I was on a vacation for 15 days & 3 days ago when I got back I saw that everything which had been making money online was gone.
I GOT HACKED
My Story: (Long Story Short)
I have been into Internet Marketing from past 3 years now. I own only 2 websites. One of the website had been making me $350-$400 per day from Adsense using my own unique method. The other site which I recently purchased had been making me nearly $15-$20 per day using CPA (MaxBounty) the method which I use on this site is not unique but worked out to make a small income.
I have never created more than one email account. I only have one gmail account as there was never a need to create more.
Being a internet marketer I need to create accounts on various website online. So I always use Roboform to save my password & I always use Password Generator to create different password for each website.
My biggest mistake I always did is never took back up seriously.
3 days ago when I got back home I saw that everything was gone. The password of my gmail account is changed, all my website files in my hosting account is deleted, all the important files which I had on my hard drive is deleted, my roboform data file is deleted, I have 2 VPS & nothing is found in my VPS.
I am completely doomed.
I wish I could have taken back up of everything. I have learnt my lesson and I request all fellow members to please make a habit of taking back ups.
I am sure you all will tell that I can get everything I have lost. I tried everything I could & I could only recover something which is really not important.
About Roboform -
Roboform stores all your data file in "My Documents" folder which was deleted. I now realized that Roboform has an option of saving all the data files online which I never created. I am so used to Roboform that I never had to remember anything apart from the master password. I had enable Roboform everywhere but not Roboform online. Even the passwords to my VPS was stored in Roboform.
About Gmail -
The only password I remember is my gmail account password as I have created several years ago. I was so lazy that I never added my phone to my account nor I had a secondary email address added to it. I don't even remember the answer of my security questions. Every time I logged to my gmail account, it always asked me for my phone number & I always ignored it. I could have got the password of my gmail account if I never ignore that part. This gmail account had details about everything that I had purchased online, SEO tools, VPS details, courses purchased online & everything else. Even my adsense account is linked to this gmail account. I have wrote a mail to gmail & adsense about my situation & I still yet to receive any reply.
About hosting -
I am sure you people will tell contact your hosting company & ask them to restore. I had been using hosting provided by hostgator. The 1st thing I did was contacted them to restore my files & explained everything that had happen. After they restored I realized that there was nothing to resort. Hostgator takes a backup every week. I got hacked 2 or 3 days after I left (assumption) & I checked 15 days after I got hacked. Hostgator restores only how your hosting account was on the previous week & not your preceding previous backup. I was almost on tears when I realized this.
About recovering files on Hard Drive -
I used every application available online to recover the lost files on hard drive. I was happy to see that my roboform data files were getting recovered but when I opened them it was corrupted. Most of files which were successfully recovered are images & few files which are not of much use.
About my computer -
My computer is always kept on 24/7 as I run applications like SenukeXcr, No Hand SEO, GSA Ranker, Bookmarking Demon and so on. Before leaving for the trip I had left my computer ON as it will running few of my campaigns.
None of the above would have happened if I had an habit of taking back up everyday. I am writing this because I don't want any of you to suffer same as what I going through. So please make a habit of taking back up everyday.
The biggest problem now is not that I got hacked but is about my expenses. As I had been earning really good online I started to make some commitments & I just have some pennies remaining in my account.
I know I will soon be out of all this. I have enough knowledge & skills to make money online again like before.
I have one questions for you people.
Should I go after the people who did this to me or just forget it & move on ?