Archive for March, 2009

iWeb Tech News Highlights: ui interfaces, iPhone app for Skype, youtube-like growth

Published on March 30, 2009 at 8:00 am by heri in: iWeb Tech News Highlights

iweb tech news highlights The iWeb Tech News Highlights covers web hosting, web development, web design and general technology news and is published at 8.00am EST. For March 30th, here are the highlights:

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More updates on the iWeb community: Twitter, Blogs, LinkedIn, Facebook

Published on March 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm by heri in: iWeb Articles

iweb community In the the last update and the original post, there was a lot of focus on establishing a link between iWeb customers and the larger web community, on various websites, such as the blog, twitter, facebook, linkedin and various other destinations such as YouTube.

If you follow technology news, or even any other media, Twitter was on the spotlight and making headlines on TV, print and radio, with for the first time the general public trying out the new medium, celebrities on Twitter highlighted, companies establishing a presence on Twitter, as well as politicians, cities, journalists, akin to Facebook’s rapid explosion one year ago.

iWeb does have a presence on LinkedIn (the iWeb Technologies group), and on Facebook (Groupe iWeb Technologies, as well as a Facebook page). On LinkedIn, you’ll get weekly updates, new job listings, news about special promotions, and an opportunity to connect with the iWeb team, iWeb partners, as well as existing customers. On Facebook, you’ll see a more open forum, but also news about monthly promotions. And if you do follow the Facebook page, you’ll get updates as well on your news feed, not only about current products, but also what’s happenning at iWeb.

However, it’s all about Twitter for the past month or so. We’ve had discussions, support requests, leads, and “conversations”, with existing customers, from Montrealers to Canadians, service providers, suppliers, web folks. @iwebtech tracks for instance any occurrence of iWeb.com or @iwebtech, which allows us to answer to any request or question. Yes, if you’re out there, we’re listening, even on late hours or (exceptionally) on weekends.

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Twitter in itself is a powerful medium, with its opportunities (viral, real-time conversation and chatter) and also dangers, since you cannot control what is being propagated, and the quantity of “tweets” can be quickly overwhelming. With its speed, users are accustomed to real-time reactions, and expect for instance quick replies and quick updates, which is of course not possible for every aspect of server administration. We’ll be sure though to have a presence there. And for those who didn’t get on Twitter, of course you can keep up with us on the blog, as always.

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iWeb Tech News Highlights: Tech History, Zend, Advertising

Published on March 26, 2009 at 8:00 am by heri in: iWeb Tech News Highlights

iweb tech news highlights The iWeb Tech News Highlights covers web hosting, web development, web design and general technology news and is published at 8.00am EST. For March 26th, here are the highlights:

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iWeb Tech News Highlights: fast polling, first Linux Botnet, Flash vulnerabilities

Published on March 25, 2009 at 8:00 am by heri in: iWeb Tech News Highlights

iweb tech news highlights The iWeb Tech News Highlights covers web hosting, web development, web design and general technology news and is published at 8.00am EST. For March 25th, here are the highlights:

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WHT, largest web hosting forum hacked; users data made public

Published on March 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm by heri in: Web Hosting Articles

wht hacked WebHostingTalk, one of the oldest forum about web hosting, and a reference in the industry, experienced a major security problem yesterday.

It appears an unknown hacker was able to access the backup server, get access to the database, delete the tables, and then access WHT from the backup server. The WHT team had to take the website down, and could only upload a backup from late last year.

If you are a sys-admin or a web developer, do read the post and the following comments.

It’s surprising to see that such a reference in the web hosting industry could be hacked, with user data such as email addresses, private messages, hashed passwords posted to the web. One would think that the technology team at WHT would be the most advanced and experts in security, data backup, web development and system administration, by seeing all the daily threads and discussions on these subjects.

Of course, security is not an easy issue. Hackers always target the biggest, most visible organizations and websites which will give them maximum visibility, and hacking WebHostingTalk and getting access to the members database is a feat most hackers would want to accomplish. The same goes for banks, insurance companies, governments, and many large companies. A whole country (Estonia) was for instance attacked with a DDOS 2 years ago by russian hackers, after a political disagreement. A more recent episode was when JournalSpace had to stop running their website, when a rogue sys-admin destroyed the database.

Nevertheless, there are basic tasks one can do to prevent such “terror stories”: do security audits of your servers, download every week on a local machine the backups, use a continuous backup solution such as R1Soft, monitoring closely ssh access to the servers, use at least 3 different backup systems etc.

There was also a security guide published here, with also instructions on your first setup.

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