Scrubs Star Shows Why It's Important to Remove Old Sites
Article by George Norman
On 21 Jul 2011
If you have a website and you use it to stay in touch with your fans or for some other reason, it is important that you keep it safe and protected. The bad guys will not hesitate to hack it and exploit it – especially if the site has a lot of traffic.

If you have a website but you no longer use it, it is best to get rid of it as opposed to forgetting about it and just letting it hang there in cyberspace unprotected. Again, the bad guys will not hesitate to hack it – and the fact that it’s a neglected site will only make their job that much more easier.

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Zach Braff, the star of hospital comedy series Scrubs, showed us that it is important to get rid of our old and neglected sites. He showed it by getting his hacked. The hackers broke into the site, which hadn’t been updated since 2006, and posted a bogus message that said Zach is gay. Here’s the text of the message:

To all my loyal fans,
I have been hiding this secret inside me for far too long…The human mind can only bare so much before it explodes in emotions, and well… it is time I let the world know.
I am excited and proud to announce that I am an open member of the homosexual community.
This is not news to those closest to me, and I honor that they have kept it a secret for such a long time. This doesn’t change anything, I am still Zach Braff, and I am the same man I’ve always been, gay or not ;)
Thank you to all my supporters and look forward to seeing me soon! I couldn’t be happier about this announcement! :)


Shortly after the coming out announcement, Zach announced that he is not gay and that the post on his site is the handy work of hackers. Via his Facebook page, Zach said the following:
“My old website got hacked. Someone issued a 'coming out' statement on my behalf. I'm still straight and in love with my girlfriend. But not too straight; I still love musicals, brunch and Doogie Howser."

What you have to take away from this is that if you have a website, you need to keep it safe. If you no longer use a site and can’t be bothered to keep it safe, just get rid of it.



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