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How My Site Was Hacked And How I Fixed It After 72 Hours

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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

How My Site Was Hacked And How I Fixed It After 72 Hours

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.

How My Site Was Hacked And How I Fixed It After 72 Hours

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

Besides,

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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,

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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

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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

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That was enough to throw me off balance for a few minutes, I was actually mad at them for not having a backup

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Then they dropped the bombshell and I felt like dying

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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

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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

So while texting my friend Soju (He runs SojuOppa.net a K-Drama movie site and My9jaTv.com for HD Iroko Nollywood Movies) he suggested I use a VPS.

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?

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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.

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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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Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst

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6 Comments

  1. Douglas okolaa

    February 12, 2019 at 9:24 am

    So which security plugin did you use 🤣😊

    • Michael Ajah

      February 12, 2019 at 9:45 am

      Wordfence

  2. Kachi Ojieh

    February 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Naijatechguy! What were you thinking? You had about 60 plugins on one blog! I can’t believe this. I run https://nextbiggadgets .com and i try my best to keep my plugins below 10. Anyways, i am a graduate of computer science and i enjoy writing codes, any features i see out there and i want it on my blog, i try as possible to write it myself except in tougher cases. Thank God your blog is back online.

    • Michael Ajah

      February 14, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Lol. I guess I allowed WordPress functionalities overwhelm me and I didn’t secure my site. Everything is back to normal thankfully

  3. Chukwuka Solomon

    February 14, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Am glad your site is back online again, let the hustle continue.

    • Michael Ajah

      February 14, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks bruv

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Google Wifi For UBA – Google Partners with UBA to Provide Free Internet

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Google Free Wifi For UBA Customers is here and it seems we all are going to get faster internet access but like with most things that come from foreign brands, there’s a little limitation.

Google Free Wifi For UBA

 

Google Free Wifi For UBA – How It Works

Google just partnered with UBA to provide free WiFi across 11 locations in Lagos State, Nigeria.

 

Google Wifi For UBA

Seriously, Just in Lagos. Google I’m disappointed. Even Facebook did the same thing with their Express WIFI.

According to reliable sources, the Wifi service would be available at 11 locations in Lagos State and is an extension of the Google Station initiative launched at the #GoogleforNigeria event held last year.

However, the good news is that Google said it will roll out the service in 200 locations in five cities across Nigeria before the end of 2019.

Google Station actually started in Lagos last year and extended to Abuja in December in partnership with Backbone Connectivity Network.

This Google-powered initiative would allow customers access to internet connectivity within the 11 branches and its environs, thereby facilitating their day-to-day businesses and activities, while ensuring unhindered connectivity.

I feel this would actually make standing at the ATM queues at the banks less boring.

Google Free WIfi UBA

The 11 branches where the hotspot will be located are: UBA Bank Road, 810-811 Bank Road, Daleko; UBA Matori, 21 Fatai Atere street; UBA Surulere, 152 Ogunlana Drive; UBA Allen, 13 Allen Avenue, Ikeja; UBA Tisco Plaza, Alausa; UBA Apapa, 11-13 Warehouse Road, Apapa; UBA Marina, 55 Marina, Lagos Island; UBA HQ, Broad Street, Marina; UBA Lekki Admiralty; UBA Oke Arin and UBA Aspamda Plaza, Trade Fair.

Google Nigeria’s Country Director, noted that the institutions remained focused on providing internet services to users for free.

She said, “With the help of our partners, we are offering high-quality internet access in heavily-trafficked areas like airports, markets, malls and bus stations throughout the country, especially in areas where there were no internet connections before.

“Even with the amazing progress on expanding mobile internet, we are finding that public Wi-Fi remains a crucial step in getting free, high-quality internet to everyone,” she explained.

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How To Get Triple Data On Airtel Nigeria’s New Tarriff -2019

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We all love affordable data so In this post, I’ll be showing you how to get triple data on Airtel Nigeria’s new tariff plan. So without further ado let’s get into it. Someone actually sent this In

How to get triple data on airtel

How To Get Triple Data On Airtel

  • Simply get a new Airtel sim card Or use an Airtel sim less than 3 months old.
  • Sms Get To 141
  • Sms MIFI to 141 also before subscribing every time.
  • Ignore the messages sent afterward. Then buy a data plan.
  • When buying data, choose the first option 1 which includes Airtel Free Surf
  • Don’t choose the Stop my data option which is the second option.

That’s all you have to do. Have any questions? Use the comment box

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Combo VPN MTN Settings: Browse For Free On MTN Using This New Setting

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Combo VPN MTN Settings allow you to browse for free on the MTN Network. We all love free data and of course, there’s a reason why it’s not too common, that’s why I’m here.😀

Combo VPN MTN Settings

To give you information on free and affordable data plans so you don’t get ripped off by our internet service providers. So without further ado let’s get down to business.

Combo VPN MTN Settings For Browsing Free

What You’ll Need

  • An MTN sim without data
  • Default MTN APN settings
  • An Android Phone

First Download Combo VPN Here – Download Combo VPN

  • Open the app, then tap on Combo Settings and configure this way.
  •  Turn on Stealth Tunnel
  • Connection protocol – TCP
  •  Connection Port – 443
  •  Turn on the switch for Connect via parent proxy
  • Edit and set parent proxy as 10.199.212.2 and 8080 as port
  • Turn on the switch for Custom TCP/http header
  • Edit Custom TCP/http headers
  •  URL/host: datareset.mtnonline.com
  • Request method: CONNECT
  • Injection method: Normal
  • Tick keep-alive and user-agent
  • Press Generate and Validate and Save.
  • Save all settings and Connect

    This works without data or Airtime 0.0k on your MTN line and it is capped. It is capped around 50Mb to 100Mb daily. It renews daily.
    If it stops, simply open the Combo app again and change URL/host to smartapp.mtnnigeria.net:8080
    If you are an mpulse user and you have mpulse data, then open the Combo app again and change the URL/host to mtn.pass.ng.

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VR Apps For Kids : The Best 5 Virtual Reality Apps For Kids

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VR apps for kids aren’t really much out there but with the few that are available online, I’ve curated a list of the best virtual reality apps for kids . These apps are fun , very interactive and would keep your kids busy for a very long time in the virtual world . These apps are also very safe for kids to use and play with.

It’s very important to note that one of the of the hardest apps to develop are vr apps for kids. The developers need to check the genre and also decide the best type of actions that would be good for the children and also consider how the apps can help the children develop their brain quickly

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In general , even in adults virtual reality apps can can cause motion sickness and sometimes seizures for epileptic adults and children as well. That’s part of the reason why the number of vr apps for kids are way smaller compared to the ones for adults.

The games undergo a lot of scrutiny, multiple tests, and are forced to meet up with extremely high and strict standards before it is fully developed and released for people to download and use.

Nevertheless here are the top VR apps for kids  I’ve selected for you and they are the best you can find out there:

Pierhead Arcade

Currently Available On: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

This app takes you to an old-time arcade that comes with a Skee-Ball and the claw crane games with prizes. I know you probably felt that those games were rigged in such a way nobody would win but you still kept playing so you could win the stuffed teddy bear.

Just imagine you could have your own personal game arcade that comes with games like Whack-a-Mole, Skee-Ball, Claw machine, and all the other classic games? . Well you’re in luck as the pierhead arcade comes with all of it.

Pierhead Arcade comes with all those arcade games you spent a lot on , and it still gives you prize redemption tickets you can use to select your price at the counter

This one is definitely fun time on its own and would keep kids really engaged

Download Pierhead Arcade

 

Inmind VR

Currently Available On: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Google Play, Steam

InMind VR is one of the most awesome vr apps for kids that shows them how their brain works. This game shrinks them and puts them inside a virtual human brain

The player then has to identify the bad neurons and use a laser to destroy them.In this fun way, the children learn the basic things they need to know about how their brains work and how neurons communicate with each other

Download Inmind VR

 

Tilt Brush VR

Currently Available On: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

If you ever used a windows laptop or computer , there is a very high chance that you tried using the paint software on your computer and majority of  those your awkward works of art never really saw the light of day and most times you just sent it into the recycle bin without thinking twice.

Now with Tilt brush vr app your kids can unleash the creative parts of them and make a variety of awesome and totally hilarious paintings in 3D. The limits to what your little boy or girl can do is unlimited. They can paint with a variety of different brush strokes, paint with the light, add as many stars as they want, and even paint with streaks of burning fire but never mind about the fire, it’s just within the app. It won’t get out lol.

Download Tilt Brush VR

 

Cloudlands Mini Golf  VR 

 

Currently Available On: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, OS VR

Cloudlands VR Minigolf brings mini golf to the virtual world and trust me they’ve done an amazing job at creating a very immersive virtual reality experience

The theme of Cloudlands Minigolf is quite bright and very colorful and it does not stop there. The controls are extremely easy to learn and use but it doesn’t mean it would be that easy to play the game. The game can be extremely chanllenging and frustrating but it’s the frustration that makes it fun to play.

The mini golf courses are that come within the game are pretty challenging, but the real deal is the game’s course creation mode. This means your kids can create their very own virtual mini golf course so you won’t bother about them tearing up your backyard to do that.

Kids can even share their mini golf courses with the world when they have  finished making their masterpiece. They can also play  on mini golf courses made by other children

Download Cloudlands Mini Golf VR

 

 

Lamper VR

Currently Available On: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Google Play , App Store

In Lamper VR game, the game player has to play the role of a cute little friendly bug who has to take a very long journey. The player will also also come across carnivorous plants, spider webs and tree branches which are just a few of the obstacles they will need to dodge and stay away from, and also look out for gold coins , power ups and boosters.

It’s a very exciting game for kids and is also very fun for even adults as well. The game is free and is available on both Android and iOS. On the Oculus Rift Store it costs around 3 dollars and believe me it’s totally worth every dime and penny you decide to spend on it

 

Download Lamper VR

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This “Egg” Has More Likes Than Every Celebrity In The World

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Now it comes down to those few moments in my life I ask myself what the hell my Instagram account is doing.

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I previously made a post about the most popular animals on Instagram that are verified – check the post here

Previously the record for the most liked post on Instagram was held by Kylie Jenner – 18m likes on the picture of her baby. Now that record has been crushed by an egg.  Check the eggs profile here – World_Record_Egg

The Egg is verified with about 7.4M Followers and has 1 single post with about 47miliion likes and 2.7million comments

 

Egg Gang Already Has Haters

Just when I thought I’ve seen it all. Take a look at this tweet

From my calculations the only Nigerian Celeb with a higher follower count than the egg is probably Davido.

On another note, this is kind of Sad. My IG account hasn’t even reached 20k.

Please go to https://www.instagram.com/naijatechguy and hit that follow button. Maybe we’ll break our own record

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How To Upgrade Infinix Smart 2 To Android P (9.0)

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It is now official, Smartphone Giant in Africa, and Asia, Infinix Mobility has confirmed that Android 9.0 Pie has started rolling out to Infinix Smart 2 Android Smartphone.

Infinix Smart 2 users will be pleased to hear that, Android 9 Pie OS is coming straight to their Smartphone. It has begun its expected update to Infinix Smart 2.

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The Android 9.0 Pie is rolling out to the mobile phone via OTA, and today, you will learn how you can successfully update and upgrade your Smartphone to the latest Android OS.

Requirements

 

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To successfully, update and upgrade your Smartphone to the latest Android OS, you are expected to keep to the below requirements:

– Enough data bundle for any network

– Your battery capacity must be over 80% or currently charging.

– Your current firmware must be back-up

How to Update Infinix Smart 2 to Android 9.0

If you’ve met all the above aforementioned requirements, then you can easily proceed to getting your phone completely updated and upgraded:

You must then check your build number.

*. Go to Settings
*. At the bottom, enter About Phone
*. Build number

After that, go ahead and complete the installation:

*. Go to settings
*. About Phone
*. System Update
*. Local update
*. Click on your TCard storage
*. Hit the install button button

Understand that Android Pie has bunch of amazing features and functions, and they includes: Such as Adaptive Battery, App Actions, Slices, and Adaptive Brightness.

Infinix Smart 2 Specs

*. Display: 5.5-inch 18:9 HD+ IPS 282 PPI
*. Screen resolution: 1440 x 720 pixels
*. OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
*. Face ID Unlock: YES
*. Fingerprint Sensor: YES
*. GPU: PowerVR GE8100 at 570MHz
*. RAM: 2GB and 3GB version
*. Storage: 16GB / 32GB expandable up to 128GB via MicroSD card slot
*. Camera:
– Front: 8MP with dual flash
– Back: 13MP / 12MP with bokeh effect,
*. Network and connectivity: 4G LTE, 3G, 2G, WCDMA, GSM, HSPDA, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Dual Nano SIM, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, AGPS, 3.5mm earphone jack,
– 2G Bands:GSM/GPRS/FULL EDGE
– 3G Bands:WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+
– 4G Bands:LTE/CSFB
*. Colors: Black, Rose Gold, Blue and Red colors
*. Battery: 3050mAh battery capacity

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