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Do we need to be afraid of the future? Is our data safe?

There’s a lot of scaremongering going on in the press about technology and security. Company data leaks, compromised accounts, ransomware affecting our public services, the list goes on. Naturally, people always ask me about data security and whether they can trust their data with third parties. My answer is mostly ‘yes’. Businesses have a duty
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5 Ways to Secure Your Server

  When you are trying to keep your business safe from hackers and other cyber-attacks it’s important to cover all your bases, particularly with the new rules and regulations around GDPR coming in May 2018 next year. Here are some of the ways you can keep your business safe: SSH Keys These are cryptographic keys
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Do you really need to be told about backup again?

The answer is yes. It will always be yes. We will probably be hearing phrases like ‘backup your data regularly to make sure important files don’t get lost’ for quite some time into the future – in many different contexts also, whether its your mobile phone, personal computer or data on your server. There’s a
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Is your Dedicated Server Protected with a Firewall?

  You’ve probably heard about firewalls before. But do you actually know what it does and why you need one? Sites are under constant bombardment from different types of attack and leaving a server connected online without even a basic firewall is incredibly risky. You wouldn’t leave your front door open whilst you sleep at night would
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What the GDPR means for Digital Agencies

The GDPR will affect any organisation that collects and processes the data of any citizen within the EU… so that basically means that almost all businesses will need to comply with it in some way. But what does it actually mean for you as a digital agency?   The marketing industry will be affected in
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‘Petya’ – Ransomware Round 2

Last month saw the wannacry virus

Are you clued up on the GDPR?

If you’re in business you are probably aware of something called the Data Protection Act 1998 – but how aware are you of the General Data Protection Regulation? The GDPR is similar to the DPR we have in the UK, but there are some significant changes and requirements that could directly impact your organisation in
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Is backup important enough yet?

  When the WannaCry Ransomware virus surfaced, it did so at a global scale. The attack crippled more than 200,000 organisations in 150 countries worldwide and the rate of infection was staggering. In the UK, The National Health Service (NHS) did not fare well at all. Around 47 regions were unable to proceed with appointments
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The Ransomware Threat – Panicking Doesn’t Help

Last Friday we saw what seemed an attack on the NHS. However, as events unfolded, this was far from being a targeted effort on NHS. The attack was at a global scale, but with no particular target in mind. It infected individual users with a particular ransomware dubbed The WannaCry virus. What it did was
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5 things you can do to sell more on your ecommerce site.

With the introduction of our PCI compliant servers we thought it was only fitting we should discuss the essentials of running an eCommerce site.   Pay attention to your UX or your sales will suffer The main goal of eCommerce site is to make sales and turn a profit. User experience (UX) plays a big
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Microsoft Windows Vista is officially dead.

Not that it had much love in the first place, nor that you’ll find many people still using Windows Vista, but as Microsoft released the Windows 10 creators update on Tuesday, they have also officially ended support for Windows Vista. The operating system was first released back in 2007. And for the past 10 years,
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Ubuntu 12.04 to follow CentOS 5 into the archives as they become End of Life

You can only get in the passenger side door, numerous maintenance lights are lit on the dashboard and the engine will overheat if you go over 5000 revs. These are some of the pains you may experience when using a car that is past its time. While the car may still ‘do the job’ with
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Different RAID configurations and their benefits.

In a previous article, we explained the basics of what is RAID? and what the benefits are of using RAID configurations for your drives. We thought we’ll continue the theme and talk about the different RAID configurations out there. Not all RAID is equal. There are generally 6 different RAID configurations. 0,1,5,6 & 10. Each
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What is RAID?

RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks It is typically associated with backup, but it is important to mention that it is not a backup solution in itself. People choose to configure their hard drives in RAID as it provides for better reliability and increases performance. RAID is where you have two or more
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The 5 basic features of data backup

Backup, backup, backup… Being told to backup does get a little tiring after a while, but the advice is about as solid as ‘don’t eat yellow snow’. Seriously, though, what do you have in place to protect and recover irreplaceable files from corruption, deletion or theft?  We are always told to have a ‘plan b’,
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How SSH Works

In our previous article we talked about how SSL certificates work and how they are important authentication methods for indicating your connection to the site is secure. We also mentioned that it’s necessary to secure your connection to the server as well. SSH does exactly that.   SHH Secure Shell is a network protocol that
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The importance of SSL and online security

Data security is important. In previous posts we’ve touched on topics such as securing your online accounts, securing your server and securing weaknesses from the inside, but what about securing your website? More specifically, the connection to your website? As websites are served to users, the information travels across a network computer to computer. In
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The Journey to IPv6

Many of our customers will be aware that there are two sets if IP addressing conventions.  We thought it would be interesting to look at the history of this.   Lets jump back to 1983, the Internet was conceived and the first set of addresses were allocated. There are around 4.2 billion valid IPv4 addresses;
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How to mitigate risk when migrating colocation providers

Changing colocation providers isn’t something you would want to do regularly. There is a lot of time, effort and risk of downtime associated with colocating. Hopefully migrating colocation providers is something you will only have to do once or twice.  If you talk to people about migrations, ‘tedious’, ‘painful’ and ‘never again’ might be their
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Benefits of Colocation

As we are becoming more reliant on technology, businesses are too. When technology plays a central role to how a company operates and offers their product, the performance and reliability of the equipment is of critical importance. It’s common that we hear from companies such as accountancies, logistics, procurement companies and startups do in fact
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Does hosting affect SEO?

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Is the art of doing certain activities that help improve how well your website appears on search engines such as Google. Most people undertake SEO activities as an attempt to get their website to the top of the front page. Whilst this is the general jist of what SEO is about,
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