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How Your Webmaster Skills Can Make Christmas Cheaper

November 29th, 2010 . by Jonathan

Have you started thinking about Christmas presents yet? If you’re feeling the pressure and want to get something thoughtful without spending the earth, we might just have the answer…. Our gift idea is unique, inexpensive and doesn’t require a trip to the mall: A website, with a domain, for an entire year. Granted, a website [...]

8 Website Security Problems to Avoid

November 24th, 2010 . by Claire

Security is a joint effort between the account holder and the host. The average hosting account has eight ‘layers’ of security. So which of these layers are you, the client, responsible for? 1. Physical Access Security starts with physical access to the machine – or the datacentre. This is solely the responsibility of the datacenter [...]

How to Store Passwords Safely

November 22nd, 2010 . by Claire

From passwords to PINs, security details should never be shared. Keeping passwords secret is a basic security principle. But sometimes you do need to share a password; in an emergency, perhaps. How can you safely prepare for this? How to Store Passwords The only way to safely store passwords is with encryption. But you can [...]

Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Attacks: How They Work

November 19th, 2010 . by Claire

When a malicious user wants to disrupt web services, they often use a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. You’ve probably heard the phrase countless times in the media. The basic idea is always the same: send so much junk to a server that legitimate traffic cannot get through. DDoS has been used against root domain [...]

How the Web Works

November 18th, 2010 . by Claire

Have you ever stopped to think about how complex the internet really is? The web is just one piece in the puzzle, but it’s a fantastic example of technology working for us 24/7. Even more amazing is the fact that most of the web’s biggest components operate silently in the background. What Is the Web? [...]

How to Remember Secure Passwords

November 15th, 2010 . by Claire

Setting strong passwords is only half the story. You also have to remember them. Here are a few tips to help you recall strong passwords. What Not to Do Before we begin, here are a few things we never do: Write down passwords: Most environments are not secure enough for this. Reuse passwords: If one [...]

Is Shared Hosting Really That Bad?

November 12th, 2010 . by Claire

Have you read 15 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging by Daniel Scocco? Point number 11 is interesting. “Shared Hosting Sucks When I started my first blogs I obviously went with a shared hosting plan, and since I couldn’t compare it with anything else I thought it was a decent option. A couple of years [...]

Case Study: How PoppyD Got Stolen Photos Removed From a Porn Site

November 9th, 2010 . by Richard

How fashion blogger Poppy used our tool to get her photos removed from a porn site. Like any sensible blogger, Poppy of What I Wore Today fame uses Google Alerts to monitor her online presence. One day, she had a nasty surprise: some innocent photos of her had been posted on an adult website. Poppy [...]

How to Choose Secure Passwords: Part #1

November 8th, 2010 . by Jonathan

The one thing that every webmaster seems to have in spades is passwords. We have one for our CPanel, FTP, WordPress, email, IM, Google account and every other service that we use. It can be a huge headache; any one password being defeated is a security nightmare, as no firewall can protect you against someone [...]

6 Web Hosting Trends to Watch

November 5th, 2010 . by Claire

At the University of Advancing Technology’s Techforum, industry representatives talked about forthcoming hosting trends. Here are six that could change the way your hosting company works.Keep up with posts like this by subscribing to our RSS feed, or following @WhoIsHosting on Twitter.

Could Your Website Pose a National Security Risk?

November 3rd, 2010 . by Claire

Most webmasters secure data and sites in to protect themselves and their visitors from abuse. Most security efforts have a practical purpose. But it comes down to more: could your server be hijacked and used for serious attacks? Phishing Risks Your server, once compromised, can easily be used to host content that’s part of a [...]

My Top 5 Hosting Horror Stories

November 1st, 2010 . by Claire

With Halloween over and done with for another year, it’s nearly time to to move on from thoughts of ghosts, goblins and other things that go bump in the night. But not quite. I have been running websites for over 15 years, and, in that time, I’ve had my share of hosting experiences, including the [...]