The Padlock: Keeping Data Secure

Information is crucial, for everyone. Everything from confidential company files to personal data requires a particular level of care.

Hacking has become a real problem and you wouldn’t want your credit number to fall in the wrong hands. This is why, as a business, you need to make sure you offer as much security as possible. This becomes even more important if you have an e-commerce platform, as it’s not just your data that’s on the line, but also the data of your clients.

In order to further secure your website we offer an SSL Certificate. This is, in short, an encryption key. It ensures that all the data on your website is protected and that every connection to it is a secure one. You’ve probably seen it while browsing the internet without noticing it. Visit a website, ours for example, and you’ll notice a padlock next to the URL in the address bar. This means that every data exchange is secure and you can browse without worry. No data will be leaked and no one can furtively access your machine.

An SSL Certificate must be issued by a security company and we have a few very good options for that. Geotrust has earned the confidence of users in over 100 countries, becoming a staple of secure transactions in online shopping. Odds are, if you’ve purchased something on the internet without issue Geotrust was involved. We also have Comodo, a certificate that is both secure, flexible and adaptable to any website.

An SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Certificate is more than a complex cryptographic key for your information. It also represents peace of mind for you and anyone browsing your site. It can help you build trust with your customers. After all, anyone is more likely to do business with a company that they know cares about their important information.

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Meet Your Dedicated Server Technology

Your website, your information, your intranet; there are many important things hosted within your dedicated server. This is why we’d like to take some time to introduce you to the technology we use.

Quite simply, our goal is to provide our clients with the best technology out there. This is why we work with the Xeon line of servers. Manufactured by Intel, this equipment is known for being adaptable to the needs of the current market. People need a lot of data and they need it fast, and these servers are designed with those needs in mind. Reduced latency and other optimisations improve their performance and make them more energy efficient as well.

64 or 120 GB of RAM (depending on the plan you choose) give you the guarantee that they’ll be able to handle whatever comes your way. The more RAM your server has, the easier it is for it to handle multiple tasks at the same time while maintaining optimum performance. If you have a lots of traffic and many users at the same time, then more RAM is a good investment.

Of course, your business requires a large amount of information and media assets. That is where storage comes into play. An array of both traditional hard discs and solid state drives provides you with enough space for all of your company’s files.

Need to make changes to the server? No problem. All of our dedicated servers come with KVMoIP technology which allows you to connect directly to your server at any time.

We also like to be prepared for any eventuality, which is why we offer offsite backups for your data and all of our servers come equipped with batteries in case of a power outage. We do our best to keep your server online at all times.

This is just one part of the hardware spectrum; we also have a number of software solutions that come in the form of multiple operative systems and all the apps you require.

You need top of the line technology, and UKHost4u has just that.

 

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SpamExpert – cPanel Incoming Mail Setup

SpamExpert – UKHost4u cPanel Incoming Mail Setup.

The following guide has been designed for UKHost4u web hosting customers with VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting, Dedicated Servers who have selected to use our SpamExperts incoming spam filtering solution. This guide will help you to confirm inbound spam filtering on the domain you select.

In order to use this guide, you require reseller level access to our SpamExperts Cloud at: http://mx1.ukhost4u.com/

The guide will be broken down into the following subsections:

  • Installing the cPanel add-on
  • Bulk protect all your domains in WHM
  • Configure the correct API/MX/user details for the cPanel add-on

1)Installing the cPanel add-on

First of all you need to make an SSH (Secure Shell) connecting to your server. In this example the server will be called: apple.ukhost4u.com

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The next step is to install the application which can be done using the command:

wget -N http://download.seinternal.com/integration/installers/installer.sh && bash installer.sh

Once this process has been completed, your screen should look like this:

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At this stage you have completed all the required backend configuration for the add-on within the VPS or Dedicated Server. The next stage is to login to WHM (Web Host Manager) so you can set it up.

In WHM under -> Plugins, you will find an option called: Professional Spam Filter.

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The first stage is to configure the application, please find our recommended configuration on the page below. Remember to replace the API Username and API Password with the details provided when you signed up for our SpamExpert Server add-on.

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We also recommend the following settings:

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2) Bulk protect all your domains in WHM

 

 

At this stage you have configured the Spam Filter add-on within WHM. At this point you have the option to Bulkprotect using the tool in the control panel or Domain List. If you wish all domains to be protected server wide we recommend you use the Bulkprotect option. You also have the option to enable it domain by domain under: Domain List

3) Configure the correct API/MX/user details for the cPanel  add-on

The cPanel part of the add-on provides the end user with an icon in their control panel, allowing them to see their domains and login to them.

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If they click the icon, they will be redirected to a page showing their domain with login links.

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The login icon will automatically log them into the SpamExperts control panel, and allow them full management of the antispam settings for their domain.

 

If at any time you wish to remove this add-on from your WHM server, use the following command:

 

cd /usr/local/prospamfilter/bin/ && ./uninstall.php

 

Please be aware when you auto protect a domain, it will change the MX entries on the domain to: mx1.ukhost4u.com & mx2.ukhost4u.com. If your DNS and MX entries are hosted by a 3rd party the plugin will detect this and will not change them.

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Base Building: The Benefits of MySQL

In the modern age data is the lifeblood of a business. The more information you have, the better your decisions regarding your website and your business are going to be.

However, one of the biggest challenges of having large sets of information, whether product data, customer data or even personnel files, is keeping them all organised and accessible.

That is what databases are for. They help you organise and increase the accessibility of all the information you need in a way that is easy to understand. A well-made database should be like the perfect file cabinet. It can give you the information you need, at the time of your request.

In order to keep all your important information properly organised, our enterprise hosting services offer multiple databases, and they are all powered by the MySQL technology.

What does this mean?

MySQL is well regarded as one of the best software suites when it comes to organising information. It is highly scalable and flexible, so it can adjust itself to your business needs. It does not matter whether you have 3 or 3,000 clients; the software will adapt and you will be covered. Plus, once you’ve set up your databases to your specifications you can be sure to get great performance from them.

A large part of managing information is keeping it secure. MySQL excels in this area as well. SSH and SSL support are supported and you’ll discover that it is really easy to control which users access what information. In the worst case scenario you can block a user without much effort.

Of course, there is more to security that controlling access to your data. Backups and recovery utilities are also part of MySQL, allowing us to prevent any form of data loss.

Keeping your information properly organised and easily accessible can make your business much more effective.

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Why Upgrade to a Managed Server?

Information technologies and server maintenance are almost an art. They require a talented team of professionals with the right knowledge and the appropriate level of dedication.

Your average server maintenance plan has twelve steps. It starts with backing up all relevant data, as you don’t want to modify or delete anything without making sure you can go back to a previous version if needed.

After that we have the updates. The operative system needs updating, the control panel and the apps as well. Then there’s making sure that there is enough storage space by deleting old email logs or any data that is no longer needed. After that you have to check user accounts and look for any kind of software or hardware malfunction and (if you find one) fix it. As you can see the life of a server admin is a busy one.

This extensive list of tasks is the biggest advantage of having a managed dedicated server. We take care of all maintenance. We have the right people, doing the right jobs and making sure that your server is always at the top of its game. We also have the right equipment. Our team constantly monitors all of our hardware for errors. This allows us to provide top shelf preventive maintenance and keep errors to a minimum. If ever an error should occur we can fix it in no time.

“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” is a common saying and it is particularly true in the world of web hosting. If you only had one server, having it go down could cause some serious complications.

Here at Ukhost4u we have multiple data centres across the entire United Kingdom. If your server goes down, we just move you to another one while repairs take place. Your website never goes offline; you are always connected. You may not even notice there was a server issue.

When you allow us to manage your server, you can be sure that it is in capable hands and we will always keep it in top shape.

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