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What Can You Do About Shellshock?

August 5, 2015 — by Andreas0


The Shellshock vulnerability affects Bash across Linux, BSD and Unix variants using the shell program – dedicated server users, shared host users, and VPS users can all be affected by this problem, and need to take different actions to address it. The solution is easiest for dedicated server users, who can simply install the latest patched version of Bash.

For those with a VPS, the solution is similar. Log in to your virtual private server with SSH and check for the Shellshock vulnerability. You can then install the patched version, bringing your installation up to date with security measures.

If you rely on a shared server, the solution becomes more complicated. You have to rely on your web host provider to implement proper security measures. Check in with your host through their webpage, social media feeds and other news sites to see if they have published any information about a fix. Don’t be afraid to reach out and directly contact your host for more information – having a secure site is very, very important!

Your host may have already installed a patch, or could be actively working toward a solution. Rather than worry, simply get more information. A good web host will be happy to solve the problem and let its users know that it has done so, indicating high-quality customer service.


Tips for Keeping cPanel and WHM Secure

July 29, 2015 — by Andreas0


When thinking about automated hosting, cPanel is one of the most common types that comes to mind. It is used by many people, helping manage the server and making website management easier to handle – but that automation goes hand in hand with some security risks. There are a few things you can do to optimize cPanel and WHM, making it so that you can continue to use these services without taking unnecessary risks with the safety of your site.

Make sure that you regularly update cPanel. These patches are rolled out to address everything from bugs to security flaws, and skipping one could lead to disaster. It does not take much time to complete updates, and better yet, it’s very easy to configure automatic updates. Just visit WHM>Server Configuration>Update Preferences to set up this automated feature that is sure to be beneficial.

Enable SSL and make it mandatory for all of your users. Visit WHM>Server Configuration>Tweak Settings to do so, and users will be directed to http rather than https.

Force users to select secure passwords by visiting WHM>Security Center>Password Strength Configuration. The stronger, the better! When your users have to create strong passwords it gives added security to your system. Do not allow users to use passwords that are based on dictionary words or significant dates, as these are easily guessed by both humans and automated password cracking programs. A password that includes at least eight characters, both alphanumeric and grammatical symbols, should be strong enough to meet your needs without making it too challenging for a user to generate a password that they can remember.

With these tips in mind, you should be able to use cPanel and WHM without risking security. Use automated hosting to your advantage without the added worry!

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Manually Disabling a WordPress Plugin When Dealing With a Malfunction

July 22, 2015 — by Andreas0


There are a few reasons you may want to disable a WordPress plugin. Usually, getting this done is as easy as logging into your WordPress dashboard, selecting Plugins, and clicking Deactivate. This, of course, is the way to do things when all aspects of your system are working properly. However, sometimes a malfunctioning plugin may prevent you from disabling an unwanted plugin this way or even logging into the dashboard.

To deal with this problem you will have to manually disable the problematic plugin. It may sound complicated, but with a bit of work it’s easy to manually disable the plugin and get back to using your WordPress site the way you want, free of any malfunctions.

There are two ways to do this. First, you can disable the files, or you have the option of disabling the database entries.

To disable the files, access your filesystem through the control panel’s file manager, FTP, or direct shell access with SSH. Navigate to /wp-content/plugins, then find the directory or folder of the plugin you wish to delete. Rename it to something different.

Once you’ve done this you should be able to log in to WordPress.

If you want to disable the database entry, access the databse through the command line via SSH, or through an interface like phpMyAdmin.

Find the database table labeled wp_options, then the row labeled active_plugins.You will see the data as a string like a:1:{i:0;s:19:”badplugin/badplugin.php”;}. Change the a:1 to a:0, thus deactivating the plugin, then save your changes.

Whatever method you choose, once the plugin is disabled you can log in, and try to fix it, or delete it and find a new one!

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Are You Leaving Your Website Open to Intrusion?

July 15, 2015 — by Andreas0


Websites are a popular target for wrongdoing, because there are so many different ways people with bad intentions can break in. You may think that you have done all you can to optimize your site for high security, but in thinking about all of the details, many website owners often forget the basic solutions to security problems. Instead of being forced to react to threats, you should focus on proactively setting up your site to toss out any problems and troublesome people before they can take hold of your data.

There are plenty of steps you can take to promote security for your website, but there are also a few ways that you can leave your site wide open for intrusion. Before you worry about the complexities of security management for your website, ensure that you have blocked the easy ways in.

Make sure all of your web applications are patched. Most use server-side scripting which makes it easy for people to exploit vulnerabilities and holes. Update your web apps regularly!

If you collect user data, SSL encryption is vital for security. Encrypt the information on disk as well, if you can, for the utmost in security measures for your users.

Keep an eye on permissions – too permissive and people can jump in when you don’t want them to. Not permissive enough, and things won’t work. Strike a balance with a focus on safety and security, so your apps will work but are not needlessly permissive. If an app is requesting too much permission it is likely not a good choice and you should search for an app with similar functionality that does not require you to give up so much of your security.

You should also pay attention to password strength, a common web security issue. Don’t choose passwords that are easy to guess – use a variety of passwords that use numbers, letters, and other symbols for maximum security.

By implementing these simple procedures, you will be ensuring the safety and security of your website, including data and user information. It’s easy to get started dealing with patching your site against intrusions, so don’t delay this important work!


Tips for Web Application Security

July 8, 2015 — by Andreas0


Are you running web applications on your website? The majority of websites rely on applications for some reason. These programs provide a lot of benefit to website owners!

Most web applications depend on server-side scripting, which can lead to problems with website security. You may rely on these web applications for functionality so it makes sense to use them, but it is important to implement security measures for your protection, and to keep your data safe from nefarious people.

Before you run a web app, scan it for any vulnerabilities that could leave an open door to your data. This is an easy step and something that can be done in no time at all, especially if you use a free or open source scanner to check out your app. An application firewall gives you added security, so make sure you are using one for your site – there’s nothing to lose, but a lot to gain by following this rule!

When choosing web applications make sure that they are free of bugs, and easily exploitable issues. How can you be sure that a web application is safe to use? Be sure to work with trustworthy developers for new products and ensure that you are also working with top-notch commercial and open source products for existing apps. If you are developing your own web applications, take the necessary precautions to ensure you are not leaving vulnerabilities in your app.

You should look at the permissions of your web apps to ensure that they are all carefully calibrated. Make sure files have permissions that restrict writing and executing to the server itself. Only authorized users should be able to access your file, so keep an eye on this list. If you keep authorized users down, there are fewer opportunities for people to maliciously handle your files.

Make sure you regularly update any and all web applications you are using. If a developer finds a security problem he or she will typically release a patched update that closes whatever security hole is open. Updating apps is an easy way to promote good security practices, without taking much time out of your day. People with bad intentions rely on website owners to avoid scheduling updates – don’t fall into this trap!

There is no need to shy away from using web applications out of fear of security problems – just make sure that you are careful and you should be able to get the most from web apps without any of the problems. Focus on strong security practices, selecting high-quality apps, and doing your homework to ensure that you have identified and dealt with potential vulnerabilities, and you can get the benefits of web apps without the risks.

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Build your own wedding site!

July 7, 2015 — by Andreas0


Summer is here, with all its festivities. Are you about to start planning your wedding? Maybe your goddaughter is to be baptized, or someone in the family has a big birthday coming up? First of all, Congratulations ! Why not follow the latest trend and create your own website to this unique event.

Now you can easily build a sleek, mobile customized website that also functions perfectly as a vibrant forum for your guests where you can change and update the information as often as you want.

Just until a few years ago you could really see which sites were “home-made” in the form of flat design, bad pictures etc .. With today’s design templates anyone can create a website that looks to be built by a pro, in just a few minutes. The templates are many and features and infinite.

We’re getting married!
You can easily create a site that you can use as your wedding invitation ,where you can present location ,date directions, preparation, suggestions on accommodation, gift list… well just about everything for the wedding. After the wedding, you can use this site to upload a nice photo album for your guests.

Choosing the right domain is important . Why not Jessie& for example.

Miss Site Site Builder allows you to create this kind of website! Easy fast and free (which also is our slogan)

• Select a domain
• Select a template, or create your very own unique design just for your event
• Fill your site with information
• Send out the domain to your friends
• Voila! – Ready to enjoy!

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No excuses – Everyone should have a responsive website!

June 30, 2015 — by Andreas0


Starting on April 21, Google will use ”mobile-friendly design” as a ranking signal in search results, rewarding websites that are fully optimized for mobile platforms and punishing websites that are not.

Is your website responsive yet?

Most modifications to the Google Search Algorithm have only a low-weight impact on search results, however this change will be profound according to Google themselves. It is very important for any business owner with a website to respond accordingly.

Google will also factor content from mobile apps (a feature called App Indexing) when rendering mobile search results. Android users who are logged into their Google account will begin to see apps more prominent in search listings.

These changes will make it easier for mobile users to find relevant, high-quality search results that are optimized for their devices, creating a better search experience. Google provides very clear recommendations on what you can do to make your website mobile-friendly. If your website has not yet adopted responsive design, here is where to start:

  1. Check out Google’s guide to mobile-friendly websites.
  2. Take the Mobile-Friendly Test to see how your website stacks up. You can test a single page or all to see exactly what Google’s search algorithm is looking for.
  3. Your web developer can generate a Mobile Usability Report to help identify any issues with your website when viewed on a mobile device.

Google recommends responsive web design as the industry best practice for websites. A responsive website easily adapts itself to whichever device it is being viewed from.

And although responsive design should be standard for websites today, there are many companies – even big players who ignore this fact.
It can be especially difficult for companies who are stuck in older systems or platforms without the ability to make simple changes. In that case, there is really only two options. To optimize the website as much as possible according to Google’s guidelines or change platform / site builder.

With Miss Site (Site Builder) you get a complete mobile friendly website with responsive design suited for all devices. You can choose from a limited free version, or two different premium packages, fitting for both private individuals and sole proprietors, to larger companies and organizations. Order your site-builder today!

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Creating a Secure Hosting Environment

June 23, 2015 — by Andreas0


People put a lot of faith into their web hosts, assuming that web hosting security is taken care of as an essential need. Without technological expertise, many website owners neglect this important part of their business practices in hopes that everything will be okay. On the contrary, users of shared hosting accounts, VPS, or dedicated servers all need to take precautions to ensure the security of their hosting environment.

When transferring files to or from your server, do you use FTP? If so, you maybe exposing yourself to security problems. You may think that FTP is safe enough but it is actually not a secure method of transfer. FTPS or SFTP are far better options, which will encrypt login and transfer. Your hosting provider can help you through this process if you find it confusing, especially logging in with a shell account. Do not let the technological requirements dissuade you from being safe!

If you run an e-commerce site, you should understand and use SSL. This is something many clients and website users look for when they know they are going to be dealing with money or other sensitive information, and if you do not want to turn potential customers away, make sure you can offer SSL.

Finally, a secure hosting environment is one that is up to date and backed-up. Both your and your customers’ information is of the utmost importance, and if you want to secure it, you need to be aware of all software updates, patches, and other fixes that prevent unwanted access to your data. Update and maintain your applications to ensure security. You should also regularly backup information and ensure that those backups actually work, in case you have a data loss event and need to restore. An offsite backup method is the best way to do this.

With a bit of careful planning and implementation of security routines, you can handle securing your hosting environment on your own, so you will be confident in the safety and protection of your valuable information.

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Happy Midsummer!

June 18, 2015 — by Andreas0


Miss Hosting would like to wish you all a Happy Midsummer!
Our Support-hours during the weekend are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Read more about Midsummer below! (From Wikipedia)
Midsummer, also known as St John’s Day, or Litha is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the Northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 21 and June 25 and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary between different cultures. The Christian Church designated June 24 as the feast day of the early Christian martyr St John the Baptist, and the observance of St John’s Day begins the evening before, known as St John’s Eve.

These are commemorated by many Christian denominations. In Sweden the Midsummer is such an important festivity that there have been serious discussions to make the Midsummer’s Eve into the National Day of Sweden, instead of June 6. It may also be referred to as St. Hans Day.