Archive for November, 2011

Manage Your Passwords

Today you need to remember different passwords using for each account. If you are using only password every year and if it is hacked, you have a very serious problem.  Password management is very important because weak passwords or passwords used at different places are becoming a big risk.  Hackers are breaking into web sites to get your password and your password is same in different places it is easy for them. (Is your bank account password is  the same as your Facebook or game site )  It is impossible for anyone to remember complicated passwords that are different for each web site.  The solution is to use a password vault.

This is  completely free product,  KeePass, is very useful for storing passwords.  And  a free open source password      manager. It has a password generator and a comments section for each entry. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key. So you only have to remember one single master password. It can run from a USB drive and has a load of features and plugins, such as an automatic web login for web sites and uses a high level of encryption.  It can be used to save all sorts of passwords such as web sites, FTP Passwords, Online Passwords, ATM codes, software licenses, and even a bike lock code. This list is endless. Of course you will still need to remember a password to open KeePass but that is better than trying to remember many or reusing passwords in different places.

At Tandy Electronics we do care about your data security. So we strongly recommend you to change your initial password for cpanel immediately to a strong password. It is your responsibility to protect your password from on line hackers.

Secure Sockets Layer commonly known as SSL was developed by Netscape Communications Corporation and was publicly release in 1995 for secure transmission of information over the internet. Over the years SSL has gone through several revisions, version 1 was never released to public. Version 2 was release in 1995 and in 1996 a fully redesigned version 3 was released to address security weaknesses of the previous version.

Then the first version of an improved protocol called Transport Layer Security (TLS) was introduced in 1999, the two protocols had significant differences making them incompatible. TLS 1.1 was introduced in 2006 and TLS version 1.2 was introduced in 2008.

 

SSL (and TLS) is important to online businesses as it helps you to protect confidential information of customers such as user names, passwords and credit card information by encrypting it. Encryption modifies the information in such a way a hacker would find it difficult to read the actual information like the credit card number or password hidden inside the encrypted message.

 

To implement SSL on your online business site you need to purchase a Certificate from a Certificate Authority (CA). A certificate authority will confirm your identity before issuing a certificate. This certificate can then be used by your website for customers to confirm the identity of your site as well as protect the information they exchange with you. With SSL you can increase the customers trust in your online business which in turn can increase your revenue.

 

What is Mod_Security

   Mod_security is an apache module that helps to protect your website from various attacks. Mod_Security is used to block commonly known exploits by use of regular expressions and rule sets. Mod_Security is enabled on all etandy Servers by default. Mod_Security can potentially block common code injection attacks which strengthens the security of the server. If you need to disable mod_security we can show you how, and help you do so.

When coding a dynamic website, sometimes users forget to write code to help prevent hacks by doing things such as validating input. Mod_security can help in some cases those users that run sites that don’t have security checks in their code.

This is a simple SQL injection where visiting this would cause the database to DROP and delete the users table from the database. If you are running Mod_Security on your server it will block this from running. Typically, you would see a 406 error in this case if mod_security is enabled. To read more about 406 errors read our article. You set up rules for Mod_security to check http requests against and determine if a threat is present.

Recognizing Mod_Security is pretty easy. Any website that calls a string forbidden by a mod_security rule will give a 406 error instead of displaying the page. You can also disable mod_security using the tool “set_modsec” for a single domain or entire hosting account. If you’re on a shared server and wish to disable Mod_Security contact our support department and we can take care of it for you. Customers on shared servers do not have access to this tool as it is ran from the command line and this feature is not available on shared servers.

Linux Web Hosting Benefits

Why do so many website builders use Linux web hosting? My guess for this preference in operating systems would be: stability. Linux is perhaps the most stable operating system in the world.

There are two of essential foods: peanut butter and jelly, two major political parties: democrat and republican, and two kinds of web hosting which make up practically all web hosting on the planet: Windows based web hosting and Linux web hosting. The Windows operating system’s proprietary API (application programming interface) which is complicated and which is not entirely open for developers to know the ins and outs of. As a result, computers which run Windows as their primary operating system are suspected of being more prone to crashes.

Why is Linux stable? Servers running Linux web hosting just might be more stable because Linux is an open source operating system. The code is open to the public so that anyone can read it and suggest improvements or point out bugs. Over the years, Linux has been developed in various flavors such as Red Hat and Debian. Thousands and thousands of people have contributed their time and effort to making Linux web hosting run faster and to provide simpler, more efficient and bug free code. With an open programming environment, improvements are made on a continual basis and problems are seen relatively quickly and solved with a minimum of difficulty.

When you are starting a web site, one of your chief concerns is stability. Any time that the web site spends offline as a result of technical problems is time that your customers are unable to use your site, and this is bad for your bottom line. Businesses tend to want the most stable operating system for their web sites to minimize the dreaded server crash.

Another issue the webmasters have to consider when setting up a new online site is whether the operating system they are using will be able to use the full range of software and scripts that they require. Again, Linux web hosting is a winner in this regard. Lots of major web hosting companies offer Linux web hosting and with so many people using it around the world anything that you can do with Windows hosting can also be done with Linux web hosting. Many of the most popular script packages on the web today are available in both Windows and Linux web hosting versions, with the Linux web hosting version generally being more stable and having all of the same features as their Windows cousins. This is of course my opinion and I am sure that there are some who may disagree.

Linux web hosting is typically available at the same price as Windows web hosting. So consider that for the same price you can get an operating system for your site on the world wide web which is:

  • stable
  • runs popular script packages
  • considered the best operating system in the world in terms of these criteria by many of the internet’s most well respected independent sources of judgement.

When you ruminate on all of the arguments for Linux web hosting over Windows hosting (there are more as I don’t even mention the whole Apache stuff), the decision would seem to me to be a no brainer: Linux web hosting wins hands down as the operating system that you should choose if you want to have a stable, reliable and full featured site that takes advantage of the latest in web technologies.

Getting your web server with the Linux operating system is particular important for companies which need to set up eCommerce sites. When customers rely on your site for sending in their orders, you need to make sure that you web site is running twenty four hours a day. Linux web hosting with live support might not be a bad idea for mission critical sites.

To learn more about Linux Hosting please visit  Tandy Electronics.

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