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

LastPass . . .  Password Management

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 in three versions:

  • Free for one device
  • Premium – premium features on unlimited devices – $12.00/user/year
  • Enterprise – advanced features for all of your users – $24.00/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.

Why Should I Update My WordPress Site?

A common question we here is “Why do I have to update my WordPress my website it is working and looking fine – no issues?” Technology evolves quickly and know that it is better to stay up to date at all times. As new versions are released, with each version comes refinements and patches to vulnerabilities and loopholes in the existing software. Major releases have added features that allow you to do more things often easier than before.

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WordPress Upgrade 4.7.1

A security release for all previous versions WordPress is now available, which the company strongly recommends all users upgrade to immediately. WordPress 4.7.1. is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your website(s) immediately.

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New ICANN Domain Transfer Policy

ICANN’s New Transfer Policy came into effect on December 1, 2016 setting out new rules regarding changing or updating a domain name’s registrant contact information.

What is the New Transfer Policy?

The Transfer Policy, formerly known as “Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy” or IRTP, sets out how domain transfers should be handled. Up until now, this policy only covered domain transfers between registrars. From

December 1, 2016 on this will also cover the process of changing ownership of a domain from one registrant to another.

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