The Heartbleed bug and what you need to know


HeartbleedIn the last few days I am sure that you’ve heard about an Internet-wide security exploit called the Heartbleed bug. Security here at GreenGeeks is a top priority and we take it very seriously. Once learning about the exploit, technically referenced as CVE-2014-0160, we began to address it immediately.  We have created this article to help you understand a bit more about Heartbleed, how you can protect your information and what we’ve done to address it.

What is Heartbleed

The Heartbleed bug is a very serious security vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library used to secure information traffic across much of the Internet. It was nicknamed “Heartbleed” because the vulnerability could leak/bleed information and was involved in the Heartbeat function of OpenSSL. The weakness allows hackers to steal information that is normally protected by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL encrypts information sent over networks such as web, email, IM, etc. With the bug, names, passwords, and any sensitive information could be “sniffed” resulting in stolen data directly from any website.

What is being done about the Heartbleed Bug?

The vulnerability was identified, given a reference of CVE-2014-0160 and was patched by the team at OpenSSL. This patch was made publicly available to service providers across the world, including GreenGeeks. We have patched, tested and verified that all of our systems are secured with this latest patch from OpenSSL.

As mentioned before, we take security very seriously and is a top priority for us. Upon discovering the exploit, we began immediate action to secure our servers. We believe that the likelihood of exploit is very minimal. As always, we will continue to be vigilant to ensure the safety and security of our systems.

Has GreenGeeks replaced their SSL’s?

Yes, upon discovery our team has quickly patched and replaced all SSL’s on our network.

Is My Server Vulnerable?

Anyone relying on OpenSSL was vulnerable. Upon discovery of the exploit, we patched our entire network and are now protected from the vulnerability.

Will the SSL I purchased from GreenGeeks be Updated?

Yes, while the risk of exploitation is extremely low, as a pre-caution we are working with our SSL provider to re-issue all SSL certificates that were purchased directly through us. This process is being done automatically for you and there is no involvement required.

What if I purchased an SSL certificate from a third-party provider?

Re-issuing the certificate is a choice you’ll have to make. If you feel that it’s worth your time, then it’s a good idea to get your SSL reissued. The likelihood of your keys being exploited are very low. If you decide to go ahead with the change, then please contact your SSL provider. Once you’ve received your new private key, certificate and CA bundle, our team will be more than happy to help you install the certificate. Alternatively, you can simply buy a new SSL certificate through us where we will handle similar situations such as this for you.

Has any of my information been compromised?

Anyone relying on OpenSSL was vulnerable. Upon discovery, we immediately patched our system. The chance that your keys were exploited are very minimal due to the lack of public exploit at the time of disclosure. We recommend that you always change your password regularly and can do so through our Account Manager.

You can test to see if you’re vulnerable by using the HeartBleed Checker

You can learn more about the Heartbleed Bug at heartbleed.com.

 

Are You Looking to Sell Your Web Hosting Business Clients?

My name is Trey Gardner, my business partner Kaumil Patel and I have been in the web hosting industry since 1999 and 2001 respectively. Together we have built one of the most reputable and reliable web hosting companies on the Internet today.  In 2013, we ranked in INC 500’s Fastest Growing Companies in America List. We’re an award web hosting provider with clients in over 160 countries..

If you are looking to sell your web hosting business and your clients we’d like for you to contact us as we may be interested in acquiring your clients. We’ve transacted several deals in the past few years and are looking facilitate more. Our goal in purchasing your web hosting clients is to ensure that you are well compensated and that your customers are satisfied with the transfer of their web hosting services to us.

Interested in learning more about doing business together? Visit our Web Hosting Acquisitions page.

Here is what we’ll do for you and your clients:

We will put together a custom proposal which will make sure that you are adequately compensated for the transfer of your web hosting business. We will likewise craft a custom plan of action for migrating your web hosting clients to our service and ensure they receive special care and experience as few problems or service interruptions as possible when we bring their accounts over to our service.

Here are just a few of things we’ll do to ensure their migration goes well:

  • Free Site Migration – Your clients will receive our award winning site migration service from your infrastructure to ours free of charge.

  • 24 / 7 / 365 Support – Your clients will receive 24 / 7 support before, during and after the transition period.

  • Advanced Hosting Infrastructure – Your clients will be placed on our advanced hosting infrastructure including RAID-10 storage arrays with SSD-acceleration for unparalleled performance and reliability. Our servers are located in Chicago and Toronto and we utilize CloudFlare to ensure that website load more quickly than other providers in areas outside of North America. We’re also always on top of the latest script updates and informing our clients of necessary updates to limit their risk to hackers of their web sites. Lastly we run daily backups to make sure that those clients you refer can retrieve their previous day’s files in case they run into any issues of their own.

  • Environmentally Friendly – In addition to all of the efficiencies we employ, your clients will be hosted on servers that are offset 300% by wind-energy. Green web hosting has become a focus and interest for many web hosting clients as they learn that the web hosting is a major polluter, expected to exceed the airline industry as a global polluter within the next few years.

  • Point of Contact – You as the outgoing owner will have a point of contact with one of our acquisition specialists to help you with any inquiries/concerns that you have before, during and after the acquisition process.

We want your former clients to be happy GreenGeeks clients once we become their web hosting provider as that is a win for all of us. If your former clients are unhappy with their transition to a new hosting company, they will be unhappy with you and the company you refer them to. We don’t want that as it is not good business for your clients and is unprofitable for all of us.

GreenGeeks offers several types of web hosting services including shared web hosting, reseller web hosting, VPS Hosting and dedicated servers. If you offer any of these services to clients we can work with you to take over their hosting services. We have locations the United States and Canada and we service web hosting clients all over the world.

Both Kaumil and myself have been active in hosting acquisitions for many years and we know all too well the pitfalls that can occur. First we believe that taking care of your clients as they become ours is tantamount to a successful transaction between our two companies, again the more of your clients we can make happy as new GreenGeeks clients the better off GreenGeeks will be in the long run in acquiring this business and this will enable us to provide you with the highest compensation. In addition, depending on how we can structure a deal, we will offer price breaks for your clients new GreenGeeks contracts, so their entry costs are reduced which increases the likelihood they will convert as new sales over to us.

Should you like to learn more please visit our Web Hosting Acquisitions page.

Thank you very much, we look forward to hearing from you and potentially doing some good business with you.

Kaumil Patel, COO & Trey Gardner, CEO

 

Recent ICANN changes & How they affect you!

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Earlier this year, Internet Corporation of Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) published an updated Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). These changes are scheduled to go into effect January 1st 2014 and will affect all domain owners both with GreenGeeks® or another domain registrar. To review a quick technical summary of the policy change check our our educational article ICANN RAA 2013 Changes. This blog article is a more simplistic explanation including examples of what will take place.

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10 Ways to Speed Up Your Slow WordPress Website

WordPress as on date is the most preferred blogging and content management system due to its classy interface and simpler operations. Released for the first time in 2003, it has been developed to match exact user requirement keeping user’s technical acumen in view. There is a WordPress community which constantly works on bringing new additions, upgrades and fixing the bugs in the software. Spread of this community is worldwide so, it is imperative to have the best of the brains from all over the world working on WordPress.

WordPress is developed on PHP as a programming language and supports MySQL for database. It has many themes, templates, plugins which help increasing the functionality of the website.

Over the years it has been identified that you may end up having slow WordPress website, if you don’t take proper measures. Slow site may result in losing visitors and in turn losing your precious business.

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WordPress 1: The version that started it all

WordPress 1 is the first version of WordPress marking an important step in the history of WordPress development. Development of WordPress happens through a structured community, wherein the founder reserves the right for the final decision making. Unlike other platforms, this strategy helps to incorporate the best in class modules to WordPress ranking it among the top three blog hosting platforms.

MySQL is used for the database and PHP as a programming language in the configuration of WordPress 1. WordPress is a trusted tool by millions of people hosting websites and content management system. More than 60 million websites using WordPress shows the efforts gone into developing this tool. WordPress 1 is an old release and is characterized by some simple updates.

Here is a quick look at some of the important changes.

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8 Steps to creating a Personal Website

Are you still using WordPress or Blogger to showcase your recent photo captures, cooking recipe, vacation news and so on? Are you finding it difficult to get visitors to your blog? Do not worry, you are not alone. There are many like you who have reached to a stage where they say, “Enough of using WordPress, Blogger and other such blogs for posting stuffs…it is time for me to have my own site…” In this article, you will get to know eight simple ways on how you can create a personal website and also promote it.

Here are the eight simple steps for creating and promoting your website.

 

Step 1 – Look for a Web Hosting Service

A Web Hosting Service provides you the necessary infrastructure for you to create a website. It is very much necessary to look for a good web hosting service. There are lots of good web hosting service providers available in the market. There are also lots of sites that provide you good comparison on these web hosting service providers.

Now that you got your infrastructure ready, next is to look for a domain name.

Step 2 – Get a Name for Your Domain

A name says it all! It is all the more important to have a perfect domain name for your personal website. Your name must be relevant to the content that you plan to have in your personal website. Your domain name will look like www.yourdomainname.com . When the domain name is related to the content of your website, most of the search engines can easily route visitors to your website. So, the first method to promote your personal website is by having a domain name that is related to the content of your website. There are many domain name registrar’s available, GreenGeeks offers free domain registration. Once the domain name is ready, you can decide on the content next.

Step 3 – Narrow Down on the Website Content

Now, you need to decide the website content. If you are creating this website for your friends and families, well you can choose a theme for your website. Some ideas are a photo galleries, cooking, movie reviews, book reviews, travel, and so on. Keep writing down your thoughts as they flow in. Since it will be your personal website, just remember to write whatever you want to write.

Step 4 – Get Your Own Logo

A picture is worth thousand words! Design a logo for your own. There are lots of websites that helps you to design your own logo. You can use some free tools such as gimp, inkscape and so on to create your own logo. If you are proficient is creating your own logo, great! Else it will be good to use these free design logo websites and design your own logo.

Step 5 – Create Your Own Pages

So far, you have done all the background work for your personal website. Next is to start populating content for your website. Use any Web-publishing tool to create pages for your website. Make sure that you create a home page (save it as .html) and few other related pages such as Profile, Biography, Contact and so on. Try to add some good images in all the pages so that your page looks attractive and keeps your reader keep coming to your website often. Make sure to save your home page as index.html.

Step 6 – Publish Your Website

Move all your pages (ftp is the common method) to the root folder of your hosting service. Go to your browser and hit your domain name,www.yourdomainname.com and there it is. You can see your home page that you had created appearing in the browser.

Step 7 – Regularly Update Your Website

Updating your personal website and keeping it up to date is the key to maintain a good personal website. You need to remember that people would come to your personal website only when you post new information. Regular updates to your personal website will keep regular visitors coming to your website.

Step 8 – Promote Your Personal Website

So, now there is new information on your personal website, how will the visitors know? Well, that is the key reason why you need to promote your personal website. You can regularly update your new information status on most of the social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and so on. Only when people know that there is new information in your website, they would visit your website.

20 Questions to ask when deciding on Website Ideas

Websites can be generally grouped under three types Personal, Professional and Community Driven sites. Before you start thinking about generating ideas for your website, you need to first categorize your website type. Once you narrow down on the type for your website, everything else will automatically fall in place. Personal and Professional websites can be easily made into a money-making website with the help of Google Adsense.

Some of the questions that can lead to some website ideas…

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