kevin,
Thanks for sharing this very valuable info.
Cheers,
Ken
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KennethPe Premium
Thanks so much.
Ken
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KennethPe Premium
Thanks.
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JohnThomas1 Premium
Great Message, tx..
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Jim-Bo Premium
there could be a keylogger on your computer...
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Lundquik Premium
Jim-Bo, how can I tell on a Mac?
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T1967 Premium
HI Kevin, as another member mentioned, would you have known about the hack without the plugin and am i to assume then that you dont host with WA...just want to clarify it :-)) do you know if anyone hosting at WA has been hacked recently ? xoxo
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Lundquik Premium
Tania, without the plugin I wouldn't have received an email saying that I had been attacked. I do host my website on WA. Kyle wrote and said that we're protected on the WA server and don't need any additional security. I have not heard of any other attacks on WA members where their website was hosted by WA.

I hope this helps. All the best, Kevin
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T1967 Premium
SO are you going to keep your plugin? will the conflict of malware open you up to more attacks as a member here has been told it will....i dont know what to do ....i have it but i have not activated it as i took a look and the set up seems really complicated for a newbie......any chance you could do some TRAINING with SCREENSHOTS or a video so that i and others can set it up PLEASE ? oxoxo to you and yours xoxox
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j-lee Premium
You are so lucky you caught it so quickly. All my information just got hacked at my Dr's office so I am having to contact everyone. What a pain. Hope everything get cleared up for you.
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theresroth Premium
Hope that went well for you by now.....unbelievable, the audacity of these criminals.....
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ricmarine Premium
I know the feeling my friend, someone stole my military identity and started opening up account all over, I would get the info and they would be spending the money. What a nightmare to repair. I would Highly recommend Lifelock to you now that some one has you identity in interest, It was the only way I got my identity back and safe
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Lundquik Premium
Ric, my personal/military details were stolen almost a year ago along with thousands of others. The Military has been providing me with a free monitoring service similar to Lifelock called CSID identity theft monitoring service.

Thank you! Kevin
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ricmarine Premium
Yes I have that too
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TommyK Premium
Thanks for the heads up Kevin, getting the word out with reminders of what can happen helps to keep everyone on their toes.
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PMindra Premium
Hi, Kevin. Thanks for heads up to check up on 'website security.'

I'm not necessarily a 'conspiracy theorist' but I've wondered if some of the free programs come with their own 'Trojan Horses.'

Just a thought.

Paul.
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Lundquik Premium
Interesting thought Paul!
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cronkito Premium
That has happened to me twice now, and it's never a good feeling. Luckily both times my bank worked with me to ensure I got my money back.
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SCUFFIE Premium
Thank you very much for your story , some one got into my checking account before and spend money. I understand how that felt. Thanks again for sharing
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VinceHuynh Premium
thanks for sharing it's good to know.
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nevrob Premium
Thanks a lot for the information ,its good to have a great company behind you always.
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Safoh Premium
Thank you
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ebufi Premium
I do not know if having two security systems make it safer. All I know is you have two antivirus one can cancels the other and there can be a leak, according to geeksquad.
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feigner Premium
hi kevin, sorry to hear about the trouble you have had. i hope you are able to sort it soon.
looking at your site - i take it that is not your signature at the bottom
do you host on siterubix?
would you have known if your site had been attacked if you didn't have the plugin?
have you checked all of your backlinks?
have fun
phil
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Lundquik Premium
Phil, thank you for writing.

Yes, that is a resemblance of my signature on my website. I've seen several of the top marketers doing the same.

My site is hosted on the WA server.

I'm not sure if I would have been attacked if I didn't have the plugin. If I didn't have the plugin to alert me of the attack I wouldn't have know. Kyle said that the WA server will protect us from attacks.

How do I check my backlinks?

All the best, Kevin
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bilalized Premium
Really sorry to hear that. hope we all stay safe and secure in all terms.
Moreover, thank you for sharing the info about security plug-in.

stay safe and regards.
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dismany Premium
Thank you for tellin me this before I even get traffic onto my site. I'm gonna make sure to make the right moves and protect myself before I have too much attention being paid to me. I'm so sorry this happened to you. Violation. But thank you for sharing.
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WAlfano Premium
Thanks for sharing. I will check out those plugins.
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Lbath5 Premium
Wow! So glad you found out fast! Thank you for the information
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JudeP Premium
I'm so pleased that you found out before it was too late - I had a similar thing happen to me a couple of months ago.
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winsuccess Premium
Kevin, Terrible world out there. There are so many ways for individuals to earn and still people spend so much time and effort trying to steal from others. Hope this will clear up soon and you will be able to retrieve all. Thanks for sharing.
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neugscx2 Premium
Really sorry to hear that. Thank you for the great article.
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BBrandt Premium
Wow, Kevin! Thanks for the tip. I know how you feel when your card gets hacked, glad it worked out for you.

Bruce
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Stef615 Premium
So sorry to hear what happened! Thanks for the heads up and the great information...glad everything worked out.
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NemiraB Premium
It is great to hear about happy ending, thanks for warning:)
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Wayne66 Premium
Hey, Kevin, thanks for the info and the heads up. I had some phone calls, (4 over two days), a couple of days ago from someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support calling about issues on my laptop. Knew it was a scam right away.

My point is, boy...do we have to be careful these days or what? You just can't trust hardly anyone these days. It seems to be everywhere.
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PaulaLloyd1 Premium
Thanks for the info. Kevin.The sort of same thing happened to me this weekend. I bought some things on-line and then looked at my account and found out I had some charges that I did not make. You have to be so security conscientious now a days. Hope you dont have anymore trouble.
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weetee1 Premium
Glad you stopped it on time Kevin, I have had money taken from my account in the past and it leaves you feeling very angry, Security and plugin advice good for others.

Cheers

Tom
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Biggsta Premium
Thank you for the support Kevin and the great information.
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tyrellch Premium
Very useful thank you. At least you had secured yourself. Will have to make sure I do so as I plan some e-commerce functions.
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gmegs Premium
You had my worst nightmare come true!
... really glad thinks are ok - whew!
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Elijah1916 Premium
Very sorry to hear this, it is scary to the rest of us. Happy that you are now sorted.
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BrendaLittle Premium
Kevin,

Thanks so much for the information. That's what makes WA so Great! We are always looking out for one another.

As a side note, did anyone notice that Kyle chimed in to reassure us that WA has a team that monitors the network and all of our sites behind the scenes 24/7/365. Since I am still fairly new here at WA, should I still be worried about someone hacking into my site?

Also, where did the notification come from? Are you sure it wasn't from someone at WA? I know I might be opening up a can of worms here, but you won't know what's in that can until you open it up.

May God Bless Each of us with Much Success!

Brenda
"The only person that can prevent you from achieving success is you."
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Lundquik Premium
Brenda, thank you for your comment.

I have full faith and confidence in the WA system. If Kyle said that we're safe then I'm sure that we are.

The message that I received was from the Sucuri plugin. I'm not knowledgeable enough to know if the plugin intercepted it first before it got to the site security. Perhaps if I didn't have the plugin the site would have caught it anyway.

To your success, Kevin
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Mandmzzz53 Premium
I will be checking out sucuri for sure. Thanks for the tip and sorry that happened.
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LWarren Premium
Thx,4 info great 2 know
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kenway Premium
a good job well donr
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NRosales Premium
So sorry, thanks for the info on the plugin, its not so safe anymore nowadays. Who knows who can be a target of hacking.
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barbaraA Premium
Kevin, It's scary what those creeps try to do. Thank god you caught it.
Will check out sucuri.
Barbara
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BrianFord Premium
Great stuff for sure!! Kevin
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Loes Premium
Always hard to see some intruder, offline and online, it makes you feel so vulnerable, I believe you've caught them in the act, just in time.
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bigrog44 Premium
Sorry to hear that Kevin. That happened to me with my debit card couple years ago. I don't know how they got my card information. I found out that my card information was used in New York City, NY. I live here in Maryland. Now I'm with another bank, but not because of that. They levied my old bank account.
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WilliamBH Premium
Thanks for sharing this info .. had an experience that was an off line one very similar to you .. know how it feels. Cheers, William
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lynnsam61 Premium
Kevin,
I feel your shock and pain. Someone got into my checking account a few years ago, after I cancelled the card thinking it had been stolen. The bank was reimbursed me for the missing money but it was a huge hassle and left me feeling very violated.
Erica
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percispapa Premium
All information is appreciated thanks
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Thandi1420 Premium
Thank you, Kyle is good to be part of WA.
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MikeWhitney Premium
Thanks for the tip and I'm sorry to hear about the stress. I've gone through a similar thing and can relate.

As I'm hosted outside WA, I'll be looking into this plugin. Thanks for the heads up and I hope your accounts are resolved quickly.
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Kyle Premium
Do know that we protect your websites from being "hacked" here at WA automatically behind the scenes and we have a team that monitors the network and all of your sites 24/7/365.

No need for plugins if you are on WA, if you are not on the hosting platform here at WA you might want plugins like this, but if you are they are a bit redundant. ;)
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Lundquik Premium
Thank you Kyle! That's very comforting to know.

All the best, Kevin
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LizPB Premium
Oh man! I agree Yoast is awesome but what does that have to do with your credit card? Did you enter card info for Yoast?

Thanks for keeping us posted.
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Lundquik Premium
Liz, the Yoast plugin has nothing to do with my credit card. I was just explaining how I found the Susuri plugin. Kevin
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LizPB Premium
Ah ok. Sorry bout that. Hope everything's OK with the situation. That's scary stuff!
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JamieCheng Premium
Thanks for sharing experience. It is very good for my new website building.
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RTejeda Premium
Many thanks for sharing this info, Kevin. We must be careful.
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felixcat Premium
Hi
Great info.
I find all the "stuff" on the API, security setting mind boggling is there an idiots guide for this.
Once again great info shame about my mental capacity.
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Lundquik Premium
The plugin website has some instructions on it for advanced settings, but they said that their default settings should work perfectly fine. They certainly have in my case.
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bidnesslady Premium
Uugghh! I sure hope they catch who did that to you, fam! Don't know if anything irritates me more than a THIEF! I'm glad you check your accounts...make sure to do it regularly!
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Lundquik Premium
I certainly learned a lesson with this one.
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ebizblogger Premium
Thanks for the tip, i'll give it a try.
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ArmaniTol Premium
Thanks for sharing, Kevin. I offer my condolences.
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Lundquik Premium
Thank you Armand!
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anandck Premium
Wow... Hope all is well for you now and you are back to normal Kevin...

I am following everything that the training videos teach us... If Yoast is so much better than AIO SEO, then shouldn't the trainings recommend Yoast rather than AIO SEO?
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Lundquik Premium
Fortunately, I reported them to the bank before the purchases went through, so I should be fine. The bank has another debit card on the way to me in the mail and they've already reimbursed me for most of the money.

I've seen that a lot of members here use and comment about the Yoast SEO plugin. Perhaps it came out after the training was written. Or, it could just be a personal preference of Kyle's. Give it a try and see which you prefer, they're both free and you can always switch back at any time.

All the best, Kevin
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anandck Premium
Okay.. Ty..
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Jeepfical Premium
Thank you for sharing. This is something we all need to think about. Jeep
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JimNBV Premium
OMG man that's aweful!!! I will definitely look into that plugin! Thanks for the recommendation. Hope those crooks get what's coming to them.
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Lundquik Premium
Me too! Thank you!
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Rbobejr1960 Premium
Thank you for sharing
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Lundquik2 Premium
I never thought about that. I need to do some research as well.
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Heidi56 Premium
Wow, thanks for sharing!
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benandnili Premium
Oh man - i need to think on this. Thank you!
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