Premium Business Email

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AlpineWeb is pleased to announce the addition of Premium Email to our Hosting Services.

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According to research data as much of 75% of a company’s intellectual property is stored and sent via email. Premium Email allows you to focus on your business while we manage your email.

One of the easiest ways to promote your business and your website is through your email address. Instead of advertising for your internet service provider, you could be advertising your domain name!

Using an email address from your website also reinforces the impression that you are serious about your business. Owning a domain name and a website gives your business a more professional image. Your customers today expect that you will have a website where they can find out more about you, and an email address that they can use to communicate with you.

Perhaps more importantly, a professional email address will help foster a sense of trust in you and your business.

  1. Give The Right First Impression

    A branded email shows the world your company is established and professional. A generic email may project inexperience – or even worse, raise doubts on whether you’re a real company at all. But when you use a branded email, your audience feels you’re here to stay and serious about your business.

  2. Create A “Bigger” Image

    A generic email address can convey that your business is new, or small, or part time. Having a branded email creates a more “corporate image” and can help prevent awkward situations where potential clients may not want to compensate you as fairly. Additionally, setting up multiple email addresses for different segments of your business (e.g., [email protected] [email protected], [email protected], etc.), will support that established, professional image you need.

  3. Build Credibility And Trust

    Unfortunately, scam artists do exist, so many consumers won’t be comfortable emailing personal information to [email protected] When you advertise with a branded email address, you’re providing a sense of security and reassurance to your customers that your business is legitimate.

  4. It’s Inexpensive … And Easy

    You can set up a branded email address with minimal effort and a reasonably low cost. The great advantage of registering your own domain name is that it can grow with your business – use it for your branded email today and for your website in the future.

  5. Promote Brand Awareness

    The best benefit of using branded email is every time you send out an email, you’re promoting your business, not Gmail, Hotmail or your ISP. It’s a valuable, cost-efficient way to market your company without having to spend a lot of money.

    So if you, like many other small businesses, think that branding was only meant for large businesses with big advertising budgets, think again. You’re never too small to start building your brand, and you can get started today with branding your email.

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How to Spot a Phishing Email

A new well-designed phishing email has been aimed at cPanel users recently, and we want to help our users stay safe.

What is Phishing?

Phishing, by definition, is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication such as email. The most effective phishing emails make use of e-mail spoofing, where the ‘from’ address that your mail clients display seems to be valid. These emails will include a link that directs users to enter details at a fake website. Fake websites can have the same look-and-feel as the legitimate one and can fool an unsuspecting user.

How Phishing Emails Affect Email Users

cPanel powers more than a third of the websites on the internet making cPanel users an obvious target. Taking steps to defend against some of the most obvious offenders using SPF records helps but doesn’t prevent all attacks. Education, reporting, and mitigation are key to preventing the effectiveness of these attacks.

What to do if you get a Phishing Email

The first step to take if you think you’ve received a phishing email is to confirm it.

  • Check the email headers of the ‘Sender’ address
  • Check for links, logos, typos included in the email
    • Typos, misspellings, and incorrect capitalization (e.g., CPanel or Cpanel, vs. the correct cPanel) are red flags
    • URLs or names that aren’t quite right (e.g., cpanelcom.com therealcpanel.com) are red flags
  • Report the email and the URL

What do they look like?

An example of a very well designed phishing email is below.

Notice that the content has very few typos, but the ‘from’ address has an incorrectly capitalized ‘CPanel.’ If you were to click on the ‘Accept the new terms’ button, you would be taken to a legitimate-looking form that appeared to be a cPanel login page, but the URL didn’t have cPanel anywhere it in.

Oh, no! I put my credentials in there!

If you fell for this trick (as many have), the first step is to change the password for the impacted account. If you have used that password anywhere else, change your password there, too. Then make a plan to sign up for a password manager and start making unique passwords for each account you have.

To recap

Phishing attacks…

  • Often use spoofed email addresses in an attempt to trick the recipient into believing they are coming from a legitimate entity.
  • Will send users to a site that has a legitimate design, and ask for a user’s login, password, other personal details.
  • Should be reported to help reduce their reach.

If you spot a phishing email, report it! If you spot a phishing email that claims to be from a legitimate website or wants to direct you to a login page, report it and then send that email to: [email protected] with the full headers. That way we can help track and report it as well.

Chrome’s plan to label sites as “Not Secure”

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Beginning in late July 2018, Google’s Chrome web browser will display a “Not Secure” warning to users visiting websites not using HTTPS. The HTTPS protocal utilizes an SSL certificate installed on a website that encrypts the traffic and data that passes to and from a users web browser and that website. Encrypting data with HTTPS is an essential component of protecting website visitors sensitive data such as usernames, passwords and credit card numbers. A website that uses HTTPS helps assure its visitors that it takes security seriously and gives them confidence that their data is safe.

AlpineWeb Design has been helping its clients protect thier websites for two decades by providing business class web hosting plans protected by SSL Certificates. Our products and services include SSL Certificate products, PCI compliant hosting plans and security consulting to help website owners secure thier websites and protect thier and their customers privacy and data.

If you’re an AlpineWeb Design Client and would like to protect your website with SSL Order Today!

If you’d like to consult with one of our security experts call or contact us today.

Alpine Hosting Plan Refresh

Alpine Hosting Plan Refresh

In keeping with our commitment to the needs of our Web Hosting Customers AlpineWeb has moved to increase the available Disk QuSpace of our Alpine Hosting plans.

A high percentage of our Customers are using WordPress to run thier websites. Most of these WordPress installations were installed and are managed with the Installatron Application installer. Not only does Installatron allow Customers to install a wide array of popular software applications, it also provides options for keeping software applications up to date with the latest versions.

In the case of WordPress, Installatron not only updates the core software when new versions become available it also upgrades WordPress Plugins. An important aspect of upgrading software is to run a backup before running an upgrade in order to facilitate a restoration if something goes wrong.

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LastPass – Password Management

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After helping a customer reset a password for their e-commerce application recently I told them about LastPass. Now I’d like to share the password management solution that we’ve found to be indispensable. LastPass helps you create and manage secure passwords for email, websites and more. For the AlpineWeb staff, LastPass is a solution we use and rely on everyday.

LastPass saves time by requiring you to remember only one master password keeping all the rest of your passwords secure and easy to find in your LastPass account. You can access LastPass for all of your passwords from any device whether it’s a laptop, tablet or mobile device.

  • Autofills usernames and passwords for your favorite websites
  • Share a Password with another LastPass User without revealing the password
  • Password generator helps eliminate the use of bad passwords
  • Security Challenge helps to identify weak and duplicate passwords
  • Two factor authentication available for increased security

LastPass is available for Personal and Business Users:

    • Personal
    • Premium – premium features on unlimited devices – $24.00/user/year
    • Families – All of your family’s passwords organized, secure, and at your fingertips – $48.00/user/year
    • Business
    • Teams – Advanced features for all of your users – $29.00/user/year
    • Enterprise – IT-level control to monitor and manage password behavior. – $48.00/user/year

Learn more about the Free, Premium and Enterprise versions of LastPass here:

https://lastpass.com/

Meltdown and Spectre

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Work has begun on patching the recently released vulnerabilities known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre”, with the CVEs  of: CVE-2017-5754, CVE-2017-5753, and CVE-2017-5715 on your server(s). More information on these vulnerabilities available here: https://www.alpineweb.com/backroom/announcements/57/Meltdown-and-Spectre.html

If your server(s) are running a Linux-Based operating system, they will be patched and automatically rebooted over the next 48 hours. Due to the severity of these vulnerabilities, we are unable to schedule the patching and reboot process.

In either situation, we have you covered and no action is required from you at this time.