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Update AntiVirus Signature

January 23rd, 2008
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Surfing online nowadays is not secure, even a well known website can be compromised. One good example is the iframe attack which will force you to connect to malicious sites and download trojan, or possibly attack on the outdated applications which are installed on your computers.

In order to protect yourself from getting infected, we suggest you to install Anti Virus software on your computers, at least with the free Anti Virus software out there which is for personal use (if you are not business user), and remember to update the Anti Virus signature to the latest version. Although it will not fully protect your computer from infection, it will at least provide a basic protection to your computers. Other than that, please avoid surfing unknown sites, even they are provided by your trusted friends through Instant Messenger communication, emails, or other ways.

If you notice your website which is hosted at Exabytes gets compromised or gets infetcted, please contact us at support@exabytes.com immediately.

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Importance of Having Strong Password

January 23rd, 2008
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Over the last several months, we have seen an increase in the number of attacks on user accounts. Having a strong password is the first important step for ensuring that your account is secure. How to implement a strong password?

  • They should be at least 8 alphanumeric characters.
  • Passwords should contain numbers, characters, and symbols if possible.
  • Passwords should change periodically, recommend once every 6 months.
  • Avoid passwords like repeated words, dictionary words, sequences number or letter (on keyboards), same with usernames, use only 1 password for other accounts or personal information like birthday date, or car plate numbers.

Example of weak passwords:
admin, password, test, test123, 123456, asdfghjkl.

Example of strong passwords:
fiph2pdmq9!e, 9f2ohspm32h0s.

Compare both type of passwords above, you will notice, the weak passwords can be easily guessed. With strong passwords, attackers will probably need to take years to guess the passwords.

However, strong passwords are still vulnerable to attacks like phishing, brute forcing, social engineering, and so on.
The accounts protected by your passwords often contain your private information, important data, and probably emails which are private and confidential, so it is a great impact to you or your organization when your accounts get compromised.

If you notice any suspicious activities that someone may have access without authorization to your accounts, please contact us at support@exabytes.com immediately.

When was the last time you changed your password? ? If it has been a while, we suggest you change it now.

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Tip Of the Day: Be proactive

March 20th, 2007

Exabytes EBiz Linux hosting plan comes with Fantastico package that includes many Content Management System (CMS) such as drupal, wordpress, phpnuke, postnuke and others.

It’s understandable that users would want to try out those CMSes and would install them once they have the chance. Installing is good, but, users are advised to uninstall those CMSes after testing it. Yes, we use the word “testing” here because the Content Management Systems found in Fantastico are merely for testing purposes and are not updated immediately when vulnerabilities are found. If you have forgotten to clean it up (in other words, uninstall) or unaware of this matter, it may jeopardize your web site and leads to harmful threats. To add to that, with many unused CMSes (or you can term them as “vulnerable applications”) installed in your site, it may deter the effectiveness of our Security Engineers in finding the root of the threats.

Therefore, we would like to notify all our loyal clients that you can actually download the latest and secure version of your favourite CMS at their official websites (To name a few, wordpress.org and drupal.org). But, do ensure that you have uninstalled those CMSes that you have previously tested from the Fantastico package. And, yeah, as simple as that, you will ensure that your site is a safer one now. Moreover, the latest versions with its patches and updates are free! All you need is to be proactive and that’s the best way to secure your site!

Cheers!

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