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.

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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System Administrator Appreciation Day 2016

Happy SysAdmin Day to all System Administrators wherever you are!

Today is the Seventeenth Annual System Administrators Appreciation Day. Who are SysAdmins and what do they do?

System Administrators work behind the scenes performing a wide variety of tasks keeping computers and computer networks up and running. Software installation and upgrades, hardware maintenance, troubleshooting and problem solving, security and defending networks and computers from cyber attacks are just some of the tasks SysAdmin’s are working on right now.

Here are a few links with more information about SysAdmin Day, some ideas about how to celebrate and show appreciation for your System Administrator:

 

<ps>AlpineWeb SysAdmins are partial to and can be bribed with either of the two za’s. Pizza and Cerveza!</ps>

HTTPOXY Vulnerability Patched

The HTTPOXY Vulnerability has been patched on all Alpine Hosting Plans.

CloudFlare instituted a fix on July 18, 2016. See their blog post here.

If you are not using CloudFlare learn more here:

https://www.alpineweb.com/domain-names/cloudflare/

If you are managing your own VPS or Dedicated Server running cPanel/WHM you can run the latest version of EasyApache v3.34.2 to install the patch for HTTPOXY.

Read the cPanel blog post here:

http://news.cpanel.com/easyapache-3-34-2-and-easyapache-4-maintenance-update/