Jun 9 2011
Inside of every person is the desire to build. Some like to build buildings, others like building networks of friends, still others want to build a legacy to be remembered for the ages. Even those who live quiet lives are building bookshelves of the novels they read, the gardens they plant, or the friendships they make. In all cases people are working on constructing something with their time, talents, and resources.
In the start-up world people focus their efforts on building websites. It’s a wild and wonderful ride that goes far beyond coding and posting a site online. It’s a place to build a presence, to meet a market, and to solve customer’s problems. It’s to see a need and to meet that need, no matter how small it may be. Some come to your site to browse around a bit. Others will go on to become repeat visitors, contributors, and customers. And so you keep building your site in service to your virtual, but very real customers.
In this world of builders there are some that aspire to build a legacy of destruction. Their goal is to tear down the works of others. In an unfortunate anomaly of human nature it’s sometimes fun to take what someone else has built and smash it to pieces. I remember one teacher of mine who knew of a web server hole with a popular site. Right there in class he attempted to exploit it to demonstrate how easy it is to crash a website. Unfortunately for him the vulnerability was fixed by that point and he wasn’t able to instill the value of hacking to another generation of software developers.
But this isn’t always the case. Many are able to discover the arts of placing malware, viruses, Trojans, keyloggers, and any number of other nefarious pieces of code on computers around the world. On our local computers we’re great about scanning for viruses and running frequent backups. On our web servers, many of us are not. It’s for this reason that CodeGuard was built. It’s a total backup solution for websites.
CodeGuard combines the “Big Two” of data security. Their core service is to back up your site and keep a record of revision history. This allows you to undo or restore your site to a previous state at any time. All you do is configure the FTP settings to access your data and adjust the frequency. The next thing CodeGuard does is identify malware insertions. Their proprietary monitoring software will detect unauthorized changes to your web site and notify you immediately. This allows you to know as soon as possible when people like my old software professor have compromised your site.
In the world of websites CodeGuard knows that there are many that have grown accustomed to not paying for things. Free software and services are abundantly available online. Backup and monitoring services of course cost money, but that didn’t stop CodeGuard from offering it for free. Their Free package allows the backup of one site for up to a quarter gig of storage and comes with a basic monitoring solution. The Pro package is a surprisingly low $10 per month for multiple sites. It comes with advanced monitoring and, “automated live recovery post-infection historic real-time undos.” I believe this is the fanciest way possible to describe a service that fixes malicious changes automatically. Beyond the Pro package there’s also an Agency level customizable package which is geared for those that have special backup needs. It comes with 24×7 phone support.
Backing up your data and scanning for viruses is critically important to ensuring the integrity of your website. And let’s face it, one the biggest enemies to our data is when we accidentally delete things on our own. Whatever the case, with CodeGuard you can ensure that your data is safe, protected, and recoverable.