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4 Best Practices For Backing Up Your Data   no comments

Sep 14, 2021 @ 9:00am backup

Data BackupData corruption, hardware failure and malicious attacks are just a few of the threats that can harm your personal or business files, and if you failed to properly back up your data, you will be out of luck. Taking the right steps when backing up your data will give you peace of mind because you will know that your files are not in danger. No matter if you are trying to safeguard family pictures or business contacts, the following information will help you reach your goals.

1. Utilize The Cloud

When protecting your data is your No. 1 goal, you might feel as though creating a local backup is enough, but it’s not. If all of your files are stored on the same server, then you will still lose everything if that server gets destroyed. The good news is that you can combat this problem by utilizing a Cloud Backup solution. This option involves uploading the data that you want to protect to ‘The Cloud’ – a cluster of servers located in a remote, secure data center.

If something happens to your main or local storage server, cloud backups enable you to still have access to the files that you need. Best of all, your data will be available anytime, anywhere, and from nearly any device.

2. Set a Schedule

After learning about the importance of keeping backups, many businesses either dedicate a server to secure their files or rent one. At first, they put in the effort to create backups on a regular basis, but they don’t remain dedicated to the process. As time goes on, they often stop using their backup servers. To avoid that situation, you can determine how often you need to create backups and set a schedule.

When you do so, staying on track will be that much easier. Some people backup their files one time each week, but others do so every night. The number of backups that you want to create will depend on several factors, but the important part is to remain consistent.

3. Set a Retention Limit

Once you have a backup system in place, you want to decide on the amount of time that you will store your data. Many businesses will delete some backups every few months or years, but you might need to keep some records for as long as you can. For example, tax records should be saved for seven years if you don’t want to encounter problems.

Although deciding which files to keep is not always an easy task, prioritizing your data can help. The length of time that you will keep each backup will also depend on the amount of storage space that is available to you. So if your current solutions are not meeting your needs, then it could be time to consider upgrading.

4. Use Encryption

Backing up your data is a smart move, but you also need to protect your files from unauthorized individuals. Criminals try to target servers that have the least amount of protection because they want to access data easily. If you don’t secure your files, then you could become a victim. If you own or manage a business, then you are also putting your customers’ data at risk, which is not acceptable.

When you encrypt your data, you scramble the code in a way that makes it all but impossible to read. Even if someone can obtain your files, they will not be able to do anything with them. Only those authorized with the decryption key will be able to actually view your data.

Don’t make the mistake of ignoring the threats that can destroy your data. If a business loses its clients’ contact information, then that business could fail. Even if a company can recover from data loss, the fallout could have a lasting impact on its reputation. If customers don’t think that a business takes steps to keep their digital information safe, then they will find a company that does.

Looking for the easiest way to protect your data while utilizing all of the best practices mentioned above?  Look no further than TurnKey Internet’s next-generation Cloud Backup solutions.  What makes us the absolute best Cloud Backup solution on the market is our system was built from the ground up with business users in mind. From encryption so strong that even we can’t see your data, to the most advanced features on the market – like Live Cloud Replication, bare metal recovery and the ability to restore a server, PC or even an entire office of computers, live, in real-time, into a fully functional, cloud-based virtual environment accessible from anywhere over the Internet.

TurnKey Internet’s next-generation Cloud Backup technology offers true Business Continuity and peace of mind through cloud-based redundancy that allows you to restore anything, anytime, anywhere. For more information, visit TurnKeyInternet.net

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Written by admin on September 14th, 2021

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Disaster Recovery – How to Survive When Ransomware Strikes (Infographic)   no comments

Aug 17, 2021 @ 9:00am disaster recovery,Infographics

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DON’T GAMBLE – Be prepared when IT disasters strike

Receive a FREE consultation of your company’s Disaster Recovery Plan, visit www.TurnKeyInternet.net/myplan

 

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Written by David Maurer on August 17th, 2021

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Data Center Security: Keeping your Servers and Data Safe   no comments

Aug 3, 2021 @ 9:00am New York Datacenter

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The question of where to store data and sensitive information continues to concern many businesses. If you are like most companies, you worry about the security of your data. You may be thinking that you need to keep the data as close to you as possible, storing it at your own on-site data centers where you can “keep an eye on everything.” How could you possible know what is happening with your data at servers far away from your office space?

The fact of the matter is, however, that your data is much more secure at a Data Center & Cloud provider than on your in-house servers. A cloud provider is able to offer you many more security features and guarantees for your data than you have in your own space. However, you have to feel comfortable with your cloud provider keeping your data. A quick look at the many benefits of cloud storage may help convince you.

The Benefits of Moving to the Cloud

Choosing to move your information and data to the cloud is no easy decision. However, the number of benefits that data center and cloud providers offer to you and your business can make this change well worth it. Consider the many benefits, including:

  1. Data security – Possibly the most important aspect of cloud storage, data security is the main priority of cloud providers. 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.
  2. DDoS protection – Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are designed to overwhelm cloud servers, flooding them with requests until the security breaks down and actual user needs are ignored. Such an attack can derail a business quickly, losing revenue, customer trust and authority. Cloud providers are now providing services that monitor and protect against DDoS attacks.
  3. Regulatory compliance – Cloud providers are required to follow the industry and governmental regulations that oversee their sectors. This includes guarantees and restitutions for your data in the event of a breach.
  4. Reduced in-house data costs – Migrating all of your data to a cloud server 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.
  5. Constant 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.
  6. Improved mobility and collaboration – Cloud storage is available to those who need it no matter where they are located. With today’s internet connections via tablets and smartphones, you will be able to access your data and your applications no matter what you are doing. You can also share your information and conduct collaborations via shared storage capabilities offered by cloud providers.

Choosing the Right Data Center & Cloud Provider

Once you have decided that storing your information on the cloud is the right decision for your business, you will need to find the right provider. 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.

The best way to find the right cloud provider is to begin by talking to some of the provider’s current clients. These are the people who have already made the decision to trust the provider, and they will have the best insight into how the provider works and what it can offer. Try some of these questions to discover more about the service that you are considering:

  • Did you find the on-boarding process relatively easy to accomplish?
  • Did the service provide education and training about the new technology for your staff?
  • What is the technical support like when you encounter problems with the service?
  • Have you personally experienced any serious security concerns or incidents?
  • How have your security concerns been handled by the provider?

If you are dissatisfied with any of the responses to these questions, you do not have to use that particular provider. Keep looking and asking questions until you find a cloud service that meets your needs and that makes you feel comfortable.

Your Security and Peace of Mind

Technology is constantly changing and improving, and you need to be able to trust that your data center provider will keep up with the evolution of security needs. For any cloud service, find out whether there are security protocols in place, including:

  • Physical security of the data center
  • Environmental controls
  • Back-up measures for power and internet
  • Back-up measures for your data
  • Technical support when you need it

Frequent system audits are also necessary in order to ensure that all servers meet or exceed industry standards for data security.

When you are searching for a cloud provider, ask potential candidates about their compliance to SSAE 18/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 cloud provider 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 at your data center.

TurnKey Internet’s Data Center

TurnKey Internet owns and operates its own private data center located in New York’s Tech Valley region. Our SSAE-18 SOC certified, HIPAA compliant 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.

Choosing to put your business information in a cloud service rather than housing it on-site is an important decision that requires careful vetting of your potential provider. Once you have chosen a service, you can trust that your data center will keep your important information safe and secure.

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Written by David Maurer on August 3rd, 2021

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Disaster Recovery: Utilizing Offsite Backups   no comments

Jul 27, 2021 @ 9:00am disaster recovery

Disaster Recovery: Utilizing Offsite Backups

When it comes to protecting your business or organization’s data, you might feel as though an onsite or in-office backup solution is enough, but it’s not. If all of your files are stored on the same server or in the same physical location, you will still lose everything if that server or office encounters some form of a disaster (weather, malware, human-error, etc.). The good news is that you can combat this problem by utilizing an offsite backup solution.

Utilizing The Cloud

This option involves uploading your data off-site to ‘The Cloud’ – a cluster of servers located in a remote, secure data center. If something happens to your main or onsite backup solution, cloud backups enable you to still have access to the files that you need. Best of all, your data will be available anytime, anywhere, and from nearly any device.

Scheduling

After learning about the importance of offsite backups, many businesses utilize a dedicated server or colocation solution to store their data.  Once you determine what data you’ll be backing up offsite, the next step should be to set a schedule. Some people backup their files one time each week, but others do so every night. The number of backups that you want to create will depend on several factors, but the important part is to remain consistent.

Storage Space & Prioritizing

Once you have a backup schedule in place, you want to decide on the amount of time that you will store your data. Many businesses will delete some backups every few months or years, but you might need to keep some records for as long as you can. For example, tax records should be saved for seven years if you don’t want to encounter problems.

Although deciding which files to keep is not always an easy task, prioritizing your data can help. The length of time that you will keep each backup will also depend on the amount of storage space that is available to you. So if your current solutions are not meeting your needs, then it could be time to consider upgrading.

Security & Encryption

Backing up your data is a smart move, but you also need to protect your files from unauthorized individuals. Criminals try to target servers that have the least amount of protection because they want to access data easily. If you don’t secure your files, then you could become a victim. If you own or manage a business, then you are also putting your customers’ data at risk, which is not acceptable.

One of the best ways to secure your data is to utilize encryption. When you encrypt your data, you scramble the code in a way that makes it all but impossible to read. Even if someone can obtain your files, they will not be able to do anything with them. Only those authorized with the decryption key will be able to actually view your data. Most public cloud backup solutions will encrypt you data by default, however if your company has built it’s own private cloud solution, this may not be the case.

Protecting Your Business

If a business loses its clients’ information, then that business could fail. Even if a company can recover from data loss, the fallout could have a lasting impact on its reputation. If customers don’t think that a business takes steps to keep their digital information safe, then they will find a company that does. Backing up your data offsite, in the cloud could be a choice that saves your business from failure.

TurnKey Internet Backup Solutions

Looking for the easiest way to get started with offsite backups?  Look no further than TurnKey Internet. We offer the absolute best Cloud Backup solutions on the market, built from the ground up with business users in mind. From encryption so strong that even we can’t see your data, to the most advanced features on the market – like Live Cloud Replication, bare metal recovery and the ability to restore a server, PC or even an entire office of computers, live, in real-time, into a fully functional, cloud-based virtual environment accessible from anywhere over the Internet.

TurnKey Internet’s next-generation Cloud Backup technology offers true Business Continuity and peace of mind through cloud-based redundancy that allows you to restore anything, anytime, anywhere. For more information, visit www.turnkeyinternet.net

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Written by David Maurer on July 27th, 2021

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How Your Business Can Survive a Natural Disaster   no comments

Jul 13, 2021 @ 9:00am disaster recovery

Natural Disaster

Smart business owners know the importance of planning so that they can make projections and understand the direction that their businesses need to take. In addition to traditional business plans, it is vital for companies to plan for disasters in order to protect their businesses. Natural and other disasters can cripple businesses, making it difficult for them to recover. When a disaster happens, it is important that businesses have protected their important data so that they can get back to doing business as soon as possible. Businesses that do not have in-depth Disaster Recovery Plans in place when a major natural disaster happens may not be able to recover from them. Fortunately, the advancement of technology has brought simple-to-implement and disaster-proof data protection to businesses, provided by the Cloud.

Lessons From Nature

Some business owners put off disaster recovery planning, thinking that the likelihood of something happening is minimal. Recent natural events demonstrate the importance of implementing a strong recovery plan, however. Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston with enough water that FEMA has projected it will take years for the city to fully recover. Hurricane Irma carved its own path of destruction through Florida, and Hurricane Maria caused total devastation to Puerto Rico.

While Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico are all in hurricane-prone areas, disasters can strike anywhere. The middle of the country and the South are prone to monster tornados such as the mile-wide tornado that destroyed a third of Joplin, Missouri in 2011, killing 161 people and leveling or gutting thousands of buildings, including one of the city’s two major hospitals. Similarly, the Northeastern states are also not immune from disasters as demonstrated by the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. During the winters, the Northeast and upper Midwest also face risks from crippling blizzards, which can down power lines, cause roof collapses and bring businesses to a grinding halt. The earthquake-prone West faces its own dangers of natural disasters, underscoring the importance to businesses everywhere to plan for the worst that could happen.

A common lesson from all of these disasters is that it is highly important for businesses to have backups of their data and IT infrastructure in the located off-site from their office locations and in the Cloud. Having data and IT infrastructure redundancies in the Cloud can protect a business from falling victim to power outages and other storm-related problems. Cloud technology allows businesses to store their data, servers, even their entire IT infrastructure inside a data center, with the ability to access their data as needed or to recover it quickly if disasters strike. This type of cloud solution is known as Colocation. Another cloud solution that data centers offer for businesses is Disaster Recovery as a Service or DRaaS.

DRaaS

With a DRaaS solution, businesses do not have to maintain and invest in their own remote hardware or servers. DRaaS solutions utilize Cloud Replication, in which a company’s entire IT infrastructure is replicated remotely in the cloud. This allows for a much faster recovery time because business applications can continue running over the cloud instead of waiting for data to be restored.

DRaaS offers a cloud-based solution without substantial outlays of capital. It is more service-oriented with customers paying for their consumed resources rather than paying for physical space. DRaaS is scalable, allowing businesses to expand as they need and to choose the appropriate resources for the sizes of their businesses. This means that the resources that they have available to them through DRaaS can grow with the businesses so that they remain protected at all times.

It is important for business owners to plan for everything, including the possibility that disasters may strike. When business owners have strong disaster recovery and business continuity plans in place, they may restart their businesses much faster than they might otherwise after disasters. By working in the cloud, a business’s data and applications are instantly stored so that a disaster may end up being a minor bump in the road rather than a crippling event.

Don’t gamble with your company’s data, call TurnKey Internet at 518-618-0999 and receive a free consultation of your company’s Disaster Recovery Plan. Learn more at www.TurnKeyInternet.net/myplan

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What is the Difference Between SOC 1 and SOC 2 Certification Reports?   no comments

Jun 29, 2021 @ 9:00am datacenter

SOC 1 & SOC 2

SOC 1 Report

The System and Organization Controls or SOC 1 report, is an audit that evaluates a service organization’s internal controls and procedures that are relevant to protecting client data. SOC 1 control objectives are focused primarily on the handling of data, which may impact a client’s financial statements and reports. There are two types of SOC 1 reports:

SOC 1 – Type I report focuses on a description of a service organization’s control and the suitability of how those controls are designed to achieve the control objectives.

SOC 1 –Type II audit report contains the same opinions as a Type I, but it adds an opinion on the operating effectiveness to achieve related control objectives.

SOC 2 Report

A SOC 2 report, like a SOC 1, also evaluates internal controls and procedures. The difference is that a SOC 2 report audits controls that directly relate to the security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy at a service organization. These criteria are known as the Trust Services Principles, and are the foundation of any SOC 2 report.

The SOC 2 report was created in part because of the rise of cloud computing and business outsourcing of functions to service organizations. These are called user entities in the SOC reports. Liability concerns have caused a demand in assurance of confidentiality and privacy of information processed by the system and organization.

TurnKey Internet’s Data Center

TurnKey Internet owns and operates its own private, SOC 1 & SOC 2 certified data center located in New York’s Tech Valley region. 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 about SOC report and secure, certified data center and hosting solutions, visit turnkeyinternet.net/datacenters/certified-hosting

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Written by David Maurer on June 29th, 2021

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Business Continuity: How The Cloud Can Help   no comments

Jun 15, 2021 @ 9:00am cloud,disaster recovery

Business Continuity - How The Cloud Can Help

For many, the cloud is simply where you store your personal files with the ability to access them from anywhere. However, let’s say you wanted to backup your company’s important data and have it stored offsite, especially for your Business Continuity or Disaster Recovery plan. Until rather recently, the main option for backups were to do it all locally or on-premises. The backups were usually stored on a disk or even an additional tape drive. Larger businesses may have had another tier that sent backups off site for archiving.

Research conducted by technology research firm of Gartner Inc, shows that backups in an onsite server room or office only worked about 85% of the time. Remote offices were even worse at 75% of the time. Making matters worse, is that you do not know if you have a bad backup until you attempt to restore it. With the introduction of the cloud, the game has changed. You can now backup fast and secure to a hybrid cloud backup via cloud replication.

The hybrid cloud backup or disk-to-disk-to-cloud, allows you to maintain an initial disk backup, which is still stored in house, but has an additional tier that stores the backup in the cloud. The data can be sent in real time to a cloud based server which allows you to have a full copy of your data instantly. For example, say you have a server at your office that experiences a hardware failure, which results in 100% data loss. Since you have cloud replication enabled in your backup, you can simply download your backup from the cloud or redirect traffic to your cloud server. Since the cloud replicated your data in real time, the cloud backup, will match 100% with your dying server.

This tends to be the best of both worlds as the cloud tier is scalable, easy to manager and guarantees data restores properly. Also, restoring from the cloud is perfect for remote offices that aren’t near the local disk backup. With TurnKey Internet’s on premise cloud infrastructure, your data is available instantly and can be accessed remotely from anywhere in the world via our multiple redundant 100 gigabit fiber connections. This removes the bottleneck of your local internet service provider’s bandwidth availability, and saves potentially hours of business critical time waiting for your systems to be back in working order.

Should a disaster occur in which your infrastructure is no longer available or accessible to be restored, the need to purchase new hardware can be completely eliminated. Utilizing our existing cloud infrastructure you can be back online in minutes, not days. Employees can continue their work from home, remotely accessing images of their old workstations running live in the cloud, ensuring your business does not skip a beat.

This type of business continuity is truly invaluable, industry exclusive, and available 24/7/365. For more information and a FREE Disaster Recovery consultation, go to TurnKeyInternet.net/myplan

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Written by David Maurer on June 15th, 2021

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TurnKey Internet Expands Data Center and Cloud Services to Colorado   no comments

May 18, 2021 @ 9:00am Announcement,data center,Press Release
TurnKey Internet

LATHAM, NEW YORK (May 18th, 2021) – Leading Data Center and Cloud Hosting  Solutions provider TurnKey Internet has announced it is expanding its data center and cloud-based infrastructure into Colorado. The expansion builds on TurnKey Internet’s existing New York data center and California data center by offering additional geographically specific and redundant, high-speed dedicated servers and cloud servers from their East Coast, West Coast and Colorado facilities.

The Colorado data center, located in Colorado Springs, offers multiple transit backbone providers with fiber network redundancy as well all UPS Systems offering A+B redundant power. The data center also features a dedicated backup power generator and fuel, an advanced fire suppression system, facility wide environmental monitoring, N+1 cooling, and a low power usage effectiveness (PUE).

TurnKey Internet’s next generation Cloud platform, featuring cloud based servers with speeds up to 10Gbps, and enterprise-grade bare metal dedicated servers are now available to be provisioned in their existing data centers as well as their all new Colorado data center. Fully managed hosting solutions will also be offered from the new Colorado facility.

“Extending our Data Center and Cloud-Hosted services to Colorado matches our vision of giving customers access to a ‘turnkey’ platform that delivers unmatched value and performance,” said Adam Wills, CEO of TurnKey Internet, Inc. He continued “This expansion is an exciting step in the development of our Cloud-Hosted platform. Our clients can easily deploy and manage their Cloud infrastructure across multiple geographic locations. This provides a better experience by providing redundancy and performance increases through delivery of applications closer to the end-user.”

For more information about TurnKey Internet’s latest expansion or to speak with a Cloud Hosting Solutions expert, visit www.TurnKeyInternet.net

About TurnKey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet is a full-service Cloud Hosting Solutions provider with data centers in New York, Colorado, and California specializing in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to clients in more than 150 countries.  Services offered 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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Top 5 Benefits of a Dedicated Server   2 comments

May 12, 2021 @ 9:00am dedicated servers,Web hosting

Benefits of Dedicated Servers

Whether you’re an online business or an individual looking for more power, flexibility, and control over your web hosting solution, the answer for you may be a dedicated server. With a dedicated server, your business has exclusive use of that server’s resources. You also have the flexibility of customizing the server to meet your individual performance and security requirements. To fully understand why a dedicated server is the better solution for you or your business, let’s take a look at the top five benefits they provide.

 

1. Exclusive Resources

When using a dedicated server, every bit of power, storage, and bandwidth is exclusive to you and no one else. Not only will this give your business more room to work with and expand, it will also prevent issues with your site caused by other websites. For example, if you’re site is hosted on a shared server where there is another website that is being attacked or hogging up resources, this can affect the performance of your company’s site.

 

2. Dedicated IP Address

Each dedicated server comes with its own dedicated IP address. With shared hosting, your site may be sharing an IP address with multiple websites. If your website happens to share an IP with a site that spams or contains malware, this can cause multiple problems. Your website can end up getting blocked, your email rejected as spam, even your search results can be affected. Another thing to consider is whether or not you’ll be running an e-commerce or selling things on your site. If so, you will need to have an SSL for your site, which in turn requires a unique dedicated IP.

 

3. Customization

A dedicated server allows your business to customize the hardware and software based on your company’s unique needs. Things like CPU, Memory, Hard Drive, even the speed of the server’s network port, can all be customized and upgraded on dedicated servers. With shared hosting, you are limited to the software already installed on the server, and sometimes it may lack a requirement or feature your business needs. But with a dedicated server, you have full flexibility over which software the server runs, even down to the Operating System.

 

4. Better Access

Another downside of shared hosting is the lack of Administrative or root access to the server. This limitation affects what software you can install as well as the settings and options that you can configure on the server. This can greatly impact the potential of what you are able to do with your website. Another advantage of administrative/root access is the ability to better monitor and troubleshoot your website, with full access to the server’s logs.

 

5. Better Security

With a dedicated server, you have exclusive access and can dictate who shares that access. This allows you to better secure the contents on your server and alleviates the concerns of sharing a server with malicious or careless users. Also because you have full control over the server, you can better enhance and customize its security based on your unique needs.

 

Now if you’re worried that you’re not tech savvy enough to run your own dedicated server, consider the option of going with a Managed Dedicated Server solution, which will provide many additional benefits on top of what’s listed above. Also if cost is a concern, check out our latest Best Value Dedicated Servers. There are countless other advantages to using a dedicated server, however the 5 above are some of the most notable. So before you decide to host your website on a shared server, consider the added flexibility, reliability, and performance that only a dedicated server can provide.

For more information on Dedicated Servers, visit TurnKeyInternet.net or call 877-539-4638 to speak with our 5 Star rated Cloud Hosting experts.

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Written by David Maurer on May 12th, 2021

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4 Ways to Protect Your Business From Email Phishing   no comments

May 4, 2021 @ 9:00am internet security

Email Phishing

Phishing is the process of posing as another person or as a company to deceive people into giving personal or confidential information away, and criminals have been known to use emails as a way to reach their goals. Knowing about the threat is not always enough when your task is to keep yourself and your business safe, and the attack can occur at any time.

An employee will be checking their email as they would on any other day. Suddenly, the employee spots an email from the bank that asks the user to log in to the account to confirm a recent transaction. But the email was not from the bank, and the user’s information is now in the hands of an identity thief. If you don’t want to encounter this situation, then the following 4 tips will help.

1. Don’t Share Sensitive Information Through Email

In a common phishing attack, a criminal will pretend to be someone whom you trust to steal sensitive data. The email could appear as though it had been sent by a friend, boss or business contact, and you might be asked for your account information or pin number. But no credible business will request sensitive data in an email, so the request should be your first red flag.

Rather than sending personal details in an email, pick up your phone and call the company or the individual who requested the information. Although this step might seem a little time-consuming, it can save you from a lot of trouble.

2. Manually Navigate to Web Addresses

Long before sending you a fraudulent email, experienced criminals will put in the effort to clone the website of a bank or business. They will then send an email posing as your bank or another trusted entity, and you will be encouraged to click a link that will take you to a malicious website.

Although the content, logo and other details might appear identical to the real thing, any information that you send will be exposed. Avoiding this type of attack is not difficult. Simply open a separate web browser and manually navigate to the website that you intend to visit.

3. Look for Spelling Errors

Keep in mind that phishing attacks can come from any location on the planet, so a lot of fake emails are sent by those who don’t speak English as their first language. When someone from another country sends a fraudulent email, the message will often contain obvious spelling errors. Some people dismiss the spelling errors that they find, but they will likely have their personal information stolen as a result. Customer service agents can make mistakes, but using caution is the best way to avoid becoming a victim.

Also, even criminals who speak English fluently can make mistakes when typing an email. If you notice anything that seems odd, call the company or person from whom the email appears to originate and ask for verification. If the email is not legitimate, report it as spam and block the domain.

4. Don’t Trust Attachments

Downloading and running email attachments is a good way to get a virus or to have other malicious software installed on your device. In the past, hackers would use screen savers and free games to infect their victims, but hackers can even use Word and Excel documents to inflict damage. After a computer is infected, the malicious code will sometimes automatically email itself to everyone in the victim’s address book. If you want to avoid this problem, never download an attachment that you were not expecting.

Having your identity stolen can destroy your credit score, and some people are forced to wait years before they can reverse the damage. Nobody should overlook the threat of phishing, and you can never eliminate the risk entirely. But you can significantly reduce the odds of having your personal or business information exposed by keeping safety at the front of your mind. Protecting yourself and your business will require some time and effort, but safeguarding your information is always easier than trying to pick up the pieces after an incident occurs. Those who focus on security when communicating online will follow these tips, but they will also use common sense to detect the signs of suspicious activity.Share : Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail Follow Us : Facebooktwitterlinkedinyoutubeinstagram

Written by David Maurer on May 4th, 2021

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