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What is private domain registration and why is it important?

You’ve just registered your own domain and within minutes, you’re already getting spam. This scenario is typical for many domain owners who immediately wonder if the registrar sold their data to a third party and what the company who registered it may have to do with the sudden influx of spam.

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Category: Net World | Server & Hosting | Tips | Uncategorized
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A Cloud of Advantages

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In the last few years, cloud computing has become one of the technologies that affects everyone’s daily lives. Consumers and businesses are readily adopting solutions and services in the cloud. The largest catalyst behind this movement is the changing global economic climate. While everyone is looking for ways to reduce spending and increase output, advanced technology on demand is at an all time high. The cost savings of a pay-per-use model coupled with the many other key benefits offered by the cloud are what drives its accelerated evolution.

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Category: Cloud | Server & Hosting
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Protect your Website’s Content and Reputation with 1&1 SiteLock

Does your Web hosting provider have your back when it comes to security? If your site contains sensitive data like customer details, and you do not want it to be at risk of possible hacker infiltration, you need to protect yourself. 1&1 SiteLock actively combs through your website to look for potential weaknesses that could put your site at risk from hackers or data theft.

This tool performs daily scans for tell-tale signs of malware, and ensures that your domain has not been blacklisted, which would cause emails to your customers to be blocked and your search engine ranking to be adversely affected. SiteLock checks the validity of SLL certificates, as well as performs scans of your website applications, SQL injections and cross-site scripting (XSS) for vulnerabilities and possible security breaches. Basic users can perform one of each scan a month, while SiteLock Premium allows you to perform daily scans if needed.

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A Hard Hacker Lesson for All Website Owners

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Neal O’Farrell is one of the world’s leading consumer and small business security experts, a reputation earned from fighting cybercrime and identity theft around the world for more than thirty years. He has served as security adviser to a number of leading security innovators, including SiteLock, a leader in website security.

Did you know that small businesses could now be the top target for hackers? Or that an estimated 30,000 small business websites are hacked almost every single day? If you own a small business, no matter what type of business, chances are you’re constantly a target.

That’s because hackers are using automated tools to scan millions of computers and websites looking for vulnerabilities that the business owners didn’t find. Once they discover any vulnerabilities, they use even more automated tools to commit all kinds of offenses against your business – from loading them with malware that will infect any visitors to the website, to stealing any data they can get their hands on.

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Six Methods for Protecting Your Data Online

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Two weeks ago we wrote on the blog about the recent data theft of over 1.2 million log-in credentials – the largest known theft of its kind. A Russian crime ring collected the data from about 420,000 websites. It is because of data thefts like these that we recommend frequent changing of passwords, as well as setting up different passwords for different websites. As a result of this recent crime, the FBI has put together the following steps to ensure internet users are exercising the most caution when it comes to their online identity.

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Guest Post: How Your Data Can Be ‘Weaponized’ Against You

Rafael Laguna, CEO Open-Xchange

Rafael Laguna, CEO Open-Xchange

It seems somewhat appropriate that 2014 is the year when ordinary Web users have begun to seriously question how the Internet is working for them and what impact it is actually having on their lives. It’s 30 years since 1984, the year when George Orwell envisioned that massive state surveillance and always-on content delivery systems would be used to both control and monitor us. 1994 saw the beta release of the first tracking cookie – it was then possible to monitor which sites we visited, a virtual trace of our fingerprints left over the Web.

Significantly, it is also 10 years since Google changed the game with the launch of Gmail.

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How to Create a Secure Password

As you establish your web presence, you may be surprised at how many accounts and passwords you need to create (your website builder, your server log-in, your e-mail accounts, etc.). Your web presence is an asset that you need to protect, the same way you would lock up your business doors every night. The web is full of cyber criminals, and it has never been more important to pay attention to the security of your passwords. Did you know that there are lists on the Internet that might contain your website and password? This gives everyone who has access to those lists the possibility to change your website content.

In addition, simple passwords are very easy to crack, such as numbers or dictionary entries. In fact, hackers can use so-called “dictionary attacks”: in just 26 seconds, 120,000 references of a dictionary can be tested as a password. If the password is a given name, password hackers only need 18 seconds to find it among 86,000 names. If there are numbers attached, this password is at least safe for a few minutes.

Which passwords are secure?

The simpler and more obvious a password, the easier it is to crack. Stick to a few simple rules:

  • Do NOT use numbers, birthdays or any personal information, e.g. “123456” or “09251978.”
  • Do NOT use obvious words or combinations, e.g. “password,” “qwerty” or “admin.”
  • Do NOT use dictionary entries or names, e.g. “Jane” or “cocacola.”
  • Choose passwords that have at least 8 characters.
  • Your passwords should consist of a seemingly random combination of letters (lower and uppercase), numbers and special characters.
  • Choose a different password for every website or system.

How do you create and remember your secure passwords?

The best way to create and remember many different passwords is to create a master password that you can slightly alter for every website or system.

1.  Think of an easy-to-remember sentence and take the first letters of each word (lower and uppercase), numbers and special characters (!, &, $, -,#…). For example: In ’97, we were on vacation in Spain! This results in “I’97wwoviS!,” which is now your master password.

2.  In order to easily remember what you use this password for, add an abbreviation for each website or system. For example: “I’97wwoviS!_WiLo” for your Windows login, or “On_ I’97wwoviS!_Ba” for your online banking account.  

3. Important: Never write your password down anywhere! Alternatively, you can also use a password manager, along with a password generator. Some freeware suggestions: KeePass and Password Safe.

And what if your password is on a hacker’s list in spite of all precautions?

  • Change your password every 90 days if possible.

 Photo Credit: Vladislav Kochelaevs – Fotolia.com

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