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Monthly Archives: October 2016

30
Oct
2016

Nothing is Scarier Than Hosting Downtime

by Bill

As Halloween approaches, your neighborhood is sure to be filled with good-natured ghosts, goblins and witches seeking candy with a knock at your door. Anyone doing business online understands that those monsters are nothing to fear when you compare them to the possibility of experiencing downtime for your sites online.

“We wish everyone a happy, safe and healthy Halloween online and offline,” said Bill VanVorst, President of NationalNet. “We hope you enjoy the festivities and family fun that this time of year brings. As always, our staff of technicians will be here on high alert, protecting your business from the kinds of scary monsters that lurk in the darkest corners of the Internet waiting to strike with the award winning 24/7/365 support that all of our dedicated server collocation clients have come to expect from us.”

If you are tired of the tricks ‘discount hosts’ play on you time and again, you can experience the real treat of having properly trained professionals providing you with fully managed hosting by contacting us today for a free quote to see how NationalNet service quickly becomes an important asset for all of your brands.

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18
Oct
2016

Yahoo Adds Insult To Injury With Government Spy Program Acquiesce

by Bill

As the NationalNet Blog reported recently, Yahoo email was hacked with one of the largest data leaks in history, potentially revealing important user information to nefarious entities presently believed to be backed by foreign governments. While a hack is possible no matter how much effort Yahoo put into their online security, the latest news is much more damaging to their company because it involves complicit acquiescence with a government spy program targeting Yahoo Email users

An investigation has discovered that Yahoo knowingly provided access to all of its user emails so that US government entities could perform keyword searches in an effort to spy on US citizens who were never served with any kind of warrant. This new Yahoo story reveals the lengths to which the company will go to conform to government requests, which is very different from the stance Apple and Google have taken, forcing the government into court when asked for access to their platforms

Last year, Yahoo CEO Marisa Mayer agreed to create custom software which would scan all Yahoo e-mails for a certain string of characters specified by the government of the US who asked them to implement such a program. The company implemented the program on all e-mails, in real time. They didn’t necessarily disclose this information either.

This is notable because it’s the first time (that we know about) that a company has agreed to do such a thing. Yes the NSA has been surveilling people for years in a similar manner but that data was captured by them using other methods. No one knows if this request was also sent to other e-mail providers and if they have decided to comply with the request as well. In addition, no one knows if the string of data has ever been found and what it’s implications, or even what the message is about. However, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google and have all denied that they are allowing this type of scanning to occur.

While we can’t ever know the full extent of surveillance occurring, it’s more important than ever to use good hosting to cover yourself when it comes not only to your website and web properties but also to your email servers as well. NationalNet is consistently one of the most trusted providers of internet services such as this, and we are on the job 24/7/365 and we do not allow any access to your private servers without your prior consent.

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05
Oct
2016

US Government Prepares For Move of DNS Oversight to International Third Party

by Bill

Since the inception of the Internet, the United States Government has been responsible for governing the root structure of the entire digital platform. This seems like a good idea to some, especially among those who are concerned with espionage and American digital security interests, but it also makes the most important technological invention of the last century subject to the political whims of one nation, and puts tremendous pressure on widely accepted principles like Net Neutrality.

Now that paradigm is changing fundamentally as the US prepares to hand over their oversight responsibility of DNS (domain name system) to a third party group made up of international consultants who believe this is the right option in order to maintain ultimate freedom on the world wide web.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), fulfills the very important duty of translating domain names into IP addresses and back again. In reality, they have already been managing this function for about a year, but it was only under a contract with the National Telecommunication and Information Administration. After a long legal and political squabble in Congress, the US government is officially handing over the keys. Many groups around the country and the world agree that this move is great, because it will prevent any one country from having too much control over the internet. However, some American politicians worry that this could have grave effects for the national security of the United States.

Some are worried that this will put the internet into the hands of countries that we are not so friendly terms with, but experts assure these politicians that the internet is a decentralized commodity, which can’t be truly owned or controlled by any one nation, and this move solidifies that ideal. Others also worried that the actual handoff would cause technological problems, however, since you’re reading this, it clearly went off without a hitch and now the internet is one step closer to being an even more free place.

In an era of multinational cooperation and globalization, the shared management of the fundamental communication system used by the entire world appears to be a peaceful step toward greater international unity. It also highlights the importance of data security, and competent IT management for companies and countries interested in keeping their own sites free from attacks or negligent oversight. As always, National Net is here to help with any hosting and colocation needs your business faces, and we look forward to working with you in this new era by providing the same high level of service we have provided for our clients throughout the period of US oversight.

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