Website Hack Recovery

My website has been hacked!

Website hacks can be detrimental to you and your website visitors and customers.

Cybercriminals compromise thousands of websites everyday. Hacked websites can be visible and invisible to users and can be harmful to anyone viewing the page. For example the hacker may have infected the website with harmful code which in turn can record keystrokes on visitors’ computers, stealing login credentials for online banking or financial transactions. On a lighter note hackers can bring your website offline which can cost you money to get back online. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The key is to be proactive in keeping your website software up to date as much as possible and to have a reactive plan in case you need to recover your website after a malicious attack. Internet service providers try to stay ahead of the cybercriminals and hackers by sending out software updates as they see vulnerabilities, therefore you’ll need to keep your website software up to date on a regular basis. For example, any WordPress website could have approximately 5-15 different software applications to help with functionality, SEO, security, backup, code helpers, etc. If not kept up to date these software could be the next opportunity for a hacker to compromise your website.

When your website is hacked here’s a few things that can happen:
1) Your website can be unrecoverable after an attack – start over
2) Your website can redirect your customers to a malware site and infect customers computers
3) Google will blacklist your website until it’s malware free
So as you see, it’s important to keep your website software up to date.

Here’s 3 things you can do:
1) Be Proactive by having a service plan to scan the site for malware and then fix it.
2) Be Reactive by having a plan that will update your software and backup your website on a regular basis (weekly/monthly).
3) Be Irresponsible and don’t do anything and leave your site and visitors up to chance.
We like to be proactive and reactive.

We have experience with these proactive and reactive plans depending on which website hosting provider you use and the type of website you have.
-If your website is hosted by GoDaddy then you can purchase GoDaddy’s SiteLock (proactive) plan.
-If your website is hosted by most any hosting company it can be scanned by Sucuri.net which is a proactive service provider.
-If you have a WordPress website with SLGD then we’ll sign you up for the SLGD WordPress Support (reactive) Plan. Monthly or weekly WordPress software and plugin updates and website file backups for recovery.

It’s in your best interest to protect your investment, you, your website, your customers.

Want to protect your investment? Give us a call so we can see which plan is for you.
Samuel Little 804-601-0545

Resources:
Sucuri website security blog news
GoDaddy’s Top 10 Online Threats
Google: Webmaster Help for Hacked Websites

*Fees, costs, prices are subject to change without notice. After all the internet is changing everyday. You never know what’s going to happen next.

Professional logo designed for Action Tech

Does your logo need refreshing?

Action Tech logo versions designed by Samuel Little Graphic Design & Marketing
Action Tech logo versions designed by Samuel Little Graphic Design & Marketing

Recently, the Director of Operations of Action Tech contacted me from a search on the Internet for “Graphic designer, Midlothian, VA”. With a high ranking for those keywords, Graphic designer, Midlothian, VA on Google, after reviewing my website (SamuelLittleGraphicDesign.com) and contacting me, he determined that I was a fit for them to redevelop their logo, business cards, shirts and soon to be website.

Action Tech has been established for over 29 years. They had outgrown their logo and need a new look. Anytime I look at someones branding I determine if they need a whole new logo design or if I need to just change it a little. I don’t see the opportunity to design whatever type of logo I want. I some cases you don’t want to destroy someone’s brand that they’ve had for many years and everyone knows them by that branding logo. Most of the time I incorporate the color, font or shape of the old logo design into the new logo design…which is what I had done with Action Tech.

When choosing a logo designer
Not just anyone can design a logo. The designer has to have foresight into how you are going to use the logo design and where. It has to be high resolution so that it can be used in many ways. It has to represent your company and ideals. The logo designer must ask many questions before designing a logo…this logo is going to present your company for many years to come. Choose Samuel Little Graphic Design as your logo designer and give us a call.

If you feel that your logo is outdated and needs a refresher…give Samuel a call at (804) 601-0545 to discuss.

Action Tech – Located near historic Richmond, Virginia, for over 29 years Action Tech has been providing executive search services, staff augmentation, staffing management, and safety training services (OSHA, Hazwoper, First Aid, CPR, etc.) to over 300 energy companies, government organizations, professional firms, and industrial organizations.

Dave Saunders recommends – and I agree

I recently attended 2 events (Coffee Talk with the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce and The Powhatan Chamber of Commerce luncheon) having Dave Saunders of Madison and Main to speak on social media.
Samuel Little Graphic Design has recently positioned itself to handle the services and principles that Dave is talking about. I will explain them after each point that Dave makes.
Remember: You are not going to be able to take the easy way to market yourself online. You’re just spinning your wheels and spending money with no return. You’ve got to dive in a do it right. Now, I know it seems overwhelming…but we are going to help you though it. It does require time. We have plans to take each component one at a time and build up to where you need to be marketing to your customers.

Here’s what Dave said.
5 things you should be doing long-term:
1) Bring awareness to your brand through social media
Be on all networks where people are. Not everyone communicates through Facebook, some through Twitter, some through LinkedIn. Be where the people are. We help you get there…call us.
2) Be proactive in customer service
If there is a problem fix it before the word gets out.
3) Position yourself as an expert
How do you do that? Contact us on how…we have services in place to do that.
4) Customer engagement
Engage the customer into whatever you are offering. Ask questions on what their challenges are and then fix it.
5) Use search engine optimization and or social media optimization
Optimize your website and social media outlets for keywords that people search for. We can help you do that.

7 things to do now:
1) Improve your website
Is your website old? Do you hate your website? Is your website not performing as it should and being a hindrance to your over all plan? Call us we can help.
2) Stake your claim
Why are all of the domains taken? Because they are all bought up. Stake your claim with social media services like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, etc. You want to have your company name with these services before someone else does. Having your name with these services is important for when people want to find you.
3) Get a blog
We have blogging services. We can set up a blog for you and training you how to blog or if you don’t have time we can blog for you. Give us a call.
4) Create multi-media content
Create original content. Content that is yours. Google loves fresh content. Not content that someone else wrote and then you linked to it. Fresh content is blog writing, photo and video posting. We can help you with this content and to get it online in the right places that matter.
5) Quality over quantity
Only send out good content that’s when people listen. If you don’t think it’s beneficial to your customer don’t post it.
6) Cross pollinate
We have services that cross pollinate. Make a post on your blog and link it to all of your social networks, post it on another website, send the post in an email, send out a press release. We can help you do all of these things systematically. We can do this, call us.
7) Use Twitter as a PR tool
If you’ve got an event or something that the press needs to know about, tweet it to the press. Through twitter you can be one on one with members of the press. They are always looking for good content.

Samuel Little Graphic Design specializing in Internet Marketing for small businesses nationwide.
Visit our website for more information about our services: http://www.samuellittlegraphicdesign.com

That’s True

Samuel Little, President of Samuel Little Graphic Design states:
“There is no one else in this market that provides the level of services and expertise that Samuel Little Graphic Design provides for the prices that we quote. There are those that charge double for the same services and those that have no idea what they are doing. Our services are backed by marketing first, then technology…not just by technology.”

Expertise and diligence gets results for client

Our client, Debi Girvin of the Lochlyn Company has reported that her company has received calls from several businesses in New York that seek her human resource services after a Richmond Time Dispatch story broke on August 22, 2011. We account this success to joint efforts between Samuel Little Graphic Design, Debi Girvin and the Richmond Times Dispatch with getting the information online through social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and blogs. By working diligently to get the word out by merely cross linking to the story and other networks we were able to get widespread recognition for the Lochlyn Company. Samuel Little Graphic Design can do the same for you.

Samuel Little Graphic Design can consult you on how to get recognized in your target market and the result is, more business. Samuel Little Graphic Design provides 3 cores services to small businesses in Chesterfield County, Virginia:
Website Development
Print Design Services
Marketing and Advertising

Need to streamline your marketing efforts? Confused as to what to do next? Give Samuel Little, President of Samuel Little Graphic Design a call (804-601-0545) for a free consultation to discuss your next step in marketing your business, product or service.