A salutory lesson
Just read the sad tale of the demise of Gianugo’s blog.
In short, it fell victim to a spammer/cracker inserting something nasty, which only got noticed when the entire blog fell out of google. Gianugo had fallen into the common trap of assuming a personal site too insignificant to be of interest to an attacker (a mistake with which I entirely sympathise). If I’m not much mistaken, Gianugo knows what he’s doing, and if it can happen to him, it can happen to any of us.
For me, this is a very good reason to host my blog at wordpress.com – one less thing to worry about. Which is not to say I won’t fall victim to a similar attack, either my own server through something different, or my blog through a successful attack on wordpress.com. We can but do our best to protect ourselves against known dangers!