Google’s strongest security, do you need it?

Do you want the reassurance of knowing your Google account is properly secured? Have you had your Google account compromised before and never want to have to go through that mess again?

Previously we have written articles on important steps for all Google users (this means anyone that has a Gmail or GSuite account). Here are the most important ones:

If you don’t have 2FA (two factor authentication) enabled yet, you should probably do that first and then come back and read on. Sadly, only 10% of Google users have enabled 2FA  although it has been available for over 7 years and is dead simple to use. Don’t be in that 10%!

Google has recently released an even stronger form of authentication utilizing a physical device instead of a 2 factor code you receive via SMS or an app on your device. This may not be for everyone, but if you want the strongest protection for your Google account make sure you read all about it on their site here: Google Advanced Protection Program

So in review, if you don’t have 2FA enabled yet, you should that now. If you want even stronger protection, maybe this new Google device is for you.

Don’t wait until it’s too late before securing your online accounts.

Why you should listen to Google and get a green padlock

With the release of Google Chrome v62 in October 2017 all websites that have a “contact us” form will be marked by Google as Not Secure unless they are using SSL/https

Instead of a warning from Google, you want your visitors to see that your website and any information they provide you is secure.

You can read more about this change in the article Google have provided here: https://security.googleblog.com/2017/04/next-steps-toward-more-connection.html

We want to help you

We can enable SSL for you at no cost (in most cases), however you do need to contact us to request this. Check out our previous post Do you SSL/HTTPS? You should. Find out why

If you are concerned with security and performance, have you seen our Cloud Server offerings? We also offer free domain WHOIS privacy on all supported domain extensions.

Contact us today so we can help to keep you and your customers secure.

Do you have a backup of your website? We can provide you one for FREE

Previously we wrote about the importance of backups in our post Backups are for sissies, right? but what about your website backups, are they important?

You might reason this is your web hosting providers responsibility, but what if they are not taking regular backups, or what if their backup system fails? What if your website is compromised and all data deleted?

To put it bluntly, as a website owner you should also have a backup of your website in the unlikely event your web hosting provider doesn’t or even worse still, goes out of business. Things happen, even a reliable web hosting provider can have issues at times.

That is why, starting today we are making available to all XYZulu Web Hosting customers a new FREE service that will provide you a backup of your website delivered automatically each week to a location of your choosing (Google Drive, Dropbox etc). To have this setup for you, please contact us via our Customer Portal and we’ll get it setup for you.

The backup will be in a .zip file and contain all your files as well as any databases.

Just another way we’re looking after you and your business.

Don’t miss out! Be sure to check out the helpful tips in these previous articles that have benefited so many already:

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

4 Reasons you need your own Cloud Server

Overwhelmed with passwords?

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. We are able to locate your Google Cloud Server in a location closest to your customers. For example, if most of your customers are located in Australia, we would create your Google Cloud Server in Australia

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.