Archive for August, 2014

How a DNS Can Help Your Business Grow (Part 2 of 2)

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

In the previous post, we’ve outlined a way on how DNS can aid in your business’ growth, with the chief method being efficient management of your traffic via weighted load balancing and automated failover, both of which ensure that visitors of your company website will never experience slow loading or dropped requests. This is very useful in helping your business grow because it prevents loss of sales due to an inaccessible website (which could be a point of sale or a marketing channel.)

For this post, we’re going to outline several more ways a DNS can help your business grow:

Localize DNS Responses via Origin-Dependent Routing

Origin-Dependent Routing is essentially another means of managing traffic, but this time it is based on the geographic origin of the request. But instead of assigning a weight to each stream or monitoring failure points, an origin-dependent routing system just monitors the geographic location of the request based on the DNS and sends it to a resource that is based within the same region or the nearest one. For example, if a user from Sweden tries to access your website, the network routes said traffic to a server based in Sweden or somewhere near, instead of letting it go through a server from China or Thailand.

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How a DNS Can Help Your Business Grow (Part 1 of 2)

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Back in the early 80s, the Internet was a newly emerging technology with kinks that need to be ironed out. One of these kinks is the fact that the Internet needed a system that will allow users to navigate the world wide web in a natural manner instead of relying on IP addresses, which would have made even the simplest browsing session too complicated for the average user.

Enter: The Domain Name Server. It’s not an overly complicated solution, but the DNS practically solved the problem instantly. Instead on relying on a series of numbers to access a web page, users can just input Domain Names, which then route traffic to the actual servers hosting the files being accessed. Without DNS, everybody would still be inputting or some other IP address on their browser’s URL field instead of an easier to remember address like, say,

Over time, the Internet has found its way into common and business use, and has developed various accoutrements to help encourage activities on both ends. The DNS is still largely unchanged, but businesses have discovered a few uses that will help them accelerate their growth. Here are a few of them: (more…)

NEWS: Google Engineer Releases Hacking Tool

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

If you have the Flash plugin on your PC and you visit any website that uses the API, you might want to check if you’ve updated it lately, as Google security engineer Michele Spagnuolo has recently discovered a vulnerability in the API, and has released an exploit tool called the Rosetta Flash, which is designed to take advantage of said exploit by creating malicious shockwave files (*.swf files), which can allow the author to gain access to authentication cookies stored in an individual’s PC.

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The issue is labeled with the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Identifier of CVE-2014-4671, and is described as a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) bug. What this means is that the SWF can be embedded on any random website, and any visitor with an out of date Flash plugin will be vulnerable to getting their login information for various sites pilfered. Flash is very common on the web, and there’s very little chance that you haven’t browsed any site that uses it in the last 24 hours. EBay, Instagram, Tumblr, even Facebook and Youtube all use some form of Flash in one way or another.

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In prestige, Backups and Recovery are Part of Security

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Backups and recovery best practices are normal parts of a healthy web hosting experience, but what most users don’t realize is that both are big parts of security, in the sense that not having good backups and recovery contingencies will be a huge gaping hole in your website, VPS, or server’s security, the absence of which renders all other security contingencies less effective.

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Here at Prestige, we value security and we go beyond merely protecting the servers from intrusion. We go the extra mile and include backup and recovery as part of our services, ensuring that customers are not only protected from head-on attacks, but are also able to recover with minimal downtime if there is server outage due to acts of god, or an attack that managed to succeed due to certain extenuating circumstances outside of our control, like as attacks based on zero day vulnerabilities, which is a vulnerability or an exploit in code unknown to the vendor (one great example of this is the Heartbleed Bug.)

Prestige takes a lot of steps to ensure that there is available backup of the servers and that the backups themselves are secure. These include:

1. Having off-site backups – with off-site backups, even if the servers are compromised, we will have a way of restoring the servers from a “clean” source, and that the files can be restored even if the servers were lost to physical accidents. (more…)

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 Your Website May be Infected By a Malware and How Prestige Helps

Monday, August 4th, 2014

These days, majority of users have already learned how to avoid malware. They have antivirus and antispyware programs on their PCs, and they no longer open suspicious attachments (on the rare occasions that one gets through the spam filters.) Only a select few, mostly novice users, get tricked by conventional malware, which is why malware authors have decided to bypass user mistakes and devised Drive-By Downloads, wherein they infect server hosts, which then infect users who unknowingly browse the websites hosted on said servers.

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Why Getting Your Website Infected by Malware is Bad

It may seem like common sense – of course, getting your website infected by malware is bad, because you’re hurting your users and you’re helping proliferate harmful code all over the Internet. But even if you don’t care about your users (and we hope you do), it is worth noting that a compromised website will be useless for business because search engines – particularly Google – can detect if your site is infected, and will delist it from their database. With your website practically invisible to search, your traffic will disappear and you’ll have a useless website that nobody sees. It is therefore always in your best interest to maintain a malware-free website. (more…)