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Steve Hacked, User Details Exposed And Reset


Another day, another big site hacked. 2013 really just hasn’t been a good year for web security.

This time around, the site writing the email that noone wants to write is, home of the popular content management platform, Drupal. Though no exact number was shared, it appears that nearly one million user accounts are affected.

Also affected are the user accounts of, a sub-site meant to help Drupal users establish meetup groups in the real world.

Word of the break-in went out this evening, when Drupal began to email affected users.

In an FAQ about the hack on their site, Drupal says that they currently have no idea who might be behind the attack. So far, it seems like the hackers had access to usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords.

read more via [techcrunch]

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


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:

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.

Steve Check your site is ready with Launchlist!

How do you know if you’re ready to launch your new website? What do you need to check?

Go to Launchlist and check off everything you should have done!

Of course, we know you’ve got your backups sorted already, right?

Andi Woody Was Saved by a Backup!

Here’s an interesting video about how Toy Story 2 was almost lost by a Pixar employee accidentally wiping the server that it was stored on. They suffered a common problem: they backed up the data, but the backup had stopped working for a month.

Whether you’re working on a movie, a website or any other document, there are lessons to be learned from Pixar’s mistakes!

Andi World Backup Day 2012

It’s pretty clear that we think backing up your files is vitally important. In our minds, every day is website backup day, but today is a very special day for the backup world … it’s a day all about celebrating backups in general!

We really support what the guys at World Backup Day are doing. There are two sides to it. For example, a close friend of our team recently lost all of his family photos due to a hard drive failure and we’ve seen and we’ve all heard the horror stories involved in companies closing down because they lost all their data.

So, even if you’ve never backed up before, World Backup Day (March 31st) is the day to make a change. Burn those photos to DVD (and put them somewhere safe!), add some files to Dropbox and definitely, without fail back up your website!

Andi SOPA and Website Backups

SOPA is being talked about everywhere. It’s stands for “Stop Online Piracy Act” and if passed, will allow the American government to take control over websites that they believe to contain copyrighted material. This could include websites that share (or even just link to) copyrighted videos, music, images or text.

The internet is full of great articles about what SOPA is and how it will affect the internet. But I want to focus specifically on what it means for website owners.

Who will be affected?
In short: everyone. Even if you don’t host, link to, or share copyrighted material, the very fact that you host your website puts you at risk. If your web host unknowingly allows just one website that it hosts to link to pirated material, the US government could shut down that web host’s entire operation. Therefore, you could potentially lose your website for doing absolutely nothing wrong.

Isn’t that a little unlikely?
Not at all. We know this, because it happened before when the FBI seized several servers from a web host called DigitalOne. That was pretty tough for them to do, but the SOPA act is all about making this much easier for the US government.

What can you do?
In truth, if the bill gets passed, there’s very little you can do. The world will lose control of the internet. But, we do have one vital tip: make sure that your website is constantly backed up. Whether you back up yourself, or back up with us, it’s vital that you do something.

Your website could be wiped from the internet with no warning and without you doing anything wrong. So by ensuring that you have a backup, you can at least be equipped to quickly jump into action and rectify the terrible situation.

We hate to sound negative about the situation, but we also hate what SOPA could do to the internet. We hope that this little guide at least helps you prepare for the worst. In short: it’s more important to back up now than ever before.

Andi World Backup Day

There’s a day for everything: talking like a pirate, stopping smoking and even eating cheese. Most importantly though, today (31st March) is World Backup Day!

Organised by a team of Reddit users, World Backup Day is an independent, non-profit initiative designed to bring awareness to the fact that people should back up their data and importantly, check their backups. Why is that so important? Well, as we recently tweeted, 34% of companies fail to test their tape backups and 77% of the companies that do have found back-up failures.

So, many congratulations to the team behind World Backup Day 2011 and long may you continue! You have our full support.