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29Oct/140

Canadian Web Hosting sponsors the Society for Kids at Tennis (KATS)

Canadian Web Hosting is proud to announce their second year sponsorship of the Society for Kids at Tennis (KATS).

Founder and General Manager of KATS Sy Silverberg, is a retired physician. At age 72, he and his wife Catarina wanted to give back to their community and so they started their own non-profit society to provide children in poor financial circumstances with an opportunity to play tennis for free.

Board of Tennis BC presents Sy Silverberg with 2014 "Excellence Award"/KATS

Sy wanted to help these children foster physical, emotional, and social well-being. He believed in setting kids up for success so that they can develop a sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Physical activity would also provide significant benefits in a society where childhood obesity is climbing at an alarming rate.

Besides free equipment and instruction, KATS employs the Tennis Canada “progressive tennis” approach. KATS uses age-appropriate racquets, courts, and balls because adult-intended equipment can be overwhelming and frustrating for younger people to use. Sy believes that this will help build their confidence, especially for those who are not “natural athletes”.

Through their partnership with local community centres and inter-cultural centres, KATS has instructed 112 kids and conducted 97 hours of lessons in their first spring and summer of operation. Sy plans to work with six lowest-income schools in the near future and anticipate that close to a 1000 kids will sign up with KATS next spring.

For more information on Society for Kids at Tennis, visit them at kidsattennis.ca.

Canadian Web Hosting is a leading managed hosting company that specializes in hosting business and enterprise-class clients. One of only a few SAS70 Type II and CICA 5970 certified service providers in Canada, Canadian Web Hosting delivers a secure and scalable service delivery for a diverse range of companies throughout Canada.

For more information, please visit us at www.canadianwebhosting.com or email us at sales@canadianwebhosting.com

Sheila W.
@CAWebHosting
@CWHUpdates

24Oct/140

Canadian Web Hosting attends TEDxVan

We had the pleasure of attending TEDxVancouver 2014 last weekend. “TEDx” is an independently organized TED event that combines live speakers and TEDTalks videos.

Themed “TILT” this year, TEDxVan brought in a panel of speakers from a wide range of backgrounds, telling inspiring stories and sharing their “TILT” moment. This series of talks focused on transformation and changing perspectives. TEDxVan hoped to motivate the audience to step out of their comfort zone and to shake traditional views.

Senior Geographer of the US Bureau of the Census Keith Elwood was first to speak on his expertise on GPS mapping. He emphasized that our technology should be used in combination with common sense and to be careful of our over-reliance on tools. (ie. don't walk off a bridge just because your GPS tells you to keep going forward!)

CTV News Anchor Coleen Christie tackled our society’s confidence in mainstream media and news. (Do you trust the content on your news-feeds?)

Then renowned Host, Producer and Speaker Riaz Meghji introduced Victor Chan, who stole the show with his amusing recollection of meeting the respected Dalai Lama. He shared with us his experience of meeting a girl, his affair with her, and how they ended up getting kidnapped together, and then how that led his first encounter with Dalai Lama. (The girl had very good connections.)

 

Dr. Terry Pearson’s fascinating focus on translating basic research discoveries into applications for clinical diagnostic medicine inspired us to think outside of the box, while art and science clashed on stage when Dr. Jennifer Gardy and award-winning cellist and musician Peter Gregson showcased origins of culture through graceful “notes of DNA". (We think they would make a great couple.)

We will never forget Lesley Kim’s talk on her miscarriage and a tragic accident that resulted in the loss of her left eye. Her positive attitude and efforts in fundraising for Seva Canada brought the audience to a standing ovation. (We weren't the only ones who were tearing up.)

Sexologist Dr. Jessica O'Reilly examined the benefits of a "monogamish" relationship, Urban Experimentalist and Award-Winning Author Charles Montogomery explained the components of a happier, healthier community and former Whitecaps Captain Jay Demerit shared his journey into the big leagues. Obakki Foundation Founder and Creative Designer Treana Peake told us her story of childhood poverty and her efforts to give back because of a stranger's goodwill.

And finally, Lululemon Founder and former Chairman Chip Wilson gave us a sneak peek into his business tactics. (Sex, property, money, and yoga all in one afternoon!)

 

Aside from the speakers, TEDxVan also brought in dancers, singers, and other local performers and artists that made the event unforgettable.

Inspired at Queen Elizabeth Theatre #TEDxVan A photo posted by Canadian Web Hosting (@cawebhosting) on

 

Live art mashup #TEDxVan

A photo posted by Canadian Web Hosting (@cawebhosting) on


The venue was designed for an experience that was tangible, transforming the digital into the physical. We can't wait to participate again next year!

Sheila W.
@CAWebHosting
@CWHUpdates

17Oct/140

Canada’s unique privacy laws provides protection for personal information

The European Union (EU) and Canada supervises the private sector’s use of personal data while the US has minimal regulation of their private sector. Canada’s privacy laws focuses on “individual autonomy through personal control of information” (Techvibes).The US focuses more on protection from the government while Europe tends to protect their dignity and public image (Identity Bureau Trulioo).

In addition to two federal laws in Canada that protect personal information, there are also provincial laws in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec that are similar to PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act). These laws set out ground rules for how private sectors may collect, use, or disclose personal information in a commercial setting. Unlike the US, Canada’s strict privacy laws are recognized by the EU and privacy compliance is overseen by privacy commissioners and ombudsmen at both the federal and provincial levels (Techvibes).

So what does this mean for businesses in Canada?

In today's business market, service organizations are looking for a partner who can help them deploy IT infrastructure services and have the necessary controls and measures that comply with their local and corporate requirements. One of Canadian Web Hosting's core missions is to help businesses meet their SSAE 16 certification requirements (formerly the SAS70), which meets the new international service organizations standards for Type I and Type II reporting.

The Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) issues the SSAE 16 Type II (formerly SAS 70) to service organizations that typically offer outsourced services. An auditor's report details the ability for a service provider's ability to offer adequate controls and safeguards when they host or process data belonging to their customers.

The CSAE 3416 certification is issued under Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), Canadian Standard on Assurance Engagements (CSAE) 3416 to service organizations that typically offer outsourced services. An auditor's report details the ability for a service provider's ability to offer adequate controls and safeguards when they host or process data belonging to their customers.

Okay... then what does this mean for our customers?

Customers can now outsource web-hosting services including Dedicated Servers, virtual servers (VPS), CA Cloud Servers and/or Shared Hosting to a provider that already meets SSAE 16 requirements. In doing so, you can focus your company's time, money, and manpower on core functions that will drive additional revenue to your business. Here are some examples of Canadian Web Hosting's SSAE 16 compliance controls and physical security that our hosting environment supplements:

  • Facilities and asset management
  • Logical access and access control
  • Network and information security
  • Computer operations
  • Backup and recovery
  • Change and incident management
  • Organizational and administrative controls
  • Security policies, reporting, and monitoring
  • Physical and logical security

Canadian Web Hosting is the industry leader in delivering 100% Canadian web hosting solutions for businesses requiring a SSAE 16 certification with their web hosting environment. When combined with our enterprise-grade web hosting hardware, and a securehosting environment that features many leading technologies including our Unified Security Services, Canadian Web Hosting will help you achieve compliance.

  • SSL capability
  • Enterprise-level, application level protection
  • Hardware/Software firewall
  • IP-Restricted FTP
  • Managed backups with guaranteed retention
  • Advanced 24/7monitoring
  • Multi-level intrusion prevention (IPS/IDS)
  • Anti-Spam, Anti-Malware, Anti-Virus
  • Log Management
Have more questions? Contact us at 1-888-821-7888 or email sales@canadianwebhosting.com.
Sheila W.
@CAWebHosting
@CWHUpdates

15Oct/140

POODLE – SSLv3 Weakness

You probably woke up this morning and wondering what is POODLE and how does it weaken SSL encryption. POODLE stands for "Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption". It was discovered by a trio of Google security researchers last month. It's a weakness in SSLv3, a 15 year old security protocol. They published a technical paper. This vulnerability can allow an attacker to decrypt secure https cookies or web sessions which could be used to login to accounts as you. However, this is a difficult to implement as it involves a man-in-middle attack. It basically means a hacker is intercepting traffic between your computer using a browser and a SSLv3 enabled site. An example is at a public Wi-Fi hotspot set up by a hacker. But decryption happens on average once in every 256 requests.

What can I do as an internet end user?

Disable SSLv3 support in your browser. To disable in IE, Chrome and Firefox, visit this website. You can then visit this website to test with different browsers.

What can I do as a website operator?

We are currently disabling SSLv3 on all shared hosting servers. For customers running VPS or dedicated servers can send a support ticket.
If you want to disable yourself, visit Qualys and enter your website. You are vulnerable if under Configuration, "SSL 3 is Yes". The folks at DigiCert provided some helpful links to disable in IIS, Apache and Nginx.



Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting

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10Oct/140

Easily transfer your domain to a new web hosting company

Switching web hosting providers can mean that you prefer to keep your domain registered with the same company for easier customer support. In this case, the domain gets renewed with the new registrar for an additional X number of years and you don’t have to lose the remaining time with the previous registrar that’s already paid for.

So you already have a domain but think transferring it is too complicated? It’s actually way easier than you’d think.

First, log into your current domain registrar or web hosting account, which is typically the place where you can view your account details.

On this registrar backend, you should be able to locate an option to unlock your domain name.

Once unlocked, find your EPP code, also in the backend. Provide this code to your new registrar or web hosting company.

The new registrar will then use your EPP code to pull the domain from your old registrar. They will also see the domain’s owner contact information, i.e. your email address.

Your new registrar will then send an email notification to the email associated with the domain and all you have to do is check this email and verify that you are indeed transferring your domain to a new hosting company. (Just note that domains transferred less than 60 days ago cannot be transferred again until after the wait period.)

Once verified, your new and old registrars will take 3-5 days to transfer your domain. Sit back and relax while they do all the work.

For more help on web hosting and domain registration with Canadian Web Hosting, contact us at 1-888-821-7888 or email sales@canadianwebhosting.com.

 

Sheila W.

@CAWebHosting
@CWHUpdates