After I wrote about online backups from Data Deposit Box, I was surprised how many questions I had about it. The big issue that came up was backing up pictures and music. Even just one full 16gb iPod backed up online would cost $32/mo. Obviously too expensive.
It happens. The war against Virus's, viruses, virii, is endless and ever changing. Sometimes, even with multiple virus scanners, a new virus can slip through. Yes, even on super-geek's computer. Anyone who thinks they are smart enough to catch every possible attack is just an uninformed fool.
There are so many paths of attack, especially on Windows. (you ARE patching, aren't you?). Mac and Linux users might be safer (not 100% though), but let's be real... percentage wise, these users a minority.
So, what does a geek do when infected, or suspects an infection? Well, besides the standard virus scanning, there is a powerful program that can really scrape the crap off your computer. MalwareBytes.org. I know, it actually sounds like one of those fake anti-spyware programs that pop up a virus warning so you install their software which is actually spyware. Oh... but it's not. Spyware actually looks for this software to try to disable it, because they know they can't hide from MalwareBytes.
I was talking with a few people about their options for web hosting, and I mentioned that I am not interested in getting their business. I just want to make sure they have the right solution for their needs. I'm lucky, being busy enough to not worry about getting new business, which gives me the freedom to "Serve, not Sell".
I liked the term so much, I decided to see if anyone had Trademarked it, as if I invented something special. Dopey me. Of course it is used, though it seems, as a sales technique.
Just copy/paste content into a website. Easy, right? Should just take 2 minutes, right?
Wrong. Yes, it can be quick and simple to copy and paste into a web page, whether you are using Joomla, Wordpress, Dreamweaver or FrontPage/Expression. But how will it look? I noticed this after adding a simple copy of the Readme for RootKit Hunter the other day. A simple copy/paste of plain text took about a half-hour to properly format, which should remind Web Designers to consider that time in their expenses.
SimplWeb makes it even more affordable to host your Joomla website. They have now lowered their prices to $19.95/mo, with a first month free trial.
When it comes to hosting for Joomla, the average web host server is not usually optimized for Joomla. The low-cost web host usually is a one-size-fits-all setup, where they go for the lowest common denominator of optimization. PHP5? mySQL 5? Maybe not on those $5/mo hosts, because the thousands of websites they are hosting might break, since how many people keep their scripts up-to-date? (Unfortunately, too many don't upgrade and risk getting hacked.).
Then getting help for your Joomla questions can be difficult, if not impossible. Big hosting companies are not going to know your specific needs for Joomla. They usually just make sure you have access to your site and email.
Authentication failed: 535 Incorrect authentication data
I just ran into this trying to use SquirrelMail. It also affected RoundCube and likely Outlook. Usually this feels like a permissions problem server wide, but this only affected one account. One that had recently changed servers.
Authentication failed: Error 535 Incorrect authentication data
A search gave me many solutions, many complicated root-based commands. And one simple solution. I like simple.
Choosing a web host relies on many factors. The most important is the abilitity of the person who will be maintaining and updating the website. Too often, new 'webmasters' shop by price, looking for the cheapest web host for their website, but they then get stuck when trying to do anything. What is labeled 'Easy' is not really easy for most people. If you have never setup a mySpace or Facebook profile, and barely know how email works, then you might need something more than cheap hosting.
A nice balance between affordable is SimplWeb, which does most of the management for you, but makes it easy for you to create the content.
First, figure out what type of person you are in terms of Internet experience and computer abilities. Be honest with yourself. Are you a Do-It-Yourself person, or maybe a "Not-So-Technical" but capable person?