Three Lessons I Learned From Getting Hacked
You don’t realize how important backing up your information is until disaster strikes! And that’s exactly what happened to me a few years ago.
It was just another day on the grind for me. I got up to login to my computer to get my day started. Everything appeared to be cool.
After I logged into my computer, I headed over to my wordpress blog to add some new content to it.
Can you guess what happened next?
My Blog Was Hacked with Some Kind of XXX Related Crap!
I Reached Out to My Web Hosting Provider for Assistance But There Was Nothing They Could Do!
After seeing this mess on my website, I reached out to my web hosting provider to tell them what was up.
And you know what their response was… “Gee, sorry Kim, there is not much that we can do for you because you didn’t get the backup package with our web hosting plan”.
Ummm >>> Thanks for NOTHING Mr Web Hosting provider.
Now, I will say that I take full responsibility for not making sure that my website was backed up.
To be honest, I wasn’t really diligent about making sure that I had a decent backup system in place to restore my blog, so yea, some of the fault was on me.
What were the results of this outage? Ohhh let’s see….
- Loss of potential sales
- Loss of traffic
- Loss of potential new email subbies to my email list
It was one of the biggest PITA’s that I’ve ever experienced. Then to make things worse, having to get on the phone with a web hosting company that didn’t really give a care about what I was going through.
Hackers Are Always Out There Trolling and Ready to Take You Down!
Just last year, data breaches from cybersecurity attacks cost firms on average 15 million per year! That is super costly!
When I worked as a computer consultant a few years ago was
I’m not sure if you remember, but a few weeks ago there was a massive DNS attack that took down half of the internet.
I knew something HAD to be up because there were too many major social networks down at once.
Twitter was down. Pinterest was inaccessible. And I caught wind from my brother that the Playstation network was down too. Sad times for the gamers right?
To say this day was madness would be an understatement.
What I Have Learned from Getting Hacked and What I Do Differently Now
After my website was hacked and I lost all of my files to a computer crash, I started taking computer security and backing up my data very serious.
I don’t know about you but in my experience, downtime is a killer for business productivity and it just down right sucks!
What I’ve learned from getting hacked is…
- NEVER ever… leave anything to chance. It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure that you have some sort of backup and restore system in place for your business.
- Nothing is 100%. Computers fail, hard drives crash and hackers gonna hack! Again, as a business or brand owner you need to have safeguards in place to protect your business as much as possible.
- Invest in the right tools to protect your business data. I get it…money might be tight for ya, but believe me there are certain tech tools like backup solutions that you need to invest in for your biz.
How to Save Your Computer Data and Protect Your Business Assets
As you can see, I am very passionate about this subject. I know what it’s like to be down in the water for days. I know what it’s like to have to build a website from scratch because it was hacked. This kind of stuff just down right sucks…
So friends, I leave you with these 3 tips on how to save your computer data and protect your business assets:
#1: Use some type of remote backup service to store your data
I was a little scared initially to pull the trigger and use Amazon’s service because I wasn’t sure how the pricing would work out. But when I saw my bill for the month, I promise you I turned a couple of cartwheels.
My bill was a WHOPPING .12 cents!
I use Amazon S3 to backup:
- Content from my websites and blogs
- Important files from my computer
- Pretty much everything that I can backup!
Oh and in case you’re wondering, I use the UpdraftPlus WordPress plugin to backup my site to Amazon S3.
#2: Use Cloud Based Apps
I used to be a hugeee fan of the Microsoft office suites (and I a still am). But after experiencing computer crashes and shelling out all kinds of money to use the software I decided it was time to move to a cloud based platform. I eventually landed on Google Docs.
What I love about Google Docs is that:
- The software is FREE to use
- I can access my documents anywhere and anytime from an internet connected device
- I can download files from Google Docs and convert them to all kinds of file formats like PDF’s, JPEG images and PNG images.
#3: Invest in a either an External Hard Drive or a NAS Drive to store your data
If you don’t want to bother trying to get a service like Amazon S3 setup, I would suggest at a minimum getting a NAS Drive or an External Drive to backup your data to.
The difference between a NAS Drive and an External Drive is that with a NAS drive you will have to connect it to your home network to access it.
With an External Hard Drive, you will need to connect it to your computer via a USB cable to backup your data.
Either way, these are great tech resources to have in your business arsenal to make sure that you protect your business data.
So tell me…Have you had any horrible stories where your website or computer was hacked? If so, I’d love to know how you handled it.