When should you run chkdsk
I service and support a lot of computers for my clients, and I often encounter unexplained situations with program misbehavior that I eventually resolve by running the chkdsk program in Windows. If you're a complete novice, Chkdsk, with its most commonly used options, checks the integrity of the internal directory that the operating system uses to record and control the locations where files are stored on the hard drive. Chkdsk (pronounced "check-disk") goes way back in history to the earliest versions of Microsoft operating systems, and although it has changed to some extent at least on the surface, it's the same program.
Advice on securing a Joomla! website
One year ago, I was struggling through a couple of episodes where my website (the one you're on right now) was hacked. I am using a program called Akeeba Backup, which in my humble opinion is absolutely mandatory for anybody using Joomla! My site is backed up automatically every night.
I would come into the office on Monday morning (always) and pull up my site using Internet Explorer and bang! Kaspersky Anti-virus would give a warning and refuse to load the site because it was infected. So I would get into the site backend administration and take my site off line, then into the host with cpanel and run through the Akeeba Kickstart process to completely wipe and replace the site with a backup from a couple of days before. I lost some information, not a lot, but it was stressful and I didn't want to have my site blacklisted as insecure.
I researched solutions for this issue, first turning to the generic security recommendations here: https://docs.joomla.org/Security_Checklist
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