Just because it says: Secure..

We all know that the internet is filled with plenty of bad guys trying to steal our money. So, imagine this scenario: You click a link in an email that appears to be legitimate and as the webpage loads in your browser you see the green word “secure” light up. Does this mean it’s safe to login to this site?

No. Why? The green padlock or the word “secure” does show your connection to the site is secure but it doesn’t mean the site is legitimate. It may be a site setup simply to steal your credentials. Read what Google says about these secure indicators here.

How do you know if it’s really safe? Here are 3 things to take note of:

1. Don’t rely on links in emails or other webpages to go to a login page, it could be fake. Instead, type the address into your browser or use a bookmark you setup yourself.

2. Examine carefully the website address of the page you are visiting. Just because it contains, for example, the word ‘PayPal’ doesn’t mean you are on the official PayPal website.

3. Use good security habits to avoid being caught. If, for example, you have 2FA (See – Why do I need 2FA?) enabled on your internet accounts, even if your login is stolen, the bad guys still will not be able to login to your account.

We want you to be safe so have written extensively on this subject. Please review these articles:

Do you SSL/HTTPS? You should. Find out why

Has your password been stolen?
Overwhelmed with passwords?

3 FREE features for you! Domain, Privacy, Email forwarding

All XYZulu customers now have access to 3 FREE features on all new and existing domain names. What are they and why should you use them?

Domain name forwarding

We now provide the ability for you to forward your domain name to another domain name, or cloak the content of an existing web site.

Let’s use one of our valued clients as an example: Matt purchased the domain name: agile.insure Instead of having to create a new website, we point or forward that new domain to Matt’s existing site: agileinsuranceadvice.com.au for free. We can do this for you too.

Email forwarding

Jenny purchases a new domain name because it’s memorable and easy to market: joomlatutorials.com We can help Jenny create a new email address: jenny@joomlatutorials.com and forward this to her existing address @gmail.com for free.

WHOIS privacy protection

We allow you to protect your online privacy by hiding your registrant details on the public WHOIS database.

How does this work in the real world? Your name as well as your address and phone number is information that is usually made available to the public when you register a domain name. You are legally required to provide valid data for these fields. WHOIS privacy protection protects this information from people who may want to misuse it.

For example, the domain name xyzulu.hosting does NOT have WHOIS privacy enabled  xyzulu.com does. Compare the different results here:

xyzulu.hosting WHOIS

xyzulu.com WHOIS

Unlike other providers that often charge extra for this feature, XYZulu will do this for free on all supported domain names.

Do you have an existing domain name provider that is charging you for the above features? XYZulu offer free domain name migrations to our system. Start the process off here: my.xyzulu.hosting

Did you know we offer far more than just .com domain names? Please check out our previous post: Is the .com all there is?

We look forward to serving you even better in 2017!

4 Reasons you need your own Cloud Server

1. Security

Like it or not, security is something everyone needs to give more attention to than they probably do. With standard web hosting, your files usually reside on a shared server along with other websites. If another website on the server is compromised your own website could be at risk.

Having us setup a Cloud Server for you will ensure your website has the highest level of security. For other tips on keeping your website working, please see: 3 Ways to keep your website working

2. Performance

How many times have you left a website because it was too slow to load? You want your website to load quickly when prospective customers visit.

Along with security, the performance of your website could be affected by other users on the same server. Having your own Cloud server means that your website(s) will be the only sites using your server resources. This means faster load  times.

Google also takes into account the speed of your site when doing it’s search engine rankings.

3. Simple fast setup

We’re here to fully manage the setup of your very own Cloud Server. We recommend a Google Cloud Server (yes, actually from Google), but we can setup and manage your own Cloud Server with the provider of your choice (Amazon, DigitalOcean, Linode etc)

We will setup tools to ensure your server is always up to date and secured. We will provide you or your developer with a login to the server via Secure Shell (SSH/SFTP).

4. Cost effective

A fully managed Cloud Server starts from only $45 per month. We will work with you during setup to ensure we provide you the best server configuration to suit your needs.

Contact us today to find out more, or signup now and we’ll get your server setup asap.

Some of the technical details are:

Nginx as a transparent proxy, apache, multiple versions of php, MySQL databases. Unlimited site hosting (host as many of your own websites on your Cloud Server as you like).

Free Joomla updating service now available

XYZulu are pleased to announce a new FREE service available to any of our customers. We are now offering, at no extra charge, to keep your Joomla site as well as any installed components and plugins up to date for you.

This means that when a new Joomla security update is released we will automatically update your site for you. We’re offering this for FREE! Why should you keep your website up to date and secure? See the following post for more details: 3-ways-to-keep-your-website-working

How do I get this free service?

Simply open a ticket with us and we’ll make it happen.

We look forward to serving you even better in 2017.

Web developers, we want to work with you

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Are you tired of wasting time troubleshooting web hosting issues? Do you often find it frustrating to gain access to and/or register domain names for your customers?

Why do you need us?

With years of experience in the web hosting industry, we are in the perfect position to provide support to you and your clients.

Our systems are configured to allow you to signup/register on behalf of your customers or have them signup/register with us directly. Then, when DNS or any hosting support is needed, you simply contact us and we’ll take care of whatever is needed.

Allowing us to take care of everything related to domain hosting and domain name registration will free you up to focus on what you do best. We want to support your growing business.

What about your customers?

When your customers need hosting help and support, instead of bothering you, they just contact us directly. Do you really want to be dealing with email issues? We want to take care of this and any other web hosting issues for you.

What if you already host customer sites elsewhere?

In most cases, we will be able to migrate your existing sites over to our services for free. We’re happy to discuss this more with you, but please be assured, we will do all the hard work making the transfer hassle free for you.

CONTACT US TODAY

You don’t need to keep up with the ever changing web hosting industry, let us do it for you. We look forward to giving you the personalised support you need.

Collaboration divides the task and multiplies the success

“I have been using XYZULU Web Hosting exclusively for our clients for over 10 years now. The security, service and backup systems this company delivers is second to none.” – Derek Antonievich, On Time Marketing Group

 

3 Ways to keep your website working

internet2Imagine you have had a great new website developed. What can you do to ensure it stays up and running, is not compromised/hacked and continues to keep showing up in Google and other search engines?

Here are 3 simple tips:

1. Keep software and components/plugins up to date

Your website most likely runs on some software, perhaps Joomla, WordPress or something similar. This software is only secure if it is kept up to date. You’ll find keeping your website software up to date fairly simple these days. Simply login to the administration section and update any components that are out of date.

This will possibly reduce the likelihood of your website being compromised by 95% or more.

2. Enable SSL/HTTPS

We have written about this before, but some of our valued clients are still not sure how important it is. Unless your website is running via SSL/HTTPS (green padlock in the browser when you visit) you are at risk of being penalised by search engines. Read more about this here: Do you SSL/HTTPS? You should. Find out why

3. Host with XYZulu Web Hosting

At XYZulu Web Hosting we run up to date server software and even allow you to choose, for example, the version of php you want to run. See more on this here: Does your web host offer multiple versions of php?

The server that hosts your website needs to be kept up to date. Failure to do this could be similar to rarely updating your own computer software which will greatly increase the risk of having information stolen, or worse still, your computer being hijacked and used to attack others.

Don’t take the risk

While you may not give internet and website security the highest priority, taking these 3 simple steps will GREATLY reduce the risk of your website being compromised and/or losing credibility with your own customers.

We are here to help and are ready to answer your questions related to website security, please leave your comments below.