Do you have a secure backup of your website?

hackerIf the answer is no you stand a very real chance of losing all of it completely. We live in a time that hackers abound. Their motives for creating havoc on your site is often not clear. You should be aware that to be recognised as a “hacker” you have to be rated. To obtain said rating the padawan hacker has to hack a website leaving their hacker handle as proof of their dirty work.

This explains a reason behind their intent. There’s obviously a million other reasons why your site could be targeted. No matter what precautions you might have taken or how up to date you keep your website, YOUR WEBSITE CAN BE HACKED.

This is where a secure full backup of the site is essential. The auto backups provided by many ISP is not sufficient. You need a backup plan of your own.

If you have an old style static HTML website a simple copy of all the files will suffice.

Add ons have made it really easy with websites created in WordPress or Joomla. These add ons make backup a simple one click procedure. Critically the add ons automate the complex task of not only backing up the myriad of files but also backup the underlying databases.

  

In app purchases

iapThe current trend is that apps are free to download and use but the developers build in “in app purchases.” These are also referred to as micro transactions. It’s not a bad practise or done with any malicious intent. It rewards the developers with some money to continue their endeavours.

For example: you could download a basic drawing program and then opt to purchase additional pen types or additional colours.

The problems arise when the ipad is handed over to our little darlings. (Kids) The games they download with or without our consent mostly have these in app purchases. To make matters worse there is often confusion between rewards earned within the game and those that will be billed to your credit card. Remember your ipad is connected with your iCloud account which has your credit card details. To authorise a purchase from within an game or app it’s often as easy as clicking on the OK option provided. BOOM money has been deducted from your credit card.

All parents can take steps to avoid such a fate: If you have an iPhone or iPad, go into Settings, then into General, then Restrictions. Enable restrictions (you’ll have to create a PIN so Timmy can’t undo your handiwork) and then turn off  In-App Purchases under the Allowed Content heading. You can also adjust further parameters, such as whether your kids can have access to iTunes, the camera, or the Safari Web browser.

  
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