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Update on security breach of operating system Linux

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Yesterday, a critical security breach was detected which threatens almost all versions of the operating system Linux. To our knowledge, users of our shared hosting systems as well as customers of our server products using our default setup are protected by a filter mechanism. Currently all affected systems are patched with secure software versions.

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Happy Birthday Linux!

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It all started on the 25th of August in 1991. The Finnish College student Linus Thorvalds posted in a Minix Newsgroup that he was going to develop a license free Operating System saying it was “just a hobby, won’t be anything big or professional.”

24 years later, we can see what derived from this “hobby.” Linux is part of everyday computing and it’s even used in fields where we don’t recognize it at the first sight – as in the field of Embedded Systems.

It is used in Routers, Navigation systems, TVs, Mp3-Players and of course in Mobile Phones with the well known Linux-based Android operating system. The most important field for the Linux OS is the Internet. Nearly every Web server is hosted with Linux.

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“Shellshock” Bash vulnerability CVE-2014-6271

A vulnerability called “Shellshock” in the GNU Bash (Bourne Again SHell) was disclosed on September 24, 2014, with ID CVE-2014-6271: remote code execution through bash.

Bash is the GNU Project’s shell and is widely used in Linux operating systems. As many 1&1 customers are utilizing Linux Web Hosting and Server packages, it is very important to be aware of this issue.

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Which is the Best Hosting Platform: Windows or Linux?


So you are ready to take the plunge and buy some hosting for your website. You think you have worked out what you need, except you are suddenly confronted with a tough choice: Linux or Windows? In this blog post I will discuss the differences between them, and reveal which one is best for your personal needs. Both Windows and Linux platforms are proven and reliable, so it is not a question of one being superior to the other. You should also not make your choice based on whether or not you are running Linux or Windows on your PC – instead, you need to work what you want to do with your website, what technologies you want to utilize and then decide which platform best fits your needs.

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Category: Server & Hosting
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Microsoft Web Hosting vs. Linux Web Hosting

Both Microsoft & Linux have been around for a while and we’re often asked the question: Which is better? Well, that depends. This sums up the basic differences:

Microsoft has been regarded as the easiest product to use while Linux has been traditionally considered a technology for more savvy users. This is not necessarily true. It is important to realize both hosting plans have individual merits. Also, your home operating system does not affect which hosting service you choose. For example, your home computer can run on Microsoft Windows and you can still choose Linux for your hosting package.

The major difference between Linux and Windows hosting is development environment. Linux supports PHP, Ruby, Perl and others with MySQL databases. Windows hosting supports ASP or ASP.NET with MSSQL databases. In order to decide which type of hosting is better for your site, you need to check what language you or your developers will use to create your applications.

Linux is the more popular choice for Web hosting among users. However, either works well for data driven sites offering dynamic content or interaction though inquiry forms or eCommerce. If you are looking to incorporate applications such as blogs or discussion boards on your site, Linux can be best due to the availability of many open source applications.

Areas where both platforms perform equally are performance, stability, static pages, and security.

Linux and Windows used to differ in price but you can now host your site with either platform for the same cost. For more information about 1&1 Web hosting packages, visit  our website for Linux or for Windows. If you still aren’t sure which is best for your needs, contact our team for assistance by calling 1-877-461-2631.

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Utilizing the Tools Provided by Your Web Host

Every now and then in the Online Success Center we focus on an element of a Web hosting package, using 1&1 as an example. Today’s issue will focus on the 1&1 Website Builder, as well as a few of the most popular Click and Build apps available in a 1&1 Web hosting package (Linux only).  Customers have the ability to install 1&1 Click and Build apps from their Web Hosting control panel. Other hosting companies may offer something similar, but we will use 1&1 as an example.

1&1 WebsiteBuilder (included in a 1&1 hosting or managed server package) is a powerful tool that lets users construct a professional-looking site in minutes, with no programming experience or HTML knowledge. You can easily add elements to your site such as feedback forms, forums, a flash-animated start page, and more. You can also add meta-tag keywords and descriptions within the WebsiteBuilder interface to get more traffic to your site.


WordPress is a state-of-the-art, semantic personal publishing platform that places a strong focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it. WordPresss can also be used as a simple content management system (CMS) for your website. It is one of the most popular web blogging applications, and can easily benefit any business.


Joomla is a powerful open source content management system. It is used for managing content and images on websites. Joomla is easy to install with one click, simple to manage, and reliable. Once Joomla is installed and running, it is easy for even non-technical users to add or edit content, update images, and manage critical data. Anybody with basic word processing skills can easily learn to manage a Joomla site.

  • Simple user management interface
  • Language/banner/contact management
  • Other more extensive customizable options


PhpBB3 is feature-rich, user-friendly, and fully supported by the phpBB team. phpBB3 greatly improves on what made phpBB2 popular, and adds commonly requested features that were not present in previous versions.

  • Free open source bulletin board software
  • Extensive database of user created modifications
  • Simple, easy to navigate forums/bulletin boards


Drupal is an open source content management system that supports pluggable modules that enable many website features. The modules available for Drupal provide a wide assortment of features, including e-commerce systems, photo galleries, mailing list management, and CVS integration.

  • A 630,000+ member community
  • 16,775 modules/1414 themes.426 distributions/18,792 developers

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Tips for Selecting a Hosting Provider

For small business owners, especially those without a lot of understanding of the Web, selecting a hosting provider can be a very confusing and frustrating process. Without fully understanding what it is you are purchasing, it can be easy to make a mistake, or get frustrated and give up completely. Since having a Web presence for your business is essential for success, it is important to educate yourself on the options out there that exist. In this article we will outline some of the features you can look for when selecting a provider.

All-inclusive options

Some companies may try to take advantage of a user who doesn’t know that much about the product they’re buying. Try to find a business that can offer you affordable hosting, but also won’t throw in any extra charges for setup fees, high renewal rates or other promotional services.


When just staring to build your Web presence, it can be difficult to predict exactly how robust of a hosting package you will need. If you go small now, but your business needs to expand, how difficult will it be to adapt your website? That is why it is important to choose a provider that can grow your Web space at the speed your business does. As your business expands, so will your hosting needs, so you should be able to add additional features without having to change providers. For example, at 1&1, your service upgrade features include:

  • Dedicated SSL certificate
  • Unlimited mySQL server databases
  • Mobile website design software package – so you can create a mobile-friendly website

Included domain names

The actual hosting of your website is just one part of getting on the Web. Another crucial aspect of your business getting online is the domain name. This is the name that your visitors will type into their Web browser when trying to view your site (www.-yourwebsite-.com). Some hosting companies will include at least one free domain when purchasing a hosting package, but others might include an additional fee for the registration cost.

Knowledgeable Support

With starting your online presence, you are bound to have some questions or concerns. It is important to choose a hosting provider that will be able to answer your questions quickly and professionally whenever any problems should arise.

There are several things to look for in a potential Web hosting provider. Check back later today for more tips.

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