posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 09:23 PM
I agree that this was a horrible act, but it was not unexpected. I've had to deal with godaddy hosting for years now as part of a job that's no
longer my job, thank God. It was obvious how badly-run the place was. They have one focus: your money, and taking it from you. Nothing has ever
improved there as long as I've dealt with them. I warned the employers who are now not my employers time and time again that we were doing our
clients a disservice, recommending godaddy to them just because it's cheap, and it would eventually bite them and us. The Death of a Thousand 404's,
as it were. I don't care who you are, you deserve better than godaddy. Just try getting any problem resolved through their phone-in tech "support."
I dare you. Right now, I know a guy whose site they upgraded to php-5.3 without notice, and they left the php.ini file in a rather broken state that
makes everything spit out several lines of error messages. They won't fix it for him. Weeks now, he's had to put up with that.
So who's better, you ask? Nobody. They all suck in some fashion, all hosting places. HostGator is actually worse than godaddy; they treat their
customers like dirt and their employees like robots. Network Solutions has so many restrictions you can't really host a complex PHP site there.
Rackspace is great, very nice service, but (of course) also very expensive. Your best bet, seriously, is to get a cable modem line into your house or
business and set up your OWN server there. That's where I host all of my own sites. It'll cost you immensely less money than ANY hosting
provider, and you have complete control over your site. But of course, if you then just put Joomla on it, it'll stay easy to hack. Any open-source
software's code can be analyzed for security flaws and exploits. Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress, SugarCMS, hell, even Slashdot; if there's a hole in it,
it will be found and used against you.
There's really no such thing as a completely hack-proof website. Literally. With enough time, any encryption can be broken. One weak link, that's
all it takes, and every site has hundreds of such links even if you run it yourself. All you can do is all you can do, and it won't be enough, so
your only defense is to have NO offense. If you annoy someone enough, they will find a way to wreak vengeance. If your site is hateful to a group of
people, they will try to take it down. If you're exploiting child labor in Vietnam, someone's going to have at you. If all your site does is provide
a useful service that benefits everyone who comes in contact with it, however, why would anyone want to hack you? Has any online metric converter ever
been hacked? Any earthquake reporting tools? Godaddy was hacked because of their incompetence, support of SOPA, and guerilla business tactics; the
tens of thousands of affected customers were just collateral damage.
Don't put your site's life into the hands of a universally-despised company, it's just stupid. That is the moral you should take away from this.
And don't think it won't happen to Godaddy again. They simply cannot prevent it.