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03
Jun
2018

Hackers Allegedly Steal 1.4M Passwords From Mac Forums

by Administrator

Internet Security

A hacker allegedly stole more than 1.4 million passwords, email addresses and other data from popular forums like Web Hosting Talk, Mac Forums and HotScripts. Someone going by the name “uid0” is selling the three databases on the dark web underground market The Real Deal for a combined 7.2 bitcoin ($4,752), reported by CSO. An operator from a data breach awareness site said hackers breached the media company Penton and stole the databases of Web Hosting Talk, Mac Forums, HotScripts.com, dBforums and A Best Web.

The site hacked every database except HotScripts.com, but it’s said the total number of users compromised from the others was 1,442,602. The passwords are said to not be in plaintext, but are rather hashed, which means turning the actual password into different digits. Not only are they hashed, they are also “salted,” which means a series of random bytes at the end of the passwords were added before they got hashed. Salting or salted passwords means the hacker tried to hide the real passwords.

If you had an account on any of these forums, you should definitely change your password to something new, not something reused. If it is a reused password and you have used it somewhere else, change it there too. After you change the reused password, just make it a habit to not reuse passwords across multiple sites.

The passwords were hashed with the MD5 algorithm, which is extremely weak way to hash passwords. This means the passwords should be easy to crack. There is no hosting company that can guarantee that a breach can’t and won’t happen, but NationalNet can 100 percent tell you we take your account security as seriously as you do. If someone tries to hack your digital property, our trustworthy professional support staff is working around the clock for you before, during or after any hack threat is detected.

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01
Jun
2018

Hosting factors that can affect the SEO of your website

by Administrator

Frustrated tech

Are you a web host owner? Did you know the web hosting service you use actually has a huge impact on your SEO? Some of these hosting issues that can actually have a big negative effect on your SEO. As web host owners, sometimes we get lost in the loop of all these SEO tactics we read online to optimize our websites and impact the ranking of our website. These are some of the hosting issues that you web host owners need to know.

 

1. Slow Website Speed

Google makes the website speed ranking factor, but unfortunately, many web host owners only look at the website design without spending anytime choosing a faster hosting service. On the other end of the website speed spectrum are those who forget about all proper protocol and use repetitive scripts and large images that make the site load slowly.

The way you design your website has a lot to do with how fast your site loads. Don’t use too many scripts, animations, web fonts or third-party widgets because they will all slow your site. Also choose a fast hosting service for minimal website loading times

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2. Website Downtimes

Website downtimes are often related to issues with the web host, due to bandwidth limits being exceeded, or hosting servers going out of order. This greatly affects your customer’s impression of your business and site along with diminishing your search engine rankings. When your site is down, Google removes it from its index- when your site comes back online, it gets flagged as unreliable and its ranking is lowered.

 

3. Database Connection Failures

“Internal Server Error” messages can mean many things, but it will always disappoint your visitors. In many cases, an “Internal Server Error” comes with a “Database Connection Failed” error message. This results when too many users are accessing a database at the same time. This mainly happens when a video or an article goes viral on social media.

Choosing the right hosting is extremely important to your business and it’s costumers. It’s probably one of the most important decision you will make for your business and the most important decision for your e-commerce and online presence. That is where NationalNet comes into play for your businesses online footprint with our full-service system planning, application development and implementation for your web hosting.

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31
May
2018

Why Server Location Matters in Web Hosting

by Administrator

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Businesses never look at where their web-hosting server is located, they just choose a web hosting service that is convenient to their company. Many sites don’t even consider their hosting server location because of content delivery networks. CDNs create a system of proxy servers, using existing data centers, allowing those using the server take advantage of a nearby access point for optimal performance even with the business being thousands miles away.

 

Many businesses think CDNs are the cure all to their problems when in reality they need to very picky about the location of their hosting provider’s servers and the quality of their CDN solution.

Location, location, location. The location affects load times, sales and most importantly SEO. Also, the closer you are to the host server, obviously the faster your load times are going to be. This is a critical choice for businesses choosing a web hosting server location because of the competitive load times with other websites and also the growing number of mobile users. And with the ever-growing web comes a growing desire for needing everything now. According to KissMetrics, 40% of people abandon a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load.

 

The location of your website’s server makes a huge difference. If possible, you should always place your server’s location where the majority of your customers live. CDNs are so popular because you can put servers in more, which equates to faster page loads. Small businesses are better off choosing a location near your web-hosting server.

 

The more local your hosting node, the better local SEO your business will have. Local SEO is very important for businesses looking to gain traffic and you want customers in your local area to be able to find your business.

 

Server location in web hosting really just equals faster load times for your business and it’s customers. This translates to more customers, happy customers and customers that are willing to spend. That is what NationalNet is here for, the small and medium-sized businesses, helping them add value and profitability to their local customers. We can provide hosting hubs anywhere in the world and the most effective CDN services for a truly global footprint that is local to every region.

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30
May
2018

The Difference Between A Cheap Web Host And A Good Hosting Company

by Administrator

web hosting

First, what exactly is a web host? A web host is a company that has servers capable of storing your online websites or other resources for access from everywhere else online. That said, not all hosting companies are the same. Some focus intently on reducing costs and offer hosting for pennies, but the services they provide are very different from what a commercial host provides for companies seeking to monetize their websites online.

 

When you choose “shared hosting” on a server with other entities you are giving up a tremendous amount of security, control, performance and support in exchange for saving a few dollars a month. That’s honestly a terrific idea if you want to throw up a vanity site for your family dog and show your daughter how to create a website with WordPress. However, when you host the family business and things like load speed, uptime, international access and data security become important, having a dedicated server with a company like NationalNet makes a huge positive difference.

 

We understand that every dollar counts for your business, that’s why NationalNet constantly works to increase our efficiency and reduce costs for our clients. It’s also why we never cut corners or go bare bones in the way we do things.

 

World class support 24/7/365, constant monitoring and industry leading performance do cost more than shoving your site onto a server with 300 other customers who may or may not be misusing the resources you share. That being said, can you really afford not to go with a serious professional hosting company when any moment of downtime or friction for your customers can quickly shrink your revenue streams?

 

There are things that shared hosting is great for, and times when spending a little more may not make the most sense. If your daughter’s website about her dog loads 8 seconds slower than her friend’s website about their family cat, that won’t cause grandma to close her browser. However, when you want to generate an actual sale on a commercial site, those 8 seconds can make all the difference, and that’s why we are proud of our long standing reputation as one of the premier hosting companies for businesses that want to succeed online.

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30
Jan
2018

Strava Fitness Tracker May Have Revealed Troop Movements In Syria

by Administrator

Just how ubiquitous and accepted have IoT (internet of things) devices become? A recent dump of data from the fitness tracker company Strava appears to have incidentally revealed a wealth of secret troop movement and base location data in Syria and beyond.

Location data is an important part of many fitness apps for helping users seeking to optimize their routes or for tracking progress of a fitness regimen. However, a new data dump from Strava, one of the main players in that market may now be putting the entire device category under fire with military officials scrambling to identify or overcome potentially serious leaks of classified information including the location of clandestine military bases, patrol routes and more.

UCA analyst Nathan Ruser discovered information in Strava’s publicly available activity map may include fitness routes of soldiers and agents in sensitive locations, including Afghanistan and Syria, as well as airbases in the Falkland Islands, a suspected CIA base in Somalia and some Russian bases have also been outlined as well.

Even at some of the publicly known locations, this data may flesh out secret aspects of the location like the specific coordinates of living quarters, frequently-trafficked paths and hints at patrol or supply routes.

Strava has reminded users that they could turn off location sharing, and that the map doesn’t include private activities or areas deemed private. However, the fact that consumer electronics are now in such widespread use without much thought about security or danger even among military brass does bring into focus how much the world has changed and how transparent it has quickly become.

Your commercial or personal data deserves the highest level of protection, and at NationalNet we strive each day to ensure it is only accessible by those you intend to communicate it with, but this story should serve as a strong reminder that your data security can always be overcome come by inadvertent choices which give away that data without a second thought. To discuss your data security, hosting needs or to obtain references for security audit professionals please feel free to contact NationalNet.com today.

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18
Jan
2018

HTCVive PRO Is Announced For Truly Wireless VR

by Bill

The original Vive VR headset debuted almost two years ago, and now HTC is announcing the next generation Vive headset with a new Pro model that is completely wireless.

Along with the cordless capabilities comes HTC ‘s increase of native resolution on the dual-OLED displays by 78% to 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye, and 615 ppi) over the original Vive headsets. These specs are particularly important because they put the Vive Pro above and beyond the Oculus Rift or Windows Mixed Reality headsets on the market and prompt competitors to up the ante by pushing the limits of VR even harder.

Pricing and availability have been hush-hush so far, but the original Vive now sells for under $400 US and the Vive is heavily subsidized by a partnership with Valve, the world’s leading digital gaming company. So pricing shouldn’t be astronomical and adoption should increase rapidly as people adapt to a whole new era in digital media consumption.

The VR evolution includes 360 video capabilities, new potential for haptic forms of data security that require physical gestures and more. On the flip side, it presents hosting companies with new challenges to put through massive amounts of data more rapidly than ever, as even a slight lag can completely ruin the immersive experience.

NationalNet is well aware of this exciting new vertical and will keep our clients fully informed as we continue to strengthen our networks and offer the fastest most reliable servers available anywhere for clients pursuing the VR gold rush or any other kind of digital business goals into the future.

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10
Jan
2018

Meltdown and Spectre Present New Data Security Challenges

by Bill

If you’ve opened up any news site or paper recently, you may have noticed some headlines about things called Meltdown and Spectre. These are not new video games or box office hits. These are two newly discovered security flaws that affect virtually every single electronic device you own. How could a security breach be so widespread? Well, the problem is that it’s not actually attached to any specific program or software. The issue is in the hardware itself.

Meltdown is a vulnerability in microchips themselves. These chips are found in virtually every single computer and many web servers too. Researchers discovered that the flaw could allow people to read your personal data right off of the hardware, bypassing any security features that software and apps have put into place.

Spectre is another flaw that is based in both Intel microchips and Advanced Mortal Directives. This one could let hackers trick programs like apps and software into giving them information. Basically every computer is affected by these discoveries and it’s a wonder that they haven’t been exposed sooner.

Either of these openings could theoretically affect every single computer using Intel chips made since 1995. However, researchers have only tested computers dating back to 2011.

The tricky thing about both of these bugs is that you can’t tell if anyone has used them on your devices to get at your information. It’s impossible to know if either of these flaws has been used by hackers but given how many leaks and hacks there have been lately, it’s likely.

This just goes to show why it is important to have secure hosting, like that offered by NationalNet. We are feverishly working behind the scenes on these and will do all we can to ensure your hosting is handled to the absolute limit of data security standards. We will continue to monitor this story and your servers to keep all of our clients informed and up to date with the latest patches and fixes as they are available.

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19
Dec
2017

Holiday Tech Gifts At Discount Prices For Generous Hosts

by Bill

If you are in the tech industry (reading the NationalNet Blog about our amazing hosting on a regular basis would definitely qualify you), then the annual holiday season likely brings you the added pressure to come up with terrific tech gifts for those you care about.

At NationalNet we pride ourselves on providing every client with top tier tech support from the first ring or support ticket straight through to the final resolution of each opportunity for our staff to provide you with service, but we also understand that you may prefer not to provide phone support to your own extended family every time they misplace their password or need to reboot their device. For that reason we are posting this listing of terrific holiday tech gifts at deeply discounted prices.

Laptops, Desktops, Smart Home Devices and More at a fraction of their list price, and many of the items listed are the sort of “one button” items that would be difficult for any luddite to misuse.

What we have learned over the years from serving our clients, is that providing useful technology in a simple, straight-forward and cost effective manner makes all the difference in many relationships. We hope the holidays are a time of tremendous joy for you and all those you love. Hopefully this post also allows you to ring in the New Year with a peaceful January of 2018, fill with happy friends and family who hardly need your assistance at all with LED smart bulbs, Video Doorbells and other terrific tech gifts you provided for them as a gracious host in your own right.

Happy Holidays!

– Your Friends at NationalNet

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11
Dec
2017

Google Rethinks Self-Imposed Ban On Accessibility Apps

by Bill

Google recently warned developers it would soon ban the use of Android accessibility APIs for things other than accessibility. Developers have long used the accessibility APIs to connect with the operating system, until Google notified developers they had 30 days to explain how their app was using the Accessibility APIs to help a user with disabilities or face outright removal from the Play Store. Now public outcry has Google reversing direction and pausing their bans.

Many of Android’s most popular apps use the Android accessibility APIs’ unique set of features including popular apps like: Tasker, Lastpass, and Greenify. The workaround was necessitated by the fact that Google has been so slow to build proper APIs for some of these accessibility hacks. Usage Access API, Autofill API and others are in different points along Google’s own development timeline but the fragmented Android ecosystem makes solving systemic issues far more complicated than they are with a closed system like the one Apple uses.

Will Google Android become more of a walled garden in the future? Or will they simply allow Devs to continue to use workarounds on systems that now skirt the original purpose of their creator’s intent? It’s an interesting evolution unfolding and it is impacting millions of potential customers as Android gains market share and the number of devices continues to expand in ways that will make these sorts of complications even more challenging to moderate in the near future.

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28
Nov
2017

NSA Cybertools Hacked Like Anything Else

by Bill

A recent New York Times expose has revealed serious breaches of data security within the NSA and the possible hack of many previously safe cybersecurity tools used at the highest levels of governmental communication. The hack is not only a massive dent in the reputation of the nation’s top security organization, but a serious real world challenge to the overall data storage on a global scale now that these tools have been compromised.

“They had operational insight that even most of my fellow operators at T.A.O. did not have,” said Mr. Williams, now with Rendition Infosec, a cybersecurity firm he founded according to the New York Times. “I felt like I’d been kicked in the gut. Whoever wrote this either was a well-placed insider or had stolen a lot of operational data.”

Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon E. Panetta added, “These leaks have been incredibly damaging to our intelligence and cyber capabilities. The fundamental purpose of intelligence is to be able to effectively penetrate our adversaries in order to gather vital intelligence. By its very nature, that only works if secrecy is maintained and our codes are protected.”

The echoes of these sentiments among cybersecurity professionals are everywhere. In the wake of the Equifax breach and this NSA penetration it is becoming increasingly clear that data is not protectable even with the highest standards of security from top level spies and hackers.

Fortunately, most state sponsored security hackers are not interested in breaking into the websites of individual small or medium sized companies, so securing your data from the people who would abuse it should still be possible. The NationalNet team takes all reasonable precautions to protect our clients and we are here to help in the event of any potential breach. If you see something out of the ordinary, always say something, and we will work through it with you until your servers and data streams are as secure as humanly possible.

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