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The Security Dance – Part 2

Author: ; Published: Jul 30, 2012; Category: Managed Hosting, Managed Services, PCI Compliance, Reseller Hosting, Security, Small Business; Tags: ; 2 Comments

Welcome back!  Last week’s article, There are no wallflowers at the security dance! Get to know your dance partners covered getting to know your security dance partners: If you are the business steward or a part of the management team, you already know the burden of responsibility for having a secure web site where your…

The Security Dance – Part 1

Author: ; Published: Jul 23, 2012; Category: Managed Hosting, Managed Services, PCI Compliance, Reseller Hosting, Security, Small Business; Tags: ; No Comments

f you have your business on the Internet, you are a part of a line dance.

You can chose to be a wallflower, and face the consequences of doing nothing.

Or you can get to know your fellow dance partners (maybe picking replacements for ones that no longer fit), and be an active member of the security dance.

Find the hacker

Author: ; Published: Jun 29, 2012; Category: Managed Services, Security, Small Business; Tags: ; 2 Comments

Sharing some tips on tracking down vulnerable web sites whose 1st impression looks safe.

DDoS and the SMB Hosting Provider

Author: ; Published: Jun 15, 2012; Category: Managed Services, Security; Tags: ; 4 Comments

Sharing an experience and tips of tracking down a site under DDoS on a server in Europe for a customer in Spain.

Sucuri Malware Labs and Linux Firewalls

Author: ; Published: May 31, 2012; Category: Managed Hosting, Managed Services, Security; Tags: ; No Comments

Daniel Cid and the Sucuri Malware Labs team do a great job at providing lists of IP addresses that can cause trouble.

Let me share with you a method to turn what they provide into a software firewall block list.

Managed Hosting – What are they managing?

Author: ; Published: May 7, 2012; Category: Managed Hosting, Managed Services, PCI Compliance, Reseller Hosting, Security, Small Business; Tags: , , ; No Comments

Are you being lulled into believing you are on a managed server when you rent your server from the likes of Rackspace.com and other data centers stating they are offering managed servers?

What does it really mean when a data center provider states they offer managed servers?

Digging into local DNS resolution and APF

Author: ; Published: Mar 5, 2012; Category: Managed Hosting, Managed Services, Security; Tags: , ; One Comment

APF can hang on a server rebooting with poor to no local DNS resolution. Presented here is an S.I.M. add on module to bring up APF after the server has rebooted.

The elusive hunt to protect against internal ip blackouts

Author: ; Published: Feb 6, 2012; Category: Managed Hosting, Managed Services; Tags: ; 2 Comments

You found the elusive problem was somehow Parallels H-Sphere lost its network bindings; and so you run /hsphere/shared/scripts/setup-ips.pl to re-establish the network IP address bindings following by restarting mysql and other various key services.

While you breathe a sigh of relief, and update all of your clients… you might be thinking about how the problem could have been prevented… what if…

Going through the motions or giving it your all

Author: ; Published: Jan 23, 2012; Category: Customer Support, Managed Hosting, Managed Services, Reseller Hosting, Security, Small Business; Tags: , , ; No Comments

Dynamic Net, Inc. is a company founded on the principals of being a follower of Jesus, the Messiah.

One of the challenges we face day to day is maintaining a Biblical view of life.

In a daily perspective, one of the questions we ask ourselves is if we are just going through the motions or are we doing the best we can do, along with looking for areas of improvement.

How to insure you get the most help from support

Author: ; Published: Oct 24, 2011; Category: Customer Support, Managed Hosting, Managed Services, Reseller Hosting; Tags: ; No Comments

“Anything that can possibly go wrong, does.” — One of Murphy’s Laws. You know it happens to everyone; you just don’t know when, how, who will be involved, what it will cost, etc.

But when Murphy’s Law strikes, at least in the hosting world, you typically need accurate help as fast as possible.

The steps below will help you get the most accurate support and promptest support most of the time…

Hidden Costs of Choosing a Server Management Team

Author: ; Published: Sep 14, 2011; Category: Managed Hosting, Managed Services, Small Business; Tags: , , ; No Comments

What happens when you go with a lower quote… it was an all-too-familiar story. The quote was really a “base quote”. It included the migration of data, but it didn’t include the pre-migration work, IP mapping, etc. It didn’t include any time for clean-up, installation of the control panel on the target servers, or post-migration troubleshooting to iron out all the wrinkles. In essence, they were sold a car without an engine, transmission, or tires.

Security Snitching

Author: ; Published: Aug 22, 2011; Category: Managed Hosting, Managed Services, PCI Compliance, Security; Tags: , , ; No Comments

I think one of the lessons we all learn growing up is that being a snitch — tattling, whistle blowing, etc. — is a bad thing; and that only in the face of death (even if that counts for anything) should you even consider being a snitch.

Sometimes I think that attitude is so pervasive in our society, at large, that most of us impacted by hackers do not even consider snitching on the hacker who tried to break into our web site, email, database, or server. Even if it did cross one’s mind, some might have the attitude of what good will it do especially given the global nature of the Internet — who has jurisdiction, language barriers, culture barriers, and what else might be present.

How does one even know if their web site or server is subject to being attacked?