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Dedicated Servers In The Cloud – What Are The Advantages?   no comments

Jan 15, 2019 @ 9:00am dedicated servers

Benefits of Dedicated Servers

If you’re new to web hosting, you may have heard of dedicated servers, but are not quite sure as to what they are and whether you need one yourself. Well, I’m here to hopefully alleviate the questions or concerns you may have. First, lets start off with…

 

What is a dedicated server?

Lets use an analogy. In this case, lets compare a dedicated server to a car. More specifically, your parents car. You’ve just turned the legal driving age and what’s the first thing most new drivers want to do? They want to ask their parents to loan them their car so they can go pick up their friends and drive them around. However, your parents car comes with stipulations. No eating in the car. No playing music loudly in the car. No more than 3 people in the car at a time. You have stipulations placed on what you can do with the vehicle since you do not own it. You’re sharing the car with your parents.

So lets fast forward a bit in time here. You’ve saved up enough money to purchase your own vehicle. No more not eating in the car. In fact, the first thing you do is have a big fat juicy burger from your favorite restaurant and eat it in your car with the music blasting at full volume. Now that it’s your car, no one can tell you what you can and can’t do within it.

That is what having a dedicated server is like. A dedicated server is like purchasing your own vehicle. No need to share memory, hard drive space, processing power or bandwidth. Since its your dedicated server, you can do with it as you please. This is just one of the many advantages that having your own dedicated server provides you. Speaking of advantages…

 

Advantages of a dedicated server

Sticking with the car analogy we started in the previous section, let’s list some of the advantages of owning your own car. You no longer have to ask people for rides. You set your own rules of what is and is not permissible in your vehicle. No more waiting on public transportation. You go to an event and want to leave early? You can hop in your car and leave whenever you see fit. Now let’s translate that into some of the advantages of a dedicated server.

 

1. Performance

This is one of the main benefits of having a dedicated server. Since you’re not sharing any resources with any other client, your performance will be greatly enhanced. Do you want to allocate more memory to your web server so that your site will load faster? Go right ahead. Want to limit the amount of connections people can make to your website? No one will stop you. Have a large spike of traffic due to a promotion you have running on your website? No worries about having to share bandwidth with any other client. You see, with a dedicated server, you control the environment which invariably leads to better performance as all your resources can be dedicated to just your site and no one else’s. This alone will allow you to see VAST performance improvements over a shared hosting plan. Have someone who is attempting to break into your server and you need to increase your security? Well read on to the next section…

 

2. Security

You wake up one morning, have your coffee and check your email. Upon checking your email you notice that you have hundreds of notifications about a brute force attack on your server. You immediately login to your server and blacklist the offending IP address. Upon further investigation, you find that one of your sites has been the target. Hackers are attempting to access the site to upload exploited code to your website. You reach out to your senior security engineer and have them give the website a thorough looking over. Your not engineer informs you that he needs to perform a security audit on the entire server. He shuts down password authentication to your server and makes it so that users need to have a key to access your server. The engineer then adjusts the limits for how quickly an IP will be blocked after failed login attempts. A malware scan is placed on the server and set to run every day. As you can see from this example, security is another large advantage of having a dedicated server. You can tighten the reins or loosen them on your server at your own discretion. You can customize your server to fit your needs which brings us to my last point.

 

3. Customization

Continuing with the example from the security section, you have the ability to customize your server. Whether this be your firewall or installing new software onto your server. You can install backup software. You can reformat the server and install a different operating system. You can change your control panel to anything that you may like, such as cPanel, Plesk, etc. Taking this further back up to the performance section of having your own car, you can customize the car to fit your needs the same as you can do with a dedicated server.

 

Hopefully now based off the sections above, you feel a little bit more at ease about dedicated servers. In fact, if you’re looking to purchase a dedicated server, you should head over to http://turnkeyinternet.net/dedicated-servers/ and check out our *BEST VALUE* dedicated servers.

 

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Written by David Maurer on January 15th, 2019

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Migrating To The Cloud   no comments

Jan 8, 2019 @ 9:00am New York Datacenter,turnkey cloud

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

 

Better Data Security

Possibly the most important aspect of cloud storage, data security is the main priority of cloud services. With some high-profile companies becoming the victims of data breaches in the last couple of years, cloud providers have upped their investments in access control, identity management, intrusion prevention and virus and malware protection. These improvements have resulted in increased security protocols and more protection for communication between users and servers.

 

Improved Availability

Cloud providers are exceptionally reliable. The connection is on 99.99 percent of the time, only going down for maintenance, and you will have access to your applications and data at all times and from practically anywhere. Data stored in the cloud is available to those who need it no matter where they are located. With today’s internet connections via mobile devices and smartphones, you will be able to access your data and your applications no matter what you are doing.

 

Reduced Costs

Migrating all of your data to the cloud will allow you to reduce the size and cost of your on-site location. For example, you will be able to remove servers, lower your software costs and potentially reduce IT staff without compromising the integrity or security of your data. Most cloud storage is paid on an as-needed basis, so you will only pay for the amount of server and infrastructure capacity that your business needs, and you can change that amount at any time.

 

Finding the Right Data Center

Once you have decided that storing your information in the cloud is the right decision for your business, you will need to find the right provider and data center. You are placing all of your important data in the hands of this provider, so you must make sure that you choose the right one. Technology is constantly changing and improving, and you need to be able to trust that your cloud provider will keep up with the evolution of security needs. Before choosing a data center, you should inquire about the physical security of the facility, what back-up measures for power and internet are in place, as well as what level of support is available to you if you need it.

When you are searching for a data center, ask potential candidates about their compliance to SSAE-18 and SOC. This set of standards measures the amount of control that a service organization maintains over your sensitive data and financial information. An audit will report any flaws in data flow. You should also inquire about compliance to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This regulation ensures the security and privacy of private health information that is stored on cloud services. A HIPAA audit will demonstrate holes in the security of such specific and sensitive data. If your data center choice is compliant with both of these standards, you can rest assured that your sensitive data will be monitored and its integrity will be maintained.

TurnKey Internet owns and operates its own private, SSAE-18 SOC  1 & SOC 2 certified, HIPAA compliant data center located in New York’s Tech Valley region. Our data center was a former U.S. Government building that was purchased by TurnKey in 2010. It is made to U.S. Federal Government standards, with 1-foot thick concrete along the perimeter, plus additional reinforced walls and security enhancements. We have installed advanced security systems, and infrared based surveillance monitoring cameras. Employees all undergo background screening, and clients are not permitted within the facility except with photo ID and escorted by trained security personnel at all times.

Owning our data center, we have been able to design, build and maintain every aspect of its construction to provide an ideal hosted server environment. This allows us to provide our clients fast, secure and reliable performance at all times. We’ve also been able to leverage the state-of-the-art in green technologies, making our data center among the most energy-efficient world-wide. For more information, visit https://turnkeyinternet.net/datacenters

 

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Written by David Maurer on January 8th, 2019

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Redesigning Your Website in 2019   no comments

Dec 31, 2018 @ 9:00am Web hosting

website redesign

Redesigning your website might be one of the most important business moves you make as 2018 gives way to 2019. A redesigned site can mean more visitors, more sales conversions and a positive impact on your bottom line. Of course, redesigning your website may also be one of the most time- and resource-intensive tasks you undertake this year. That’s why planning ahead is essential. Creating a detailed plan for your site redesign ensures that your efforts will be both time and cost effective, and it helps to ensure that your site truly meets your business needs too. Here are seven steps to take as you develop your website redesign plan.

 

1. Evaluate Your Current Site

Taking an honest look at your current website design is the very first thing you should do if you’re planning a redesign. Start by making a list of what works on your website. Then, make a list of everything that isn’t working. You’ll want to consider basics such as site color, visual layout and your company’s logo. You’ll also need to take website functionality when it comes to navigation, contact forms and e-commerce tools into account. Ask your staff for their opinions about the current site, and be sure to take a second look at any feedback you’ve received from website users too.

Part of evaluating your current site is looking at important metrics. Be sure that you’ve considered:

  • Overall site traffic
  • The bounce rate for visitors
  • Your site’s current search engine ranking
  • Your site’s performance ranking
  • How visitors spend their time on your site
  • The conversion rate from lead to customer for your site
  • The total monthly, quarterly and yearly sales generated by your site.

 

2. Create Goals for Your New Site

Once you’ve evaluated what does and doesn’t work on your existing site, you can start setting goals for your new site. Maybe you want to attract more consumers in your local area, or perhaps you need to redesign your site so that it accommodates visitors on tablets and smartphones. Create both aesthetic and use-related goals to direct the general redesign process.

In addition to creating these general goals, you should also create specific goals based upon current website metrics. For example, you might aim to increase traffic by 50 percent or to improve the search engine ranking of your site. Creating clear goals based on metrics will make measuring the success of your site redesign much easier.

 

3. Get to Know Your Audience

You might think that you know your website audience, but there’s no room for error when it comes to investing in a redesign. Work with your internal marketing team or hire an outside consultant to do research on your target demographic. Understanding who is likely to visit your site and what tools they hope to find on your site will be invaluable during the redesign process. Be sure that you’re also looking at the keywords that visitors are using to find your site so that you can target them during the redesign process.

 

4. Take Stock of the Competition

In addition to getting to know your audience, it’s essential that you get to know your online competition too. Start by reviewing the websites of any major, brick-and-mortar competitors. How are their sites organized? What are they doing to convert visitors into customers? What kinds of resources are they offering to visitors?

Once you’ve evaluated local or real-world competitors that you know about, conduct keyword-driven searches to identify online-only businesses that might be competing with yours. Evaluate these sites using the same criteria you used to evaluate other known competitors. As you evaluate your competition, jot down ideas of how your website can set your business apart from others.

 

5. Identify Your Content Strategy

A visually striking website is important, but a redesign is useless unless you also have a strong content strategy. Decide what types of photos, graphics and text you’ll use to attract visitors to your site and engage them once they’re there. Evaluate the current content of every page of your site, and determine how it can be improved or built upon. Think about the strength of your site’s current SEO strategy and what can be done to improve it.

If your website doesn’t currently feature a blog, now is a good time to consider adding one. Ensure the success of your blog by deciding:

  • How often you’ll create new posts
  • What type of information posts will include
  • Who will write your posts or how you’ll source them

 

6. Make the Big Design Decisions

Once you’ve determined your overall website goals and have decided what type of content you’ll include, you can start making aesthetic decisions. Consider the overall layout of your website, what colors it will use and whether your logo needs to be redesigned. Remember that making your website an extension of your branded image is essential.

Of course, you’ll need to make technical decisions as you make design decisions. These include the framework on which your site will be built and how you’ll meet mobile optimization needs. Be sure to go over site security concerns with your design partner too. Preventing hackers from accessing customer information is essential to building confidence with web visitors.

 

7. Create a Project Completion Timeline

Once you’ve made major redesign decisions, you should create a timeline for your website relaunch. Your chief priority here should be to minimize site downtime and ensure that visitors can still use your site during the redesign process. As your redesign progresses, be sure that you’re meeting your timeline goals. Doing so is essential to budget control and allows you to alert website users of coming changes in a timely fashion too.

As with most big business decisions, the success or failure of a website redesign depends largely on planning. Taking the time to plan now will ensure that you get what you want from your site redesign and that you’re able to stay on budget while doing so too. Make a thorough plan now so that you can kick back and enjoy the success of your new website when it launches.

 

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Written by admin on December 31st, 2018

How Colocation Can Benefit Your Business   no comments

Dec 11, 2018 @ 9:00am colocation

Colocation-Benefits

Modern office workers find it increasingly difficult to imagine the era that existed before computers began to invade almost every business function, but older organizational habits die slowly. Many businesses tend to treat their computers and networking equipment as just one more set of machines to be maintained by the same support personnel who repair copying machines, fix broken drill presses and replace burned-out light bulbs.

 

Both Power and Fragility

Notwithstanding the persistence of outdated attitudes, information technology (IT) infrastructure is special. Even as computer technology affords great power to leverage core business competencies and to greatly reduce or eliminate costly manual labor, it also brings oftentimes underestimated fragility and vulnerability. While uncommon these days in most industrialized countries, sudden power failures can abruptly bring vital business processes to a grinding halt, and extended power failures can wreak havoc on critical information processes and the integrity of irreplaceable databases.

Furthermore, the majority of businesses can’t afford extensive security measures, and a stolen server might mean the loss of critical accounting records and customer databases. Limited bandwidth availability at a local office might mean sluggish internet communications, potentially driving away customers and digging into profitability.

 

Server Colocation Providers

While outsourcing non-core business functions to cloud-computing enterprises is a growing trend, many firms still prefer to keep a close eye on their most critical business functions and databases. Internet professionals such as website hosting providers and website designers are well aware of vast server farms that rent dedicated servers to website design firms, retail concerns and innumerable other commercial and non-commercial organizations, but colocation providers generally have worked quietly in the background. Still, they continue to offer invaluable services to businesses that wish to retain ownership of the computer servers that host their core business functions and intellectual property while also outsourcing hardware management and its associated concerns to industry professionals.

For many companies, offloading the care and feeding of computer servers onto trained IT professionals at a colocation provider carries multiple advantages. Indeed, colocation services have steadily expanded year after year with leading industry experts expecting the global colocation market to exceed $33 billion by 2018. An in-depth examination shows that five major considerations lie behind the decision by CIOs and other corporate officials to rely on colocation services.

 

Heightened 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 criminal gangs through the agency of malware-laden USB sticks left lying around in company parking lots.

A well-equipped colocation provider likely 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 colocation provider to efficiently offer economies of scale otherwise unavailable to the great majority of small to mid-size businesses.

 

Extreme Connectivity

Colocated servers 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 such as Level 3 Communications 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.

 

Improved Scalability

As a business expands or contracts in response to unpredictable economic swings and marketplace developments, its computing needs may similarly fluctuate. Managing human resources typically represents the largest expense for the great majority of firms, and the hiring and firing process is invariably expensive and painful. Instead of suffering through unpredictable demand cycles for in-house staff to manage IT hardware resources, business customers may purchase additional servers from the colocation provider or else instruct a responsible staffer to purchase additional custom equipment to be delivered to the colocation provider for installation.

 

Financial Predictability

Maintaining in-house data management 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.

 

Increased 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 server operations from such potential chaos by entrusting them to an efficient colocation provider with multiple power backups and contingency plans for dealing with everything from earthquakes through cable-chewing squirrels.

 

Closing Thoughts

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 Colocation Solutions we provide here at TurnKey Internet, visit our website: https://www.turnkeyinternet.net/colocation/

 

Why Colocate With TurnKey Internet?

TurnKey Colocation is the ideal solution for companies, service providers, small businesses and IT resellers who want a stable environment in which to completely control their assets.

When utilizing our state of the art colocation facility you are able to control your hardware, software and networking to your needs without worrying about the supporting infrastructure. In doing so, you will immediately recognize tremendous savings while also getting peace of mind that your equipment is hosted in a SSAE-18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certified, 100% green, secure facility.

Traditionally, customers would create their own localized infrastructure which is costly and inefficient making colocation with TurnKey Internet the ideal solution. By colocating in our facility you are able to focus on your business and not on office networking, power or server issues that plague localized installations and office infrastructure. We provide redundant networking, power and cooling to ensure your services remain online and accessible at all time.

Our facility is redundantly networked with several TIER-1 peers allowing us to offer several connectivity options allowing our customers to reach theirs as quickly as possible and without worry of network downtime, which is completely SLA protected.

All colocation customers have 24/7 hour access to their equipment and also receive network reboots per-port or per-strip at no additional charge. Whether you purchase a single U, multiple racks or an entire cold containment POD, we include rebootable PDU’s or PDU ports with EVERY colocation purchase.

At TurnKey Internet we are available 24/7 to assist you with all your needs.

 

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Written by David Maurer on December 11th, 2018

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Cyber Monday Deals at TurnKey Internet   no comments

Nov 26, 2018 @ 9:00am cyber monday

Cyber Monday 2018

Save up to 95%: Dedicated Server | Cloud Servers

Save up to 90%: cPanel Hosting | Windows Hosting | SEO Hosting

At TurnKey Internet, we offer Cloud Hosting solutions that leverage our enterprise-class infrastructure and award-winning staff to care of your online business needs.

We provide the servers, the network, the data center, and the expert staff to manage your services to ensure that you can focus on what you do best – running your business.

With Cyber Monday deals as big as 95% off FOR LIFE, now is the best time to try our Cloud Services, Virtual Servers, Dedicated Servers, Web Hosting, Colocation, and more!

Visit turnkeyinternet.net/cybermonday to view all of our specials!

 

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Written by David Maurer on November 26th, 2018

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Now Accepting Bitcoin – Just In Time For Black Friday!   no comments

Nov 23, 2018 @ 9:41am black friday

Black Friday - Accepting Bitcoin

Just in time for our Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, TurnKey Internet is now accepting Bitcoin payments via BitPay. Use Bitcoin to pay for deals up to 95% off FOR LIFE!

To see all of our Black Friday deals or for more information about paying with Bitcoin, visit turnkeyinternet.net/blackfriday

 

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Written by admin on November 23rd, 2018

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Own, Control, Maintain: CEO Adam Wills Interview With HostingAdvice.com   no comments

Nov 14, 2018 @ 9:00am News

Data center Infrastructure

Recently, our company’s CEO Adam Wills sat down for an interview with HostingAdvice.com to discuss the strategy behind TurnKey’s sustainable, reliable, and user-friendly data center & cloud solutions. Below is an excerpt from the article posted on HostingAdvice:


Adam Wills has been in the tech industry since the mid-90s — back when a cacophony of dial-up sounds still greeted users each time they accessed the internet. Fresh out of college, he co-founded a successful ISP business in 1994 that brought a wave of internet access to Upstate New York before he sold it a few years later.

In 1999, when Adam founded his second endeavor, TurnKey Internet, he reflected on those early experiences. “What came back to me from the ’90s were all the problems we had dealing with outsourcing — we had to outsource T1 lines and dial-up lines in some states,” he said.

Adam knew he would take a different approach with TurnKey.

“From day one, we built the company around owning, controlling, and maintaining every piece of our infrastructure,” he said. “This helps us ensure quality and pricing to gain a competitive edge in the market…”


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Written by David Maurer on November 14th, 2018

TurnKey Internet Expands Loyalty Reward Programs for Black Friday 2018   no comments

Nov 13, 2018 @ 9:00am Press Release

Black Friday Starts Early

LATHAM, NEW YORK (November 13, 2018) – Leading Data Center and Cloud Hosting Solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced today the expansion of the company’s Refer-A-Friend Loyalty Reward program combined with the launch of their 2018 Black Friday Deals offering some of the best cloud servers, dedicated servers, and web hosting offers for 2018.

The expanded Refer-A-Friend program provides an incentive for our valued clients who already tell their friends and colleagues about the great service they receive every day with TurnKey Internet’s Cloud-Hosted services. An easy 1-click referral link is provided to clients that can be sent via email, social media, or placed on web sites, blogs or newsletters to automatically earn a $50 service credit. TurnKey Internet is expanding this Loyalty Reward program during the Black Friday season to $75 from the previous $50 – a 50% additional loyalty reward bonus during the 2018 holiday season. The company is launching this program at the start of the annual Holiday season to help increase the rewards for existing clients who participate.

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 for life on nearly every product they offer – cloud servers, disaster recovery backup services, cloud storage, dedicated servers, virtual private servers, cPanel web hosting, Microsoft Windows web hosting, enterprise colocation services, SEO optimized web hosting, and much more. More information can be found at https://turnkeyinternet.net/holiday/ .

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 expand our loyalty reward programs 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 Reward Programs or to speak with a Cloud Hosting Solutions expert, visit https://turnkeyinternet.net/referral/

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 Datacenter 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 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/media.

 

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Written by David Maurer on November 13th, 2018

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cPanel Security 101   no comments

Nov 8, 2018 @ 9:00am Web hosting

cPanel Security 101

cPanel provides convenient server access and a user-friendly interface for managing your website. However, like any online environment, it has several potential security problems. As a responsible webmaster, it’s up to you to recognize these vulnerabilities and take steps to close any loopholes hackers could use to access your server or site. Take charge and manage critical access points with these eight cPanel security tips.

 

Create Strong Passwords

From the main cPanel portal to individual email accounts, every login point needs a strong, secure password. Guidelines for length vary, and some sources suggest as many as 14 characters to ensure protection. Longer passwords allow for more complex combinations of numbers, symbols and upper- and lower-case letters. Use a different password for accessing cPanel, FTP, email management and other secure areas, making sure none of them contain obvious information such as phone numbers or birthdays.

If you have trouble coming up with enough different combinations, try an online password generator. A password manager is useful for keeping track of your login information for all of cPanel so that you don’t have to look up each password every time you sign on.

 

Install a Firewall

A firewall lets you access cPanel while keeping unauthorized users out. Think of it as a border patrol for your server, constantly checking to ensure only the right people get through. ConfigServer Security and Firewall (CSF) is a popular firewall application for cPanel designed to serve this purpose. It scans the system on a regular basis and checks authentication logs to keep your site safe from hackers at all times. CSF also provides feedback on how to make your server more secure overall. Since more is better when it comes to security, check these reports and make any necessary changes as soon as possible.

 

Be a “Brute”

Although a firewall can prevent hackers from gaining access to your site, it won’t stop them from trying to log in. Brute force protection is a feature of cPanel used to block IP addresses after multiple failed login attempts. Found in the Security Center section, this option is easy to enable and customize. Use the IP Deny Manager to manually input IP addresses known to be malicious so that they’re never allowed to log on.

You can customize the brute force option, known as cPHulk, by setting how many minutes the tool monitors for repeated logins, the maximum number of failed logins allowed and how long each IP ban stays in place.

 

Stop Anonymous FTP Access

With anonymous FTP, anyone can log in to your site via FTP with only a username and a generic password. This may be useful for sharing files with a large number of people, but it’s like an open door to hackers. When all users can gain access to your server through such a simple process, every file becomes subject to tampering.

Set your FTP preferences to allow only for SSL logins, and require a password to be entered each time. The setting can be found under FTP Server Configuration in cPanel.

 

Make SSH Secure

Secure shell (SSH) is a convenient way to access your site from a remote location. Unfortunately, it can also provide an entry point for hackers. Information sent through SSH is authenticated and encrypted to prevent outside manipulation, so malicious users can’t touch it unless they break through your security measures.

The default port of 22 is the most common setting for SSH access. Changing it to another available port and implementing a security key for logins minimizes the risk of being hacked. Switch the settings from SSH1 to SSH2 for additional protection.

 

Protect Against Hotlinking

Hotlinking is the practice of linking an image or file on one server directly to a page on a remote website. Some people do this in ignorance, assuming the easiest way to embed an image is to use the original link, but it’s generally considered a bad practice. Hotlinked files use bandwidth from your site every time someone accesses them, and this has the potential to overload your servers if too many requests are made.

The Security section of cPanel offers hotlinking protection. Simply enable the setting to prevent third parties from linking to your files. Add an extra layer of security by specifying certain file extensions you don’t want to be hotlinked.

 

Tweak Your Settings

While you’re taking care of the larger security issues in cPanel, make sure you don’t neglect less common settings. Open Tweak Settings under Server Configuration to access an entire list of other possible security measures. With this checklist, you can:

• Help prevent the sending of unauthorized emails, including spam
• Shut down potential email attacks
• Block malicious referrals or redirects from hijacking your site
• Stop the generation of proxy domains
• Require IP validation for cookies
• Set up an additional security token for cPanel access

Enabling these supplemental security settings helps address any remaining vulnerabilities and keep hackers at bay.

 

Stay Updated

Your web host should have automatic cPanel updates in place. If not, go to Update Preferences in the Server Configuration area and enable the setting yourself. Old versions of software, including cPanel, may contain security vulnerabilities hackers can use to access your server. Automatic updates ensure you’re always running the latest version of cPanel with any associated security patches and bug fixes. Go back and check once and a while to confirm updates are running as they should. If not, update manually and contact your web host to find out why the setting isn’t working.

 

A ‘TurnKey’ Solution

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

Oct 30, 2018 @ 9:00am Holidays,Web hosting

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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, 2018

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