SpireTech Blog - Tag: Hosting
News and advice for SpireTech hosting clients.
Apr 1, 2020
Portland, OR. – for immediate release
In response to an uptick in demand for customers to work from home, SpireTech has developed some new technology to rapidly move legacy servers to the cloud. For a quick demonstration video, please see our YouTube Channel:
PS – This is meant to add a laugh to everyone’s day – even April fool’s day is not quite the same this year! Be safe, and let us know if we can be helpful to you. Read more...
We’re upgrading the bandwidth in our Portland colocation facility to have four times the current bandwidth. Part of the upgrade has already been completed, and the rest will be completed in May. We’ll be increasing the included data transfer and port speeds for all hosting and colocation customers without additional cost.
These Internet feeds are datacenter-grade fiber connections, connected into redundant, carrier-grade, Cisco routers, running a routing protocol called BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) that, among many things, efficiently routes traffic through the most direct available Internet feed.
We’re pleased to be able to upgrade our datacenter and pass the improvements along to our customers, and appreciate the continued patronage of our colocation, VPS, and web hosting customers supporting our locally-owned Portland business. Read more...
Let’s encrypt, an industry nonprofit that issues free SSL certificates, had to revoke 3M certificates Wednesday March 4, 2020 due to a bug. SSL is the technology that gives websites the https “padlock” and is often used to secure other things like mail servers.
For more information, you can visit the Sophos security blog. We’ve already checked all SpireTech web hosting and Managed Services clients to see if anyone is affected, and installed new certificates where needed.
If you visit an https website and receive a certificate error in the next several days, it’s possible the site is affected. We don’t recommend proceeding to the site, instead consider notifying the site owner. Bad actors are already taking advantage of this and launching phishing emails and banners, so use caution. If you find that a website we host or server we manage for you is affected, please let us know and we’ll fix it right away. Read more...
Many of our @spiretech.com email customers have been using our SquirrelMail webmail interface for years. However, as time has gone by, SquirrelMail has received very few updates to remain current with the latest security standards. Therefore, we are making the transition to a new webmail interface called Roundcube.
At present, both interfaces are available, but we will be retiring the SquirrelMail interface at the end of March 2019. We recommend that you visit the new Roundcube interface by visiting https://mail.spiretech.com.
used with permission from FTC.gov, by Lesley Fair
Engage, connect, protect was the theme of a series of Small Business Security Roundtables the FTC sponsored last summer. We listened to businesses talk about the challenges they face in securing sensitive information and fending off cyber threats. We also heard that they want concrete advice from the FTC. For example, how can a small company – especially one that may not have the in-house expertise to host its own website – get down to business while also addressing these concerns?
In search of a solution, many businesses turn to web hosting firms to set up their website and email systems. In a just-published Staff Perspective, Do Web Hosts Protect Their Small Business Customers with Secure Hosting and Anti-Phishing Technologies?, the FTC’s Office of Technology Research & Investigation (OTech) looked at 11 web hosts that market their services to small businesses. (The Staff Perspective explains OTech’s methodology.) Read more...
SpireTech recently upgraded carrier contracts with Level 3 and Electric Lightwave to double the bandwidth available at its Portland Datacenter. Both telecommunications providers have installed upgraded gear as part of the effort. The feeds also run BGP, which is a routing protocol that automatically fails over in the event of a feed being unreachable. When additional bandwidth is needed, the equipment allows for future upgrades.
SpireTech also lowered Colocation prices around 20%, while doubling available bandwidth available to servers hosted in its datacenter. SpireTech also greatly reduced pricing for Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and introduced new hosting packages, along with high-availability options.
SpireTech President Scott Cook said: “We always try to provide good value and transparent pricing for our clients. By lowering prices and increasing speeds, we maintain our competitive edge in the Portland market”.
by Jeff Graber, Media Services Specialist, Network Management Group, Inc.
One of the big things on business owners’ minds when it comes to their website is making it usable on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Here are some ways to make it easier for your viewers to get valuable information from your website while using a mobile device.
Enlarge clickable elements
It is important to keep in mind that nobody’s index finger is as accurate as a mouse pointer. To make it easier for your visitors to use your site, make clickable features like navigation, buttons, and form fields large enough to press.
Though usable on non-mobile devices, dropdown navigation can be the most annoying feature of a website when viewed on a mobile device. This is because there is no way to “hover” over items on a touch screen. Some devices have made it possible to show hover events when an element is pressed and held for a couple seconds, but not everyone has this capability. Read more...
used with permission from HTS
- Do I need a server?
- What about the cloud?
- Is there a less expensive way?
These are all good questions. The answers can really depend on your needs.
Do I need a server?
The general purpose of a server is to deliver functionality to users, typically in the local office.
If you are only storing files and don’t have applications installed on the server, you may be able to use a cloud-based file sharing and sync tool and move away from a server environment.
- If you need to run a database like Microsoft SQL to support a CRM, billing, or other application, you need some type of server. That may be in your office or possibly in the cloud.
- If you have security or compliance requirements for your business, you may require a server for Active Directory or other security-related services.
Google announced that websites that use SSL (https) encryption will now be rewarded with better search engine ranking. Right now, the effect is minimal, but over time this will become more important to your SEO efforts. The message is if you aren’t using SSL now, time to start getting your site ready for it.
Ensuring that your website is protected against hackers is no longer a difficult task. With the fast growth of WordPress sites, protecting yourself from outside intrusion is very important, and is as simple as clicking the update button. WordPress is frequently updated with new feature sets and security patches that protect websites from hackers.
The newest WordPress release, version 3.5.1, fixed several security vulnerabilities that affected all previous versions of WordPress. This vulnerability allowed hackers to remotely scan WordPress sites to search for information that would allow them to deface your website, and upload spam advertisements onto your page. Many sites that are still running older versions of WordPress are at risk of falling prey to these types of attacks simply because their site has not been updated.
We advise all WordPress users to update their site as soon as possible to ensure your website remains in your control.
However, hackers are not simply limited to software vulnerabilities, they can sometimes exploit simple passwords to gain access to your website. Read more...