How To Respond To Hacks Against Your Online Business!
I run my own online Auction site and the business was growing steadily. Then disaster struck in the form of an Internet hacker that nearly brought my business to its knees.
I launched my gardening hacks and tips online Auction site two years ago in the month of October, as a way to build up my income as I near retirement age. I licensed the business in the city of Marysville, Washington. New members were joining every day, and I was proud of the way the site looked and was operating.
Before the hacker attacked my site, I was receiving new signups just about every day. I had been using online classified ads, search engines, business cards, vehicle door signs, FFA sites, and much more, to find new members to register with us. Since I give every one that joins a FREE $20.00 Seller’s Listing Credit, I wasn’t initially receiving any money until the site started snow balling with new members.
I increased interest from my members by using monthly prizes for the Seller that listed the most auction listings for that month. I gave current members who brought in new members a credit on their seller’s fees if the new member would mention who brought them to the site when they registered. Each member can sign up for their own Free store with it’s own web address, with only their own auction items listed in the store.
At my Auction site we sell such things as auto’s, computers, jewelry, clothing, business machines, food, stamps, coins, tools, boats, machines, home and garden items, large lots, collectibles, ebooks and much more. The business was beginning to pay off when, in July of this year, a hacker got into the site’s Admin area and began changing financial figures in his own favor. Yes, the hacker was one of my own members!