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Companies That Are Doing Security Right

Monday, October 13th, 2014

With the Heartbleed bug, the banking malware fiasco, and even the recent news that 5 million Gmail accounts were compromised via the universal login feature, it would seem like Computer Security in general is in a bad place. To someone looking from the outside, there are way too many possible vulnerabilities coupled with the fact that hackers these days are even more financially motivated.

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The truth is that security is still where it needs to be. Attacks and exploits get more sophisticated but the good guys still manage to get on top of things. Unfortunately, sometimes it does seem like the guys on our side are just playing catch up. However, there are a few companies who seem to know what they are doing and manage to stay one step ahead of everyone in terms of security, by doing a couple of simple things on their end:

No Permanent Members in Admin Groups

Administrator access is technically the keys to the kingdom. When hackers gain access to a member of the admin group, they no longer need to worry about any other security in the network. They can even set their own policies or do anything to disrupt (but they won’t, the real dangerous intruders want their deeds to go unnoticed so that they can stay inside for a long time.)

Most companies address this by taking really good care of the administrator accounts in their groups. They make sure that only the people who really know what it means to have elevated privileges. However, really smart companies do one thing further and apply delegation, where individual sets of elevated permissions are given to smaller groups of objects. Or they do a variation where they use a password vaulting software in order to ensure that super admin credentials are checked out on the fly. The main purpose is to further minimize the attack surface area by turning it into a moving target.

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You will be surprised to know that many intrusions were prevented by this because the hackers were frustrated or simply gave up, knowing that there are easier, more vulnerable targets out there.

Get Rid of Java or Keep It Patched Regularly

It may sound mean but it’s the truth. Java is a security risk and the fact that it has a spotty patching record further makes it not worth the benefit it brings, unless you can be 100% sure that you’re patching it regularly. Many companies keep Java installed because they want to ensure application compatibility. However, companies that are doing security right prioritize security over application compatibility. Once you find a workaround for API incompatibility, it’s pretty much smooth sailing from there on, but leaving a hole in your security is an ongoing risk to your company, your employees, and your customer.

Keeping Passwords Unique Across The Network

The aforementioned Gmail leak somewhat shines a spotlight on this: where the only people who were at risk are people who used the same password for different services. When it comes to company security, the same reliance on easy to memorize passwords can be their undoing. Each password should be unique (and never the default,) so that one being compromised doesn’t necessarily put the rest at risk (or that employees who shouldn’t have access to other people’s accounts wouldn’t be able to guess their way around.)

One of the reasons why non-unique passwords are prevalent is because it makes it easier for the users, but a company should never compromise security for the sake of making things a little bit more convenient for its employees. It is after all, those employees who will suffer is the company is taken down by malicious hackers.

One way companies manage unique passwords is by using an automated password generator or management tool (although it is better for your IT to just code a random string generator instead of using third party software. You never know if one of those has malware built in.)

Outstanding Monitoring

It’s common knowledge that no security measure will ever be 100% foolproof. So a company that values its security will accept that and never let themselves be caught offguard. A robust network and its safeguards will prevent attacks from succeeding, but in the very rare cases that one succeeds, a network that is constantly monitored by an alert security team will be able to address the situation before the hacker manages to do significant damage.

Important Web Host Features and How Prestige Technologies Provides Each

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Even though it’s true that content is king when it comes to websites, it is also true that content is useless if you have a bad host. The best of contents won’t amount to much if a poor webhost prevents your website from being seen by many visitors, if at all. Prestige knows this, which is why we are providing the most important Web Host Features, such as:

Enough Storage Space

Storage space is a bit of a tricky subject as far as features are concerned. Many hosts offer unlimited storage even at their cheapest packages, but they have a catch. The space is usually shared by many users and they are subject to various restrictions, like strict filesize and filetype restrictions, that ultimately ensure that only a fraction can be used by the customer.

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At Prestige Technologies, we offer specific storage space that isn’t shared to other users. Our three first plans all provide 10 GB of space with no “catches”, which should be enough for most users. For those whose needs far exceed 10 GB, our Deluxe plan provides true unlimited space with no hidden restrictions. (more…)

How Web Hosts Can Boost Small Businesses

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Overall, the global economy is not conducive to running small businesses. Large companies are either big enough to weather the downturn or are actually growing stronger due to their ability to gobble up small businesses that are losing revenue. Thankfully, it’s not all doom-and-gloom for small businesses. There is one key area where small businesses are actually getting the upper hand: online.

Web hosts have leveraged the playing field, allowing small businesses to keep up (and sometimes even best) large multinational corporations when it comes to reaching new potential customers and clients. Here are a few ways how web hosts can boost small businesses:

1. Cost-Efficient Marketing and Advertising – with traditional tri-media marketing campaigns and advertising, companies need to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars just to reach people across the country for a short amount of time. Whereas for the fraction of its cost, a small business can get a web host, build a decent web site for their brand, and gain exposure to people all over the globe.

2. Allows Efficient and Personalized Communication with Customers – customer support is one of the areas where small businesses are disadvantaged compared to large corporations, as they simply don’t have the budget to hire an army of customer support staff and their tools. A web host will provide the infrastructure upon which a small business can reach out to customers from any location and give support on a more efficient and personal level, without the need to hire a ton of people.

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Starting a Reseller Hosting Business

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

There are many ways to earn money online, but one of the most effective – though underrated – ones is starting a reseller hosting business. Being a web hosting reseller is essentially acting as a middleman for hosting companies: you sell their hosting packages and either get a commission or get free hosting.

Another form of reseller hosting, and one that is preferred by many hosting companies, is to buy a large hosting package from a hosting company upfront, then sell off pieces of it to other people for a profit. With this way, people can even build their own hosting company simply by reselling another company’s hosting services.

The beauty of reseller hosting is that there are many ways to earn money, not just through direct commissions. Read on if you wish to find out how to start your own reseller hosting business:

“Flip” Websites

As mentioned above, some hosting companies offer free hosting as an incentive instead of direct commissions. You can still make money of this, simply by building quality websites on said free hosting, and buying your own domain for it. Once it gets big enough or popular enough, you can sell the domain name (and the website’s files) to other people.

Sell Ad Space

Similar to flipping websites, but instead of selling the domain once it gets popular enough, you just sell ad space on the website. You can intersperse your client’s ads with ads for your own host reselling business to keep everything running well. One thing you have to keep in mind is that the original hosting provider might not allow you to sell ad space on the free hosting service that they are giving you, so you might want to check out the TOS first.

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Of course, there’s more to reseller hosting than just going ahead with the deed. If you really want to make a profit, you should keep the following things in mind:

1. Choose a Great Hosting Company – a business’ chances of success is only as good as the product or service that it’s trying to sell, so right from the start you have to ensure that the hosting service you’re hawking is really worth the price you’re asking. And the only way you can ensure that is by choosing a great hosting company.

2. Learn How to Provide Good Customer Support – it’s true that customer support will eventually be up to the original hosting provider if it’s matters that are completely out of your hands, but you should still learn how to be the middleman and the first point of contact in case your customers have any problems.

3. Treat it Like a Business – this may seem like a common advice, but many would-be resellers forget this, probably owing to the fact that reseller hosting seems like you’re getting a lot of returns for very little effort. They tend to get lazy, or they stop caring whether the customers are getting a good service as long as they get paid. Soon, everything falls apart and they run away with whatever they have, when simply caring from the start would have let them continue reselling hosting packages indefinitely.

How to get your site Online FAST When Your Web Host goes Down

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

RacksserverIf you already have an active site with a decent amount of regular traffic, you know that switching servers can be troublesome. It takes at least 24 hours for your domain to propagate to the new servers so there’s always going to be downtime on the visitor’s side. The revenue and potential new visitors you could lose from such a downtime is no joke, but has been accepted as the norm and a necessary cost of moving servers. However, there is a way for you to switch servers without waiting more than a few minutes for the domain to propagate to the new one.

However, this is not something that you could do at the last minute. You have to do some things in advance (or before you have a need to switch servers.) You need to follow these steps to the letter:

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1. Make sure the host you are currently on uses cPanel with full standard backups.
2. Keep a recent copy of the cPanel backup on your desktop or on a remote server like Amazon S3.
3. Set up CloudFlare directly via CloudFlare itself, don’t use the hosts cPanel. (more…)

Everything You Need to Know About Reseller Hosting

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Reseller Hosting is basically when you sell a parent web hosting company’s resources as your own. Many web hosting companies provide reseller packages, where you buy the plan from them and then resell chunks of it to other people for a profit. Some people choose to resell it as is, while other people create their own reseller hosting companies and sell it from there.

There are also hosts that choose to contract with the reseller and just charge on a per client basis, so that everytime a new client is added, the host will charge at a certain rate. There are others that offer various packages. While features may vary between different hosting companies, there are common factors that you should take a note of, such as:

1. Ability to Rebrand the Hosting Packages – it is important that you only get reseller hosting packages from companies that allow you to sell it under your own brand or company, making the parent hosting company invisible to your customers. This is because if the customer finds out that you’re only reselling hosting packages, they may end up cutting you, the middleman, out and buying directly from the parent hosting company.

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Google Web Designer: the Review

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Last October 2013, Google launched their WYSIWYG tool called the Google Web Designer, taking the market by surprise. The application is completely free and is targeted towards the development of HTML5 projects.

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Google Web Designer couldn’t have come at a better time. For starters, Microsoft has already dropped their Expression Web Suit, and then Flash seems to have hit an impasse despite being the de facto standard for many advertising banners. The fact that Apple isn’t feeling any pressure to allow Flash on their iOS devices is indicative of the API’s future. Adobe is currently promoting Creative cloud, but it’s a paid service that can easily become expensive for casual users.

Setup and Installation

It may sound surprising given Google’s preference for web-based applications, but Google Web Designer is an installable application. There’s support for Windows 7 and newer, as well as Mac OS X 10.7 and newer. Similar to Google Chrome’s installer, Google Web Designer’s client is only a few hundred Kb but only serves as a downloader for the main installation files, so make sure you have an Internet connection at the ready when installing the application. (more…)

Make Your Web Site Readable By Visitors and Search Engines

Monday, May 5th, 2014

It’s true that a website’s main purpose is to be read by humans. There’s no sense in having a popular website if the content isn’t useful or even intelligible to people. However, to ignore search engines is equally foolish. Studies put search engine traffic as making up 90-98% of website traffic these days, so not ensuring that your site is readable by search engines is ensuring that you won’t get much human readers either. The proper approach is to treat them equally: make your website readable by visitors and search engines. Here are a few things you can do to ensure this:

To Make Your Website Readable to Humans:

1. Don’t use too many font sizes – the purpose of using differently sized fonts is to guide a reader’s eyes to specific parts of a text. If you have way too many differently sized text in your copy, a reader’s eyes will be constantly distracted and guided towards unnecessary directions. There’s no easier way of making a site look cluttered than by using differently sized fonts on the same page.

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Keys to Effective Landing Pages

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

For online marketers, the landing page is usually one of, if not the most important factor in their success. The landing page to an offer will usually be the deciding point on whether a lead will convert or whether a prospect will turn into a lead. A poor landing page will be a dead end, as the funnel stops if you can’t even get the visitor to read through or click through the rest of the landing page’s contents. So how do you make an effective landing page?

The good news is that optimizing a landing page doesn’t require technical know-how or savant-like literary skills. All you need are a number of simple tweaks that only take a few minutes to implement, such as:

Make Your Headlines Stand Out

It’s already common knowledge that your headlines should be attention-grabbers and should build anticipation, but we’re not just talking about the actual written content. The way you format the headlines themselves, from the font, to the size, to the position they occupy on the landing page should be designed to grab readers’ attention immediately. Don’t let it get buried underneath all the text or don’t let it blend in too much with the page’s colors. Just make sure you find the sweet spot: headlines that stand out but don’t ruin the landing page’s look. You still want your landing page to be pleasing to the eyes, after all.

Practice Brevity

A landing page is not a blog post. If you have trouble differentiating between the two, it’s probably an indication that you don’t understand what a landing page is. Make sure your copy contains all the necessary information, but short enough that it won’t distract readers from the value of your offer. Remember that many readers are hardwired to convince themselves out of converting, so the more time they spend reading your copy, the greater chance that they will convince themselves that buying or clicking is not such a good idea. Make sure you are able to present your case from within 100 to 200 words and then hit them with the Call to Action.

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Emphasize Value

It’s pretty much a requirement that a landing page should tell visitors what they will get if they redeem the offer. However, many landing pages only tell people what they will get, not what they will get out of it. An effective landing page should make the value of the offer very clear to prospects, because people don’t really care about the things or services that they will get – what they care about is the benefits those things will give them. There is a clear distinction between the two, something that many novice marketers fail to understand. (more…)

Free Web Application Security Testing Tools

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Websites and the backends that they run on these days are so complex that it is impossible to deem one safe without testing their security first. Even one page thin websites with a simple contact form may be hiding exploits or unplugged vulnerabilities. Thankfully, there are numerous free web application security testing tools that will let you at least check for some of the more commonplace vulnerabilities, without spending a single cent. Here are some of the best:

WebSecurify (websecurify.com)

Websecurify uses advanced discovery and fuzzing technology in order to automatically identify vulnerabilities in any web application. The tool is simple, straightforward, and can create basic reports that are exportable to various formats. WebSecurify is open source so you can expect updates to happen frequently.

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