"If You Have One Backup, You Have No Backups" - Montana Webmaster

“If You Have One Backup, You Have No Backups”


After a website is finally up and running, it’s easy to sit back and feel that you are finally finished: the site will take care of itself. But, like other assets, such as a car or a building, websites need a lot of maintenance. And, when you don’t do that maintenance, you pay in the end. And, as on of the points in this article from Word Fence, if you only have one backup, you have no backups.

I learned the truth of this statement the time I had a hacked client website situation where we had to go through several months of backups to find a copy that didn’t have the compromised code. In this case, they had not responded to my emails that they needed to update their software 6 months earlier. But. a very sharp server tech had saved the day with the full server backups.

“In the context of cybersecurity, the adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a massive understatement. Make no mistake, the easiest way to handle a security incident is to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. We continually remind our readers about security best practices because the time spent implementing them is nominal compared to the time that would be spent responding in the aftermath of a successful attack.”

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