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The moment every site owner dreads – learning that their site has been hacked. Given the number of automated hacking tools in circulation, it’s no wonder that there aren’t more sites suffering this fate. If you’re wondering whether or not your site has been hacked, then read on to learn about some of the most […]

Blackmail Email Scams

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Don’t panic! This has become an increasingly common and widespread scam attempt. A relatively new type of scam email has been making the rounds lately: a scam that tries to use blackmail to extort unaware users into paying Bitcoin in return for not releasing compromising material of an adult nature that is in their possession. These emails […]

What is Spamvertising? Spamvertising is the practice of sending E-mail spam, advertising a website. The word is a portmanteau of the words “spam” and “advertising”. It also refers to vandalizing blogs, online forums or wikis with hyperlinks in order to get a higher search engine ranking for the vandal’s website. Spamvertisers insert links to their […]

One of the most common inqueries from new VPS customers is in relation to “Insecure VPS Connections”. This article is a brief overview of the misinformed error. Tip/Note: It’s OK! My connection is “Not Private”, “Untrusted”, “Security Problem”. If you are connecting to your VPS’s Control Panel for the first time via SSL (https), you’re more […]

What is mod_security?

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Keeping our websites secure is one of the most important and challenging topics of all time. This article will cover the ‘mod_security’ module and whether or not you should consider using it on your server(s)/website(s). What is mod_security? ModSecurity is a toolkit for real-time web application monitoring, logging, and access control. I like to think […]

Google Public DNS is a free, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider. The official page for Google’s Public DNS is located at Google Public DNS Many end users, as well as servers (VPS/Dedicated) use Google’s Public DNS services as their primary DNS resolvers. Google offers the ability to force flush a domain’s DNS zone records. This allows […]

What are Microsoft’s email services? Microsoft’s email service consists of hotmail.com, outlook.com, msn.com and live.com domains. As these are very popular email service,s you may eventually experience an issue within your server/network that resorts in you getting blocked by Microsoft due to undesirable email habits. This could be due a number of things. Ex: Spamming Unsolicited newsletters No opt-out subscription for […]