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I Got hacked today and never use for hosting

31st December 2012 in Reviews

 I’m going to get straight to the point; the last 24hrs one of my domain got hacked. Initially I thought it was one my developer messing stuff on the server. Today, 31st December 2012, I tried accessing the domain through the web browser to see if they were any updates from the development team. When tried to browse to the web site, my antivirus started to go crazy: Threat detected – Exploit Blackhole Exploit Kit (type 2371). First thing I did was to get the team on the phone and you can imagine how conversation went. These are the steps have taken so far:

Conversation with dev team: in summary; make sure that you didn’t use any code that you copied and pasted from the internet and change all user names and passwords.

Conversation with GoDaddy Support:
Godaddy: Hi, How can I help you today?
Me: My domain xxxx got hacked today…
G: Ok?! What can we do for you?
M: I would like to have a copy of the FTP log for my domains, please.
G: Oh…we can’t do that
M: Why not?
G: It’s for security reason that we cannot provide you with the logs.
M: very strange as my account got hacked and this means that you have an intruder on your network, therefore you system is potentially vunerable to more attacks…
G: Sorry sir but our systems are secured…
M: clearly not, so what do you suggest I do?
G: You can delete all files and folders in your domain…
M: We are alreay reverting the system to a backup state but that does not garantee to our system will be safe from any hidden script put in place by the hacker…
G: Sorry but that’s all we can do…
M: Do you have a virus scanner that you can run on our domain?
G: Yes…Let me check the cost for that…It will cost about £45+VAT
M: Is there any default protection that comes with my package, I am on the Ultimate package?
G: No, there isn’t any default antivirus provided for any packages…
M: So there is nothing I can do check for viruses and malware unless I pay the £45?
G: No, you have to pay for the service…
M: No problem, I’ll just take my business to a more secure hosting provider
G: Ok.
M: Good bye!

Now, if you navigate to Godaddy hosting page you will see that there is a malware scanner provide but no antivirus therefore leaving my systen open to threats. It is shame because I have been with them for quite awhile but you can only the strength in a relationship only when it is put to the test. On this final note, I do not recommend GoDaddy hosting for any businesses.

Feel free to share your views in the comments.

Apple vs Geeks – is this the end of a love affair?

11th April 2010 in Reviews
This isn’t news anymore but I wanted to wait for more light on the subject before I made any comments. Apple vs Adobe is actually an understatement. Actually, this is no surprise as Apple has always been a control freak. I mean, just take a look around you. How many PCs do you see running Apple MacOS which has not been branded by Apple Inc? Anybody trying to build a PC which runs their OS gets sued. Seriously, Microsoft may be evil but they have created an economy which in Steve Jobs world would have never existed. History is about to repeat itself; Apple Inc introduces a great idea/ products but would eventually become a niche player (well, only time will tell!!!).

I don’t actually believe that real geeks use MacOS; Linux or if you work for a company this would MS Windows. Let’s face it, Apple PCs (or Book, G5 or whatever) look very good on the receptionist desk and that’s about it. Steve doesn’t want you to innovate, he wants you to follow him to whatever **** he introduces (ipad anybody?).

Let me get back to the subject. Being software developer and I have invested time and money to build knowledge and skills. I cannot possibly learn every single programming language and therefore would welcome any tools that help me to cross-compile my code. I am not even a flash developer and seriously I don’t care less about what they do. But the new Apple mobile SDK TOS affects more than just Adobe, take a look at the Open Source PhoneGap where you develop native mobile applications by programming using (the most popular language???) HTML + JavaScript. Thanks to the control freaks at Apple Inc, now this would not be possible. This is the same as saying that when you go on holiday to another country, you cannot use a translator to communicate and that you better go learn whatever language they speak in that country or STAY OUT!!!

First they didn’t want Flash and Java to run on the iPhone. To be fair to them, those virtual apps kills the phone performance (so they say.). Therefore if you wanted to run any other program on their platform, you needed to translate it into a native app. EVEN THAT’S NOT LEGALLY POSSIBLE ANYMORE!!!! This is a big **** YOU to all the other programming languages. Can you imagine if Oracle said that Groovy, JRuby or Jython were not allowed to run on the JVM anymore? Or Microsoft saying Java app are not allowed to run on any MS platform through an intermediary (JVM)? Well, this is exactly what Apple Inc. is doing?

This is the best part; THERE IS NOTHING YOU OR I CAN DO ABOUT IT!!! Right now, the iPhone is the market leader for new generation of smartphones ( there are not the market leader in smartphone, that crown goes to Nokia) supported by its ecosystem of developer providing more than 150k apps in the App Store.

Look there is no way I am going to learn Objective-C unless I am getting paid for it. All we can do that is hope for Android, RIM and Windows Phone 7 to gain a large enough market share and we would see history repeat itself again. I am definitely not saying that you should boycott their products but if you are looking to build a company and make profit developing software for mobile devices, maybe you should think twice about venturing on the iPhone (off course, unless you know Objective-C).

Feel free to let me know your thoughts and I am sure that the Apple fanatics would not hold their thoughts on this one.

Google Analytics vs Woopra

5th January 2010 in Reviews
As you can see by reading my blog that I am not the type to compare and endorse products as I think the products owners surely must have a marketing department for that. Anyway, as a blogger, I like to be aware about how well my entries are doing. For awhile, I have been using Google Analytics (so as the top 100+ websites) as it is free and provides me with enough information on the state of my blog, corporate and client’s sites. The problem with Google Analytics is that it gives me late news (same as BBC, CNN, TF1 and Sky News and every other news @ 10 channels). I have been working in Business Intelligence for past three years and let me tell you that old news is what caused the current economy downturn. You should not based future goals on outdated data (information), you need to have information at your fingertips on demand and this is where Woopra fits in.

Woopra is not free but they do provide a free version (basic) which is enough for most website. I believe if you need more than what they provide, I am sure that you could afford the fee. Anyway, what I really like with this software is its real-time ability and I think that it is something that the folks at Google can easily implement. So I decided to give it a try (last night) and see what was the “big” deal:

  • This is what we call real-time data, the fact that I could see where my visitors (to my blog) where coming from, what they were currently looking at (which article) and then where they went next in real-time. This is not a breathrough but the fact that it was available for free made it even better.
  • Visitors tagging; they are so many sites which is used to tag content on the internet (Digg, Delicious, DZone, Reddit and etc…) so that you can share and easily found what you were looking at before. Ok, Woopra tagging cannot be shared but you can tag a visitor so that you can “spy” on his activity: how many times did it visit the site, which articles is he more interested in, track the comments and more. This is an important feature in profiling your audiences.
  • Real-time chat; this is a good feature and I think that is indispensable for those running an E-Commerce site. Users are not forced to install any software, no plugins, nothing in order to chat with the site’s owner (Any security concern, contact Woopra). I tried it on my blog and to be frank, I haven’t been successful initiating a chat with visitors on my blog (they all refused the request 🙁 ) but I can see it being successful on E-commerce site. Another aspect of this feature is the ability for the site owner to start the chat. So you can see what the user doing and which page he’s currently looking at and therefore offer your help. I call it the virtual shop assistant. Users can also start a conversation so it’s two-way.

I know I did not go into details about Google Analytics but you can register for free and see for yourself. Google Analytics seems out of date, Twitter is real-time, Google and Bing are implementing real-time features; don’t you think that you need to be able to track your website performance in realtime too.

Another thing, how come Woopra shows some countries as EU when UK, France, Italy, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Belgium and Poland are shown as their respective countries. What does the European Union means in that case? Also, it is a shame that Woopra is not a web based application (the current web version is so weak you might aswell use Google Analytics ;).

Anyway, if you have use it before or have a different view, feel free to leave your comments.