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Weak passwords and open doors

Author: ; Published: Mar 21, 2012; Category: Customer Support, Managed Hosting, PCI Compliance, Security, WordPress; Tags: , ; 9 Comments

Prior to today, my recommendation for creating secure passwords was to browse https://www.random.org/passwords/?num=20&len=12&format=html&rnd=new, and pick a random password.

The problem with this method is that it forces you to memorize something very foreign to you or to have a method to help you remember the password.

Did you know there’s an easier way to create secure passwords? Let me walk you through the thought process.

Why installing WordPress manually is more secure

Author: ; Published: Mar 19, 2012; Category: Managed Hosting, Security, Small Business, WordPress; Tags: , ; 2 Comments

Have you ever watched Restaurant Impossible or Kitchen Nightmares? Where you shocked to see some chefs merely reheating food in a microwave, using canned soup, and other prepackaged or precooked items rather than the chefs being chefs — cooking using fresh ingredients, and making meals from scratch?

A lot of the excuses from the owners, managers, and chefs focused around saving time, and what amounted to being penny wise and dollar foolish.

I guess after seeing those shows, I shouldn’t be surprised by how many WordPress users want a control panel or means to auto install WordPress for them in the fewest clicks possible with one click being optimal.

What’s wrong with an automated installation of WordPress?

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.

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.

Why hosting is not a commodity

Author: ; Published: Jan 10, 2012; Category: Managed Hosting, PCI Compliance, Security, Small Business; Tags: , ; One Comment

With that many web hosting providers, it can be easy to get into the mentality of well, a computer is a computer, and automation is automated… therefore hosting is a commodity… and therefore it all comes down to who has the best price for the amount of storage, traffic, and generic feature sets.

Yet, behind all of those web hosting provider businesses are stewards who set up and maintain the security (or do they?), who set up and maintain the infrastructure (or do they?), and so on.

Strong security starts at home

Author: ; Published: Oct 11, 2011; Category: Managed Hosting, PCI Compliance, Security, Small Business; Tags: , , ; No Comments

Even though we strongly believe security should be an entitlement for hosting customers, we strongly believe that security starts at home.

A hosting provider can have the most secure environment in the world, but if the customer uses weak passwords and out-dated applications, then that’s like waving a sign stating “thieves and vandals welcome.”

Digitial ID’s – Do they inspire more sales?

Author: ; Published: Sep 19, 2011; Category: Managed Hosting, PCI Compliance, Security, Small Business; Tags: , , ; No Comments

According to a Gartner Survey done in August 2006, approximately $2 billion in ecommerce sales were lost because of security concerns among online shoppers. Providing a secure online environment builds customer trust in your website and can translate into increased sales and other conversion activity. Website security is a must for online transactions.

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?

Security as an Entitlement

Author: ; Published: Aug 3, 2011; Category: Customer Support, Managed Hosting, Managed Services, PCI Compliance, Security, Small Business; Tags: , , ; 8 Comments

Does your hosting provider believe you are entitled to peace of mind? Does your hosting provider believe you have the right to be secure in your own (hosting) home? If yes, what are their actions? Let me share with you, our point of view.

Above and Beyond PCI Compliance

Author: ; Published: Jul 15, 2011; Category: Managed Hosting, PCI Compliance, Security, Small Business; Tags: , , ; No Comments

What can be done to go above and beyond PCI compliance? What can be done to proactively know if a shared hosting customer has malware or hacks on their site?

Log file monitoring and management

Author: ; Published: Jun 27, 2011; Category: Managed Hosting, Managed Services, PCI Compliance, Security, Small Business; Tags: , , ; No Comments

Would it make sense for some one to tell you a building was being kept secure from trespassers; yet, as you watched, over time, you didn’t see anyone on foot patrolling the area (inside or out), did not see anyone watching monitors (where there even cameras monitoring areas?), there were no recordings from the monitors being kept for any period of time. How would you feel about the security of the building? Could the security team learn from break in attempts? Would the security team even know if there was a break in?

PCI Compliance – A dance with multiple partners

Author: ; Published: Jun 19, 2011; Category: Managed Hosting, PCI Compliance, Security, Small Business; Tags: , , ; No Comments

Are you involved in the PCI Compliance dance? Do you know your partners? Do you need a PCI Compliant hosting provider who takes the dance seriously? Who will hold your hand, and walk you through any difficult or tedious step?