They Hacked My Site!

My site is hacked!

Sacramento businesses need to watch out for Hackers.

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What do you do when you get an insane text that tells you YOUR site has been hacked! And its from your own account? This can be pretty scary stuff, but more than likely its just a scam or phish. In this particular case they spoofed this persons name and demanded they give them 2k and if they didn’t they’d leak sensitive information.

These predators are relying on media reports of these things happening to large companies. Most smaller or micro businesses don’t keep sensitive data on their website. We encourage our clients that do online transactions to use Stripe or Paypal.  If they do need to do transactions on the website we have a solid firewall that goes above and beyond the standard issues.  For sites that do transactions we also have heavy duty SSL encryption.

When the client contacted me about this, even though I was pretty sure it was a scam, I jumped on to our server, confirmed that the site was live and resolving correctly. Then, I went into the back-end to see if there were any intrusions or uploads. I did a quick malware scan, and then changed the passwords to the site.  I checked her SEO too, as the tool allows me to look at recent back links. We had a back up already, but once the site was clean I did a second back up.

If you get a text like this and you don’t have anyone that you can call it can be very stressful. My clients have back ups and protections, if you’re unsure about they safety of your site, or you have received a text or email like this one, please give ICHRONstudio a call or email.

916-721-1002

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Webdev

Webdev

So, you want to be a web head? Most people don’t understand how varied the field of web development is.  They hear “Web designer” and think you can do anything they see on their phone.  The first thing to understand is there is an early branch in the web design career. Going to college to learn the various languages, structural framework, and eventually calling yourself a full-stack web designer is like becoming an engineer that works on a skyscraper. The second path is closer to what we do, which isn’t true web design, but more of software configuration. If the guy that works and intel is the engineer, then we are more like local contractors who will install a deck or help build a new room.

What you will learn here is to set up websites for local small businesses. These aren’t innovative engineering feats, just helping local businesses get online and get some new clients. This experience can be helpful if you want to build those digital skyscrapers too. Working with client expectation, learning how to set goal with real world constraints, and most of all learning what your limitations and abilities are. These things can propel you forward into high earing positions that will help live the best life.

You should already have some skills in Photoshop and WordPress.  Html, and css, are also helpful.

 

To work at ICHRON a Webdev needs to know how to:

  • Purchase a domain name
  • Redirect and forward a domain name
  • Set up domain level email with an exchange server
  • Create a control panel account
  • Create a subdomain control panel account
  • Configure Server level email
  • Install a WordPress or CMS site
  • Configure a WordPress or CMS site
  • Back up and restore a website
  • Transfer a site from one account to another
  • Install an SSL certificate
  • Transfer files from one website to another
  • Create a wireframe from a blueprint
  • Install and configure plugins
  • Create a mockup
  • Install a theme
  • Customize a theme
  • Work with a client to make changes
  • Know when a website is done.

ICHRONstudio is not a school, but we will help you educate yourself. Our goal is to provide opportunities to learn and utilize the above skills. We will give you an outline of our method here, what tools we use, how to log in to our tools, and our advice. However, you will need to learn a new ICHRONsutdio Rule.

GTS

Google that Stuff. The internet is a dynamic sea of change. What you learn one day might not apply the next.  Many of the tools we use to build the sites update, upgrade, fail, get hacked, anything can happen to them.  We must change CMS’s and themes based on what’s safe and what customers want. So the real answer, sometimes, is only Google knows.

When you come to a problem, if you have spent more than ten minutes trying to figure it out with no success, GTS. If that doesn’t answer the problem, then talk to a supervisor. At the end of day, you will note what you Googled, so TAKE NOTES.

The fourth rule of ICHRONstudio: GTS

If something is baffling you for more than ten minutes, take a moment to do a google search before you stop another team member.  Check your results with a team member if it seems off or still confusing.

Alright its time to Start!  Get your first assignment from a Key or Ops and lets find out what needs to be done. IF you’re luck you’ll start at the beginning of a web build but more than likely you’ll pick up in the middle of a project.

To get certification.  You will need to have each of the items listed above signed by a supervisor acknowledging that you have thorough understanding of the topic.

Good luck.

 

DNS

  1. We purchase our domains at:
  2. We pay how much?
  3. We charge how much?
  4. What is a nameserver
  5. What are c names?
  6. What are MX servers?
  7. How do I set up Gmail or MSX on the domain?
  8. What is masking?

 

Control Panel

 

Create a subdomain control panel account

Configure Server level email

Install a WordPress or CMS site

Backup and restore a website

Install an SSL certificate

Transfer files from one website to another

Create a wireframe from a blueprint

Install and configure plugins

Create a mockup

Install a theme

Customize a theme

Understand each aspect of the Standard build check list

Work with a client to make changes

Know when a website is done.

 

The biggest problem with web development, this industry in general, is things change from year to year, sometimes month to month. Rather than create a set of rules and lessons this is a series of links, usually to the developer when we can.

 

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Do I need a business license in Sacramento?

To give you an idea, I started about a decade ago.  I didn’t intend to be a small business, I was just good at something and people were willing to pay me. I think the turnaround was when I made business cards. Once I did that, I felt I had to take it seriously. I had a lot of questions and it wasn’t easy to find the answers. So that’s what I’ll be answering here; what are the things that you need, to successfully start a business in the Sacramento area.

Resource for starting a business in the Sacramento area.

If you’re grabbing a little side cash, do you need to get a license? Technically, yes. Anytime you make money in a city or county they will require you to have a permit or business license.  Depending on the work, you might need multiple.

But what if you’re just doing a weekend event for a convention or a festival you’ll need a Vendor Permit? As stated previously, any time you aim to make money, you must have a permit or business license to operate. Most conventions and festivals will also require a Vendor Permit to be able to register or book your spot for them.

If you’re a vendor in the County of Sacramento you will need to apply for the county permit. If you are working within an incorporated area you’ll need to apply at city hall for a business license.

For unincorporated areas outside of Sacramento city you will go to the county website.

If you are working in these areas you will need to get you business license from their respective City Halls.

Citrus Heights – http://www.citrusheights.net/

Elk Grove – http://www.elkgrovecity.org/

Folsom – https://www.folsom.ca.us/

Galt –  http://www.ci.galt.ca.us/

Isleton – http://cityofisleton.com/

Rancho Cordova –  http://www.cityofranchocordova.org/

Sacramento City – http://www.cityofsacramento.org/