One of the clearest examples of why it is important to have an effective backup system and a disaster recovery plan in place came to light this week when it was reported that web hosting company 123-reg deleted an unspecified number of websites in error.
Judging by reports so far it seems fair to assume that the majority of deletions are likely to have been customers’ current websites.
Look up the name Marco Marsala in Google and you’ll see just how many of the major media channels last week picked up on the story of the apparently hapless web hosting company owner who accidentally managed to delete his own and his customers’ websites by typing the code “rm -rf”: into his computer.
It’s only now that we know the whole story was made up by Mr Marsala that it does seem so incredible and unlikely.
A recent study by Google and the University of California, Berkeley researchers has not only found a surprisingly large number of compromised websites, but has found that direct contact made with webmasters during the study served as a web security ‘wake-up and take action’ call.
The research results presented at the International World Wide Web Conference found that 760,935 compromised websites had been discovered during the year-long research period to June 2015.
Viruses, worms, Trojans,and some adware are all examples of software that can cause damage and / or cause serious security problems once they get onto your computer.
At a pinch, to get rid of malware quickly, use a program that’s specially designed to find and remove the malware. Free examples include Microsoft’s malware removal tool, Malwarebytes, AVG, PandaCloud and Bitedefender.
A review of some antivirus / anti-malware software you can buy can be found by clicking here. However, it’s probably best that you get your IT support professional to run through this properly for you, unless you are confident you know what you’re doing.