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How WhatsApp Violated Canadian Privacy Law? Unencrypted messages.

Canadians know that we have much stricter online privacy laws than most of our counterparts around the world and with that said, as a company, Canadian Web Hosting, always follows and keeps track of stories that breach our Canadians laws. Why? Because Canadian people and Canadians businesses care very much about where their own data are stored which is right here on Canadian soil. Both of our data centres are located in Vancouver, BC, and Toronto, ON and as you can imagine, we pride ourselves in protecting our customers' data very seriously. Your online data.

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Now, if you are the kind of user who enjoys apps and texting, you are probably familiar with WhatsApp Messenger, a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS since the app uses your data plan instead of your texting plan. The app is readily available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia.

A few days ago, the media reported that privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said that the mobile chat app WhatsApp violated Canadian privacy law and needed to be updated to comply with all her concerns. The article states:

Investigators found messages were being transmitted unencrypted, which left them vulnerable to being intercepted by hackers, particularly on public WiFi hotspots. The company did begin encrypting messages in September in response to the privacy agencies. But Stoddart says WhatsApp still has work to do to resolve all its identified issues. She was unhappy that users were not getting adequate disclosure about how their status messages could be seen by people not on their contact list. The company says it will address the complaint in a new release expected in the fall.

If you're a heavy app user, you might want to think twice about the purpose of the apps that you are using and how one company is utilizing your personal contact information. We often blog about privacy and you can keep up by following our "privacy" tag. Recently, we wrote about data centre physical security, our deployment of SecureIT Botnet and Malware Prevention, and the roles of StopTheHacker and prevention.

If you're looking for additional information on this topic, you may email us at, or call us at 1-877-871-7888. You may also contact us through social media on Twitter at @cawebhosting, through our Facebook Page or leave us a comment below.

Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru


Canadian Web Hosting Maintenance Updates: January 31-February 1, 2013

This week, our maintenance is at our our Vancouver data centre.

Vancouver, British Columbia
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Scheduled Network Maintenance
The window is: Thursday, January 31, from 20:00 PST to Friday, February 1, to 06:00 PST. This maintenance is necessary for our secure bandwidth system and it may be service impacting.

Please be assured that our team and the appropriate support staff will be present for the entire duration of these maintenance windows. If you are a current Canadian Web Hosting customer and have any comments or concerns, you may contact us by email at, by phone at 1-877-871-7888, by tweeting us at @cawebhosting or via our Facebook Page.

Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru


WordCamp Victoria 2013 Recap

Last Saturday, Canadian Cloud Hosting ( proudly sponsored WordCamp Victoria 2013 at the platinum level and as expected and as anticipated, we knew that our team would enjoy spending the day with a community full of WordPress enthusiasts. We even got to meet Miss 604 (one of Canada’s most famous independent bloggers) who’s known as Rebecca Bollwitt and we even had the pleasure to raffle off a signed copy of her latest book. During our session, we enjoyed sharing our one-click WordPress install feature and some of our web hosting packages. The University of Victoria was a great venue to spend time with both passionate users, eager developers and many bloggers for an entire day of learning and connecting.

Our team with WordCamp Victoria organizer, Paul Holmes

On our Facebook Page, we snapped a few pictures during the event and we also took the time to capture a round up of some of the attendees' own recaps including other relevant links below. If we missed yours, we invite you to tweet us your link at @cawebhosting or leave us a comment below. Overall, WordCamp Victoria was a great success and we look forward to sponsoring more community events this year.


WordCamp Victoria (@yyjWordCamp) 2013 recaps #WCV13

On Saturday, January 12th, 2013 from 8 am to 5 pm at the University of Victoria campus, Canadian Cloud Hosting ( was the proud platinum sponsor of WordCamp Victoria 2013. If you'd like us to add your recaps or relevant content, please tweet us at @cawebhosting.

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Canadian Web Hosting Expands Cloud Shared Hosting in Canada with New Shared Cloud Hosting With VMware

Leading Canadian Web Hosting Provider Canadian Web Hosting Expands Their Shared Cloud Hosting Services and Announces Launch of All Canadian Premium Cloud Shared Hosting Plans Built On VMware

Vancouver, British Columbia, January 8, 2013

Canadian Web Hosting, the leading provider of web hosting and infrastructure services in Canada, today announced the extension of its Shared Cloud Web Hosting services by launching new Linux- and Windows-based Cloud Shared Hosting services that give shared hosting customers improved reliability, industry leading virtualization and capabilities of more expensive cloud-based solutions without the cost and challenges of managing their own virtual server.

In combination with their SSAE 16 Type II (formerly SAS70) certifications, Canadian Web Hosting's Cloud Shared Hosting solutions address the needs of small businesses and web hosting users who have high uptime requirements, want the benefits that cloud virtualization can provide, but want the ease of a shared hosting environment including use of cPanel or Plesk control panels. With Shared Cloud Hosting, Canadian Web Hosting becomes the first Canadian web host to offer shared hosting built on top of VMware giving its customers a unique advantage. Starting as low as $12.00 per month, Canadian companies of all sizes can now leverage on-demand cloud shared hosting, automatic failover, resource distribution and the reassurance that their sites will remain online avoiding many common issues associated with Shared Hosting.

Unlike traditional shared hosting plans that are built on top of a single dedicated server, Shared Cloud Hosting uses clusters of enterprise-grade Dell Servers that utilize hardware-based SANs for maximum performance. When combined with enterprise-grade VMware virtualization, customers have the protection of redundant hardware failover, the simplicity of shared hosting, and can be assured that all customer data will remain in Canada. Each Shared Cloud Hosting plan, current and new clients, will get highly redundant dedicated server and networking components that yield a higher-level of performance and availability for their critical infrastructure, automated backup services, easy 1-click application installations and immediate access to the control panel of their choice. This is something that is not always possible in typical Public Clouds today especially for shared hosting."

"Whether it is Linux or Windows, our Cloud Shared Hosting plans are a game changer for Canadian customers and businesses. Traditionally, if you wanted the benefits of virtualization, you had to look at a virtual server or service offering that required technical resources to manage that server. More importantly, many of those same services are located in a country that doesn’t allow customers to meet their privacy requirements with their cloud-based data,” said Matt McKinney, Director at Canadian Web Hosting. “Unlike some of our competitors who use third party resources, our Cloud Shared Hosting plans were built from the ground up using proven Six Sigma methodologies that incorporate the voice of our customer. We recognize that security and geography are just as important as the technology. Our plans are tailored specifically for customers looking for the simplicity of a shared hosting environment, and want to utilize the benefits of a cloud environment where features like automatic failover and geographic control are included. We’ve recognized from day one that not every customer has the resources to invest in expensive hardware or complicated load-balanced, multi-server configurations. We want to make the benefits of the cloud available to everyone and lower the short- and long-term costs to get access to enterprise-grade cloud hosting services.”

Canadian Web Hosting's certified support teams can help manage the servers 24/7 and every server that includes cPanel or Plesk with regular backup snapshots to help keep data protected and scalability with unlimited email and storage. In addition, customers get the ability to one-click install many leading applications like Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, MySQL and many more.

For more information, visit them at, or get the latest news by following them on Twitter at @cawebhosting and on Facebook. This information can also be found on their press room or you may also view other related media content on their Pinterest page.

Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru


Canadian Cloud Hosting Sponsors WordCamp Victoria 2013

A happy new year 2013 means new events to sponsor!

Two months ago, we had the pleasure to sponsor WordCamp and BuddyCamp 2012 in Vancouver and with less than two weeks to go, we're proud to announce that Canadian Cloud Hosting is going to sponsor WordCamp Victoria 2013. What a fun way for our team to kick off the new year with the tech community! We love how dynamic the WordPress community is no matter which area we find ourselves in. The event welcomes users and developers of all levels including bloggers, small business owners, designers and any other WordPress enthusiasts. Our team is quite familiar with the day format and we're anticipating this event to be another great learning experience for every attendees. Their motto goes as such, "The definitive educational event for WordPress enthusiasts" and we are super excited to be a part of this event!

Hosted on January 12th, 2013 at the University of Victoria

WordCamp Victoria will be held on Saturday, January 12th, 2013 from 8 am to 5 pm at the University of Victoria campus. Tickets are only $20 excluding HST.  The full line up of speakers covers a wide range of interest including sessions like Plugin Development 101, Non-Technical Hacks for WordPress Content Marketing, and even, WordPress Security. Our very own session from 1:00 to 1:50 pm is called "Webhosting 101: One-Click WordPress Install" with Kings and Matt that will be catered to beginner to intermediate users looking to learn more about setting up their own sites and for those users who are looking to learn more about webhosting as a whole.

If you're planning on attending, we invite you to stop by our table to introduce yourself and especially, since we'll be raffling off some great prizes including Miss 604's latest book through a Twitter contest, some free hosting and we'll even have some free teeshirts for you to take home. 2013 is here and as a company, we would like to continue showing our community involvement and commitment to give back to our local, tech community.

Finally, please, don't forget that you can connect with us ahead of time on social media through Twitter at @cawebhosting, or through our Facebook Page. See you in Victoria, BC!

Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru