Posts from March 2013


Steve World Backup Day 2013 – 25% Off All Backup Packages!

World Backup Day 2013Over the last 3 years, we’ve noticed a huge increase in the number of businesses and individuals who recognise how essential it is to backup all their data; especially their website.

“World Backup Day is a day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups.

This independent initiative to raise awareness about backups and data preservation started out — like most good things on the internet – on reddit by a couple of concerned users.” — World Backup Day

25% Off Backups – For Life!

To celebrate this occasion, for the next week we’re offering a whopping 25% off the cost of any of our backup packages for the lifetime of the package!

Just use the coupon WORLD2013 at checkout to receive this offer.  It’s valid until the end of the week.  Signup today and get your site protected!

Steve Evernote hacked! Change your passwords.

Here at Backup Machine, we’re great fans of the popular, note-taking service Evernote

Evernote

Unfortunately, their systems have just been compromised

… leaving the possibility that a criminal group has got a copy of your username and one-way-encrypted password.

So if they’ve used one-way encryption, what’s the problem?

One-way encryption (hashing) is a great idea, and we use it at Backup Machine too.

However, even with a hashed password, it’s possible (with enough time and processing power) to find its original value.

What should I do?

First of all, if you use Evernote – change your password there: http://evernote.com/corp/news/password_reset.php

Hacks like this serve as a reminder for us all to choose a separate password for every service we use.

Your own website’s FTP, SSH and Database passwords are doubly important to protect in this way.  You don’t want to have to change all your different passwords in a hurry when you think you’ve had your credentials compromised.

Help, I’m trying to remember too many passwords!

Of course, these days we all use many online services – and some of us have to choose usernames and passwords for our own services as well.  How do you keep track of them?

We use password management services such as:

These will not only store your many passwords in an encrypted file, but will help you to generate a new password for each site – ensuring a suitable password complexity, and randomness.

2-factor Authentication

An even better way to protect your services is to use 2-factor authentication.  We’ll cover this in more detail in our next blog post.