By now I’m sure that you’ve all heard about the Heartbleed bug in some form. This is a very severe bug that affects just about everything that you do online that involves SSL. The short explanation is that there was a bug in OpenSSL, which is the piece of software used by most systems on the web to create the encryption keys used to “sign” certificates and other secure transmissions. The bug allows for an attacker to read information stored in memory directly on the server you are communicating with. This means passwords and other critical information could potentially be exposed on unpatched servers.
We have updated our OpenSSL software and recreated our keys, and reissued our SSL certificate for our users site. Our other services are not affected by this since they use a different version of the OpenSSL libraries that were not vulnerable to this bug. While we have no reason to believe that any passwords were compromised since this bug was made public, we strongly recommend that you change your passwords here and elsewhere on the internet for added security. This would be a good time to rethink your password strategy as well if you are still using weak passwords.
For further reading about this, please visit http://heartbleed.com/
How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site
This is a guest post written and contributed by CloudFlare. CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants.
CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with serve-you.net, LLC! If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.
Today, hundreds of thousands of websites—ranging from individual blogs to e-commerce sites to the websites of Fortune 500 companies to national governments—use CloudFlare to make their sites faster and more secure. We power more than 65 billion monthly page views—more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through our network.
We are very pleased to announce that we have lowered pricing on our entire line of SSL Certificates. With our new pricing, we now offer some of the lowest prices in the industry for Thawte SSL Certificates! Don’t forget, you can save even more money by purchasing for 2 years. In the case of a wildcard certificate, this equals a savings of over $229 vs the annual renewal!
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I’m pretty active in the hosting community, and one of the things I see way too often is people losing all of their data due to some sort of issue at their web host. The first reaction they (and sympathizers) have is to lash out at the host for whatever the issue was that caused the data loss. In many cases the host is in fact at fault of shoddy practices themselves, however the ultimate responsibility of maintaining data integrity lies with you, the owner of that data. In fact, most hosting provider specifically state in their Terms Of Service that any backups that they make are for their use only, and you should not depend on them for restoration purposes.
Can you really argue that the data was irreplaceable, and yet you made no effort to back it up to a safe place yourself? Sometimes things go horribly wrong. You owe it to yourself to be prepared.
Once again, we have updated our shared hosting plans. We’ve doubled the disk space on all plans, and increased the monthly transfer rate on the Platinum & Premier plans. There is no price increase with this update, and as always, our existing customers have automatically been upgraded.
Thanks for allowing us to serve you!