A few days ago, I just got to work and typed in my URL on my laptop found out my site was hacked and trust me this was my first reaction
I knew wailing wouldn’t get me anywhere so I decided to get to work anyway at least that’s the only thing I could do.
I tried to log in to my ADMIN panel and guess what, it was inaccessible too.
Chisos …What could actually get worse?
How My Site Was Hacked
Well, a wise man once told me that in any situation you’re stuck in you’re usually not the first to go through it, always turn to Google. So I rushed off to scan Google for solutions and the results I saw made me feel like a boss literally
Hater’s gonna hate but I’m getting my site back. So I followed the instructions I got and voila my blog was loading again.
Wait.. did you think that was all? Lmao, that was just the beginning of the whole hullabaloo or whatever grammarians call it.
So I decided to go and make a post on my blog and while doing that the ugly reality suddenly hit me,
My database had been corrupted. My images weren’t loading, Plugins were broken and all that. Boy, I was downright frustrated. You know those moments when you feel like you should have done something before it happened and darkness starts creeping in even though it’s day time
Yeah. I had that feeling right then. I rushed off to my host and asked them if I had any backups available and they’re like
That was enough to throw me off balance for a few minutes, I was actually mad at them for not having a backup
Then they dropped the bombshell and I felt like dying
The backup problem wasn’t from my host, I mistakenly skipped it when installing WordPress. I had no excuse so I had to figure out a way to get my site up and running again. I tried for hours and all efforts proved abortive until towards evening.
I had a crazy thought to just quit the whole thing since my site was hacked but I just said
Another solution I came up with was actually pretty simple, back up my images and my posts then reinstall my WordPress. So I got Filezilla and connected it to my site and saw I had to download files of up too 2gb.
I’ve been blogging for more than 3 years so I wasn’t really surprised the site was that big, I tried downloading the 2GB file and the network at my location was just messed up. So I had to pause the download to continue the next day
Let me clarify what a VPS is like another computer in another country that is connected to very fast internet but you can control it from your own computer here in Nigeria so you’re basically downloading something but not from your data bundle and the downloaded files stay on the virtual computer.
That suggestion was the turning point of everything.
The next day, I started the whole process. Deleted my website and downloaded my images. Created it back and added back the images.
Did that fix it?
Nope. It failed. My posts refused to show and the whole site was still broken. P.S – I have about 1900 Posts on this website.
I was losing my patience and then I had to take the final decision. If it didn’t work after that. I was done. NaijaTechGuy would be sold off since my site was hacked. Almost 4 years of hard work gone.
So here is exactly what saved me.
- I recently moved to WordPress from Blogger this January and I share all my links to twitter immediately after making a post.
- I imported my old posts from Blogger
- Went to Twitter collected all my links – I did it manually at first. Later I just wrote a Python script to automatically send me all the links.
- I viewed the cached version of my site from Google and copy and pasted the content back to the website making sure it matched the same URL or link as the previous posts
- After that, my site was back online
Of course It was in a little way my fault my site got hacked, I was so obsessed with making my site fast for users that I even forgot to close the backdoor. I had no security plug-in and I had a lot of plugins running on the site. About 60.
So that’s basically how my 3 sleepless days went. Well, now I’ve learned my lesson, the hard way. All the same, as they say, experience is sometimes the best teacher.
I’ll drop my pen at this point. I haven’t been posting because I would feel bad without telling you guys exactly how my site was hacked and just move on as nothing happened. Posting would resume as usual soon.
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Press Release : Kabiru Rabiu Launches Hollaport App
Kabiru Rabiu, Group Executive Director of Bua Group, a leading Nigerian conglomerate held the soft launch of Hollaport, a payment and messaging mobile application he founded on Saturday July 6th at the Tech Park Zone, Gbagada, Lagos.
At an event attended by the Nigerian technology players, the media and friends & family, the founder of Hollaport explained that the journey of the App started about 2 years ago and was borne of the need to ease transaction and increase financial inclusion in Nigeria. He went on to explain that the app will evolve into an expanded platform with added features that will make it exciting and extremely convenient to transfer money and make payments not only in Nigeria but throughout the African continent.
The app is a multi-layered messaging and financial technology platform on which people can send and receive money using their phone contacts. Other features on the App include airtime top-up; cable, electricity and data subscription; and paycode – a technology that enables recipient withdraws cash from an ATM without the need to have a card or bank account.
Financial Inclusion is a major issue in Nigeria, with over half of the adult population being unbanked and only a fraction of the banked using technology in their processes. Seeing this disconnect, Hollaport Technologies aims to reduce the learning curve associated with mobile applications and has taken time to develop a lifestyle tool that can fit in all areas of life, while maintaining ease-of-use.
“The question has never been one of when, but of how– and this is the gap we intend to fill in the Nigerian market” said Micheal Olowojesiku, Hollaport’s General Manager.
Despite the simple user-interface,The app is packed with features such as media functionalities where you can send photos, videos and documents. Users can request or send money within the chat area for a seamless experience and can also pay bills, utilities and make subscriptions.
Over 85% of Nigerian adults own a mobile device, 103 million have active internet subscriptions, and a large percentage of this data size have a presence on social media. The app aggregates instant messaging features with financial technology to ensure the app is as relevant as it is functional.
The app is available on both the Google Playstore and the iOS Appstore, and can also be downloaded at www.hollaport.net/downloads
Complete List Of Xiaomi Service Centers In Nigeria
Xiaomi Nigeria has released the list of Xiaomi stores in Nigeria and service centers. I must say I am very impressed with this move. This means Xiaomi is here to stay.
Last month they launched the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi 7, the latest smartphones in the new Redmi brand.
- 1 List of Xiaomi Stores In Nigeria
- 1.1 Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Lagos
- 1.2 Xiaomi Service Centers/ Stores in Oyo (Ibadan)
- 1.3 Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Kwara (Ilorin)
- 1.4 Xiaomi Service Centers/ Stores in Abuja
- 1.5 Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Delta (Asaba)
- 1.6 Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Rivers
- 1.7 Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Delta(Warri)
- 1.8 Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Kano
- 1.9 Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Kaduna
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- 1.11 Related
According to the Head of Expansion Marketing, Xiaomi Global, Steven Wang –
“Redmi Note is one of Xiaomi’s most popular series, “Redmi Note 7 truly illustrates our philosophy of innovation from everyone because of its amazing performance and attractive price. Partnering with Jumia, we’re very excited today to bring Redmi Note 7 and Redmi 7 to our customers in Nigeria.”
List of Xiaomi Stores In Nigeria
Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Lagos
- 18, Kodesho street opposite computer village gate, Ikeja, Lagos
- 16, Saka Tinubu Steet, Victoria Island, Lagos
- Water Front Complex, Plot 8 Block 12E, Admiralty Way, Lekki, Phase 1
Xiaomi Service Centers/ Stores in Oyo (Ibadan)
- Golden Age Plaza (YAMAHA Plaza), Plot 125, Magazine Rad, Jericho, Ibadan
Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Kwara (Ilorin)
- 199, Ibrahim Taiwo road, Promo plaza, Ilorin
Xiaomi Service Centers/ Stores in Abuja
- Discovery Mall, Str. Adetokunbo Ademola, Wuse 2 Abuja
- Alexandria Cresent, Behind Banex Plaza Abuja
Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Delta (Asaba)
- 23 Ibusa road, beside winners chapel, Asaba
Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Rivers
- 30 Str. Okporo Road, off Aba road, Near Artilary st., Port Harcourt, River State
Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Delta(Warri)
- Shop H29, Block, Robinson plaza, Warri
Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Kano
- 18D, Civic center road, Kano
Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Kaduna
- L30/31, Mangal Plaza, Leventis area, Kaduna
I’ll update this list if New stores are added