Five Security Mistakes Inexperienced Web Developers Make

I’m all for encouraging people to take up web development if it’s a career that appeals to them, but I’m also wary that some ability to code in PHP and a basic understanding of how databases work does not a web developer make. One of the most important skills a web developer can cultivate is […]

Posted on: 19 February 2016 | 3:00 pm

Nmap 7 Brings Faster Scanning And An Improved Scripting Engine

Nmap is one of the most versatile tools in the system administrator’s kit. It’s especially useful for web hosting providers who have to manage the security and availability of hundreds of servers. As a network and port scanner, Nmap has dozens of uses. One of its key applications is security vulnerability discovery, which makes Nmap […]

Posted on: 16 February 2016 | 9:35 am

Web Hosting Companies Should Train Front-Line Support Staff To Spot Social Engineering Attacks

Consider the following scenario. You work in the customer support team for a small web hosting provider. A call comes in from a user who claims they are unable to access their email account and therefore can’t reset the password for their hosting account. You run through the usual process for verifying their identity: what’s […]

Posted on: 11 February 2016 | 11:07 am

Why Do Web Hosts Choose CentOS?

Web hosting companies have no shortage of operating systems to choose from. From the old stalwarts like Debian, to its descendant Ubuntu, and from unusual alternatives like Gentoo, to distributions that are hugely popular among the geek contingent like Arch Linux, web hosting companies face an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choosing the […]

Posted on: 4 February 2016 | 8:57 am

2016 Will Be The Year Online Criminals Go All-In On User Experience

As the year turned from a turbulent 2015 to a hopeful 2016, online criminals set the bar high with a DDoS attack that was apparently the biggest yet seen, dwarfing 2015’s already massive attacks. The attack — launched by “hacktivist” group New World Hacking — targeted the BBC, one of the biggest news and media […]

Posted on: 2 February 2016 | 11:41 am