security

What is DDoS and why should I care?

Published on December 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm by iWeb Technologies in: Web Hosting Articles

41% of companies suffered a DDoS attack in 2014, their websites or systems either disrupted or taken offline completely. One in five were offline for a whole day. Reaction time is a factor in DDoS, so business owners, webmasters and IT managers should understand the risk that DDoS poses to their own business, and have a contingency plan in place.

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R1Soft backup: how to exclude files efficiently

Published on November 12, 2014 at 6:24 pm by Eric Laflamme in: Web Hosting Articles

Excluding files from regular R1Soft backups can save bandwidth and storage space. But it also costs time. In fact, excluding very large numbers of files can add days to the time it takes to back up your server – unless you follow this guide to excluding files efficiently in R1Soft.

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Combine hardware and web application firewalls

Published on August 18, 2014 at 9:59 am by iWeb Technologies in: Web Hosting Articles

Combining hardware and web application firewalls at different levels of your hosting architecture is an effective way to maximize both the level and the cost-effectiveness of your website and business’s security, while keeping complexity to a minimum.

Here’s how organizations with both websites and internal applications or file servers can combine a hardware firewall with a web application firewall in order to make their security both stronger and easier to manage.

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Joomla v3 iSQL Security Alert: Update to Joomla v3.2.3 Today

Published on March 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm by iWeb Technologies in: Web Hosting Articles

If you or any of your shared hosting customers use Joomla v3, please update to the latest version today in order to secure your database from a known security vulnerability present in versions 3.1.0 to 3.2.2.

Even if your website uses Joomla 3.2.2, you are strongly advised to update to the new version Joomla 3.2.3, released today, 13 March 2014.

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Hosting Tips: Prepare an Ecommerce Website For Holiday Spikes

Published on November 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm by iWeb Technologies in: Web Marketing Articles

A better way to serve seasonal traffic, insurance against downtime and the best chance of success for your campaign ROI… Here’s everything you need to know, plus how to get unmetered public cloud hosting to serve your holiday traffic spikes!

For many ecommerce websites Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Christmas shopping period determine the success or failure of 12 months of hard work. The National Retail Federation estimates that for many retailers the holiday period accounts for 20-40% of annual sales, and that it represented 19.3% of all annual retail sales in 2012 – an incredible $589.5 billion in revenue. In the case of Black Friday (and Cyber Monday, its online counterpart), these two days alone accounted for over $800 million in online sales in 2012. Don’t let downtime stop you from getting your slice of the action!

The lead up to the holiday period is an important time to make sure your hosting technology is up to date. That your website is ready to handle above average traffic in the most cost-effective way possible, and that it’s not going to let you down at a crucial moment. The Google search trends below highlight the potential for website traffic to peak to twice their normal levels, or even way beyond that when you consider how much of November’s peak can be attributed to just 48 hours of business over the Thanksgiving weekend. Thankfully there are a number of ways you can accommodate traffic spikes without permanently increasing capacity for the sake of just a few days of the year.

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