Website Back Up; Ready for Hikers!
The WTA website is back online. Thank you to those who wrote and called about a malware alert on wta.org today. Over the course of the day, we had our web technicians track down the problem and eliminate any threat.
Everything is working properly again and Google has removed the warning from the website.
The problem was identified in an add-on software program that had been installed on the website but was currently not being used. Our technical professionals completely disabled this bit of software, eliminated the threat and submitted a review to Google to remove the warning. It has been given a clean bill of health, and the warning should be removed on all browsers - Firefox, IE, Safari and Chrome. It is possible, however, that some form of the warning could be still cached on certain browsers. If so, you might choose to use a different browser, clear your browsing history or wait an hour for it to refresh.
We want to assure you of the safety of the Washington Trails Association website. The software program at issue has never been used in conjunction with our donation portal, Hiking Guide, Trip Reports or any site content. You should feel comfortable with using the website to browse your next hike or make a year-end donation (a separate donation website altogether).
Thank you for your patience. Have a great weekend of hiking ahead. And remember to file a Trip Report upon your return. We are oh-so-close to 6,000 Trip Reports in 2012!