Hosting Security Standards and Regulations Compliance
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014Tavis J. Hampton  
ARTICLE Hosting security is not just about making sure your website, server, data center and infrastructure are safe. It also involves ensuring your web host’s security measures comply with your organization’s standards, industry standards and government regulations. For many businesses, security...

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Password Managers Can Help Prevent Cybercrime
Saturday, July 26th, 2014Tavis J. Hampton  
ARTICLE They might be reading your emails, studying your shopping habits, or even using your computer as a spam machine to send male enhancement offers to unsuspecting third parties, and these are the mild scenarios. Cybercriminals can do serious damage to...


Use Password Aging to Enforce VPS Security
Friday, July 18th, 2014Tavis J. Hampton  
ARTICLE If you are moving from shared hosting to a VPS, one thing you might not be accustomed to dealing with is having shell access to your account. You can use SSH to directly manipulate your Linux or Unix virtual private...

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Are Backups and Recovery a Part of Security?
Friday, June 20th, 2014Tavis J. Hampton  
ARTICLE There is little doubt that backups and recovery are vital parts of a healthy web hosting experience. But are backups and recovery part of security? If you do not have good backups, is the security of your website, server or...

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Understanding Web Server File Permissions
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014Tavis J. Hampton  
ARTICLE If you are new to web hosting, one topic that may be a bit of a challenge for you is web server file permissions. Anything you upload to your site will have a set of permissions associated with it. In...


Basic .htaccess Security Tips
Thursday, March 13th, 2014Tavis J. Hampton  
ARTICLE If you web host runs Apache HTTP server to host your website, it might also allow users like you to utilize .htaccess files. If you are not sure if your host does allow them, you should check the host’s documentation...

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Unified Threat Management for Comprehensive Hosting Security
Monday, March 3rd, 2014Tavis J. Hampton  
ARTICLE Many managed hosting solutions now offer something called unified threat management (UTM). Rather than having separate solutions for firewall, anti-virus, intrusion detection, etc., all of it is rolled into one unified solution. All of it is managed through a single...

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5 Security Tips for a New VPS User
Thursday, February 20th, 2014Tavis J. Hampton  
ARTICLE Your brand new virtual private server (VPS) will open you up to a whole new world of possibilities and power. It will also open you up to a new world of security threats. If you are accustomed to having most...


Error Message Security
Thursday, January 30th, 2014Tavis J. Hampton  
ARTICLE One big part of web hosting that is easy to overlook is error message security. Every website is bound to display an error message from time to time, whether it is for a failed login attempt or an incorrect page...

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Time to Revisit Your Password Security
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014Tavis J. Hampton  
ARTICLE The annual list for the top (worst) passwords is out, and it does not bode well for password security. While many people have moved on from last year’s “password”, many have chosen “123456” as a replacement. Other favorites include “abc123”,...

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