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TurnKey Internet Launches Customer Loyalty Bonus Program for Black Friday 2019   no comments

Nov 12, 2019 @ 9:00am black friday,Press Release

TurnKey Internet

LATHAM, NEW YORK (November 12, 2019) – Leading Data Center and Cloud Hosting Solutions provider TurnKey Internet announced today their Customer Loyalty Bonus program combined with the launch of their 2019 Black Friday Deals offering some of the best cloud servers, dedicated servers, and web hosting offers for 2019.

TurnKey Internet is known for running its eagerly awaited, industry-leading deals and specials, and this year is no different. TurnKey Internet is offering up to 95% off on nearly every product they offer – Dedicated Servers, Cloud Servers, Web Hosting, and much more. More information can be found at https://turnkeyinternet.net/blackfriday/

In a bold move in contrast to other companies that exclude or limit their best seasonal deals from existing clients – TurnKey is rewarding existing clients with an additional loyalty bonus. The loyalty bonus is applied as a free month of service for every previous year of loyalty when purchasing additional services during this Holiday promotional period. This gives existing clients access to deals greater than 95% off when factoring in the free loyalty bonus months of service included.

“We love our loyal clients and realize our success comes from the trust our clients have placed in us over the years. I am truly excited to launch our Customer Loyalty Bonus program during our Holiday promotion,” remarked Adam Wills, CEO of TurnKey Internet. “While most companies offer only their best deals to new customers, we shake up that model and put the customer first. TurnKey is focused on giving back to our clients – and in turn they are our best advocates telling friends and colleagues about their experience.”

For more information about TurnKey Internet’s Customer Loyalty Bonus Program or to speak with a Cloud Hosting Solutions expert, visit https://turnkeyinternet.net

About TurnKey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet is a full-service Cloud Hosting Solutions provider with Data Centers in New York and California specializing in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to clients in more than 150 countries. Services offered in both East Coast and West Coast, USA – include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Dedicated & Bare Metal Servers, Backup & Disaster Recovery, Online Storage, Web Hosting, Managed Hosting, Hybrid Solutions and Enterprise Colocation. Headquartered in New York’s Tech Valley Region, TurnKey Internet’s flagship company owned data center is SSAE 18 SOC 1 and SOC 2 certified, as well as HIPAA compliant. The facility is powered exclusively by on-site solar and hydroelectric sources to provide a 100% renewable energy footprint and in 2013 was designated as the 39th ENERGY STAR® Certified Data Center in the United States. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit www.turnkeyinternet.net

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Written by David Maurer on November 12th, 2019

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TurnKey Internet Completes Data Center Network Infrastructure Upgrades   no comments

Nov 5, 2019 @ 9:00am data center,Press Release

TurnKey Internet

LATHAM, NEW YORK (November 5, 2018) – Leading Data Center and Cloud Hosting Solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced today the completion of network infrastructure upgrades to its flagship data center in New York’s Tech Valley Region. The upgrades include multiple 100G Tier 1 transit and dark fiber providers for increased redundancy and performance, as well as upgraded Cisco and Juniper network hardware to help meet the growing demand for Colocation and Cloud solutions.

TurnKey Internet’s latest upgrades to its flagship New York Data Center continues to strengthen the company’s enterprise-class cloud-based infrastructure, which currently provides solutions to clients in over 150 countries. During the upgrade, TurnKey made significant cost investments into their core routing and distribution hardware, including the installation of multiple fully redundant, high-performance Juniper MX480 routers. The new routing hardware delivers unmatched flexibility and reliability to support advanced services and applications, while also separating control and forwarding functions, to provide maximum scale and intelligent service delivery capabilities.

In addition to the hardware upgrades, TurnKey also joined the New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX) via direct fiber connection. Based in New York City, the NYIIX Peering Exchange is one of the largest neutral internet exchange points in the world. NYIIX’s neutral, scalable peering infrastructure assures reliable, stable internet connectivity by allowing traffic to flow through the fastest route, no matter who owns and operates the fiber. This new partnership allows TurnKey to peer bandwidth with some of the largest names in the industry including Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, and more.

“The latest infrastructure upgrades to our data center matches our vision of providing our customers access to best in class enterprise-grade IT solutions on a ‘turnkey’ platform,” remarked Adam Wills, CEO of TurnKey Internet. “Our data center is now the premier data center facility for performance, redundancy, and reliability within 50 miles of New York’s Capital Region.”

For more information about TurnKey Internet’s Data Center, or to speak with a Cloud Hosting Solutions expert, visit www.turnkeyinternet.net

About TurnKey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service Cloud Hosting Solutions provider with data centers in New York and California specializing in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to clients in more than 150 countries. Services offered in both East Coast and West Coast, USA – include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Dedicated & Bare Metal Servers, Backup & Disaster Recovery, Online Storage, Web Hosting, Managed Hosting, Hybrid Solutions and Enterprise Colocation. Headquartered in New York’s Tech Valley Region, TurnKey Internet’s Flagship company owned data center is SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certified, as well as HIPAA compliant. The facility is powered exclusively by on-site solar and hydroelectric sources to provide a 100% renewable energy footprint and in 2013 was designated the 39th ENERGY STAR® certified data center in the United States. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit www.turnkeyinternet.net

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Written by David Maurer on November 5th, 2019

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8 Tips to Get Your Website Ready for the Holidays   no comments

Oct 30, 2019 @ 9:00am Holidays,Web hosting

holiday-ready

As the holiday season draws near, it’s time to start thinking about updating your website to capitalize on the increased traffic that often accompanies this time of year. Satisfied customers and a successful holiday season will make any business owner smile, and your website can play a big role in making that happen. Taking extra time to prepare now is a good way to avoid technical problems and other issues during the holidays.

 

1. Optimize for Mobile Devices

Thanks to the growth of smartphones and other mobile digital devices, online shoppers don’t have to be chained to their computer desks to check off purchases from their holiday shopping lists. Developing a simple and functional theme specifically for your mobile users can increase your potential customer base. The easiest way to do this is to make use of responsive designs. With a responsive design, your website will modify itself automatically to create the optimal layout for the customer’s mobile device; these designs can accommodate both smartphones and tablets. Due to the smaller screen size typical of mobile devices you probably won’t be able to maintain the exact same design from your desktop version, but you can still use the same branding and color scheme.

 

2. Improve Your Website’s Loading Time

You may want a website with all the latest bells and whistles, but consider your website’s performance before you load it up with high-resolution graphics and elaborate scripts. Sluggish loading times on your website frustrate your customers and may encourage them to shop elsewhere. Before the holidays start, have your technical support team run tests on your website to see how fast each page loads for the average user. Changes to your design, such as reducing large images and eliminating complex coding scripts, can help your website perform better. You can also opt for a better cloud solution or web hosting server for your website to see even more improvement in loading speeds.

 

3. Secure Customer Data

Shopping online is always risky; some websites don’t safeguard customers’ data properly, putting these individuals at risk for identity theft and other issues. Investing in robust security software is a good way to protect your customers’ important data. Your technical support staff should keep apprised of the latest developments in online security to help your customers stay safe. To help alleviate your customers’ concerns, you can include information on your website about the security protocols that you use and offer tips on how your customers can shop online safely.

 

4. Offer Friendly Customer Support

Browser problems, incorrect stock levels and missing orders are just some of the common customer issues your staff will need to work through. Having enough staff on hand is an essential ingredient to helping your website survive the holidays. If possible, offer a live chat support option to those who are currently browsing your website. Keep an eye on your social media profiles in case a customer tries to reach you through those networks. Some customers may prefer to use email to get in touch with you; using a ticket system to handle incoming customer emails is a good way to keep track of issues. Help your staff to cultivate a customer-centric attitude, and try to anticipate common problems so that you can develop solutions ahead of time.

 

5. Boost Your Search Engine Presence

Improving your search engine rankings before the holidays begin can help fuel your success during the holiday rush. There are many ways to help boost your search engine rankings, starting with updating older pages on your website; offering fresh information to your visitors is a good way to impress search engines and show that your website is active. Adding special features, such as a blog, can also help. If your blog content is particularly noteworthy, you can expect more traffic to head your way. Your blog content should offer something useful to readers, such as tips for using your products.

 

6. Prepare a Festive Look

A festive design for your website encourages your customers to start thinking about the holidays. You don’t need to spend excessive money on a festive look; changing some pictures and making some cosmetic changes, such as altering the font color, can help dress up your website. Your holiday look should also include banners displaying any specials you plan to run, including discount codes.

 

7. Brush Up Your Social Media Presence

Social media networks offer an excellent way to connect with individual customers, generate buzz about your products and direct traffic to your website. Don’t let your social media networks sit unused with only a link to your website; update them frequently and interact with your customers. Make sure your profile on each platform matches so that you have cohesive branding. As the holidays draw near, using social media to announce your specials will help you get more interest from potential customers.

 

8. Beef Up Your Website’s Server

If your website is unable to handle massive amounts of traffic at once, a crowd of shoppers on big sales days could lead to sluggish performance or an outright crash. Major server problems are not something to be taken lightly; investing in the right server infrastructure for your expected traffic is a good way to avoid these issues. If your customer base is larger, you might need a dedicated server to keep your website afloat during the holidays. Dedicated Servers may cost more than basic shared or cloud hosting, but your website won’t be at the mercy of problems caused by other websites/users on the server.

Examining every aspect of your website before the holidays arrive can help you prepare a strategy to improve customer satisfaction and your own business success. A good website requires many things, including fast loading times, quality customer service and security. Working on these elements early can ensure that your website is ready long before your customers even start to think about tackling their holiday shopping lists with your business.

 

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Written by David Maurer on October 30th, 2019

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TurnKey Internet Launches New Dedicated Server and Colocation Management Tools   no comments

Oct 22, 2019 @ 9:00am colocation,dedicated servers

TurnKey Internet

LATHAM, NEW YORK (October 22, 2019) – Leading Data Center and Cloud Hosting Solutions provider TurnKey Internet announced today that they have launched and added EasyDCIM – the complete solution for Data Center and Colocation Management – to their extensive list of hosting features. The integration is a free upgrade for all of TurnKey’s dedicated server and colocation clients.

By revolutionizing and streamlining the entire server provisioning process together with providing complete management tools, EasyDCIM closes the gap between cloud and dedicated servers. It offers TurnKey’s clients automated Operating System installations, network graphs, improved Remote Reboots, as well as Direct Console Access.

Common operating systems like CentOS, Ubuntu, and Windows Server editions, as well as rescue mode options and recovery tools will be available to TurnKey’s clients at the click of a button. Dedicated Servers will now have historical network graphs, so clients can keep an eye on their bandwidth usage directly in their account’s Client Area.

Improved remote reboot functionality for immediate power cycling of any downed or unresponsive servers, has also been integrated automatically. Clients with servers featuring iDRAC or IPMI, will have direct access to these remote management tools from inside their Client Area, removing the need to remember separate IP addresses for access.

“We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the best available data center tools and technology,” said Adam Wills, President and CEO of TurnKey Internet. “We hope our customers enjoy using these new features as much as our team enjoyed implementing them.”

For more information about TurnKey Internet, or to speak with a Cloud Hosting Solutions expert, visit www.turnkeyinternet.net

About TurnKey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service Cloud Hosting Solutions provider with data centers in New York and California specializing in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to clients in more than 150 countries. Services offered in both East Coast and West Coast, USA – include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Dedicated & Bare Metal Servers, Backup & Disaster Recovery, Online Storage, Web Hosting, Managed Hosting, Hybrid Solutions and Enterprise Colocation. Headquartered in New York’s Tech Valley Region, TurnKey Internet’s Flagship company owned data center is SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certified, as well as HIPAA compliant. The facility is powered exclusively by on-site solar and hydroelectric sources to provide a 100% renewable energy footprint and in 2013 was designated the 39th ENERGY STAR® certified data center in the United States. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit www.turnkeyinternet.net

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Written by David Maurer on October 22nd, 2019

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How to Build a Trusted Website   no comments

Oct 8, 2019 @ 9:00am Web hosting

How to Build a Trusted Website

If you are like other business owners and managers, you are looking for a way to grow your business and expand your reach to the next level. While you can use many methods to obtain your goal, having a high-quality, trusted website is one of the top ways to achieve impressive results. Your customers will instantly view you as an expert if you have the proper elements on your site, and they will feel excited to buy your products or services as a result. Building a website that has a positive impact on your audience will take some time and effort, but you will enjoy the rewards for years to come as long as you follow the right process. You can track your progress to see the difference that a compelling website can have on your bottom line, and the following guide will point you down the correct path.

 

Reputation

Your reputation is one of the most important factors when it comes to attracting and retaining loyal customers. Before you try to impress people with your accomplishments, get to know your audience and the factors to which they are the most likely to respond. If your company has been serving customers for many years, including that fact in your sales page can increase your reputation in no time. Having a large number of followers on Facebook, Twitter and other social sites will also play a role in the amount of trust that you can earn from your potential customers. When people see that others are interested in you and what you have to offer, they will not hesitate to buy from you.

 

Testimonials

Advertisers from around the world place ads online, on the side of the road, in newspapers, on television and on the radio. No matter where you go or what you do, you will find someone trying to sell a product or service, so you will need a way to make your business stand out from the rest. Anyone can promise that their product or service will solve problems and make people’s lives a little easier, but adding testimonials to your website will grab attention and inspire people to believe in your product or service. Sprinkle your testimonials throughout your sales page if you want to get a positive response from your prospects. If you would like to enhance your results, try including a picture of your customers in their testimonials.

 

Better Business Bureau (BBB)

If you would like to make your website as trustworthy as possible, overlooking the importance of the Better Business Bureau, or BBB, is a mistake that you won’t want to repeat. The BBB is a trusted company that helps connect consumers with businesses that adhere to certain leadership and customer service standards. If a company registers with the BBB and follows the code of conduct, it can place the BBB badge on its website or sales page. Becoming a member of the BBB and displaying the badge on your content will add a touch of credibility. Businesses that maintain the highest standards will be eligible to receive awards that will help them leave a lasting impression on their web visitors.

 

Secure Your Content

Stories of cybercrime are becoming increasingly common, and your customers want to know that they are in good hands. When a criminal gains access to the personal data of your customers, the criminal can steal their identity and make their lives much more difficult. When you send information over the internet, it’s easier than you would think for criminals to intercept it, and not having a secure website will turn a lot of potential customers away. Overcoming that issue is simple when you use secured sockets layers, or SSL, to safeguard your website. When you do so, the software will encrypt every piece of information that people submit to your site, making it impossible for criminals to read.

 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

People do not always trust advertisements that they see online because they know that the marketers are trying to obtain their money. Although the right ad campaign can improve your profitability, using search engine optimization will increase your effectiveness. People know that Google wants to provide relevant and useful content to its users, so they will be much more likely to trust content that appears on the organic search results. When you use SEO to rank your content on the No. 1 page of Google, you will be surprised by the outcome.

 

Free Trials

If you have followed the other steps in this guide, you are already moving in the right direction, but testimonials and BBB awards can only get you so far. If you would like to get the most from your effort, consider the benefits of offering free trials. As long as you remain dedicated to quality, those who use your free trials will want to buy the full version of your product or service. Since people will judge the value of your other products on the reliability of your free trial, put your best foot forward.

 

Professionalism

Ensuring that your website is professional will work wonders when it comes to getting your prospects to like and trust you. A clean design, simple navigation and attractive layout are just a few of the components of a professional website. You will also want to use well-written content that engages your audience and is free of spelling errors. Using an optimized code that loads fast will also help you build a professional image with your website, and you will impress your prospects along the way. When you have a professional and captivating website, your potential customers will know that you care about your business and reputation.

 

The look and feel of your website will determine how much trust and respect you can build with your prospects, and you can’t afford to cut corners. Each step that you take to inspire people to view you in a positive light can enhance your conversion rate and help you increase your earning potential. When you put these tips into action and see what they can do for your business, you will know that you have made a smart choice.

 

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Written by David Maurer on October 8th, 2019

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Why Companies Are Choosing Data Center Colocation   1 comment

Oct 1, 2019 @ 9:00am colocation

Colocation

For many companies, offloading the care and responsibility of their computers, servers, and IT infrastructure onto trained IT professionals at a data center carries multiple advantages. This type of service, known as Colocation, has steadily expanded year after year, with leading industry experts expecting the global colocation market to exceed $40 billion by the end of this year. An in-depth examination shows that five major considerations lie behind the decision by CIOs and other corporate officials to rely on data center and colocation providers.

 

1. Connectivity

Servers, especially for web hosting, are only as good as the internet connectivity that allows them to cram immense flows of data up and down the line, and colocation providers typically subscribe to multiple high-level broadband providers to establish superior bandwidth redundancy and to encourage competition that results in cost savings for both the colocation provider and server owners. Quite apart from the sheer efficiency of sharing top-tier bandwidth access across innumerable servers, the climate-controlled environment keeps servers within a consistent temperature range to ensure that sensitive network equipment and server components don’t fail from extended exposure to excessive heat.

 

2. Stability

The impact on productivity from moving corporate offices, encountering a natural disaster or suffering through an extended interruption of electrical power can be disastrous. Even the most efficient company may experience a series of unfortunate events that repeatedly delay its return to full operational status. In the meantime, customers may be yelling about misplaced orders and bungled services, and employees may be left without real work as core business processes fail to function as expected. More than a few CIOs and other upper-management staffers prefer instead to shield the company’s critical IT infrastructure from such potential chaos by entrusting them to an efficient data center and colocation provider with multiple power backups and contingency plans for dealing with IT disasters.

 

3. Security

In an age of brazen corporate espionage by overseas agencies, ensuring physical data security can be a challenge. Even in the absence of foreign or domestic interest in valuable intellectual property held by a business, employee honesty and awareness of basic security precautions aren’t always guaranteed. Hard drives and other computer components sometimes have a habit of walking out the door, and allowing direct physical access to servers located inside open offices also increases the risk of malicious hacking attacks by criminals through the agency of malware-laden USB sticks left lying around in company parking lots.

A well-equipped data center will lock down its facilities with multiple security measures, including burglar-resistant, alarmed entry and exit doors; coded access procedures that track all physical access to hosted servers; strategically placed surveillance cameras; biometric scanners to prevent unauthorized access by intruders and even individually locked cages for each client’s servers. Spreading the cost of these high-security measures across hundreds or thousands of servers allows the data center to efficiently offer economies of scale otherwise unavailable to the great majority of small to mid-size businesses.

 

4. Scalability

In a typical office IT environment, if a company quickly needs to increase bandwidth or add physical space to the office to accommodate additional IT equipment, they could wait weeks or even months. However, when companies utilize colocation, the data center can provide huge amounts of additional bandwidth within minutes, as well as provide more physical space to host additional servers or hardware as needed.

 

5. Financial Predictability

Maintaining in-house data and IT facilities typically invites unexpected capital outlays that play havoc with limited quarterly budgets. Many firms prefer the predictability of a fixed monthly outlay that covers the great majority of expenses associated with managing critical IT hardware capability across all corporate functions. Strategic planning and corporate accounting become easier with fewer surprises for the unwary.

Only robust discussion among company principals can determine the ultimate wisdom of outsourcing IT hardware management functions to a dedicated third party. However, the cost savings, significantly improved operational stability and peace of mind offered by the colocation option have proven to be compelling value propositions for an expanding number of commercial enterprises, as well as SMBs and other organizations. For more information regarding colocation as well as the Data Center and Cloud Solutions we provide here at TurnKey Internet, visit our website: https://www.turnkeyinternet.net/colocation/

 

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Written by David Maurer on October 1st, 2019

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Is Your Business Benefiting From The Cloud?   no comments

Sep 17, 2019 @ 9:00am cloud,Small Business

Cloud Benefits

Running a business of any size today requires that you make use of today’s most innovative and affordable technology. Whether it’s to improve performance or Disaster Recovery planning, utilizing cloud-based servers and backup solutions is essential. When you want to expand your brand without putting a lot of money into a restrictive and outdated IT infrastructure, you can stay at the top of your competitive game by moving your company to the cloud today.

 

Don’t Delay

As the cloud goes mainstream, businesses everywhere are capitalizing on the new technology—both internally and as a potential area for expansion. The faster you move your business to the cloud, the faster you will be able to incorporate new technological advances into your business model. The longer you wait, the more difficult getting a handle on the new services will become. Start now, start small, and soon enough your business will be launching ahead of your competition. It is not every day that an opportunity presents itself to take a giant business leap forward without any risk to the business’ foundation or to day-to-day operations. You can get cloud services up and running while everything else stays in place then, when you are ready to switch over, do it seamlessly and without any glitches.

 

Consider The Costs

IT infrastructure is extremely costly, from a monetary and environmental perspective. Housing, cooling and powering your business servers requires a large amount of energy. From an individual business’ perspective, this matters, but it also matters on a macro level. Provisioning a virtual cloud server for each of your clients is far more efficient than providing a dedicated server for each one. As more and more businesses move to the cloud, we will reduce carbon emissions exponentially. That alone is a good enough reason to switch.

 

Avoid Losing Time & Money

Time is money when it comes to serving your customers. When your IT infrastructure goes down, you are unable to help your clients and thus end up losing money that your business needs to survive and grow. You could even lose sales and profits to your competitors. Because it is not prone to costly, time-consuming outages, the cloud proves to be the better, more affordable option for your business. You avoid losing time and money and your business can grow and profit at a pace that is not available with outdated technology. The latest studies show that more companies of all sizes are deciding to switch to cloud and away from outdated, costly, and time-consuming technology. By 2020, close to 80 percent of all businesses worldwide will have made use of cloud technology.

 

Make The Move

By moving your business to the cloud, you stay on top of your competition and make available technology that will let you serve your customers better and increase your profits to even higher levels. For years, many businesses have been utilizing cloud services to run things behind the scenes. There is no foreseeable end to the cloud—it is growing every day as more people realize how powerful, cost effective and useful it really is—and for many small and medium-sized businesses, the sooner they implement cloud services, the better for their bottom line.

 

If you are serious about your business, you plan to grow – and picking TurnKey Internet as your Cloud partner provides you future growth ready flexibility. TurnKey Internet offers a wide range of cost effective cloud service options and platforms to get your business online. From value-priced Web Hosting Plans, Virtual Private Servers, Dedicated Servers, Managed Servers to Secure Colocation Services, TurnKey Internet can meet your cloud-based needs from 1 small virtual server up to hundreds of dedicated servers. The foundation and core of TurnKey Internet is structured for lighting speed and rapid growth through our company-owned network and datacenter.

 

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Written by David Maurer on September 17th, 2019

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TurnKey Internet, Inc receives SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 Certification   no comments

Sep 10, 2019 @ 9:00am Press Release

TurnKey Internet

LATHAM, NEW YORK (September 10, 2019) – Leading Data Center and Cloud Hosting Solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced today that their flagship data center in New York’s Tech Valley has received SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certification. After a thorough audit, TurnKey Internet was deemed compliant with the regulations required to attain certification. The examination was conducted by SOC audit specialists The Moore Group CPA, LLC.

SSAE 18, previously known as SSAE 16 or SAS 70, contains the rules for a CPA firm conducting an attestation of a service organization’s internal controls and issuing a System and Organization Controls’ (SOC) report. The SOC certification audit investigates several core areas: security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. It verifies that TurnKey Internet’s data center is of the utmost security, integrity, and reliability. It confirms that TurnKey Internet has procedures and safety precautions of the highest certification standard in place to ensure the security of the facility and its clients’ data within.

In addition to the SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certifications, TurnKey’s data center also achieved HIPAA compliance. This demonstrates the facility’s compliance with U.S. federal and state government HIPAA regulations, standards and frameworks, regarding the security and protection of electronic personal healthcare information. This achievement places TurnKey Internet in an elite group of organizations worldwide that have earned and maintain a HIPAA compliant data center.

“Attaining the SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certification was a significant goal and milestone for us,” remarked Adam Wills, President and CEO of TurnKey Internet. “We pride ourselves on our unparalleled reliability, security, quality of service, and—most importantly—customer satisfaction. This certification not only proves that we are excelling in those areas, but also assures our new and existing clients that they are receiving the best possible service and data protection available.”

For more information about TurnKey Internet’s Albany Data Center, or to speak with a Cloud Hosting Solutions expert, visit turnkeyinternet.net/datacenters/new-york/albany

About TurnKey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service Cloud Hosting Solutions provider with data centers in New York and California specializing in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to clients in more than 150 countries. Services offered in both East Coast and West Coast, USA – include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Dedicated & Bare Metal Servers, Backup & Disaster Recovery, Online Storage, Web Hosting, Managed Hosting, Hybrid Solutions and Enterprise Colocation. Headquartered in New York’s Tech Valley Region, TurnKey Internet’s Flagship company owned data center is SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certified, as well as HIPAA compliant. The facility is powered exclusively by on-site solar and hydroelectric sources to provide a 100% renewable energy footprint and in 2013 was designated the 39th ENERGY STAR® certified data center in the United States. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit www.turnkeyinternet.net

 

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Written by David Maurer on September 10th, 2019

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10 Essential WordPress Security Tips   no comments

Aug 27, 2019 @ 9:00am Web hosting

wordpress security

Failing to protect your WordPress site from potential hackers could leave years of work vulnerable to attack. Malicious users know how to exploit vulnerabilities in unprotected sites, hijack files and plugins for their own use and sabotage functionality.

If you’re not doing all you can secure your site against attacks, it’s time to take action. Use these ten WordPress security tips as a starting point to lock out hackers and protect your web presence.

 

1. Obscure the Login Page

By default, WordPress users access their login pages via domain names followed by wp-login or wp-admin. Hackers know this and will immediately navigate to these pages when attempting to enter your site. Using a security plugin, you can change the URLs of login and user registration portals. Although this doesn’t prevent hackers from eventually finding these pages, it slows them down and may be frustrating enough to make them give up trying to access your site.

 

2. Choose Unique User Identification

Using “admin” as your administrator login name is like an open door for hackers. Your login should be distinct to your website and difficult to figure out. One way to ensure your login remains unique is to use the email associated with your WordPress installation instead of a username. Email addresses are harder to guess and offer better authentication for administrator logins.

 

3. Be a Password Juggler

There was a time when you could stick a few numbers on the end of your dog’s name and call it a reliable password, but in today’s volatile Internet landscape, you need much more than that. Use a password generator to create strong WordPress passwords, and change them on a regular basis. Good passwords include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols in various combinations. The more complex your passwords, the more secure your site will be.

 

4. Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Many sites employ a two-step process to verify the identity of each user attempting to log in. Using the same method on your site means it will take a little longer for you to get to the dashboard, but it may prevent hackers from gaining access to your site. Two-factor authentication lets you choose a secret question or a special code to be after the initial password screen. Some methods use a one-time authentication message sent via text to ensure only authorized users can log in.

 

5. Install a Security “Watchdog”

Hackers need multiple attempts to get into your WordPress site, and plugins like WordFence alert you to this activity while locking down the site to prevent unauthorized access. Such security plugins act like gatekeepers, watching who tries to log in, sending alerts, checking for file changes and banning offending IP addresses. Reports of activity arrive in your inbox immediately and again in weekly summaries so that you can keep on top of any potential problems.

 

6. Control Other Accounts

Collaborative or corporate blogs require several user accounts, and this can pose a problem for security unless all users understand how to keep the site protected. Be selective when adding accounts, since every new login creates another potential point of vulnerability. Establish rules about password strength and how frequently passwords should be changed, and make sure each user has a distinct login name. Set individual user permissions at the lowest levels possible so that it’s difficult for hackers to do damage should additional accounts ever be compromised.

 

7. Use .htaccess to Hide Important Files

Editing the .htaccess file can change certain WordPress functions, including the level of security. With the right code, you can:

  • Disable directory listings to prevent unauthorized users from accessing file listings
  • Hide your wp-config file from malicious users
  • Set which IP addresses are granted administrative privleges
  • Block access to the PHP files for themes and plugins

Remember to back up the existing .htaccess file before making any changes.

 

8. Stay on Top of Updates

Themes, plugins and the WordPress core are updated regularly to fix known problems, including security issues. Before installing any plugin or theme, check the last time it was updated. Ensure the developers offer continued updates after installation, and stay away from pirated “free” versions of premium plugins.

Run updates as soon as you can to eliminate vulnerabilities. If you have trouble remembering to update or have a tendency to miss notifications, consider setting automatic updates to run on a routine basis.

 

9. Don’t Neglect “Spring Cleaning”

Make a habit of going through the plugins and themes stored on your WordPress site whenever you run updates. Delete anything you haven’t used in a while or have replaced with something more functional. You may be surprised how many plugins you’ve accumulated while building your site, and getting rid of unused ones eliminates vulnerabilities.

It’s also a good idea to clean up your database from time to time. Find a reliable database cleaning plugin and run it to remove old file versions and other outdated information. As a bonus, your site should load faster and run more smoothly without the extra files weighing it down.

 

10. Backup as Often as Possible

No matter how careful you are, there’s always a chance an enterprising hacker could break through your site’s defenses. Creating site backups safeguards all the information on your site, giving you a way to restore everything should your security measures ever fail.

Some hosting companies provide scheduled backups as part of their services, but it’s a good idea to also have your own plan in place. Use a backup plugin or make manual backups on a regular basis, and store the files in a secure place so that you know they’ll always be there if you need them.

WordPress site security isn’t a “set it and forget it” measure. After putting initial protections in place, it’s essential to continue monitoring activity and running updates. Keep an eye out for new, stronger security tools, and implement the best combination of plugins and code changes to prevent the majority of attacks.

 

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Written by David Maurer on August 27th, 2019

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5 Advantages of Cloud Hosting   1 comment

Aug 20, 2019 @ 9:00am cloud,Web hosting

Cloud Hosting

Choosing to host your company’s IT infrastructure and data in the cloud is no easy decision. However, the number of advantages that the cloud offers you and your business can make this change well worth it. The cloud is able to offer you many more features and guarantees for your data than you typically have in your own on-site or in-office server room. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages hosting in the cloud will provide.

 

1. Reduced Data Loss

This is one of the first things cloud vendors will tell you, and they’ll be right. Many laptops are not safely protecting data with the appropriate encryption. Data is sent here and there and it’s lost here and there. Cloud encryption protects transmitted data every time. And then there’s the obvious data loss issue. How many hard drives need to fail before we all recognize the incredible peace of mind cloud storage can provide? Cloud hosting varies in its security offerings, so look for a host that offers secure firewalls and robust backups.

 

2. Better Monitoring

Centralized storage makes it easier to monitor and control your data. Yes, this does mean you’re putting all of your data eggs in one basket, but as an IT professional I would much rather know where my data is and focus my security efforts on that location than spread my data all over the place and hope for the best. Besides, “all in one place” doesn’t have the same meaning for cloud servers. Cloud networks are mirrored so data is safe, regardless of what might happen to a single machine.

 

3. Responding to Problems

If a cloud server is compromised, it’s a matter of seconds to restore all of the lost data from backups. This means you have no downtime, ever. You can restore data remotely, from anywhere, and with your robust cloud monitoring, you’ll know the second a problem arises. With all of your data in one location, you can easily assess the problem and fix it.

 

4. Improved Logs

Logging is often overlooked, or it’s an afterthought and this means you may not have enough room allocated for your logs. With the cloud, you can index your logs for instant search results. This is true real-time view of your information. If your company is concerned with establishing a server audit trail, you can easily opt-in to allocate resources for extended logging.

 

5. Improved Security Software Performance

Security vendors are more accountable when their clients are more vigilant. The security concerns so many of us have surrounding the cloud have made many security software companies step up their game. They’re not only making their software more comprehensive and robust, they’re making it more efficient. Cloud clients are watching their billable CPU cycles. They know how much it’s costing them to run software. Visibility equals accountability.

In the end, if you’re concerned about the security of your data, cloud hosting is the best possible option. Best of all, it is designed with businesses in mind—providing the kind of security and accessibility that has never been available before. In addition to all that, it’s cheaper and more efficient than housing your own infrastructure in-house.

Need help choosing the right Cloud solution for your business? Contact TurnKey Internet today for a FREE consultation with our cloud hosting experts! Visit our website at turnkeyinternet.net or call us at 877-539-4638

 

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Written by David Maurer on August 20th, 2019

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