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Sorry for the lack of posts recently – I’ve been very busy fixing hacked websites (mainly through sites running Joomla extensions from 2009!) but I was directed to this post yesterday, and with her kind permission I’m reposting here:
Thankfully I have not had to use myjoomla.com on a site that was hacked. My first test run was on a site where the entire database just went missing. We restored it, but I wanted to be sure this was just the odd host error, and not the result of some hack or malware. The scan gave a clean bill of health, except for about a dozen recommenations for how to make things more secure. Now I’ve subscribed to put all of my Joomla sites (around 20) through an annual checkup. Your security recommendations coupled with tools to fix or delete the files are much appreciated.
Barb Ackemaann from irislines.com
Thanks so much to you and Matt for recommending myjoomla.com. I have a client whose 1.5 site was hacked recently, so I migrated it to 2.5 and then removed any malicious bits and pieces that I could find. But I just ran a free audit through MyJoomla and found a bunch of malicious code that I had missed, plus some security settings that had room for improvement.
I was really impressed with the thoroughness of the audit, and how simple it was to make the recommended fixes. It sounds like their paid plans start at only a few bucks per audit, and I would happily pay that to be able to easily rescue a client from hackers.
I was going to write a nice long blog post celebrating our two month anniversary but its just been too busy around here all day…
So instead, here are some kind words from one of our current subscribers.
I own and operate a small web development business in Australia called Local Web Design – For many years Joomla has been our primary web platform even for sites where the customer does not require a CMS. – One of the biggest issues we have is ensuring all the little details that make a website secure are set up correctly.
The My Joomla Audit tool does a fantastic job of ensuring we have not forgotten anything. A few of our sites had been hacked in the past and finding all the malicious code was a night mare. My Joomla Audit tool found files we had not found and provided the simplest tools to review and replace the damaged files in seconds.
Monitoring and maintaining the latest versions across dozens of sites can be difficult, I can’t wait until your new update facility is working.
To date not one of my sites has been hacked or failed due to poor configuration or malicious code that could not be found. Fantastic effort Phil.
While you were there chilling with your families, stuffing yourself with turkey and chocolate, I was busy releasing yet more new features into the myJoomla suite of tools. If you login to your account (Or signup for FREE today) you will see a whole suite of new things to look at, all wrapped up in a new look and feel too.
Holy batsauce, backing up from within myjoomla is super easy. :O
Well its been an amazing first month! Here are some figures.
The feedback has been amazing! and we have added features this month that we had never even dreamed about without your feedback.
I have so much more planned for the next month, including a few days off 🙂
The free audit will soon be disappearing from our site, to be replaced with a cheap first audit before subscribing. Subscribers already have access to automatic Update Checking and all subscribers will get priority access to all new features released…
We have released our cheapest subscription at only £5.00 per month for a single site – thats the price of two coffee’s 🙂 and by request you can also pay yearly upfront for a 2 month discount. See the subscription options page for all the details.
During December I will be rolling out yet more features, some we have not announced yet – so be sure to keep a close eye on our blog and in your account.
Thanks for coming along with me on my journey. If i can make this service pay its own bills – 2013 is going to be an amazing year!
Wow ! Thats some audit :)cc @securejoomla
I love hearing from customers! Here is a short email from James in Canada, who has fallen in love with our services!
I have been working with Joomla since it first came out back in 2005. I have loved it since day one and have continued to use it and convert all my sites to it.
One thing I have hated about this business is the hackers. In the beginning days of Joomla I was learning constantly. Security has always been important to me and from time to time would get hacked. They created many hours of wasted time fixing these sites.
Over the years hackers have become more than a headache at the amount of times they tried to hack various client sites. They don”
We love to hear from customers that have benefited from our services, and today we heard from Will about how he used audit.myjoomla.com to fix a hacked Joomla website.
Here are his comments in his own words:
Simultaneously, I discovered that Phil had a new service being offered that would automatically audit and report any suspicious activity or hacks on my sites. I ran it (using my first FREE Audit!) on the site I have previously mentioned, and was presented with a thorough read out of what went wrong. I immediately fixed things with the new Audit Tool for Joomla, and the site is back up and running with any security hole patched.
Thank you Phil! You should earn a star on the Hollywood Boulevard of Joomla Security!
What a great service you offer – and the first audit was FREE!
– Will Keyworth“
An amazing first few days with now well over 700 Joomla Audits of hacked sites and non hacked Joomla sites! I’m blown away by some of the kind words
However the last few days have not been all plain sailing, although we did not have any major scalability issues in our cloud, we did have one problem server in the cluster that needed kicking. Also thanks to our great customers we now have some fringe cases to handle (like the customer with 241,423 cache files in ONE folder for a site with 300 articles on it!) so we now need to recode parts of the connector in order to support these fringe cases.
So here is the priority list for the next week:
I want to say a huge thank you to those that have already subscribed – without your commitment to our success we would not have the funding for the next steps – so thanks!
WE ARE taking requests! We are open to feedback – anyone that gives helpful feedback, that can be actioned, will get £5.00 off their monthly subscription! Just ask!
So the future is great – we are here for the long run…. No cartoon mascots or gimmicks just pure tools and features that you will love to use to audit and security your Joomla Website from Hackers and changes.
– Phil Taylor